Netflix Flatly Dismisses Ad Rumors

Holding your breath on ads coming to Netflix? Time to let it out. There will be no advertising on Netflix anytime soon if ever, the company said in a letter to shareholders on Wednesday in advance of its second quarter earnings call. “We, like HBO, are advertising free. That remains a deep part of ourContinue reading »

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Verizon Media Group Revenue Falls; Finance Brands Spend More On Social

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Remember Oath? Verizon Media Group, the company formerly known as Oath, is shrinking as the telco shifts its focus and most of its resources to 5G. The media group, which is made up of Verizon’s acquisition and merger of AOL and Yahoo, saw revenuesContinue reading »

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Pluto TV’s Play For CTV Ad Dollars

Pluto TV is the anti-Netflix. It’s free and ad-supported. Users scroll through channels and watch whatever show is already playing, replicating the channel surfing that’s a hallmark of old-fashioned TV watching. Viacom spent $340 million in cash to acquire Pluto TV in January, validating the concept and its audience. The deal felt like “Cinderella gettingContinue reading »

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Silicon Valley Tech Is Spending More On Ads – Largely On Itself

Internet-age companies like Apple, Alphabet, Amazon and Netflix, not to mention Chinese technology giants, are spending more on advertising, catching verticals like CPG, automotive and financial companies that traditionally spend the most on ads. There are 10 new-age tech companies among Ad Age’s top 100 global advertisers. In 2017, the most recent full year dataContinue reading »

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Viacom To Acquire Pluto TV; Netflix Flexes Promotional Muscle

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Viacom Nabs Pluto Viacom will acquire free, ad-supported streaming service Pluto TV for $340 million. The standalone app, which reaches 12 million monthly users primarily on connected TVs, will give Viacom a new audience to sell and a distribution channel for its content library.Continue reading »

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Everyone Is Dreaming Of Streaming These Days, But Netflix Isn’t Sweating It

Attention, broadcasters, SVOD services and tech companies in the midst of launching a streaming subscription service (or thinking about it): Netflix doesn’t consider you to be competition. “We compete so broadly with all of these different providers that any one provider entering only makes a difference on the margin,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said ThursdayContinue reading »

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Snap Has Brand Safety Issues; Roku Hosts InfoWars

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Snap Safety Some marketers have complained about Snapchat brand safety issues now that it’s transitioned to a self-serve ad platform. Last week, an ad directed to a fake news story about Chrissy Teigen promoting weight loss pills, Digiday reports. And last year, an adContinue reading »

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Nielsen Releases ‘Bird Box’ Ratings As SVOD Measurement Comes Into Focus

Nielsen went public with ratings for the Netflix hit film “Bird Box” on Tuesday, estimating that the blockbuster (so to speak) attracted 26 million US viewers in its first week. But wait, didn’t Netflix say 45 million accounts watched “Bird Box” in the first seven days? Netflix rarely discloses specific viewership numbers for any content,Continue reading »

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Ad Loads Are Actually Increasing, But That Won’t Offset TV’s Long-Term Negative Trends

“On TV And Video” is a column exploring opportunities and challenges in advanced TV and video.  Today’s column is written by Eric Berry, CEO at TripleLift. TV is a fundamental part of any marketer’s mixed media model. For many brands, TV is the highest performing inventory source. Yet the trends are unquestionably negative for TVContinue reading »

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