Roku’s Scott Rosenberg: Inside The Rise Of The Platform Business Powerhouse

Just a few years ago, Roku focused on getting devices into as many households as possible. But at a certain point, Roku realized it had to do more to innovate and stay relevant in the over-the-top (OTT) battleground for ad dollars. Since then Roku has become an advertising titan. In its Q2 earnings call lastContinue reading »

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Roku’s Platform Business Grew 96% In Q2

Roku’s platform business, which encompasses advertising and subscription revenue, grew 96% in Q2 to $90 million. Roku’s ad business now makes up two-thirds of platform revenue, Scott Rosenberg, VP of advertising and audience development, said Wednesday during the company’s Q2 earnings call. Rosenberg didn’t break out a figure for ad revenue but said a majorityContinue reading »

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Roku Lets Publishers Sell Inventory Using Its Audience Data

Roku released its Audience Marketplace on Tuesday, designed to let publishers use its first-party data based on how consumers interact with the OTT device. The new marketplace allows publishers to match their audiences with Roku’s. The device’s first-party data also provides behavioral insights – such as what content Roku users search for or how muchContinue reading »

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AT&T Fuels Its Direct-to-Consumer Video Dreams; Pubs Pivot Away From Viral Vids

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. An Otter Acquisition Most people are still busy digesting news of AT&T’s $1.6 billion acquisition of AppNexus – but the telco already has another little deal up its sleeve. AT&T is in the process of securing full ownership of Otter Media, the streaming media companyContinue reading »

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AT&T Eyes AppNexus; Google Gives Podcasts A Boost

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. DSPayday? AT&T is in talks to acquire AppNexus and the two companies are close to finalizing the deal, reports Cheddar. AppNexus brass are reportedly unwilling to sell for less than $2 billion. That sounds like an awful lot, but there are factors working inContinue reading »

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White Ops And Beachfront Team Up To Prevent OTT Ad Fraud – But How Big Of A Problem Is It?

Video supply-side platform Beachfront Media is expanding its partnership with White Ops, the digital verification vendor that specializes in bot detection, to include over-the-top (OTT) inventory. All inventory passing through Beachfront’s marketplace is now vetted and verified by White Ops, according to Frank Sinton, Beachfront’s founder and chief product officer. But is OTT fraud aContinue reading »

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Paid Media Becomes Table Stakes For Subscription Video

Pay-TV providers are increasingly investing in paid media to promote new and original programming on their streaming video services. To offset the pricy programming costs, these SVODs must attract a steady stream of new subscribers. Entertainment advertisers have always relied on tune-in tactics to promote new shows. But streaming video services now are also leveragingContinue reading »

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Podcast: Roku Like A Hurricane

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Welcome to AdExchanger Talks, a podcast focused on data-driven marketing. Subscribe here. Roku is that rare startup that can go up against tech behemoths like Google, Apple and Amazon and win. It has more share in the TV streaming player market than any of those companies individually. Moreover, revenue from advertising and media represents a key partContinue reading »

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Roku Launches Measurement Platform Powered By Its First-Party TV Data

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Advertisers for the first time can tap Roku’s first-party data via a managed service measurement system called Ad Insights, released on Wednesday. The Ad Insights platform builds on Roku’s support of third-party measurement partners like existing partner Nielsen, Kantar Millward Brown, Oracle, Placed and Experian. “This launch was really the result of us stepping backContinue reading »

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Frequency Capping Is Far From Solved In Connected TV

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Although connected TV buyers have become pretty sophisticated at targeting and delivering an ad to individual users, managing frequency across video providers is a work in progress. But despite the industry’s recognition that consumers demand better ad experiences, many viewers find themselves bombarded with the same ad. Worse, those ads sometimes run within the sameContinue reading »

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