Digital Publishing Lessons For Navigating The New TV Landscape

“The Sell Sider” is a column written for the sell side of the digital media community.  Today’s column is written by Ben Dixon, CEO at Adslot. The traditional TV ecosystem still attracts immense money in advertising – an estimated $69.2 billion in 2019 – despite the continued proliferation of cord cutters, who shun content that can’tContinue reading »

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Disney Takes Full Ownership Of Hulu

Hulu now lives in the mouse house. The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday it will gain full operational control of Hulu as part of a “put/call” agreement with Comcast, under which Comcast can require Disney to buy NBCU’s 33% Hulu stake at its fair market value as early as January 2024. The future value ofContinue reading »

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Roku’s Platform Revenue Soars, But Competition Looms

Roku is reaping the benefits of cord cutting. The connected TV platform’s revenues grew 51% year over year in Q1 to $206.7 million. Roku surpassed Samsung as the number one smart TV OS in the United States, where more than one in three smart TVs sold had Roku software embedded, said CEO Anthony Wood onContinue reading »

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Alphonso And PlaceIQ Partner Up To Layer Location Data Into TV Measurement

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: A man walks into a bar after seeing a TV ad … but there’s no way for the advertiser to prove it ever happened. On Tuesday, TV data company Alphonso inked a partnership with PlaceIQ to use the latter’s location data as a bridge between sitting on theContinue reading »

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At Its 2019 Brandcast, YouTube Touts Its Big Screen Reach

  For YouTube, it’s all about the big TV screen. At least, that was the messaging the Google-owned video platform pushed during its Brandcast event Thursday evening at Radio City Music Hall, where CEO Susan Wojcicki trotted out the stats. “The 2 billion users who log into YouTube each month are watching their favorite contentContinue reading »

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VideoAmp Enters Serious Growth Mode With $70 Million In New Funding

Video tech startup VideoAmp is on a hiring spree, thanks to a $70 million cash infusion. The round, announced Wednesday, was led by investment bank The Raine Group, which kicked in $50 million. Ankona Capital contributed the rest, bringing VideoAmp’s total funding to just over $100 million since 2014. VideoAmp isn’t taking any money offContinue reading »

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At The NewFronts, It’s More About The Buzz Than The Buy

“On TV And Video” is a column exploring opportunities and challenges in advanced TV and video. Today’s column is written by Steve Carbone, chief digital and investment officer at MediaCom US. With another NewFronts upon us, there are, as always, a number of key trends, themes and questions that have emerged. Among those that haveContinue reading »

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OpenAP Plans Its Digital Ad Buying Platform, Without WarnerMedia

Keep calm and … develop automated systems for advanced TV ad buying? A question mark loomed over OpenAP when founding member WarnerMedia announced its sudden departure last week from the targeted TV advertising consortium it helped create in 2017. But the group’s remaining members – NBCU, Viacom and Fox – are forging ahead with theContinue reading »

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Who Sells What? NCC Media And Xandr Aim To Consolidate The Confusing Addressable TV Market

The two minutes of television inventory sold by multichannel video players (MVPDs) – which can be made addressable by targeting through the set-top box – has historically been fragmented across providers, making it complex for a national advertiser to run addressable campaigns at scale. Today, MVPDs are jockeying to sell each other’s addressable TV supply,Continue reading »

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OpenAP Faces An Uncertain Future – But Don’t Write It Off Yet

WarnerMedia’s farewell to the OpenAP Consortium Friday was inevitable. The writing has been on the wall since February, when AT&T’s $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner was finalized. “It makes sense to pull out now [that] they’re owned by a company that has one of the largest data sets available,” said Tracey Scheppach, CEO andContinue reading »

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