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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Industry Preview: TV Broadcasters Embrace Their Non-Linear Future

Cords are getting cut left and right, but TV still works … right? “We all know that TV does drive ROI, but there haven’t really been any proof points like there has been in digital,” said Donna Speciale, Turner’s president of advertising sales, at AdExchanger’s Industry Preview event in New York City on Wednesday. That’sContinue 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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Comcast Unveils Its Blockchain-Based Data Sharing Solution To Power Addressable TV

If you had “something blockchain related” on your Christmas list this year (And really, who didn’t?), then consider Comcast Cable Advertising your very own Santa Claus. Comcast Corporation’s ad division unveiled Blockgraph on Friday, designed to help media owners and advertisers securely share data for addressable TV advertising. Blockgraph is winding down its pilot phaseContinue reading »

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Viacom Targets AwesomenessTV; Ad Trades Angry At Apple

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Young Guns Viacom is negotiating to acquire AwesomenessTV, according to Bloomberg. AwesomenessTV is a joint venture between NBCUniversal, Verizon and Hearst that originated as a YouTube channel. It’s not the first time this year that Viacom has tried to acquire its way to aContinue reading »

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Comcast and Viacom Form Multi-Year Partnership On Advanced Ads

Viacom on Monday formed a multi-year agreement with Comcast’s advanced ads business, FreeWheel, to expand its use of the tech platform. Previously, Viacom used FreeWheel to power digital ad decisioning, but now, it will also use FreeWheel’s operating system to manage yield and grow revenue across live TV, set-top box and video-on-demand inventory. In addition,Continue reading »

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NBCUniversal Joins OpenAP Consortium, Licenses Its Audience Graph To Other TV Nets

NBCUniversal has joined the TV consortium OpenAP. Launched just over a year ago, OpenAP is a joint effort by broadcast networks Fox, Turner and Viacom to create a common data standard and provide a more accurate representation of advanced TV audiences across platforms. Through a multiyear agreement, NBCU will license its data platform Audience StudioContinue reading »

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OTT Audiences Are There – So Why Aren’t Advertisers Buying?

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OTT audiences are prevalent and engaged. But while advertisers are buying, they’re not exactly beating down the doors. Watch any premium long-form show on an internet connection and you’ll see the same irrelevant message played so frequently it’ll haunt your dreams. What gives? The main issue is buyer confusion about how to transact on OTTContinue reading »

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Discovery Communications To Buy Scripps For $14.6 Billion

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After bidding against Viacom for Scripps Networks Interactive, Discovery Communications has emerged victorious in acquiring the lifestyle cable network for $14.6 billion in stock and cash, the company revealed Monday. [Read the release.] Viacom backed out of a bidding war late last week with the rival network after making an all-cash offer that reportedly fellContinue reading »

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Media Storm CEO Says Audience Planning Is Where TV And Digital Agencies Align

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Independent media and entertainment agency Media Storm is deepening its client workbench. Media Storm specializes in helping network, cable and studio clients such as Starz and CMT increase audience tune-in. Now the agency is broadening its scope to new verticals. “We’re really starting to use what we learned from the entertainment and media space andContinue reading »

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