AT&T Prepares TV Services That Will Unleash More OTT Inventory

There’s yet another content streaming service joining the fray: AT&T TV will enter beta testing in Q3, offering viewers an internet delivered TV option, the company said during its Q2 earnings call today. If AT&T TV’s service takes off, it will open up a new pool of OTT inventory for buyers. IP TV services canContinue reading »

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Leadership Changes At WarnerMedia Are A Sign Of The Times For TV Networks

WarnerMedia’s announcement Wednesday that three of its top sales executives would leave as part of a reorg reflects changing times in the business of network TV. Donna Speciale, president of ad sales, Dan Riess, EVP of Turner Ignite, and Frank Sgrizzi, EVP of portfolio sales and client partnerships, are leaving WarnerMedia one year after itsContinue reading »

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Cannes 2019: As TV Broadcasters Make Their Pitch, Linear Is The Next Frontier

Two years ago, Disney’s presence at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity focused on social inventory within the Disney Digital Network. This year, Disney has a lot more to pitch, with its refined data strategy, audiences available across all of its different properties, theme parks included, the acquisitions of Fox assets like National GeographicContinue reading »

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Xandr Rebrands AppNexus DSP To ‘Xandr Invest,’ Gives It Exclusive Access To AT&T Data

Xandr is making AT&T data available to buyers across all media types through AppNexus’s demand-side platform (DSP), which it has rebranded as Xandr Invest. Xandr Invest launched Monday and allows advertisers to layer AT&T’s first-party data when buying inventory available through the AppNexus exchange as well as inventory from Xandr’s premium video network, Community. AdvertisersContinue reading »

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AT&T’s Xandr Data Can Now Be Applied On Non O&O Properties

AT&T’s ad unit Xandr on Tuesday unveiled a publisher network called Community, which lets advertisers use Xandr data on video inventory across WarnerMedia’s O&O properties as well as a selection of outside publishers. The WarnerMedia properties include WarnerMedia-owned CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, B/R Live, Otter Media and Warner Brothers, and the video partner publishers includeContinue 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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Podcast: What Innovation Means Now

This week on AdExchanger Talks, 614 Group CEO and Founder Rob Rasko graces the studio for a discussion of the changing nature of programmatic and entrepreneurship. 2018 was a year of change in programmatic, exemplified by Xandr’s acquisition of AppNexus. The deal has created uncertainty: Where will networks that used to transact on the AppNexusContinue reading »

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AT&T’s Signal To Xandr: No More M&A For Now

Xandr just can’t deal right now, according to sources. When AT&T hired Brian Lesser to run its new targeted advertising business and acquired AppNexus as its anchor asset, the company signaled it might move quickly on more acquisitions. But the appetite for mergers has faded since then, and the company now plans to hold offContinue reading »

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Inside Xandr’s Pitch To Agencies

If Xandr wants to live up to its promise and create a programmatic marketplace for the TV industry, it’s going to have to convince agencies to buy what it’s offering. The AT&T-owned company recently hired Jay Askinasi for the job, and he joined Xandr in early February as VP, head of digital and agency partnerships.Continue reading »

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DirecTV Now’s Losses, Xandr’s Growth, And Other Hotspots From AT&T’s Earnings Call

AT&T is juggling a lot of business units at the crossroads of media, advertising and communications. Here are three takeaways from the company’s Q4 2018 earnings call on Wednesday that you can bring to the water cooler. DirecTV Now lost subscribers … but it’s all part of the plan? When AT&T scaled back on promotionsContinue reading »

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