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  • Save the Date: Next VideoSchmooze Is On Thursday, Dec. 4th in NYC

    Please save the date for the next VideoSchmooze: Online Video Leadership Forum, on Thursday, December 4th, at the Scholastic Auditorium in NYC. This will be the 11th VideoSchmooze and as with all of the previous ones, it will be a top-notch morning of learning and networking with video industry leaders. Continental breakfast will begin at 7:45am and we'll conclude by 12:30pm before lunch.

    2014 has been another incredible year of growth for online and mobile video. Viewers continue to dramatically change their behaviors, with content choices exploding and connected devices for video proliferating. Incumbents are scrambling to adapt while startups continue to innovate. All are positioning themselves for billions of dollars of video-related spending by consumers and advertisers that are up for grabs.

    As with prior VideoSchmoozes, we'll have an impressive array of sessions and speakers, which I'll announce soon, along with special early-bird registration. Last year we had 250+ attendees and I'm confident we'll have a similarly strong turnout this year too. For industry executives who need to cut through the noise and understand what's really happening in video, VideoSchmooze is a must-attend event.

    I'm delighted to have Brightcove, FreeWheel and Tremor Video on board so far as sponsors for this VideoSchmooze. Additional opportunities are available, please contact me if interested.

     
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  • Altitude Digital Adds Executives, Doubles Revenue and Expands Capabilities

    Altitude Digital, a video supply side platform, has added two new VPs and anticipates more than doubling revenue to $50 million in 2014 as it has continued to expand its programmatic video advertising capabilities. Altitude has its roots in display, but has aggressively invested in programmatic video, now working with over 1,800 publishers.

    The new hires include Ryan Abrahams as VP of New Revenue and Max Gideon, VP of Mobile. Abrahams was most recently Director of Publisher Development, East, for Nexage, a premium mobile ad exchange that was acquired last week by Millennial Media. Gideon was previously at Zynga, in business development and ad management positions.

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  • VideoNuze Podcast #243 - AT&T Promotes OTT and Broadband With New Amazon Offer

    I'm pleased to present the 243rd edition of the VideoNuze podcast with my weekly partner Colin Dixon of nScreenMedia.

    Earlier this week both Colin and I were intrigued to see AT&T in the market with a new $39 per month offer putting broadband and OTT front and center, with HBO/HBO Go plus a year of Amazon Prime. Just the low tier of U-verse U-basic TV is included. Colin and I both interpreted this as an aggressive move to attract millennials/cord-nevers.

    The offer is also the latest by a pay-TV operator using OTT services as a lure. We've seen several European and smaller U.S. pay-TV operators promote Netflix as well. Colin and I discuss how operators are clearly becoming more flexible with regard to OTT services. We wrap up with a  preview of some of the new OTT pay-TV services coming to market and whether a linear TV style package makes sense and whether they too should incorporate OTT services.

    Click here to listen to the podcast (17 minutes, 47 seconds)


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  • Perspective What's this? Automation Brings Engagement and Scalability to Branded Video

    Consumers are spending more of their time with YouTube videos, which represents an opportunity for brands to connect with consumers with a more personal and engaging message.

    Nielsen has already reported that when they include measuring YouTube's audience later this fall it will debut as the largest destination for video viewing among all cable networks and video websites - perhaps by a wide margin.  YouTube has 1 billion unique monthly visitors globally and it continues to grow fast.  In 2012 YouTube grew 55%. Television viewing, however, according to Nielsen, was down by almost 7% in the first quarter of 2014 among 18-24-year-old.


    There is a new culture developing within the social ecosystem that has been called "Gen C."  Gen C is the YouTube generation.  Gen C describes people who care deeply about creation, curation, connection and community. It's not an age group; it's an attitude and mindset.  While Gen C may not be every brand's target audience, the very notion that this is now labeled a generation underscores how large the movement has become.

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