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VideoNuze Analysis

  • VideoNuze Podcast #454: Is YouTube Doing Enough For Its Creators? Brightcove’s Deal for Ooyala OVP

    I’m pleased to present the 454th edition of the VideoNuze podcast, with my weekly partner Colin Dixon of nScreenMedia.

    Colin’s site published a provocative piece this week focused on whether YouTube is doing as much as it should for its vast network of content creators. In our first segment this week we debate this question. Colin asserts YouTube isn’t, while I counter it’s likely doing as much as it feels it needs to, and especially focuses on its biggest creators. We do agree that with YouTube’s audience still growing and advertisers returning, the question may be moot anyway.

    We then dig into this week’s deal by Brightcove to acquire Ooyala’s OVP business, joining two traditional competitors. For me the deal illustrates the rising bar video platforms must meet for both publishers and users, driven by in-house technology found in Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, YouTube and others and the need for greater scale. From a strictly financial standpoint, Brightcove’s move seems savvy and opportunistic.

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  • Brightcove Acquires Ooyala OVP for $15 Million, Gains Technology and Global Reach

    Brightcove has inked a deal to acquire Ooyala’s online video platform (OVP) business for $15 million, with $6.25 million paid in cash and the remainder in Brightcove stock. The deal joins two companies that were among the earliest entrants in the video platform industry in the mid-2000s and competitors ever since.

    Ooyala had been previously bought by Australian telco Telstra in a couple of moves in 2012 and 2014 for over $300 million. Then it and other Telstra video investments were written down completely in 2016 and 2018, resulting in over $500 million in charges. Last fall Ooyala was spun off to management.

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  • Early Bird Registration is Now Open for 9th Annual VideoNuze Video Advertising Summit; Win a 55-Inch Roku TV

    Early bird discounted registration is now open for the 9th annual VideoNuze Video Advertising Summit on Wednesday, May 29th at the Westin Times Square in NYC. By registering early you save $100 and DOUBLE your chances* of winning a 55-inch Roku TV, generously provided by Roku.
     
    The Video Ad Summit is the premier event of the year for anyone in the industry seeking insights and data about video advertising, especially the converging worlds of online, traditional TV, mobile and connected TV advertising as well as the broader digital landscape. As always, the program will include a compelling mix of keynotes, panel discussions, fireside chats and research presentations, covering the hottest topics in the industry. Ad Summit speakers always include top industry executives and thought-leaders. Detailed program info will be posted soon.
     
    Last year's Video Ad Summit drew over 300 attendees and 50+ executive speakers. The 2019 Video Ad Summit will once again be a must-attend event.
     
    I'm excited to have 7 industry-leading companies on board as initial partners, including Title Partner Deloitte Consulting, Premier Partner Extreme Reach, Headline Partners Beachfront Media, Penthera and SpotX, and Branding Partners Brightcove and Roku. I’ll have other partners to share soon.
     
    If you'd like to learn more about speaking and partnership opportunities, please contact me.
     
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    (*Early bird registrants get 2 entries for the Roku TV drawing.)

     
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  • VideoNuze Podcast #453: Super Bowl Streaming Hits New High

    I’m pleased to present the 453rd edition of the VideoNuze podcast, with my weekly partner Colin Dixon of nScreenMedia.

    This past Sunday’s Super Bowl set the record for the lowest total score in the Big Game’s history, but it also set the highest record for number of people watching the action via the Internet. According to Colin’s excellent analysis, upward of 7 million people streamed some portion of the game. About 2.6 million did so via CBS and NFL digital properties. But per Colin’s calculations nearly twice as many watched via virtual pay-TV operators, which stream their services over the Internet. We both believe YouTube TV played a leading role.

    So while the total TV audience watching shrunk to 98.2 million, its lowest level in over 10 years, the number of people who trusted the Internet to stream the action rose to a new high. We discuss the implications of this and the growing role virtual operators are playing now. We also observe how the Big Game’s advertising roster included SVOD providers and other digital-first companies, a sign of its ongoing superiority in reaching a mass audience.

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  • YouTube TV’s Performance Remains Shrouded in Mystery

    Over the past two days Alphabet released strong Q4 ’18 results and YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki posted her annual letter to its creator community. There was plenty to learn from both, but one thing persisted for yet another quarter - YouTube TV’s performance remained shrouded in mystery. Since its initial launch nearly two years ago, in April, 2017, Alphabet and YouTube executives have been incredibly disciplined about not uttering a word (as best I know) about YouTube TV’s total subscribers, quarterly additions, profitability (or lack thereof) or product roadmap.

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  • Videa Gains Momentum for Data-Driven, Automated TV Ads

    It’s no secret that everyone in the TV advertising business is trying to make ads more data-driven, automated and effective as platforms like Google, Facebook and Amazon double down on their efforts to siphon away TV ad dollars. Videa is one company that is having a real impact, tightly focusing on helping TV broadcast stations become more competitive in the fast-changing ad business. I caught up with Videa’s president Shereta Williams recently for an update.

    Videa had a strong 2018 and is closing in on relationships with 600 different stations from all major station owners spanning nearly 160 markets around the U.S., with Shereta adding that the goal is to have 90% coverage by the end of 2019. Through these partnerships Videa gains access to the stations’ full schedule of local inventory across all dayparts in the stations’ primary linear feed, regardless of whether the viewer is accessing over the air, via pay-TV or a virtual pay-TV operator (e.g. YouTube TV, DirecTV Now, etc.). Some virtual pay-TV operators enable dynamic ad replacement or non-linear ads and Videa is not selling those ads. Videa is 100% linear at this time but they aspire to sell across the other streams in the future.

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  • VideoNuze Podcast #452: Where Do Virtual Pay-TV Operators Go From Here?

    I’m pleased to present the 452nd edition of the VideoNuze podcast, with my weekly partner Colin Dixon of nScreenMedia.

    This week’s news that DirecTV Now lost 267K subscribers in Q4 ’18 (a swing from 368K it added in Q4 ’17) raises critical questions about where the virtual pay-TV industry goes from here? As virtual operators’ discounted promotions trail off, prices rise, programming gets rationalized, competition rises and viewers turn to SVOD and ad-supported OTT options, a far more challenging road lies ahead for growing and retaining subscribers.

    In this week’s podcast, Colin and I dig into these issues and speculate on whether, 2 years from now virtual operators combined are more likely to have 15 million subscribers or 1 million subscribers? In other words, which direction is this industry really going in? AT&T seems determined to play a key role with the collection of assets it has assembled. But timing and execution are critical to its success.

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  • Free On-Demand Webinar on The Future of Live Streaming With Viacom and Akamai

    I recently hosted a free webinar on The Future of Live Streaming, with guests Alec Hendry, Senior Director of Technology Convergence at Viacom and Henrik Eriksson, Service Line Manager at Akamai, which presented the webinar which is now available on-demand. Our round table discussion was followed by audience Q&A.

    If you or your colleagues are using live streaming as part of your content strategy or are thinking about doing so, I believe the webinar and Alec’s and Henrik’s insights/advice is invaluable.

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