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  • VideoSchmooze on Dec. 4th - New Sessions Added, Save Now, Win a TiVo Roamio Plus

    The next VideoSchmooze: Online Video Leadership Forum is coming up on Thursday morning, Dec. 4th in NYC and the program is continuing to get stronger, with 2 new sessions added: "TV, Disrupted: Online Originals Hit Their Stride" and "The Connected TV Audience: Not Who You Might Think."

    Viewership of online original programming has been surging and there's now a massive ecosystem creating great high-quality originals well beyond marquee shows from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc. For many millennials in particular, online programming is now more appealing than traditional TV. This session brings together executives at 3 of the biggest players in online originals - Fullscreen, DEFY Media and Vimeo, to discuss what drives originals' success, why fans are so engaged, how originals are being monetized and what it all means for traditional TV.

    Helping enable online originals is the fact that connected TVs are now in more than half of all U.S. homes. But you might be surprised about who's driving this adoption. In a special research session, Tremor Video's head of market research Doron Wesly will present brand-new data about who owns connected TVs, how their behavior differs from traditional TV viewers and how this is changing the video ecosystem.



    I'll be unveiling the final pieces of VideoSchmooze's exciting morning-only program in the next couple of weeks. As always, it's shaping up to be an amazing morning of learning and networking for 250+ industry executives who need to be in the know.

    Early bird tickets are available now for $95, with 5-packs for $430 and 10-packs for $760. As an extra incentive, all early bird registrants will be entered to win a TiVo Roamio Plus DVR with Lifetime service - $1,000 value, generously provided by TiVo. I've owned one for a while and in my opinion it's the BEST connected device around.

    I look forward to seeing you on Dec. 4th!

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  • Adobe: Online Video Starts in Q2 '14 Hit Record High of 38.2 Billion

    Adobe's Q2 '14 U.S. Digital Video Benchmark report has found that global online video starts hit 38.2 billion, a 43% increase vs. Q2 '13 and a new record among Adobe customers. Q2 was fueled in part by the heavily streamed World Cup matches in June. Mobile continued to experience strong growth too, with 26% of starts occurring on mobile devices, up from 19% a year earlier. Smartphones notched 13.6% of starts vs. 13% for tablets, the first time smartphones have pulled ahead. However, just 16.6% of mobile videos reached 75% completion.

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  • Perspective What's this? Times, They Are a-Changin' - Online Video Revenues Hinge On Off-YouTube Strategies

    The list of YouTubers who owe their success to YouTube alone is shrinking. After years of dominating the online video market, YouTube is no longer the only place where online video is happening. From big video outfits like Maker Studios, to independent YouTube stars like PewDiePie, video producers who got their start on YouTube are now looking beyond YouTube for their next act.

    Diversify revenue streams. It sounds simple enough, but as smart a move as this is, there are plenty of potential pitfalls in its execution. Because as much as relying on YouTube as your sole revenue stream is a mistake, not fully taking advantage of the alternative distribution channels at your disposal - or using them haphazardly - is an even bigger mistake.

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  • Pixability Introduces Programmatic Platform to Optimize YouTube Ads

    Advertising on YouTube offers a ton of potential, but remains a complicated endeavor, creating friction for prospective buyers. To simplify things, Pixability is introducing v3 of its platform, which aims to optimize YouTube TrueView ads by enabling programmatic management of AdWords for Video buying. Bettina Hein, Founder and CEO of Pixability and Andreas Goeldi, CTO, demo'd the new features for me, explaining how they create new value for YouTube advertisers.

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  • More Video Ad Tech Consolidation As Ooyala Acquires Videoplaza

    The video ad tech consolidation trend continues on, with the latest deal seeing Ooyala acquire London-based Videoplaza for an undisclosed sum. The deal comes just 2 months after Ooyala itself was acquired by the big Australian telecom provider Telstra, which was a previous investor. Jonathan Wilner, VP, Product at Ooyala, told me in an interview that these are just the first 2 steps in Telstra's broader ambition to help content providers better monetize their video, particularly by using data.

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  • Why the Timing is Now Perfect for a Netflix-Comcast Partner Deal

    If your head is still spinning from last week's HBO/CBS/potential cord-cutting news, then buckle up, because here's another doozy that seems ripe to be right around the corner: a partnership deal between Netflix and Comcast. You heard that right - two companies that have been sniping at each for years now have a perfect moment to strike a partnership deal with significant upside to both.

    First, as far as the deal itself, it would roughly follow the template Netflix has already established with large pay-TV operators in Europe and smaller ones in the U.S. All those deals' details aren't known, but at a minimum they include operators integrating Netflix's app into their IP-based set-top boxes'/devices' UI, certain co-marketing arrangements, and some type of revenue sharing by Netflix (i.e. one-time new subscriber bounties and/or ongoing revenue sharing).

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  • VideoNuze Podcast #246 - Will HBO OTT Be Seismic or a Dud?

    I'm pleased to present the 246th edition of the VideoNuze podcast with my weekly partner Colin Dixon of nScreenMedia.

    HBO's big OTT announcement generated massive coverage this week. Following my initial 8 reactions I shared on Wednesday, in today's podcast, Colin and I hash out whether HBO OTT will be a seismic event (as many people want to believe) or whether it will be a complete dud.

    Given the scarcity of details HBO shared, it's still a lot of guesswork. But Colin and I do our best to frame things, including the all-important questions of what content will be included in HBO OTT and what the price point will be.

    These decisions put HBO executives in an extraordinarily sensitive position. It's no exaggeration to say HBO OTT has the potential to reshape HBO's future as well as its parent company Time Warner and more broadly, the contours of the entire TV, Hollywood, OTT and sports industries. Note however, that "potential" is the epically operative word here.

    Listen in to learn more!

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  • Why Proliferating SVOD Services Could Actually Be Very Good News For Pay-TV

    Between HBO's OTT announcement yesterday and CBS's this morning, there're intensifying buzz that the demise of pay-TV, with its expensive multichannel bundles, may finally be upon us. But here's a contrarian thought: what if all of the SVOD activity we're already seeing - plus more that's sure to come - is actually very good news for pay-TV? Before you scoff at me as a head-in-the-sand pay-TV defender, stop and consider the following.

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