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  • VideoNuze Podcast #399: Interview With VideoAmp’s Co-Founder and CEO Ross McCray

    I’m pleased to present the 399th edition of the VideoNuze podcast with my weekly partner Colin Dixon of nScreenMedia.

    This week we’re joined by Ross McCray, co-founder and CEO of VideoAmp, a leading video ad tech platform. VideoAmp positions itself as the “TV operating system for advertising,” working primarily with the buy side to unify linear TV and online video advertising.

    Ross shares his thoughts on a range of key industry issues including how the TV networks are increasing their competitiveness relative to Google and Facebook, how friction in the buy side is being reduced as agencies revamp their organizational structures, the role of 6-second ads in driving new value, how data from tens of millions of TV viewers is now helping create targeted segments, big trends for 2018 and much more.

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  • FreeWheel Q3 ’17 VMR: “New Living Room” Cements Its Critical Role

    Connected TVs and set-top box delivered VOD together accounted for 49% of premium video ad views in Q3 ’17, according to FreeWheel’s newest Video Monetization Report. The combined share is roughly stable over past year. However, STB VOD grew 54% year-over-year (with its share now up to 20%), while connected TV gained 47% YOY (with its share now 29%).

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  • SpotX: OTT Ad Spending Up 18x Over Past 12 Months

    SpotX has revealed that ad spending on its platform for OTT inventory increased by 18x for the 12 months ending October 2017. SpotX defines OTT inventory as including broadcast-quality inventory from TV networks, pay-TV operators and other live, linear and VOD streaming services delivered via connected TVs, desktop and mobile. SpotX said the portion of ad budgets spent on OTT inventory increased from 8% in Oct. ’16 to 26% in Oct. ’17, with 30% expected by end of the year.

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  • Keynote Discussion With Universal McCann’s CIO Jon Stimmel [SHIFT Video]

    Our morning keynote interview at the SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit was with Jon Stimmel, Chief Investment Officer, Universal McCann. Jon was interviewed by Matt Spiegel, Managing Director, Marketing and Technology Solutions, MediaLink about a range of topics including unified measurement, data fragmentation, changes to UM’s planning and investment process, integrated buying, CMOs’ outcome targets and much more.

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  • Innovation in Programmatic Session [SHIFT Video]

    At our recent SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit, one of our sessions focused on innovation in programmatic video and TV, with many topics discussed including header bidding, AI, brand safety, mobile, role of data, syndication and much more.

    Panelists included Paul Bannister (EVP, CaféMedia), Dvir Doron (CMO/BDO, Cedato), Joe Lospalluto (Head of Sales, Americas, Smart), Chip Schenck (VP of Audience and Programmatic Solutions, Meredith), Frank Sinton (President and Founder, Beachfront Media) with Brian Ring (Principal Analyst, Ring Digital LLC) who moderated.

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  • VideoNuze Podcast #398: Pay-TV’s Programming Costs, Netflix Embraces Downloading, Facebook Starts Pre-Rolls

    I’m pleased to present the 398th edition of the VideoNuze podcast with my weekly partner Colin Dixon of nScreenMedia. Many thanks to Brightcove, our podcast sponsor, which, with SpotX and the IAB Tech Lab, shared a great presentation at last week’s SHIFT event about how server side ad insertion complements programmatic (session video is here).

    First up on this week’s podcast, Colin shares his thoughts about why programming costs are likely to continue rising for pay-TV operators, counter to Charter’s CEO Tom Rutledge belief that they’ll moderate. Colin details his reasoning, which could portend higher subscriber bills and therefore more cord-cutting.

    Next, we discuss Netflix’s surprised reaction to the popularity of downloading among its subscribers. I had a laugh out loud moment reading about it earlier this week, since Netflix was steadfastly against downloading until a year ago, when, having been leap-frogged by Amazon, it finally began offering the feature. Netflix’s bias against downloading has been really bizarre and showed a real disconnect in understanding its subscribers.  

    Speaking of reversals, Facebook has had a change of heart about running pre-rolls and now plans to introduce them in Watch. Colin and I discuss why Facebook made the change and what it means for the industry.

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  • Server Side Ad Insertion’s Role with Programmatic Video [SHIFT Video]

    One of the highlights of last week’s SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit was a joint presentation from Brightcove (Mike Green, VP, Marketing and Business Development, Media), SpotX (Kevin Schaum, Sr. Director, Mobile and Connected TV) and the IAB Tech Lab (Amit Shetty,  Sr. Director, Video & Audio Products) on how server side ad insertion (SSAI) adds value to programmatic for both linear and on-demand advertising.

    For those not familiar with SSAI (also known as “ad stitching”), this is a process for inserting ads into a piece of content (frequently long-form). There are multiple benefits of SSAI including better user experiences, reduced buffering, extended device reach, elimination of ad blocking and lower cost of deployment. Mike, Kevin and Amit elaborated on how these benefits are even more valuable for programmatic, especially in live and in skinny bundles, while also noting some of the key outstanding challenges.

    The presentation clearly communicated how the industry needs to work together to evolve video advertising given new viewer behaviors, device proliferation and publishers’ pressures to fully monetize.

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  • Digging Into eMarketer’s Forecast for Programmatic Video & TV Ad Spending [SHIFT VIDEO]

    At last week’s SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit, Lauren Fisher, eMarketer’s principal analyst, kicked off the day sharing her forecasts for both programmatic video and programmatic TV ad spending in the U.S. Following her presentation, I interviewed Lauren and the audience asked a number of questions.

    Overall, Lauren sees strong growth ahead for programmatic video, which will account for 76.5%, or over $13.4 billion of online video advertising by 2019. She’s particularly bullish about the role of mobile, which she sees growing to 60% of programmatic video by 2019. Lauren is also optimistic about connected TV’s opportunity, though she still see it as early in its development.

    Programmatic TV is not nearly as far along, with Lauren forecasting $3.8 billion in spending by 2019, representing 5% of overall TV ad spending. Lauren also reduced her 2018 forecast to $2 billion, which is roughly half of what she forecast for 2018 when she presented at SHIFT 2016. We discuss all the reasons behind her revisions.

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  • Beachfront Media Sells Majority Stake to Private Equity Firms

    Independent programmatic mobile video ad platform Beachfront Media has sold a majority stake to two private equity firms, Growth Catalyst Partners and PSP Capital, a fund started by Penny Pritzker who was previously Secretary of Commerce in the Obama administration. Deal terms were not announced.

    As part of the investment, Bill Jennings, previously president of Page Science, will become CEO of Beachfront, with prior colleague Rich O’Connor becoming CFO. Beachfront co-founder and CEO Frank Sinton will become president, while is co-founder and wife Lisa Connell, will leave the business (both will remain owners).

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  • Google and Facebook Have Single Entity Advantage in Race for TV Ad Dollars

    No surprise, at last week’s SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit, the “duopoly” of Google and Facebook came up repeatedly on stage, mainly in the context of how they’re pursuing TV ad dollars and what the TV industry is doing to defend itself. In fact, the whole concept of “programmatic TV” - TV networks data-enabling and automating /streamlining the ad transaction process - pretty much captures what the industry is doing to become more competitive. 

    But as I listened to and participated in the SHIFT sessions, one consideration kept coming back to me as possibly being the biggest single influence over how TV advertising evolves in the coming years: the idea that Google and Facebook are single entities, while the TV industry is fragmented with many different powerful players, each with their own agendas, capabilities and resources.

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  • VideoNuze Podcast #397: The 4 Big Themes From This Week’s SHIFT // Programmatic Conference

    I’m pleased to present the 397th edition of the VideoNuze podcast with my weekly partner Colin Dixon of nScreenMedia. Many thanks to Brightcove, this week’s podcast sponsor.

    This past Wednesday was our 3rd annual SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit in NYC. There were so many great insights shared by speakers and in today’s podcast, I highlight (and we discuss) 4 main themes that recurred throughout the day.

    Taken together, the themes reveal just how significant the challenges are that the ad-supported TV industry now faces. Changes in viewer behavior, ad buyer expectations, competitive forces and technology have created what a number of speakers characterized as an “existential threat” to ad-supported TV’s future.

    As Colin and I discuss, there are no silver bullets that neatly address these challenges. The industry is trying a lot of different things, but it’s not clear yet what these efforts will add up to.

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  • Join Over 350 Colleagues at Tomorrow's SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit

    Join over 350 industry colleagues at our 3rd annual SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit, tomorrow, Wednesday, November 29th in NYC.

    Over 40 industry leaders will be speaking on 11 sessions, including A+E Networks, Amplifi, Bloomberg Media, Discovery, eMarketer, Fox Networks, Meredith, National Geographic, Publicis Media, Roku, Time, Turner, Vevo, Viacom, plus many others.

    Our 2 amazing keynote guests are Mike Rosen, EVP, Portfolio Sales & Strategy, NBCUniversal, who will be interviewed by Matt Prohaska from Prohaska Consulting and Jon Stimmel, Chief Investment Officer, Universal McCann, who will be interviewed by Matt Spiegel, Managing Director, MediaLink.



    Overall, SHIFT promises to be a premier day of learning and networking.

    All paid registrants are entered to win 1 of 3 Roku Ultra 4K players. Perfect for yourself or for a stocking stuffer gift this holiday season.

    Many thanks to our 14 generous sponsors including Title Partner FreeWheel; Premier Partners SpotX, VertaMedia and Videology; Headline Partners 4C Insights, Beachfront Media, Brightcove, Cadent, Cedato, SintecMedia, Smart AdServer, Vemba; and Branding Partners Gotham Ads and Roku.

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  • VideoNuze Podcast #396: Philo’s Narrow Opportunity; Roku Builds a Flywheel

    I’m pleased to present the 396th edition of the VideoNuze podcast with my weekly partner Colin Dixon of nScreenMedia. Many thanks to Brightcove, this week’s podcast sponsor. Brightcove will be presenting insights on server-side ad insertion at our SHIFT Programmatic conference on Nov. 29th.

    First up, we explore the potential of Philo, the entertainment-oriented skinny bundle that launched earlier this week. For $16 per month, it’s relatively inexpensive, but neither Colin nor I see it as a game-changer for its backers. Key issues are lack of marquee entertainment networks, completion from other skinny bundles and a glut of high-quality entertainment programming from big SVOD providers.

    We then dig into Roku, which reported its first quarterly results as a public company last week. We’re both impressed with how Roku is transitioning from a pure OEM device maker to a licensing and media company focused on online video advertising. By growing its installed base of Roku owners, which in turn supports its ad business, Roku is in the early stages of building a nice flywheel. We discuss both the potential of its model and possible risks.

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  • Connected TV Advertising is Surging

    It’s no secret that connected TV devices have made huge gains in the U.S., with penetration at 60% of homes or more depending on the research source. But whereas these devices were initially used mainly for streaming Netflix and other ad-free SVOD services, evidence is building that viewers are also now using these devices to watch ad-supported video, in turn driving a huge expansion of ad inventory.

    For example, Roku has been saying for a while that Netflix’s share of overall Roku users’ watch time has been steadily decreasing, with ad-supported channels gaining.  And today, Beachfront Media, a video supply-side platform, said that it saw a huge jump in CTV ad requests to over 2 billion in Q3 ’17. Beachfront works mainly with mid-tail and long-tail video providers like WatchMojo, Newsy and Crunchyroll.

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  • Two Weeks From Today at SHIFT Programmatic: Hear from 40 Speakers Including NBCU, UniversalMcCann, Turner, Bloomberg, Vevo, eMarketer + Many Others

    Two weeks from today will be our 3rd annual SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Advertising Summit on November 29th in NYC. The program is locked in with 40 amazing speakers who will be featured in keynotes, research presentations, fireside chats and panel discussions throughout the day.

    Kicking things off will be Lauren Fisher, Principal Analyst at eMarketer, who will share details behind her forecast that programmatic video & TV will exceed $17 billion by 2019.

    Our morning keynote interview is with Mike Rosen, EVP, Portfolio Sales and Strategy, NBCUniversal and the afternoon keynote interview is with Jon Stimmel, Chief Investment Officer, Universal McCann. In addition, Dan Aversano, SVP, Ad Innovation and Programmatic Solutions at Turner Ad Sales will be featured in an afternoon spotlight fireside chat.

    A reminder that all SHIFT paid attendees will be entered to win 1 of 3 Roku Ultra 4K players, generously provided by Roku. Additional discounts are available on 5-packs and 10-packs. And, startups and students can register for the reduced $245 ticket (contact me for the code).



    As always, there will be abundant networking opportunities with speakers and attendees at SHIFT.

    Please join us for what will be the highest-impact day of learning and networking around programmatic video & TV of 2017.

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  • LAST DAY to Save $100 on Tickets to Nov. 29th SHIFT // 2017 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit

    Today’s the last day for early bird discounted tickets for the SHIFT // 2017 Programmatic Video & TV Advertising Summit on Wednesday, November 29th in NYC. Early bird registration saves you $100 and also doubles your chances* of winning 1 of 3 Roku Ultra 4K players, generously provided by Roku. Additional discounts are available on 5-packs and 10-packs. And, startups and students can register for the reduced $245 ticket (contact me for the code).

    SHIFT is going to be a jam-packed day of learning and networking with 30+ industry executives on a dozen different sessions. Attendees will hear from companies leading the charge into programmatic video and TV including 4C Insights, A+E Networks, Amplifi, Beachfront Media, Bloomberg Media Group, Brightcove, Cedato, Cross MediaWorks, eMarketer, FreeWheel, Fox Networks Group, IAB, IBM Watson, MediaLink, Prohaska Consulting, Publicis, Roku, SintecMedia, SpotX, Time, Inc., Turner Ad Sales, Vemba, VertaMedia, Vevo, Viacom, Videology and others.


    Our amazing keynoters are Mike Rosen, EVP, Portfolio Sales and Strategy, NBCUniversal and Jon Stimmel, Chief Investment Officer, Universal McCann,

    I hope you’ll join us for this must-attend day of learning and networking!

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    (* Early bird registrants get 2 entries each for the Roku Ultra drawings.)

     
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  • Early Bird Ends Friday: Save $100 and Win a Roku Ultra at Nov. 29th SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit

    Early bird discounted tickets end on Friday for the SHIFT // 2017 Programmatic Video & TV Advertising Summit on Wednesday, November 29th in NYC. If you register early you save $100 and also double your chances* of winning 1 of 3 Roku Ultra 4K players, generously provided by Roku. Additional discounts are available on 5-packs and 10-packs. Startups and students can register for the reduced $245 ticket (contact me for the code).

    SHIFT is going to be a jam-packed day of learning and networking with 30+ industry executives on a dozen different sessions. Attendees will hear from companies leading the charge into programmatic video and TV including 4C Insights, A+E Networks, Amplifi, Beachfront Media, Bloomberg Media Group, Brightcove, Cedato, Cross MediaWorks, eMarketer, FreeWheel, Fox Networks Group, IAB, IBM Watson, MediaLink, Prohaska Consulting, Publicis, Roku, SintecMedia, SpotX, Time, Inc., Turner Ad Sales, Vemba, VertaMedia, Vevo, Videology and others.

    Our amazing keynoters are Mike Rosen, EVP, Portfolio Sales and Strategy, NBCUniversal and Jon Stimmel, Chief Investment Officer, Universal McCann.



    I hope you’ll join us for this must-attend day of learning and networking!

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    (* Early bird registrants get 2 entries each for the Roku Ultra drawings.)

     
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  • Videology Launches DETVgo as Free On-Ramp for Advanced TV Ad Buying

    Late last week Videology announced DETVgo, a free product that allows ad buyers to begin using data-enabled TV advertising to target specific audiences and then build and optimize media plans. Stacy Daft, Videology’s GM, Enterprise Business Development, told me in a briefing that DETVgo gives ad buyers a low barrier path for trying data-enabled TV ad buying.

    All of the major TV networks are investing heavily in data enablement of their ad inventory to help buyers more precisely target audiences. This is a critical step as big digital players, including Google and Facebook, have ramped up their video initiatives to grab a share of TV ad spending.

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  • Program and Initial Speakers for Nov. 29th SHIFT // Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit Now Available

    The program and initial group of over 25 speakers for SHIFT // 2017 Programmatic Video & TV Ad Summit on Wednesday, November 29th in NYC are now available on the SHIFT web site. The program includes 12 sessions that will dig into all aspects of programmatic video & TV. There are keynote interviews, fireside chats, research presentations and discussion sessions all meant to enhance attendees’ understanding of the burgeoning programmatic video & TV landscape.

    Our initial group of speakers come from leading advertisers, agencies, content providers/publishers, technology providers and investors. Our keynoters are Mike Rosen, EVP, Portfolio Sales and Strategy, NBCUniversal, who will talk about how the company is raising the bar for programmatic and Jon Stimmel, Chief Investment Officer, Universal McCann who will address agency opportunities in programmatic video and TV.



    Other speakers are from A+E Networks, Amplifi, Beachfront Media, Cedato, eMarketer, Essence, Fox, FreeWheel, IAB, IBM Watson, MediaLink, Meredith, SintecMedia/Operative, Prohaska Consulting, Roku, SpotX, Time, Turner Ad Sales, VertaMedia, The Vertere Group, Videology, with many others to be announced soon.

    Reminder that all paid registrants will be entered to win 1 of 3 Roku Ultra 4K streaming players, generously provided by Roku. In addition, early bird registrants save $100 off the regular rates. Further discounts are available on 5-packs and 10-packs. And, startups and students can register for the reduced $245 ticket (contact me for the code).

    Learn more and register now!

     
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  • Perspective What's this? 3 Unlikely Reasons Why Native Video Advertising is Taking Off



    Video has attracted the interest of advertisers, which means that it has become a point of emphasis for publishers as well. This has brought on increased competition for traditional pre-roll inventory, forcing both advertisers and publishers alike to explore new units that can deliver video experiences.



    One area that has grown immensely in popularity is native video, with publishers like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Hearst, Forbes, The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed all exploring native models.

 Native’s growth isn’t simply due to the fact that it’s available and fulfilling the market demand for more inventory. Instead, it’s growing in popularity - and performance - for reasons that fly in the face of conventional ad industry wisdom. Here’s a look at what’s driving native video’s growth.

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