Posts by Robert Andrews
Robert Andrews
Robert was senior editor, international, at paidContent and GigaOM, where he reported and analysed innovation and strategy at the collision of technology and media. According to The Independent newspaper: "With the media industry in strategic turmoil, Andrews' insights are seen by many key players as essential reading." Robert has previously worked with BBC News, Wired News, Econsultancy and Journalism.co.uk, has taught online journalism and helps companies benefit from online editorial opportunities.

Presidential Hopefuls Are Turning To Programmatic TV Ads: YuMe’s McLernon

If you think it is too soon for so-called “programmatic” advertising buying techniques to jump from the web to mainstream television, consider this – the future president of the United States may already be buying TV ads this way. That is according to video ad tech firm YuMe. Its chief revenue officer Scot McLernon concedes that “there is…

Adobe Turns Sony’s Crackle In To A Rolling Channel: Balchandani

LAS VEGAS — Sony’s Crackle online video-on-demand service is adding rolling, back-to-back video playback for what it’s calling “Always On” consumption. In this video interview with Beet.TV, Adobe Primetime director Lalit Balchandani says Adobe Primetime will be used to power playback, ad insertion and digital rights management: “It is coming out on Roku first…

Videoplaza’s Big Expansion via Telstra’s Ooyala, Tavakoli Explains

LAS VEGAS — Six months after it was acquired by Ooyala, video ad tech provider says it has been surprised to adjust to a very different future quicker than expected. Amongst the biggest changes – not just being acquired, but also being owned by a corporate, following Australian telco Telstra’s earlier…

Haivision Focuses On Video Management: Mason

LAS VEGAS — Video, video everywhere. Montreal-based Haivision started life a decade ago helping video owners encode their content; now it wants to help them organize the plethora of videos that have been digitized. “For the last 10 years, we’ve been focused on helping people distribute assets across the internet; now…

Media Future Is Disruption And Data: GroupM’s Gotlieb

After two decades with the world’s largest ad media company by billings, the man they call “the king of advertising” is still hungry, still changing. Good job – advertising is about to change, a lot. “If someone were to watch me in any given day, I still read scripts from television shows,…

Cisco Brings More Virtual Video To NAB: Yates

LAS VEGAS — This time last year, Cisco unveiled Videoscape Virtualized Video Processing (V2P), a set of technologies allowing video workers to process their material using virtual, or cloud, services. Now it says it has improved the offering, after feedback received from customers. Cisco service provider video marketing director David Yates says improvements are threefold…

Microsoft Unveils New Video Player, Encoding Solutions

LAS VEGAS — Microsoft has used the NAB Show to announce it is expanding its video services suite, including a new video player that speaks fluent HTML5 as well as other standards. Azure Media Services is getting a new video player and transcoding that will take place in the cloud. “(Azure Media Player)…

Better Video, Audio Coming To MPEG-DASH: Microsoft’s Sodagar

LAS VEGAS — The next-generation format for video compression has grown fast over the last couple of years, with adoption from names including Google’s YouTube, Microsoft’s Azure, Adobe Primetime and Akamai. Support for live ad insertion, digital rights management and the HEVC standard was added recently, and European internet TV standard HbbTV just…

Partnership Is Fuel For Creativity: MediaLink’s Kassan

Call it alchemy, call it a meeting of minds, but marrying up seemingly-disparate disciplines it the key to unlocking business growth. So says one of the leaders of cross-disciplinary media consultancy MediaLink. “Partnership is what makes this world go around,” according to CEO Michael Kassan. “You need people who are growing toward the same goals. One…

Advertisers Can Have Their Cake And Eat It: Simulmedia’s Morgan

Brand TV advertising these days is something of a scattergun approach – you pay to reach large audiences, but you can’t guarantee the distribution will really achieve the desired result. Increasingly emboldened by the guarantees that are offered by online advertising, some TV ad buyers are calling for an improvement. And that is what former Tacoda…