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Microsoft, as Publisher, Embraces Programmatic Solution with AppNexus

Inventory sold in the Microsoft ad exchange includes display and mobile apps and will eventually involve video, says Adam Roodman, Director, U.S. Targeting and Programmatic at Microsoft Advertising, in this interview with Beet.TV He says that while much of Microsoft’s inventory is sold directly, on a reserved basis to advertisers,…

Microsoft’s Ferris: Half Of Gamers Use Xbox For Multimedia

CANNES, France — Once upon a time, it was just a games device. Now, Microsoft’s Xbox consoles are used to consume TV, video, music and other content. “Gaming is the core,” says Microsoft’s advertising GM, Scott Ferris. “Over half of people who buy Xbox for gaming end up using it…

Microsoft Touts Computing Power of Xbox as Media Appliance

Microsoft unveiled a slate of new programs for its Xbox gaming console at its NewFront event yesterday and several of shows provide user interactivity.   At the event, we spoke with Scott Ferris, GM of Video Advertising at Microsoft about the new slate, its anticipated appeal for a gaming-oriented audience…

Live Video Management Moves To The Cloud: iStreamPlanet’s Babic

LAS VEGAS — Take more than one video management software suite in to the shower? Now a new breed of company wants to wrap them all in to one package. One such outfit is Las Vegas-based iStreamPlanet, which just announced it will use Microsoft’s Azure cloud hosting to locate its…

Mobile Is Killing Consoles’ TV Dreams: Author Lovell

LONDON — With added TV and video features, the recent launches of the next-generation Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles has seen Microsoft and Sony move further increments closer toward their dreams of being living room entertainment super hubs. But that’s a “flawed strategy”, says one analyst. “The Xbox One…

Microsoft Wants To Help Brands Reach All Users All Day

COLOGNE — Microsoft wants to make its entire product line-up a billboard opportunity. The company wants brands to ride its many platforms and products to reach users, whether that’s via Windows 8, smartphones, gaming or Skype. “It doesn’t matter if you’re in a homeworking scenario, a stay-at-home mom scenario, an…

Mindshare Digital Chief: Microsoft’s Xbox One will be “Game Changer”

CANNES – With Connect technology part of the new Xbox One device, which has many millions of users, Microsoft has presented a “real game changer” to the media world with many possibilities says Norm Johnston, chief digital office for Mindshare Worldwide, the big global media unit of WPP’s GroupM. We…

Microsoft Touts ’100% Always-On’ Xbox One To Advertisers

CANNES – Microsoft believes its Xbox game console can take marketers’ messages to consumers beyond gaming’s traditional hardcore audience. “The fastest-growing demographic on Xbox today is females aged 18 to 39, who happen to be the chief decision-makers on purchases in most households around the world,” Microsoft’s advertising and online…

Furious Minds’ CEO on the New Xbox One

With Microsoft’s May 21 announcement about the upcoming release of Xbox One, the successor to Xbox 360, CEO and Founder of Furious-Minds Ashley J. Swartz says Microsoft is clearly deploying an entertainment platform rather than a gaming platform. During the presentation, gaming wasn’t mentioned until about 30 minutes in when…