UM’s Hill On The Evolutionary Pressures Reshaping The Television Market

There might not be anything revolutionary per se about the 2017 TV Upfront, but that’s not to suggest there aren’t a variety of evolutionary forces reshaping the competitive landscape. They range from competitive pressure to build out dynamic ad insertion capabilities to offering more precise audience targeting and ensuring brand-safe digital ad environments. These are […]

 
 

Live Video And Living Room Viewing Are Premium Growth Areas: FreeWheel’s Lawlor

If premium video providers need a promotional tagline to summarize their current world, it could well be “Coming to you live on your living room television.” That’s because two of the biggest takeaways from the FreeWheel Video Monetization Report (VMR): Q4 2016 are a big uptick in live and simulcast viewing and a migration of viewing […]

 
 

MediaLink’s Millard Welcomes Audience Buying, More Brand Safety

Buying television based on audiences as opposed to programming is a welcome evolution to media veteran Wenda Harris Millard. And while the term “quality programming” is in the eye of the beholder, she thinks marketers have every right to know exactly where their ads are running. “I’ve been in the business for a long time. […]

 
 

Programmatic TV Update: DataXu, Google, FreeWheel, Videology Weigh In at the Beet Retreat

VIEQUES, PR — Video ad-tech vendors have spent the last couple of years sniffing around the TV industry, hoping to start processing even a fraction of the $75bn US TV advertising industry in the same way they have begun gobbling up online video ads. But a new rationalism has recently dawned on the vendor community, and ad-tech […]

 
 

FreeWheel Council Research: Consumer Ad Experience Tops Agency, Brand Concerns

LOS ANGELES – More than half (52%) of 250 agency and brand leaders surveyed by the FreeWheel Council for Premium Video believe that improving the video ad experience for consumers is the biggest challenge for the industry. The findings underscore the need for creative diversity so that messaging is appropriate across all screens. Given the 2017 […]

 
 

FreeWheel Evolves to Enable Range of Monetization Strategies, Van Ullen explains

VIEQUES, PR — FreeWheel’s video advertising server software is used by both broadcast and non-broadcast media companies alike, to better tap in to demand for their valuable ad space. But those two segments have very different rationales for wanting ad-tech, so FreeWheel approaches each differently. That is according to FreeWheel publisher partnerships VP Julie Van Ullen, […]

 
 

GroupM’s Norman: Consumer Entertainment Choices A ‘Complicated Puzzle’

One expects to see faster chipsets from the NVIDIAs and Qualcomms of the world at CES 2017, plus more dazzling television screens. But for TV programmers, a lot of the action will focus on skinny bundles and trying to figure out how consumers will figure out their individual relationships with entertainment content. This is the […]

 
 

Consumers Don’t Want Dysfunction In Their Tech Choices: UM’s Richardson

A world without friction or seams probably won’t ever happen, even though consumers seek it constantly. In the meantime, marketers need to focus on the technologies that are showing signs of progress, whether it’s with augmented/virtual reality, artificial intelligence or eyeglass video. “I think one of the challenges that we’ve still got with that technology […]

 
 

Kawaja on AT&T/Invidi Deal, Adobe/TubeMogul and Accelerated Consolidation in the Year Ahead

Following a record year for mergers and acquisitions in the digital advertising and media space, “the volume is going to continue” in 2017. That’s the forecast from LUMA Partners Founder & CEO Terry Kawaja, whose advice for startups in the artificial and virtual reality space—plus the Internet of things—is don’t be too early. In an […]

 
 

Premium Video’s Evolving Value According to FreeWheel, Integral Ad Science & Mediaocean

What is the value of premium video in the modern marketing mix? Big and growing, according to a three-strong panel assembled by Beet.TV to chew over the latest issues. In this interview, our panelists discuss lingering fraud issues, vendor challenges and the multi-dimensional value of video… Cross-platform brand safety  Brand safety on web may have been […]

 
 

Voice Recognition For TV ‘The New Battlefront’: OMD USA’s Winkler

Pure programmatic buying of television ads in a real-time, automated fashion is not happening at any kind of scale today and probably won’t for a few years, according to the Chief Investment Officer for OMD USA. However, “A lot of the benefits from programmatic thinking are starting to come into the marketplace, mostly through the […]

 
 

GroupM’s Rob Norman: Viewability Not Acceptable in Feed-Based Environments

While digital ad viewability probably won’t be the “topic de jure” at CES 2017, GroupM is taking into account modifiers for U.S. feed-based video advertising as it takes its own viewability standards global, according to Chief Digital Officer Rob Norman. “It’s pretty well known that the GroupM viewability standards aren’t met by feed-based environments,” Norman […]

 
 

Next Stop For 605: CES, New Devices And Cross-Screen Measurement Opportunities

As it prepares for its first CES event in Las Vegas, data and analytics provider 605 will be looking at new video delivery devices slightly differently than programmers. Whereas programmers mostly envision additional viewer fragmentation, 605 sees opportunity to provide measurement solutions. As a “pure data play,” 605 doesn’t sell media or advertising, isn’t a […]

 
 

FreeWheel Report: OTT, Set-Top Box VOD Viewing Eclipses Desktop

First it was desktop, then mobile and now it’s all about the living room at premium video ad management solutions provider FreeWheel. That’s because “This is truly premium viewing experiences,” says SVP of Client Services Mike Lawlor. “It’s lean back, it’s dynamic, it’s highly engaged viewers on 60-inch television screens.” Moreover, it’s “fraud-free, it’s 100% […]

 
 

Canal+ Blesses FreeWheel-StickyADs.TV Combine With Cross-Screen Ad Deal

LONDON – If anyone in the premium video business doubted the logic behind FreeWheel’s acquisition of StickyADs.tv, French media giant Canal+ dispelled it by choosing the combined entity to optimize and manage its advertising inventory across all screens. “So now we can safely say we have a presence as FreeWheel at very single broadcaster in […]

 
 

FreeWheel’s Council Aims To Unify Cross-Screen Lexicon, Rothwell Says

MIAMI — “Multi-screen”, “converged”, “transmedia”, or “platform-neutral”? The number of ways you could describe the new challenge of reaching consumers across multiple devices is mindboggling. But one word is inarguable – “complex”. That’s why the FreeWheel Council for Premium Video, a collection of video providers advocating alongside the video ad-tech vendor, is aiming to stitch back together […]

 
 

FreeWheel Council: Frequency, Customization, Diverse Creative Key To Premium Video Ads

ORLANDO – After studying video consumption patterns, the FreeWheel Council for Premium Video has established a position on improving the consumer ad experience in three areas: proper frequency, customizing the ad experience and maximizing the diversity and quality of advertising creative. “It’s really important for us to ensure that the ad experience and all of […]

 
 

Verizon Digital Media Services: The ‘Supply Chain’ For AOL And Yahoo

The integration of Verizon Digital Media Services with AOL and Yahoo is “just the beginning” of a path that could see VDMS build its own dynamic ad decisioning technology. Until then, the company is happy to be agnostic with its integration decisions, says President Ralf Jacob. “A lot of people have asked why AOL, why […]

 
 

FreeWheel Co-Founder Diane Yu: Big Tech Platforms Need To Be Agile, Anticipate Customer Demands

COLOGNE-Being a big ship that cannot turn quickly is not a ship you want to be piloting when it comes to technology platforms, according to Diane Yu, CTO and one of three co-founders of premium video solutions provider FreeWheel. Unless you are agile enough to grow while anticipating all customers’ demands, “You then fall behind […]

 
 

Premium Content Defines Prime Ads, Whatever The Channel, FreeWheel’s Bremond

LONDON — What differentiates prime from sub-prime advertising inventory? Different media platforms can charge for ads in different and unique ways – but, in the end, value all comes back to content, says one ad-tech exec. “You may end up saying ‘my set-top box inventory is worth a lot more valuable than my IP inventory’,” says Thomas […]

 
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