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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…

SpotXchange Offers Publishers VideoElephant’s Video Content

Many advertisers don’t believe there is sufficient high-quality video content out there on which to advertise. So SpotXchange, an ad tech platform serving video advertisers, is offering to help publishers increase their video output, without having to produce video of their own. The company is connecting with VideoElephant of Dublin, a library…

GroupM’s Norman: Facebook Lags Twitter For Video Advertisers

AUSTIN – Facebook wants to make a big splash in the world of video advertising. But failings in its offering mean it still has a way to go, according to a leading ad agency boss. “The advertiser is competing with the regular newsfeed and the rest of the user-generated newsfeed. It remains a challenging environment,” GroupM…

NewFronts Will Be Bigger, Open To Smaller Firms, IAB’s Rothenberg

The Digital Content NewFronts, the event in which digital content owners get to shop their latest productions to marketers eager for an audience, is coming up on April 27 in New York. “The NewFronts are expanding to almost two full weeks,” says IAB president and CEO Randall Rothenberg, whose organization stages the…

Publishers, Broadcasters Going ‘Programmatic-First': SpotXchange’s Buckley

After originally being considered a last resort, so-called “programmatic” methods of trading online ad inventory are moving up publishers’ pecking order, according to one platform exec. “The traditional model is ‘let’s sell everything we can up-front through a direct sales model and then whatever’s left let’s push in to our SSP platform or exchange environments’,” SpotXchange platform SVP Sean…

Not Enough Data About Video Content: Coull’s Watkins

For an ad tech industry used to talking so much about “data” these days, it may seem counterintuitive to suggest that there is insufficient data around. But that’s the reality when it comes to video, says one video ad tech exec. “There’s a paucity of data,” says Irfon Watkins, CEO and co-founder of Coull,…

Time Inc Sees Greater Role For Video Across Brands

FORT LAUDERDALE — What’s a magazine anymore? A video series, an app, or a cross-portfolio digital aggregation, according to publisher Time Inc’s video SVP JR McCabe. “I look at the portfolio as brands, not as magazines,” McCabe tells Beet.TV. Case in point is recently-launched Daily Cut, which scoops up video…

Authenticated Online Viewing Is Booming: FreeWheel’s Rooke

FORT LAUDERDALE — Online video viewing that requires consumers log in is growing, now that TV Everywhere services have popularized the notion. That is according to video ad tech platform FreeWheel, which expects to observe growth in its upcoming Q4 video monetization report. FreeWheel’s business solutions GM James Rooke expects “continued growth in viewing…

Data Can Drive Creative: Eyeview CEO Harnevo

FORT LAUDERDALE — What place creativity when ads can be scientifically created to match viewer emotions using all manner of data points? Eyeview, a vendor which helps personalize video ads according to targeting criteria, thinks the two disciplines connect. “For example, a retailer has 100,000 products in different locations, different…