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true[X] Gives Engaged Viewers Fewer, Better Ads

Big media companies don’t usually buy vendors that want to rip up their historic main funding mechanism. But true[X] wants to reboot the way advertising is delivered by 21st Century Fox, which acquired it for $200 million in December. What is true[X]’s big idea? Rewarding viewers for interacting with good ads by showing…

Videos Need Better Ad Info: Coull’s Forsberg

LONDON — Ad tech platforms need to do a better job of telling ad buyers exactly what kind of video placements they are bidding for, says an exec from one such company. “Standards like the RTB spec and the exchanges need to wake up start adding more metadata to these requests to enrich that…

Programmatic Video Taking Off In UK: TubeMogul’s Reid

LONDON — Like most technologies, so-called “programmatic” sales of online video ad inventory first took hold in the US. Now it is gathering pace across the pond. “We’ve seen … 40% more demand in the UK from Q1 to Q4,” according to video ad tech outfit TubeMogul’s UK MD Nick Reid. “We’ve also seen…

Unruly Brings “Emotional Programmatic” To US Advertisers

If you had tracked two trillion video views since 2006, you would probably know quite a lot about how people respond to video ads. Sarah Wood has, and her video ad tech firm, Unruly, is helping brands understand. “What are the drivers of shareability?,” she says. “Some people think it’s…

Wibbitz Auto-Magically Turns News Stories In To Videos: CEO

Newspaper newsrooms have been saying for years that their future is in video. But video remains hard and expensive to produce for organizations whose core competency is the “inverted pyramid” of text news stories. Enter Wibbitz, an Israeli company that wants to help them out. Wibbitz ingests client publishers’ news articles, runs artificial…

Broadcasters’ Web Strategy Just Got Real: Lakana’s Hyun

LAS VEGAS — No longer is it enough for broadcasters to regard online channels as the shop-window for core analog platforms – now digital is part and parcel of their core business, says one man who powers web output for hundreds of TV stations. “A lot of the broadcasters used…

Saffron Goes Live To Reduce Complexity: Bierstein

Broadcast online video technology supplier Saffron Digital is hoping to make life easier for content distributors, as it launches a solution to shift live linear TV. The outfit has added live capability to its MainStage platform, following a partnership with Nowtilus. Company sales and marketing SVP Malachi Bierstein says the…

MPEG-DASH Moving Toward Deployment: Wowza’s Knowlton

LAS VEGAS — MPEG-DASH, the digital video standard that uses adaptive bitrate streaming to offer higher-quality video and audio with encryption and cross-platform capability, is increasingly being looked to by video content owners searching for an alternative, says a video server vendor. “DASH is getting more and more attention out in the real…

Microsoft Dashes To MPEG-DASH Support: Sodagar

LAS VEGAS — DASH by name, dash by nature? The draft international standard for MPEG-DASH, the video standard bringing higher-quality video and audio to digital media by using adaptive bitrate streaming, was first specced out in 2011. Now it is fast being adopted by big-name video server vendors. “We have been…

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)…