Archive for the 'Media and Telecom Industry Analysis' Category

For Viamedia, cross-channel inventory is key

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Cable TV ad rep firm Viamedia made its way into the business in an unorthodox way, by striking alliances with non-traditional video service providers like SureWest and Frontier Communications to sell local TV advertising inventory.

But the Lexington, Ky. company has discovered one key to growth is an entrenched staple of the business: cross-channel promotion for a video provider’s own products. (more…)

This Technology: alternative content is the splice of life

Monday, February 15th, 2016

If you thought cable advertising was starting to get hyper-targeted before, here’s a news nugget that stretches the boundaries of the medium ever further.

Denver-based This Technology, a provider of software that injects dynamic video advertisements into on-the-fly video streams, has figured out a way not only to associate targeted ad spots within IP video streams that show up on tablets and smartphones, but to get targeted ad spots placed within alternative programming that’s used as a replacement for what’s normally on the air.

Dizzy? That makes two of us. (more…)

Cable’s secret ad sales weapon: people

Monday, February 15th, 2016

In a local advertising marketplace where lines of demarcation between media providers are blurring, cable’s most effective competitive weapon isn’t addressable advertising, dynamic VOD insertion or multi-screen advertising placement, says Time Warner Cable Media President Joan Gillman.

It’s people. (more…)

The tablet just ate my TV!

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Today’s New York Times story points out how television set manufacturers hope to ignite lackluster sales by building improved “smart TV” functionality into their mainstay products. Among initiatives is a move by Roku, the nimble provider of Internet video electronics, to embed its platform into a new line of TV sets. Samsung and others also are said to be “bullish” about the budding prospects for smart TVs, which plant Internet connections, processing capability and operating systems into TV sets.

This notion of improving the big-screen TV experience by adding Internet connectivity and easy access to streaming applications is attractive if you’re a TV set maker looking for a growth story between now and sometime when Ultra HD really happens – if it ever does. Video streaming, as everyone knows, is the rising star of television, and the fact that millions of people have rigged up external devices to connect TVs to the Internet – video game systems and boxes like Apple TV and Roku among the notables – is proof positive of

But just as TV set makers get wise to the possibilities of built-in Internet connectivity, a more meaningful revolution is brewing that threatens to undercut the strategy: The TV set is being displaced.

By a little tablet computer. (more…)

Is housing the reason for Comcast’s rebound?

Monday, February 15th, 2016

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Comcast’s announcement this week that video subscriber growth resumed late in 2013 after a multi-year drain drew cheers from investors who bid up the stock and praise from the prominent industry analyst Craig Moffett, who proclaimed Comcast has unseated DirecTV as the proud provider of the best pay-TV experience in the U.S. (more…)

It’s alive! Dynamic ads are up, running…and not all that scary

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

The cable network that’s all about scary is trying to take some of the fear out of dynamic VOD advertising.

Fearnet and its national advertising rep, Los Angeles-based Sony Pictures Television, are first out of the gate in selling dynamic advertising positions in viewer-requested video streams that run over cable and telco-video systems.

So far, says Paul Brennan, Sony’s SVP of Advertising Sales, nobody has run away screaming from the pitch. Instead, Sony has sold campaigns on Fearnet VOD to a group of advertisers across consumer brand categories including automotive (Volvo and others), film (Relativity Media, Anchor Bay Entertainment and others) video games (EA and Capcom) and television brands including AMC and Starz Entertainment. “Because there’s a conscious decision of a viewer to be there, it’s a very strong place to advertise,” he says. (more…)

Comcast-TWC could speed advanced ad deployment

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

An advanced television advertising capability long pursued by the cable industry is starting to get some attention – and some traction.

It’s household addressability, or the ability to send to your neighbor who’s watching ESPN a different commercial message than the one you see at exactly the same time, on exactly the same channel, because you have different demographic or behavioral characteristics than the guy next door. Neat, huh?

Except there’s a rub: right now the attention is going mostly to satellite TV, not cable, because Dish Network and DirecTV are out in front with bigger rollout footprints and scale in the addressable advertising category. (more…)

Making the case for digital downloads

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

With a new digital movie delivery service, Disney and Apple this week joined the burgeoning movement to cloud storage and retrieval of media stuff. Similar to the Ultraviolet platform that Disney has shunned in favor of its own solution, the Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) service lets users buy and watch movies on digital devices, in this case iPads, iPhones and iPods. It’s sort of a Disney-fied, miniature version of iTunes, and if you sign up you get Disney’s animated feature “The Incredibles” for free.

One of the appealing elements of DMA, Ultraviolet and other digital delivery platforms like Amazon Instant Video and Apple TV is a warm and comforting acquiescence to the cloud. Thanks to the pairing of mega-server arrays and fast broadband connections to them, we’re quickly becoming liberated from the do-it-yourself handiwork of the old days, when we had to manage the downloading of files to devices or personal storage systems. (more…)

Ma Bell makes a big bet on legacy TV

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

AT&T’s big bet on old-school video delivery technology testifies to an inescapable reality of the telecommunications scene: pay-TV still rules.

At a time when everybody’s rushing to plant a stake in the online video delivery business, the $48.5 billion-plus-debt deal to buy DirecTV signals the enduring economic power of a tried-and-true formula: charging millions of people $100 per month for packages of TV channels. (more…)

How the youth movement is sinking legacy TV

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Nielsen’s latest take on how the American populace is shifting TV viewing habits is especially troubling (if your biz model has “legacy” written on it, at least) from a standpoint of youthful demographics. While Americans at large spent two fewer minutes per week watching traditional television during the third quarter of 2014 versus two years ago, viewing time among 18-24 year-olds plunged nearly 22 percent over the same time period.