There remains a seemingly perennial theme present in the Upfronts: unification and the ability to help advertisers reach their audience regardless of their device or platform. As more of this premium video is consumed across different screens, the quantity of unified transactions that occur across linear and digital TV has increased. With every year that passes, this theme grows ever more pronounced as the aggregation of audiences and execution of unified campaigns creates complexity for buyers and sellers who are often native to one side of the premium video world.
On Sunday February 5th, FreeWheel was the exclusive provider of ad decisioning solutions for FOX’s production of Super Bowl LI, enabling FOX to serve both national and local affiliate ad streams across all digital platforms with its Hybrid Linear Digital Ad Scheduler (HyLDA). In a Super Bowl streaming first, FOX supported custom digital ad insertions for 135 participating affiliates.
Like all mass media, the TV and premium video industry is in a time of transition: digital technology is impacting the way people choose to consume media which has far reaching consequences. Reports of TV’s death have been greatly exaggerated but there is no doubt that viewing habits are creating more complexity for the media owner, the brand advertiser, and everyone in between. The good news is that while linear TV viewing may be declining, total audience/viewing of video is up, affirming the need to re-aggregate these fragmented audiences to achieve scale across the array of new screens.