There’s a scene in the Seinfeld episode, “The Pitch,” where Jerry and George are pitching their concept for a sitcom about nothing. NBC executives, Jerry and George spend a little time hashing out the sitcom idea in real time. While pressing them on the concept, the president of NBC, Russell Dalrymple (played by Bob Balaban), asks George why, if nothing happens, is he watching it?
The unification (or convergence) of video is upon us but measurement remains the number one challenge for buyers to invest more in cross-platform executions. At the heart of that challenge is a constantly changing viewing landscape and the inherent differences between linear and digital television and all of its incarnations.
The concept of unification and what it means for the premium video advertising industry is one of today’s hottest topics. From changes in publishers’ businesses to how viewers are consuming content, the industry is driving towards buying and selling inventory in a holistic, unified manner across all screens.
At FreeWheel, our partnership with AdMonsters is one that we truly enjoy being a part of. The community of operations professionals fostered in that environment allows us to really dig in with the people who use our technology and understand their businesses, their pain points, and how they go to market.
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.