Welcome to the FreeWheel Blog. Our presence at the center of the New TV Ecosystem provides us with a unique point of view on the many issues facing the industry. The purpose of the FreeWheel blog is to share our perspective on industry opportunities, news and stories, including a look behind the scenes at how we power the advertising businesses of the largest media and entertainment companies in the world, while enabling them to scale their business and maximize value from their content.
When the FreeWheel Council for Premium Video (FWC) surveyed 243 brand and ad agency executives in late 2016, the advertising experience was rated as the most significant challenge facing the video industry today. As anyone who is part of the advertising value chain will tell you, there are many variables and responsible parties involved in ensuring the right ad shows up in the right place at the right time, and in the right way.
From the thought leaders that bring you the quarterly Video Monetization Report (VMR), comes a new track of transformational research: FreeWheel Signature Insights, a new platform for exploring the most widely-debated, needle-moving issues driving the premium video economy. The inaugural installment of this semi-annual study takes a closer look at the growing prominence of over-the-top (OTT) devices and what makes them so promising yet challenging for the industry to monetize at scale. Here’s a preview of just a few of the takeaways from the report.
When FreeWheel was established 10 years ago, the foundational DNA was comprised of a great product, a great team, and great market dynamics. But to take success to the highest level, our founders built a culture of purposeful, proudly unique, and deeply caring individuals—values that are mirrored today across Comcast’s Advanced Advertising Group.
As someone deeply committed to volunteering in my personal life, coming to an organization that values and supports giving initiatives was a key part in my decision to join this great company. Here’s a look back at the many initiatives that our talented and ambitious teams have accomplished so far this year.
Over the past two weeks since returning from the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, I’ve had a chance to reflect on the stellar opportunities afforded by this truly unique global event. After all, Cannes Lions doesn’t just play host to the largest gathering to worldwide advertising professionals but also to 15,000 marketing and media executives— a collective intersection of advertising, entertainment, media, and technology unlike any other. South of France setting aside, is there a better setting for our global teams to bring industry leaders together to strategically drive the industry forward?
Following on the success of the FreeWheel Council for Premium Video (FWC) in North America, we’re excited to announce that the FWC has launched in Europe, extending its remit to champion the premium video industry on an international level. The FreeWheel Council for Premium Video Europe (FWCE) has 13 members at launch, including some of Europe’s largest Broadcasters and Operators.
As we turned the corner into 2017, one thing became clear: the industry has never been closer to true unification in premium video than it is now. The FreeWheel Video Monetization Report: Q1 2017 highlights how the boundaries between what we consider “traditional TV” and digital video are dissolving, and that at the end of the day, it’s all just video. Live and full-episode TV-quality content grew at double-digit rates across the board and nearly half of all digital video consumption occurs on the big screen. New MVPD subscription models are emerging. Viewers have high expectations around all components of the premium content experience, and publishers and advertisers alike are recognizing that cooperation will be crucial in driving the industry forward. Here are a few trends we observed in this quarter’s report to highlight.
First thing’s first: I love the candor of AdMonsters conferences; nothing to be gained by blowing smoke up each other’s supply chains. Last week was no different and key learnings abounded. I was honored to moderate a panel at AdMonsters Ops NYC where I was joined by Eyal Ebel, SVP, Programmatic Revenue at Univision; Diego Sanchez, Head of Digital Partnerships and Programmatic Revenue at Rodale; and Adam Heimlich, SVP, Programmatic at Horizon Media, to discuss the evolution of video content and monetization.
The phrase “Advanced TV” is everywhere these days – in the trades, on social media, and in industry-related conversations – and it’s commonplace to encounter a different definition of Advanced TV in each setting. Some think it’s as simple as an internet connected television. Others believe it’s a far off, future concept. And still more equate Advanced TV with “programmatic,” a term in itself so confusing that the IAB recently called to abolish the term. One thing we can all agree on is that the current definition of Advanced TV is vague at best. It’s time to set the record straight.
“Bring Your Kid to Work Day” (BYKTWD) is a much-anticipated tradition at our office, an opportunity for parents to bring their children (and in some cases, nieces and nephews) for a day of fun and educational activities to learn about our business and enjoy meeting their parents’ “work family.” This year’s event was nothing short […]
As an advocate for premium video, defined as professionally-produced content in brand-safe, curated environments, the FreeWheel Council for Premium Video is focused on insights that help drive a broader understanding of the New TV Ecosystem and industry-wide collaboration. What is the market share of premium video in relation to the whole video ecosystem? This is a […]