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  • 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.

  • Driving Unification at FreeWheel

    Priti Dalal
    By Priti Dalal,
    Director, Sales Strategy & Enablement,
    FreeWheel

    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.

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    High Definition: Clarifying the Muddled Video Viewability Picture

    By Emmanuel Josserand,
    Brand, Agency and Industry Relations,
    FreeWheel

    The advertising ecosystem was originally built to engage consumers, and it’s no surprise that viewability has become a vital metric. After all, advertising must be viewable to make an impact, particularly for formats such as video. Viewability is a measurement that has been forced into existence in response to the low quality of many advertising […]

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    AdMonsters Montreal: The Rule of Three is Not Just for Comedy

    By Geoff Wolinetz,
    Vice President of Client Relationships,
    FreeWheel

    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.

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    The Short of It: Video Clips, Ad Experiences & Engagement

    By James Rothwell,
    VP, Global Agency, Brand & Industry Relations,
    FreeWheel

    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.

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    Introducing FreeWheel Signature Insights: The Power of OTT

    By Ying Wang,
    Director, Advisory Services,
    FreeWheel

    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.

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    Values in Action: How We’re Giving Back in 2017

    By Jyothi Shetty,
    Training and Development Manager

    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.

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    Making it Count in Cannes

    By Jack Rotherham,
    Chief Marketing Officer

    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?

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    FreeWheel Council for Premium Video Expands into Europe

    By Emmanuel Josserand,
    Brand, Agency and Industry Relations,
    FreeWheel

    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.

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    The Unifying TV Landscape: FreeWheel Video Monetization Report: Q1 2017

    By Ying Wang,
    Director, Advisory Services,
    FreeWheel

    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.

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    Premium Video Meets Programmatic: Three Takeaways from AdMonsters Ops

    By Julie Van Ullen,
    VP, Publisher Sales and Account Management,
    FreeWheel

    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.

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