FreeWheel Views

  • 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.

  • FreeWheel Hackathon 2016: Unleashing the Beasts of Innovation

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    By Song (Free) Du,
    VP, Engineering,
    FreeWheel

    We recently completed FreeWheel’s Second Annual Global Hackathon: a 24-hour marathon during which our people transcend geo and departmental borders to collaborate, incubate and innovate. This year’s hackathon was a record-breaking event for our company. More than 250 hackers in the US, China, France and the UK consumed record amounts of coffee and Red Bull while building 49 impressive projects that promote both innovation and efficiency in our operations. The demo phase of the hackathon was streamed globally to foster connection across the entire organization.

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    Unification: The Path to Scale and Simplicity

    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.

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    Does the ‘Big’ in Big Data Matter?

    By Sony Joseph,
    VP, Data Products,
    FreeWheel

    I recently had the opportunity to participate on a panel discussion at the Broadcasting & Cable Advanced Advertising Summit called, “Big Changes From Big Data,” along with big data experts from ABC, 4C Insights, Discovery Communications, and iSpot.tv. In a compelling conversation on a complex topic, one thing remains clear: it’s really not the lack of scale, variety, or richness of data that is holding the industry back, nor is it a result of deficient technology. The heart of the challenge we face is how the premium video economy can align on a shared context around the data and tap into it as an ecosystem. Here’s my current take on the state of big data in the industry.

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    Embracing the Unique Viewer: FreeWheel VMR: Q2 2016 Infographic

    By Mike Lawlor,
    SVP, Client Services ,
    FreeWheel

    The FreeWheel VMR: Q2 2016 Executive Summary Infographic provides an illustration of how we define three distinct example audience segments based on engagement with premium long-form video, coupled with some of the most important takeaways from the report.

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    Working Together to Improve the Premium Video Ad Experience

    As more video content becomes available for consumers to watch on their own terms—on the best screen available, at the time of their choosing—premium video providers have invested heavily in improving the user experience. There has been incredible innovation over the last few years, creating easier content discovery, better access to more extensive content catalogues, […]

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    FreeWheel Council for Premium Video: A Foundational Year Of Advocacy

    By Jack Rotherham,
    Chief Marketing Officer,
    FreeWheel

    As the FreeWheel Council for Premium Video (FWC) celebrates its first year of serving the interests of today’s premium video publishers through industry leadership, a glance into the rearview mirror is a reflection of our significant undertakings. We’ve accomplished a great deal.

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    FreeWheel VMR: Q2 2016

    A Peek Inside the FreeWheel Video Monetization Report: Q2 2016

    By Ying Wang,
    Director, Advisory Services,
    FreeWheel

    FreeWheel’s position at the center of the premium video economy gives us unique insight into the themes that are top of mind for the ecosystem. While there’s always noise around the ad tech topic du jour, improving user experience has been a persistent theme throughout 2016. Take a look inside the FreeWheel Video Monetization Report: Q2 2016 which identifies opportunities for premium players to drive increased revenue by creating monetization strategies that consider how different user segments engage with a Publisher’s content.

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    Milestones in VMR History

    By Terra Mrkulic,
    Social Media & Content Marketing Director,
    FreeWheel

    As we approach the launch of our 22nd edition of the FreeWheel Video Monetization Report (VMR), here’s a look into the archives examining how the report has evolved over time.

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    Premium Video and Measurement: Common Sense Should Prevail

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

    On the eve of dmexco, where global business leaders come together to talk about the digital marketing economy, TV and its evolving digital identity will continue to be at the epicenter of the conversation. How the industry adapts to a world of fragmentation and on-demand content continues to create innovation and frustration in equal measures.

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    Three Lessons Learned from the NBCU Hackathon

    By Ben Pelcyger,
    Director, Business Analytics,
    FreeWheel

    Advengers assemble! With a team of FreeWheelers from around the globe, I recently competed at the NBCU Hackathon on a whirlwind trip to Seattle. Our team built and debuted “adHarmony,” an interactive app that unifies ad measurement across all screens by listening to and recognizing video ads played somewhere nearby. Integrating with LISNR let the app track ads on any device (TV, VOD, mobile, etc.) Spoiler: we lost the competition, but I learned several lessons about teamwork and hackathons worth sharing.

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