Nielsen will work with FreeWheel to expand measurement to over-the-top inventory and addressable set-top box video on demand. These efforts are aimed at unlocking greater understanding of the total television marketplace, allowing advertisers to take advantage of additional impressions and expanding overall TV ecosystem market liquidity via FreeWheel Advertisers, Markets and Publishers divisions.
“Nielsen is committed to building measurement solutions that account for the entire television ecosystem, from linear and — in view of our plans with Comcast and FreeWheel — across over-the-top and set-top box video on demand inventory,” said Megan Clarken, Global President of Watch at Nielsen. “This solution will be critical to further unlock the power of television, wherever and however a consumer is watching that content.”
“The work Comcast and FreeWheel will be doing with Nielsen to make television, in all its forms, data-enabled, targetable and measurable is another step to unify TV as a platform,” said Marcien Jenckes, President, Advertising, Comcast Cable. “These efforts will add to the robust picture of viewership trends, further strengthening the currency used by the entire TV industry.”
Nielsen and FreeWheel plan to provide more details about this broader initiative ahead of the 2019 TV Upfront.
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