--Meanwhile, Comcast Spotlight to Offer New Cross-Platform Marketing Opportunities for VOD
Comcast Media Center (CMC) announced Tuesday that its national video-on-demand platform--which it says every day delivers more than 9,000 VOD assets from over 275 content providers to over 90% of the US's top cable MSO's and over 30-million VOD households--is now offering a "C3 VOD" service for delivering TV programming that can be counted in time-shifted mode, using The Nielsen Company's C3 commercial ratings. C3 ratings are billed as measuring average commercial minutes in programs that were viewed live and timeshifted through VOD or DVR playback in the three days following a linear broadcast. CMC also said that three TV networks, including AMC, are planning to use the new service.
--Formats Billed as Superseding Pre-Rolls with "Non-Linear Viewing Experiences inside the Player"
Online video advertising network operator, Tremor Media, last week unveiled a suite of interactive, in-stream ad formats that it bills as enabling "non-linear viewing experiences inside the player." Dubbed vChoice, the formats "allow advertisers to go beyond traditional pre-roll," the company says, by presenting the viewer with options to watch additional video content, such as multiple additional ads, product reviews, tutorials or long-form branded content. The formats are also billed as supporting interactive games and non-linear storytelling.
Video-on-demand distribution services provider, TVN (note: the company recently announced that it would merge with Avail Media--see article posted on itvt.com, May 19th), and This Technology, a provider of dynamic metadata and advertising supply management software for digital TV, will today announce an integrated solution that they say will provide advanced advertising content and advertising supply management for delivered VOD assets.
--Solution Uses Interactive Ad Formats to Counter Ad Skipping in DVR, VOD Environments
Tel Aviv-based start-up, justAd.TV, announced Sunday that it has successfully demonstrated interoperability of its justAd.TV set-top box agent with the Sun Java Media Client software (note: both the US tru2way and the European MHP interactive TV standards are based on Java technology). It says that this interoperability will allow TV providers to easily insert its embedAds advertising formats into non-linear TV viewing experiences, such as VOD and PVR, without necessitating changes or upgrades to their video delivery network.
Redwood City, Calif.-based start-up, Mozaik Multimedia, announced Monday the launch of a new software product, dubbed "!Content," which it claims will allow viewers to use their remotes to retrieve more information on--and securely purchase products featured in--movies and TV shows. "By providing an end-to-end solution to media and entertainment industries, Mozaik Multimedia enables viewers to easily interact with in-movie brands and products in a rich immersive home entertainment experience," Gregory Maertens, Mozaik Multimedia's general manager and VP of engineering, said in a prepared statement.
Cork, Ireland-based interactive TV and IPTV technology provider, Digisoft.tv (note: the company, which also operates offices in the US, the UK, Singapore and New Zealand, is best known for its DigiHost Service Delivery Platform, which supports and manages the delivery of ITV services through the Digisoft Java-based EPG on set-top boxes and other client devices, such as PC's and portable storage devices; according to Digisoft.tv, it also includes interfaces to enable integration to existing headend servers, such as entitlement, member management and OSS or BSS, allowing flexible customization of business rules, workflows and processes to support new revenue models or to allow customization of existing processes), and S
Interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV, said Tuesday that it has teamed with advanced advertising technology provider, Arris, to create a turnkey digital advertising solution, dubbed "Ad Insertion In A Box," for cable operators and telcos. According to the companies, the solution--which combines the Arris ConvergeMedia SkyVision advertising applications suite with OpenTV's Eclipse campaign management platform, in order to provide what is billed as "a world-class, end-to-end Digital Program Insertion advertising system"--supports the advertising-sales, insertion, reporting, campaign-management and related functions necessary for advertising sales operations.
Broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove, announced a partnership with over-the-top-TV specialist, Vudu, Tuesday, which the companies say will enable Brightcove customers to distribute their video content directly to the living-room television set via Vudu's platform (note: Vudu claims to have relationships in place with every major US movie studio and over 50 independent studios, enabling its OTT service to offer over 15,000 on-demand movies and TV episodes, of which around 1,800 are available in HD; the service is deliv
Mobile phone company, Sprint, is leveraging user-generated video for a 24-hour "homepage-takeover" ad campaign on YouTube for its Now Network offering. According to the company, the homepage takeover, which will debut on YouTube later this week and which is part of a campaign that will make heavy use of social and interactive media across a range of sites (including Twitter, MySpace and Pandora), will center around a "user-generated clock" on YouTube's masthead that will feature users, who have filmed three-second clips of themselves holding up a pre-assigned number, serving as the clock's digits.
--Solution Has also Been Selected by Suddenlink Communications
--Round-Up of Recent Technology and Industry News from OpenTV
Interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV, announced Thursday that its EclipsePlus advertising campaign management solution has been selected by Time Warner Cable to manage its advertising sales operations across all its regional operating centers (ROC's) in the continental US, which represent around 12.3 million subscribers, or approximately 97% of the cable MSO's total subscriber base. OpenTV says that EclipsePlus--which it bills as enabling large cable advertising operations to manage multichannel ad campaigns more efficiently and with minimal resource requirements--has already been deployed in all four of Time Warner Cable's ROC's, where it will serve over 50 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Cleveland.
--Foxtel Now Offering DAL Interactive TV Advertising Based on emuse Template
Dublin, Ireland-based interactive TV authoring solutions provider, emuse, is powering an interactive TV application for the Fox8 reality series, "Australia's Next Top Model," on the OpenTV-powered Foxtel pay-TV platform. Dubbed "Game On" and accessed through the red button, the new application allows viewers to play along with the show by giving their opinions as it unfolds and guessing who will be eliminated at the end of each episode. Immediately after the show's broadcast, opinions and results from the "Game On" app are made available on the "Australia's Next Top Model" Web and 3G sites.
--Also Launches New "Heroes" Broadband Video Spin-Off Series
Broadcast network NBC's broadband video-enabled NBC.com Web site unveiled several new advertising capabilities and a new full-episode widget Tuesday (note: NBC recently announced that NBC.com's Rewind player had generated over a billion full episode streams over the past 18 months--see the story posted on itvt.com on April 16th). The company bills the new advertising capabilities as allowing brands to "stay front and center as users interact with the content around their favorite shows." They include:
UK satellite-TV provider, BSkyB (Sky), announced Tuesday that it is launching a green button-based "bookable" and "on-demand" advertising service that will allow viewers to easily access long-form advertising.
Time Warner Cable launched a VOD service called Promotions on Demand, Monday, that it says will allow viewers to browse a range of long-format on-demand advertising (organized into such channels as "Find it on Demand" and "Automotive on Demand") and then, in less than a week, receive packages of coupons and other promotional material by mail for the product or service whose advertising they have just watched. While the MSO's press release announcing the new service states that the service allows viewers to "request" promotional offers, a report in the Orange County Register claims that the service automatically sends materials to viewers whenever they access a long-format on-demand commercial.
--Round-Up of Recent VOD News from Virgin Media
UK cable operator, Virgin Media, announced Wednesday the findings of the first-ever trial of dynamic advertising on its VOD platform. The three-month trial saw ads from various brands (including Kelloggs, Lurpak, O2, John Frieda, COI Army, Alberto, General Motors, Royal Mail, Littlewoods, Bodyform, John Lewis, Warner Bros. and Anchor) inserted around selected on-demand programs from Virgin Media TV, Channel 4 and Warner TV, and delivered to 100,000 homes across north London.