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Over-the-top (OTT) has changed how people watch television, and in some regions is on track to overtake broadcast, cable, and satellite. Look below for the latest news in OTT technology and programming, as well as insights and analysis into where the OTT market is headed.

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It’s 2024, Do You Know Where Your Customers Are?

Reaching the various viewers, listeners, and consumers of your media isn't just about your main channels anymore. You have to find ways to engage them where they are, no matter how they want to communicate. In 2024 that involves mobile apps, web apps, websites, streaming apps, other streaming services, and more. It also includes the people providing access to your content - mobile carriers, internet carriers, and cable providers.

At NAB, Content Will be at the Mercy of Connectivity

As broadcasters and content providers head to next week's NAB conference in Las Vegas, a quiet transformation is unfolding within the world of content and, more specifically, content delivery. It isn't just content evolving, but how it is consumed and delivered. That's why connectivity is a major theme at this year's event.

CTV Is on the Verge of Fulfilling Its Creative Promise

Creator-driven ads, full-fledged dynamic creative optimization, and real-time contextual information are coming for Connected TV

Fostering Partnerships to Drive Business Growth in Today’s Media Ecosystem

As the media landscape continues to grow in complexity, media organizations across the value chain face increased challenges to getting their content to audiences quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively. However, Catherine Gonzalez Pack of LTN outlines how the right MSP partner will enable media companies to accelerate their go-to-market and achieve long-term business success while driving cost efficiencies.

Despite the Boom, Biddable CTV Has Some Big Problems to Address

While CTV clearly has great potential, promising a blend of the dynamic, real-time benefits of digital with the brand-safe, lean-back-and-enjoy experience of linear TV, Geoff Wolinetz of OpenX believes that biddable CTV needs to address two key problems: ad fraud on the open market and a lack of standardized measurement protocols.

Singing in the Digital Subway: How Livestreaming Bridges Our Need for Connection

After human connection hit an all-time low in 2020, people flocked to online platforms like Twitch to fill the sudden void we were suddenly and collectively experiencing. Streaming quickly grew to accommodate passions of all kind, from gaming to cooking to sports and beyond. Lux Narayan, Co-Founder and CEO at StreamAlive, outlines the specific ways that streaming stands to benefit from a conversational atmosphere and offers actionable ways that streamers can implement these interactions to connect with their audience.

Navigating the Dynamic World of Personalized Advertising for Video Streaming

In today's video streaming landscape, the quest for effective advertising has led to a paradigm shift toward dynamic ad insertion (DAI). This cutting-edge approach enables advertisers to target specific audiences with tailored content, maximizing engagement and revenue potential. As the streaming industry continues to soar, DAI is a game-changer, promising enhanced monetization and viewer experiences.

Streaming Wars: End-to-End Quality Assurance and Video Analysis Gives Streaming Service Providers the Upper Hand

The battle for audience retention continues to intensify in the highly competitive streaming realm. Anupama Anantharaman of Interra Systems highlights the critical role that end-to-end quality assurance, media QC monitoring, and in-depth video analysis play in meeting the escalating demands of today's video consumers and why the role of these processes is becoming more crucial than ever.

Considerations for Providers Shifting from QAM to IP Video Delivery Networks

Traditional, controlled broadcast environments are being replaced by dynamic, complex ecosystems where multiple applications and services must coexist harmoniously. The challenge is to maintain the quality of a provider's main service, like linear TV with dynamically inserted ads, while accommodating the diverse requirements for and potential interference from third-party applications. Yoann Hinard of Witbe discusses the challenges faced throughout this process, including remote monitoring, dynamic ad insertion, and QC testing across devices.

Unlocking Contextual Targeting Opportunities on CTV

TV is being digitized at an interesting time on the digital advertising timeline. Just as advertisers are able to target audiences on the big screen, their favorite approach - third party cookies - are going away. This is inconvenient, but David Naffis, GM of CTV at Kargo, argues that it's also a catalyst to force advertisers to test and perfect other targeting methodologies on CTV. One of the most promising is contextual targeting.

The Premium Environment Advantage in CTV Advertising

A joint study by Vevo and Channel 4 found an almost 50% rise in consumers with a notable preference for premium television content. Roxanne Harley, Director of Client Strategy at Azerion, explains how advertisers can adapt to this consumer preference shift and optimize ad placement strategies within CTV environments to impactfully and accurately reach incremental, addressable audiences.

Beat the Clock: Live Sports Streaming at Scale

To succeed in streaming sports at scale, streamers must commit to delivering the best video quality and reliable and advanced experiences, all while cracking down on piracy. Simon Brydon of Synamedia breaks down exactly how to get all bases covered in sports streaming.

The Rise of the Ad Tier: How Streaming Business Models Determine the Content We Watch

In the pursuit of catalyzing profit, large video streaming companies have been radically altering their approach to growing top-line revenue and curtailing costs for some time now, be it through layoffs, password-sharing crackdowns, licensing of catalog content to rival streamers, and, notably, the introduction of advertising tiers.

Quality and Quantity: Why Curation is Table Stakes for CTV Advertising Success

Curation has promised to simplify and refine programmatic trading for many years, yet it has struggled to take off in a digital ecosystem where buyers are largely content maximising scale and minimising CPMs. But in CTV, where prices are high and supply is low, curation has emerged as table stakes to navigating advertising's newest premium channel.

Record U.S. Election Spending in 2024 Will Generate New AdTech Innovations

The 2024 election is expected to drive record ad revenue, with some estimates putting the total at over $10 billion. This would make the 2024 election the most expensive in US history, surpassing the 2020 election, which saw $9 billion in ad spending. Dave Dembowski of Operative covers how new technologies to effectively segment, deliver addressable ads, and increase digitalization of TV buying make it easier to target local markets and audiences and what complexities come with this.

Strategies That Make AI-Powered Virtual Product Placement Soar

Virtual Product Placement (VPP) is an excellent new type of CTV and streaming ad placement. Stephan Beringer, CEO at Mirriad, discusses best practices for advertisers to follow for it to work well.

The (R)evolution Will Be Streamed: Shoppable TV in Our Living Rooms

Max Heiderscheid of UIC Digital writes about the opportunities that shoppable TV brings and what challenges lie ahead in weaving together the fabrics of content and commerce within the sanctity of our living rooms.

Navigating the Cloud Transition: Tailored Strategies for Broadcasters in the Digital Age

The broadcast industry has identified the benefits of cloud technology, including its adaptability and versatility. Cloud technologies facilitate remote production and streamline workflows. However, this shift may come with an adjustment period and a myriad of other challenges, which broadcasters today are still overcoming.

What’s Next for AI Dubbing in the Media Industry?

Anton Dvorkovich, CEO and Founder of Dubformer, writes about how AI dubbing is poised to dramatically transform the broadcast media industry as recently developed solutions are set to be widely implemented. 

The Future of Sports Viewing: Free Agent Fans

Matt Del Percio of Altman Solon discusses their 2023 Global Sports Survey, highlighting the current fragmentation of the streaming sports media landscape that has allowed sports fans to be "free agents" who pick and choose services to pay for and why broadcasters must now rethink their monetization models.