ONLINE VIDEO ROUND-UP: Verizon’s Hispanic Millenial Play, Mobile Programmatic Jumps …

A summary of the most exciting recent news in online video and adtech in the US, US-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.


YouTube Spaces and Telemundo, the #1 producer of Spanish-language content in the U.S., partnered up to bring a YouTube Pop-Up Space to Miami at the Wynwood Warehouse Project from July 26-28, 2016. Telemundo is the broadcast network partner at the three-day event that will bring together YouTube creators and Telemundo stars to generate original content. YouTube creators will then have the chance to enter their original content in a competition sponsored by Telemundo with the chance to win the “Best Novela Scene by YouTube Creators” award at Telemundo’s Premios Tu Mundo 2016 awards in August.

Taboola is acquiring native video advertising company ConvertMedia, a native video provider with a US $50 million annual revenue run rate. The company offers Spanish-language videos for the U.S. Hispanic market, Latin America and Spain. With the acquisition, Taboola is trying to acquire critical mass to rival Google (YouTube) and Facebook, who dominate the video ad market.

SITO Mobile announced the addition of video ad formats to its Real-Time Verified Walk-In (Real-time VWI) products, providing real-time targeting, and data on video advertising campaigns. While the product does not track actual in-store transactions, the one-to-one device-matching technology is able to track whether a device that was served a particular ad ended up at the store being advertised.

PORTADA RESEARCH: Hispanic Online Video Ad Market to Soar to US $450 million. In a new report Portada estimates that the Hispanic Online Video Ad market volume will climb to US $450  million by 2020. Particularly high growth is to be expected by branded content videos. Among video ad-tipes, in-stream will continue to have the largest share, although out-stream will grow at a higher rate.

On July 27, Today Verizon and award-winning actress Gina Rodriguez kicked off Bienvenido a lo Mejor, a nationwide campaign to engage Hispanic millennials with experiences and connections that can fuel their fast, varied and always-on lifestyles. For today’s consumers, access to the people and passions that matter most is essential to staying culturally-connected and inspired.

European firm mobile marketing solutions firm Obvious is entering the U.S. with the support of HiMedia Group and Latam Digital Ventures.  Located in Miami, Mobvious’ new office will be led by Isabel Rafferty.  Mobvious will also have offices in Los Angeles. The firm already has offices in Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Holland, and Italy.

flashtalkingFlashtalking, the leading global independent ad server and full-service provider of dynamic creative solutions, announced a partnership with Integral Ad Science, the leader in quantifying digital media quality. The partnership allows Encore by Flashtalking to incorporate IAS data in its algorithmic attribution platform. By leveraging IAS’s unparalleled verification data, Encore’s attribution models will achieve even higher clarity and predictive accuracy in delivering actionable insights to advertisers across the globe.

Google has released a report on the state of programmatic video. Among the highlights are that advertisement on mobile is surging, as DoubleClick Bid Manager video impressions for mobile devices grew 30x in 2015. Larger screens lead to better metrics for brand lift, viewability, and engagement: in Q1 2016, the growth in large players’ ed spending on its DoubleClick Bid Manager beat the growth of all of the other player sizes combined by 17%. Viewability in general is also on the rise: the study claims that 66 percent of all video ads on browsers and apps are viewable.

Out stream video advertising specialists Teads has unveiled inRead 360, the latest addition to its inRead advertising suite. The product offers an interactive and immersive 360-degree ad viewing outstream experience, similar to a Virtual Reality (VR) environment.

AOL has spent a half a billion dollars so far on investing in programmatic TV advertising solutions, demonstrating that digital strategies may work for the small screen as well. AOL has seen incredible increases in revenue from programmatic advertising: from $43.8 million three years ago to $1.264 billion this year.

The very big news is that Verizon announced on Monday that it would be acquiring Yahoo‘s operating business for $4.83 billion in cash. Yahoo will be integrated with AOL under Marni Walden, executive vice president and president of product innovation and new businesses at Verizon.

On Thursday, Scripps Networks permanently closed it syndicated video division, Scripps Lifestyle Network, leading to layoffs in its New York and San Francisco offices.

Global media company Matomy Media Group Ltd. announced the launch of mtmy – a mobile advertising agency offering a fully-managed service in the US and Asian markets. Charged with Matomy’s own Data Management Platform (DMP), mtmy couples targeting of global media with cross-channel optimization to maximize returns on advertising budgets. There are no current plans to expand mtmy to Latin America.

On July 25 Fox Networks Group and Mondelēz International announced they have finalized a partnership which will see Mondelēz International leverage Fox Advanced Ad Formats on streaming and Video On Demand (VOD) platforms. The partnership is centered around ad format innovation and content co-creation, and reflects how advertisers can work with entertainment properties to define new consumer brand experiences through storytelling. Mondelēz International will collaborate with Fox to roll out new ad formats on new screens, all aimed at creating content and ad experiences that work at scale in streaming and VOD environments.

Get ready for the 2017 Online Video Marketing Guide to be published on October 25, 2016 with the latest stats/projections and intelligence on the Ad-Driven Online Video market (OTT) throughout the Americas.  To align your brand with this important annual reference and thought leadership report, please contact Portada’s Sales and Marketing Director Kelley Eberhardt at



According to the OTT Video in Latin America report, OTT video markets in Latin America are diverse in terms of both demographic and socio-economic lines and adoption of telecom and video services When  Netflix arrived to Latin America in 2011, various SVoD platforms emerged regionally and in each country. While SVoD is more common, there is a combination of SVoD, TVoD and AVoD as well as paid linear and free linear content among service offerings.

Research and Markets released the “Global OTT TV and  netflixVideo Forecasts”report, and reveals that global OTT TV and video revenues [for 100 countries – up from 64 in the previous edition] will reach $64.78 billion in 2021; an increase from $4.47 billion in 2010 and $29.41 billion in 2015. The Global OTT TV & Video Forecasts report estimates that Latin American revenues will nearly triple.

Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos told the Television Critics Association that the company’s Latin American expansion was not so smooth, revealing: “Latin America was a really difficult process for us,” he said, acknowledging the struggles to set up payments and provide adequate bandwidth in some communities. “Now it’s such an important part of our global business, and it’s some of our fastest-growing territories. It was about four years before we turned the corner on it.”