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

Twitter is rumored to be working on a new feature that makes it easier to share videos on the platform.

Facebook’s virtual reality division has come up with a new unit of time called Flicks, which they will use to measure the speed of digital audio and video.

YouTube announced that it will spend more than $5 million to fund creators who “counter hate and promote tolerance.”

Almost 95% of brand and retail executives say live video will be an important part of their marketing strategy in 2018, according to a study released today by Brandlive and IBM Cloud Video

According to a confirmed report, CNN is closing down YouTube star Casey Neistat’s video business, Beme.

WARC’s latest monthly Global Ad Trends Report said that TV is the largest media channel, despite having registered a 1.4 percentage point dip in 2017.

A report from an October 2017 study reveals that more than eight in 10 (81%) internet users worldwide said they watched broadcast TV at least monthly. That was more than any other media channel, including radio, streaming video, cable or satellite TV and online or print news periodicals.

A study by cross-platform advertising solutions specialist Extreme Reach, “The Current State of Sourcing and Preparing Creative Assets for Video Campaigns” found that 70 percent of those surveyed report the industry should start over and create an entirely new workflow for creative assets management.  Also, 88 percent of those surveyed want a service that lets the media agency, creative agency, and client share and access creative assets from a central, permissions-based cloud location.

eMarketer’s forecast of subscription over-the-top (OTT) video viewership revealed that 37% of digital video viewers in China watch online content using a subscription service. The subscription market grew by more than 80% in 2017 and by 2019, eMarketer predicts more than two-fifths of digital video viewers in China will use an OTT service.

A report titled “Decreases in Psychological Well-Being Among American Adolescents” found that adolescents’ psychological well-being decreased the more hours a week they spent on screens. Teenagers that are only behind a screen for between one and five hours a week are happier than those who never use screens. The least happy ones were those who used screens for 20 or more hours a week.

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

Video experience technology provider Accedo has entered into a partnership with Google Cloud to allow media and entertainment companies to access a unified cloud video platform.

Artificial intelligence is picking up to 75% of the videos you watch on YouTube.

Video ad-serving platform SpotX and Amazon Web Services are joining forces to allow for interoperability on the tech giant’s cloud platform.

JPMorgan Chase has created its own proprietary algorithm that assures that its YouTube ads will not appear next to questionable content.

Video advertising platform Yume released the results of a new study commissioned with Nielsen on U.S. consumers’ connected device ownership: Smart TV ownership nearly doubled since 2013, with an average of three CTV devices owned per household. CTV devices are now more common than tablets, and 74% of people use their CTV device daily.

Online video ads in China increased by 30.7% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2017.

Facebook‘s video chat device, named “Portal,” may be available as early as May 2018.

According to a forecast issued by market intelligence firm Magna, overall U.S. digital media sales will grow by 13 percent in 2018 to reach $237 billion.

 

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

US/US HISPANIC MARKET

Verizon has signed a 2.5B deal with the NFL that will allow Yahoo users (Yahoo is owned by Verizon) to watch football games for free on Yahoo’s app.

More than 58% of video plays globally occurred on mobile devices in the third quarter of 2017, with that figure due to rise to 60% in mid-2018, according to Ooyala.

A new study by 16 programmatic publishers — including Business Insider, The New York Times and The Washington Post — and Google, Amobee and Quantcast found alarming figures around video and display advertising fraud, according to a press release.

According to Ooyala’s Q3 2017 Global Video Index, Connected TV (CTV) mid-rolls had a 98 percent completion rate in Q3, while PC mid-rolls had a completion rate of 97 percent. On each platform, broadcaster mid-rolls had stronger completion rates than did publisher mid-rolls. The highest rate for publisher mid-rolls was 88 percent on PCs.

Alibaba‘s video streaming service, Youku Tudou, has signed content licensing deals with NBCUniversal and Sony Pictures Television.

Redbox is going after the online video market again, launching On Demand service that offers movies and TV shows for purchase or rent.

Amazon Prime Video has begun streaming in HDR10+ on US Samsung QLED and 4K TVs.

LATAM MARKET

It seems like Apple may be about to launch ApplePay in Brazil. 

A report by Magna forecasts that digital ad spend will grow 9.9% in 2018 in Latin America, which is the fastest-growing region compared to other markets.

Digital House, a Buenos Aires, Argentina-based group of schools providing digital skills to young Latin Americans, has raised $20m in funding.

Turner International’s Digital Ventures & Innovation (DV&I) team has launched a new gaming streaming service GLOUD in Latin American countries Argentina and Chile, with plans to launch in other countries in the region soon.

Teads Brazil announced impressive results for 2017, closing out the year by growing its operations by 150%, and achieving 1.2 billion people monthly in their audience reach. This represents 91% of the Brazilian population with internet access, up from 52% of coverage in the beginning of the year.

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

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This article explores how Amazon is pivoting towards video. 

YouTube has updated its recommendation feature to use a measure of satisfaction derived from a massive and ongoing user survey to predict and promote videos that people would rank as among the best they have watched recently. It also unveiled a new video format called ‘Reels’ that lets users create 30-second videos.

A recent study by  S&P Global Market Intelligence reveals that around 70% of Internet households in the United States watch online video via a TV set. In 2017, US Internet households were equally likely to be using a smart TV, Blu-ray player, SMP or a pay-TV STB to watch online video on the TV. The use of smart TVs, Blu-ray players and SMPs has also increased.

Online advertising spend grew by 11.5% in the first half of 2017, driven by mobile and video formats, according to a study from IAB Europe and IHS Markit.

The  “Where are Brand Marketers Taking Their Video Strategy in 2018?” study revealed that only 6% of marketers would currently characterize themselves as “innovators” when it comes to their use of online video, and that 80% of correspondents reporting that they will increase their video advertising efforts in 2018.

LATAM MARKET

Audio.ad launched a DSP in Latin America and the US-Hispanic market for digital audio ads.

New research from IMS and comScore reveals that around 60% of advertisers were willing to pay 50% extra on top of what they currently invest to secure safer media, which guarantees more visibility.

The city of Sao Paolo, Brazil recently approved a law to tax streaming services at a rate of 2.9% of its local revenues.

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

US/US-HISPANIC MARKET

AdYouLike and mobile creative DSP Tabmo have announced a partnership that they hope will better bring native ads to mobile devices.

Adobe has launched a 100% programmatic ad campaign, the largest cross-media ad campaign implemented solely through a programmatic platform to-date.

Oracle announced that its enterprise software Moat has been certified by verification provider ABC for the principles of video viewability measurement, as prescribed by JICWEBS – a cross-industry organization consisting of trade bodies representing brands, media agencies, publishers and tech outfits.

YuMe has launched its People-Based Marketing Suite to enable cross-screen audience targeting, sequential messaging, and attribution for U.S. audiences.

Publisher SSP PubMatic has announced a fraud-free program for demand-side partners that includes a money-back guarantee where, if fraud is detected on PubMatic’s platform, demand partners won’t have to pay for it.

Amazon continues to deny that it is working on a free, ad-supported streaming service.

Converged TV and video ad software provider Videology released its Q3 2017 U.S. TV & Video Market At-A-Glance report, which found that spending on linear TV campaigns in the Videology platform using advanced data grew 60% for the first three quarters of 2017, compared to the same time period last year.

OTT video service Sling TV and video ad serving platform SpotX have launched private marketplaces that let advertisers target two audiences: a) Black Friday/Cyber Monday shoppers and b) luxury shoppers — for the holiday buying season.

The Association for Online Publishing launched their ad quality charter ad their recent digital publishing convention to ” involve more industry players in making the advertising ecosystem more transparent, brand-safe, and less fraud-prone.”

MMW has just announced a new partnership with Adobe Advertising Cloud that gives advertisers and agencies access to premium ad inventory across all formats and devices for multichannel campaigns.

AppNexus has launched a programmable DSP called ‘AppNexus Programmable Platform’ (APP) with the goal of helping traders set up, manage and deliver campaigns more efficiently.

According to the latest Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Complete Forecast, there will be nearly 1.9 billion Internet video users by 2021, up from 1.4 billion in 2016.

LATAM MARKET

Rodrigo Bonilla, Americas director for the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), spoke at the Knight Center, asserting that this year, many of the newspapers in Latin America are coming to terms with the fact that money from online digital advertising is not enough.

A recent study from Google revealed that Netflix now has more demand than its competition — pirated streaming services and apps — in Brazil.

A study by analytics firm GlobalWebIndex revealed that globally, the highest number of social media accounts per user can be found in Latin America (8.8), followed by Asia (8.1).

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

US/US-HISPANIC MARKET

Spotify presented a new video strategy that involves canceling original video series on the service, as well as shows it hasn’t released.

According to research from eMarketer, programmatic advertising will make up 83% of US display dollars by 2019.

Periscope announced that it will give almost all earnings from “super hearts” left by fans on videos back to the content creators.

According to a study from PQ Media, global advertising & marketing revenues are expected to increase 3.9% to $1.225 trillion in 2017.

Facebook reported a 79 percent profit increase, in part thanks to its push into video advertising.

The Q3 2017 Video Benchmark report from cross-platform advertising solutions specialist Extreme Reach found that click-through rates are down in every single category.

YuMe has launched its People-Based Marketing Suite to enable cross-screen audience targeting, sequential messaging, and attribution for U.S. audiences.

According to a new report by ad sales insights platform MediaRadar, P&G ran ads on 20% fewer sites –1,251 —  between January and August 2017, compared to 1,565 during the same period in 2016. The company also ran ads on just 59 percent of the same sites as they had the previous year.

LATAM MARKET

FD Comunicação, Brazil’s first and oldest PR agency that works only with video games, has launched a news portal where it will cover the Brazilian video games market.

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is expanding Fluency Studios with the launch of “Fluency Plus,” a new, bilingual digital production studio. 

Clarín and El Cronista found a study about YouTube consumption in Argentina, signaling that 70% of users go on YouTube every day, and that one in three Argentines that are online at any given moment are watching a YouTube video.

After launching a marketplace in Brazil, Amazon is not giving any indications about how and when it will expand into the Brazilian electronics segment.

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

US/US-HISPANIC MARKET

Advertisers are spending more on video ads than banner ads for the first time, according to the new Internet Advertising Bureau UK/PwC Digital Adspend report.

Advertisers and brands’ budgets for special digital video ads may grow at 40% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) by 2021, according to a recent KPMG report.

Research from Magisto found that U.S. companies are investing $135 billion this year in online video to market products and services

LinkedIn is rolling out video ads, but instead of pre-roll or mid-roll ads, they will be displayed as standalone posts with a “Promoted” label.

NBCUniversal is creating a joint TV production studio with Snapchat to create scripted programs.

Verizon has announced that it is aiming to launch its much-awaited online TV service in 2018.

A study from the FreeWheel Council For Online Video found that that measurement is still perceived as the biggest challenge for cross-platform campaigns, that almost three-quarters of marketers and agencies (70%) believe there will eventually be three or four key third-party measurement providers in the industry, and that very few (17%) could imagine there being a single metric in the future.

Google is introducing ad tech products to help broadcasters and cable networks maximize revenue through more flexible break formats more flexible in their over-the-top and streaming video content.

Inverleigh, a world leader in the production and distribution of premium sports content, has partnered with Alchimie Dynamic Digital Distribution in enhancing its digital presence on OTT platforms. The deal is structured around 4 high potential niches: Combat Sports, Fitness, Outdoor Sports, and Sliding Sports.

Persistence Market Research (PMR) projects the global programmatic advertising platform market to register a staggering expansion at 33.3% CAGR during the forecast period 2017 to 2025. In 2016, the market was evaluated at US$ 1,926.4 Mn, and is further estimated to reach nearly US$ 30,000 Mn by 2025-end.

LATAM MARKET

Roku is pushing into the Latin American video market and making its streaming platform available to consumers and content publishers in Central America, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Peru.

Kantar IBOPE Media is launching its measurement tool for time-shift viewing and video-on-demand (VOD) platforms in Argentina, the first of its kind for the company in Latin America.

Metrological and ActiveVideo announced a new service enables global pay-TV operators to rapidly deploy integrated OTT content experiences on existing set-top boxes, which two operators in the Caribbean and Latin America region plan to launch the integrated solution in 2018.

Amazon is expanding its online retail presence in Brazil with a new electronics, appliances and video games marketplace.

Casablanca Online, the biggest video service provider for live broadcasting in Brazil, has upgraded its DSNG fleet with ATEME’s Kyrion encoders and decoders.

Spanish bank BBVA has announced the launched of an online app-based service called Tuyyo to enable payments between Latin America, the Caribbean, and the US.

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

US/US-HISPANIC MARKET

Ampere Analysis’ Top Online Video Services Barometer has revealed that YouTube is the most watched online video service by a longshot, with 68.7 percent of global internet users claiming to have visited the website at least once in the last month.

Google is opening up more intent data for targeting on YouTube and introducing more services through its Custom Affinity Audiences offering.

Video ad serving platform SpotX announced today an exclusive agreement to power the programmatic monetization of Vudu’s Movies On Us advertising-supported content catalog.

Netflix is raising the prices of its US-based streaming plans to support the costs of its popular original programming.

Video monetization company FreeWheel has released its Q2 2017 Video Monetization Report, revealing that mid-rolls on full episode premium content enjoy a 97 percent completion rate.

GoPro on Thursday released improved models of its mini-cameras and Karma drone to bolster the efforts of creators sharing videos online at a media event in San Francisco.

Adobe Spark has launched new features for creating and sharing branded stories in all three Spark formats: Post (for graphics), Page (for web pages), and Video (for video stories).

comScore has launched Activation, a product suite that helps advertisers, agencies, and media companies efficiently reach the right audiences at the right time using data from comScore’s planning and measurement products.

LATAM MARKET

Executives from OTT platforms analyzed strategies for the Latin American region at the Next Series Mexico & Central America, an event organized by Dataxis in Mexico City from Oct 3-4.

Telefonica and Logan have united to integrate their Big Data with mobile ads in Latin America to enable more effective personalization of mobile ad campaigns.

The IOT Group has engaged consumer electronics sales representative company Maximum Export Import LLC to manage the market development of its ROVA Selfie Drone and AirSelfie products in Latin America.

Next week, 300,000 video game fans, developers and publishers like Sony, Ubisoft, Activision and Microsoft will head to Sao Paolo, Brazil for the Brasil Game Show, Latin America’s largest gaming convention, where the role of YouTube and Twitch in democratizing gaming will certainly be discussed.

Broadband satellite solutions company Hughes Network Systems announced the launch of HughesNet® high-speed satellite Internet service in Colombia beginning on September 28, the company’s second international deployment of its award-winning consumer service beyond North America.

According to the Tecnología residencial 2017 report, published by Carrier y Asociados, the number of connected devices per household in Argentina has increased over the last year, currently at 6.3 devices per home, increasing from an average 5.8 last year.

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

US/US-HISPANIC MARKET

Comcast Corp. is no longer funding its standalone over-the-top (OTT) service, Watchable, which was launched in September 2015.

The Trade Desk is debuting its connected TV-buying capabilities on its demand-side platform. Buyers will be able to use first- and third-party audience data and measure video ad buys on mobile, desktop and TV.

Marketplace JustPremium has launched new advertising units with the goal of increasing viewability on desktop and mobile devices by 80%.

Multimedia development company Viuly is pleased to announce the world’s first blockchain-based decentralized video sharing platform. Founded by a team with established credentials in corporate management, blockchain business development, marketing, promotional strategy, and more, and backed by a seasoned fintech advisory: Viuly is on a mission to revolutionize the online video industry.

Salon Media Group, Inc. announced today that it has redesigned its website Salon.com (Salon.com) with new features and technology designed to enhance its user and commercial experiences across all digital platforms.

Facebook has announced that that it will make changes to its automated ad systems after it was discovered that slurs and offensive language were being used to target users. COO Sheryl Sandberg, said it was “totally inappropriate” and “a fail” but that the feature had been generated automatically.

According to eMarketer, digital video ad spend will soon surpass TV ad spend by 2021. It was also predicted that overall digital ad spend in China will reach US$50.31 billion by the end of this year with 72.0% spent on mobile channels.

According to Ooyala‘s study, Q2 2017 Global Video Index, video consumption on mobile devices did not increase in Q2 2017.

A study by TiVo Corp.  based on 8,500 interviews conducted online with pay TV and over-the-top (OTT) subscribers across seven countries, including 2,500 in the U.S., found the average person consumes 4.4 hours of video content daily.

LATAM MARKET

Google has launched a cloud region in Latin America with the opening of a data center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, its first region in South America.

According to Ooyala’s Global Video Index for Q2, in Latin America, mobile plays topped 56 percent, boosted by access to premium content as the price of smartphones and mobile bandwidth declines.

Netflix has reached a deal for Mexican crime-drama The 4th Company (La 4ta Compania), an acclaimed drama about members of a 1970s inmate American football team who participate in a crime ring while serving their prison sentences.

Tigo Colombia has announced the launch of an OTT platform called One TV that combines linear pay-TV and over-the-top (OTT) services.

MercadoLibre Inc., Argentina’s largest company according to market value, is considering listing itself in its home market.

A study from Tivo Corp. found that only 32% of pay-TV subscribers in Latin America have had the same provider for four years or more.

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A comprehensive roadmap to discovering U.S. Hispanic programmatic video provided by leading Latino video marketing solutions company, NGL Media. Catch NGL Media‘s CEO & Founder, David Chitel, who spoke last week at Portada’s 11th Annual Multicultural Marketing & Media Conference.

The digital video landscape provides amazing opportunities for advertisers to connect with U.S. Hispanics across paid, owned and earned media. Be it branded entertainment, social influencer campaigns, managed media buys or programmatic, the choices are many.

According to the latest IAB Ad Spend Study, 69% of digital video ad spending — or nearly US$6 billion dollars — will be allocated programmatically this year alone. U.S. Hispanic programmatic video spending has been growing in tandem.

Yet navigating the Hispanic online space can be challenging, given that the publisher landscape is extremely fragmented by different cultural identities and countries of origin. Programmatic is a particularly useful strategy to reach the U.S. Latino market at scale by facilitating access to this fragmented audience across many outlets simultaneously.

As a premiere supplier of U.S. Hispanic programmatic video, NGL Media has been blazing a trail in the space with an offering of 300+ premium publisher partners. For those who are ready to jump into the U.S. Hispanic programmatic world, we’re happy to share some best practices.

1. Understand Open Marketplace vs. Private Marketplace vs. Programmatic Direct

All programmatic is bought via DSPs and the majority through trading desks — essentially buying arms of agencies. Three basic types of programmatic deals currently dominate the field: open marketplace, private marketplace and programmatic direct.

The open marketplace is a virtual auction. Using software, buyers place bids on billions of ad impressions made available on the ad exchange. For buyers and sellers, the process can feel chaotic. For brands seeking a more premium and transparent environment, however, private marketplaces have proven to be even more attractive.

A private market place (PMP) offers a more controlled environment. The difference between open marketplace and PMPs? With the latter, the buyer sets up a direct connection to a seller’s inventory. The buyer knows exactly what inventory they’re getting, which provides a greater level of quality assurance. The seller and buyer agree on key performance indices (KPIs) and targeting specs, working together to optimize for performance and scale. A PMP brings full transparency to buyers, greater publisher control, and more premium inventory at scale.

Programmatic direct agreements are automated buys that leverage programmatic platforms, but more closely resemble a managed buy albeit with certain guarantees arranged in advance. Negotiations may include premium inventory at a set price for a guaranteed set of impressions. It’s like calling a car rental company and reserving a specific make and model rather than asking for a “mid-sized auto.”

As more and more clients jump into the programmatic space, the prevailing trend is for brands to lock up inventory in the private, rather than open marketplace. This helps assure inventory demands will be met. Demand for programmatic direct deals is also growing for this same reason.

Programmatic is a particularly useful strategy to reach the U.S. Latino market at scale by facilitating access to this fragmented audience across many outlets simultaneously.

2. Choose Your SSP or DSP Partners Wisely

Supply-side platforms (SSPs) automate the SALE of advertising by using software. Demand-side platforms (DSPs) automate the BUYING of advertising by using software.

What’s the difference? Publishers and their reps use SSPs to try to maximize pricing and provide access to buyers that might otherwise not buy their properties as a standalone but will as part of a larger programmatic buy.

Brands, agencies and their representatives use DSPs to purchase the best quality inventory at the best possible price. However, perhaps even more crucial is the search for critical mass and optimization across a broad list of sites. The other important piece — perhaps the biggest in the eyes of many marketers — is that DSPs and programmatic allow you to overlay targeting data through the DSP.

Whether you’re looking for a DSP or SSP, the process can be overwhelming. The market is inundated with options. Make sure you look for a supply side platform that’s well-connected. The wider the range of associations to inventory outlets, the wider the potential ad inventory.

Other important considerations include technical support offered and the ability to optimize campaigns for frequency caps, budgets and creative. Transparency about how the DSP or SSP makes its money is another item to be mindful of.

Finally, data is the name of the game here. Look for vendors who have access to reputable data management platforms (DMPs) and allow buyers to leverage first- or third-party data sources.

3. Avoid Data-Overlay Over-Targeting

The holy grail of marketing is to find the perfect message to deliver during points along the consumer decision journey. The use of data now allows marketers to pinpoint by specific demographics, activities and interests.

Scale can be hard to find in the U.S. Hispanic marketplace, especially if you’re looking for high-quality inventory. During the planning stage, coordinate with your SSP or publisher partner to determine the viability of an upcoming campaign and to see how much data targeting will prove useful. When setting up a PMP, be sure to include in your request for proposal (RFP) a question about how much data overlay the SSP or publisher can offer while still providing the necessary scale you seek.

Remember: Each layer of data targeting filters out more consumers. Too many layers will hinder your ability to reach desired impression goals. When targeting the Hispanic market, many clients want to add multiple layers of Hispanic user data. Some even want to target by browsers set to Spanish language. Doing so can be problematic, given already limited U.S Latino online video inventory. By finding a supply partner that has already aggregated premium Hispanic specific inventory (such as NGL Media), you have the flexibility to remove overly restrictive data targeting.

4. Hold Your Supply Chain Accountable

Huge brands like P&G and Unilever are leading the charge against digital pain points. Issues like brand safety, bot fraud/invalid traffic and performance errors have filled the trade headlines as of late. Every part of the supply chain must be held accountable: from exchanges to media companies to ad tech partners.

As you’re exploring new business relationships, be sure to address the following with your supply partners:

Invalid Traffic (IVT) and other forms of fraud: Some estimates say 20-25% of all digital expenditures goes towards fraudulent inventory, or more than $15 billion. The Media Rating Council defines two types of non-human traffic. “General IVT” is relatively simple to detect, while “Sophisticated IVT” is much harder, given that it “originates from hijacked devices, malware or misappropriated content.”

Keep in mind that some bot traffic is legit. Google runs legitimate bots across the Internet to obtain information. Most agree that some level of IVT is to be expected given all of the converging technologies that often don’t perfectly line up. Moreover, advertisers seeking 0% is less practical in today’s evolving digital environment.

Use third-party vendors to measure IVT, such as MOAT, Integral Ad Science (IAS), DoubleVerify (DV) and White Ops.

Viewability: Standards vary by company, agency and even campaign. The Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) defines viewability as 50% of the video must be in view for two seconds or longer.

Others have set the bar higher, requiring 100 percent of pixels be in view with the sound on for half the duration of the video. Native and outstream video in some cases are allowed to play with or without the sound, and be auto-played or user-initiated.

Talk about this metric and make sure every partner in the supply-chain is clear about the client’s expectations. Define how viewability will be measured. Will it be with a third-party vendor like DV or MOAT? How will the metric be reported back to the programmatic platform?

Measurement technologies are not perfect, so if you’re requesting guarantees against viewability performance, expect to pay a higher cost per thousand (CPM).

Brand Safety: It’s always been important for clients to know their advertising is supporting content free of hate, pornography, strong language, gratuitous violence, etc.

Use a brand safety technology like IAS or DV to avoid non-safe brand sites, but also strive for transparency with your supply partner. Strike a balance.

Technology might flag an article about parenting on a premium site that mentions “breast feeding” because of the word “breast,” causing that site to be listed as inappropriate and thus blocked. Watch the blocked list, and then use common sense to determine if publishers were blocked for good reason — or because of the limitations of the technology.

Financial transparency: Clients should be able to see where their dollars are going and how well the campaign is going. Programmatic trade can help increase transparency for every impression.

5. People Still Matter

Find a partner with the resources, experience and drive to continuously update its technology. Like every area in the modern world, the pace of change is brutal. Just to keep pace with the competition, companies must innovate. Make sure you choose a partner that understands and anticipates market changes. At NGL Media, we’ve heavily invested in our proprietary video technology stack, which allows us to be nimble and agile in an ever-changing digital market.

A programmatic deal should be a true partnership between buyer and seller, especially when running PMPs. It’s easy to set up the software and let the machines run on autopilot, only interacting with the technology platforms, rather than other humans. But communication between buyer and seller is key to making sure the systems work smoothly and the campaign achieves the desired scale. People often make all the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful programmatic video advertising campaign.

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What: San Francisco ad tech company RhythmOne LLC has acquired Redwood City-based YuMe Inc. in a cash and stock deal valued at about $185 million.
Why It Matters: Through YuMe, Rhythm One “gains access to premium video supply including emerging, high-value connected TV inventory, unique customer insights, cross-screen targeting technology and established demand relationships.”

San Francisco ad tech company RhythmOne LLC has acquired Redwood City-based YuMe Inc. in a cash and stock deal valued at about $185 million.

RhythmOne changed its name from blinkx earlier in 2017 when it named Ted Hastings as its CEO. Speaking confidently about the added value that the acquisition will bring, Hastings said: “We believe this combination will give RhythmOne the resources, relationships, and talent to drive value for its shareholders, and true a return on investment.”

Through YuMe, RhythmOne Gains Access to Premium Video Supply

In a market increasingly driven by online video, this deal is significant in the sense that “through YuMeRhythmOne gains access to premium video supply including emerging, high-value connected TV inventory, unique customer insights, cross-screen targeting technology and established demand relationships,” said Hastings.

Jorg Nowak, SVP International at YuMe, took it a step further, saying: “I believe the online advertising market is ready for a comprehensive, independent advertising technology, and our combined company will be well-positioned to lead the market.” He also pointed to the fact that the two ventures are “near perfect complements to one another,” pointing to YuMe’s strong relationships with agencies and brands and its demand side platform, which “align well with RhythmOne’s unified programmatic platform and sizeable supply-side footprint.”

Acquisition Will Facilitate Better Multicultural Targeting

Nowak signaled that the acquisition will enable better Multicultural targeting within the United States thanks to the fact that “RhythmOne will bring us greater access to a massive supply of brand-safe inventory.”

He also pointed out that RhythmOne’s analytics and data management platform “include a unified, proprietary data set that will enhance our own data and audience targeting toolbox to allow us to reach multicultural audiences with precision and scale.”

While Nowak asserted that the acquisition will not affect YuMe’s strategy for LatAm, he did say that he envisioned “the value that we can offer LatAm based advertisers and publishers increasing exponentially.”

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

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Video ad serving platform SpotX today announced a new header bidding suite built specifically for video, featuring a server-side wrapper and an advancement of the company’s shift from tag-based integrations. The new suite of solutions complement SpotX’s advanced ad serving tools to execute unified auctions in a more effective and efficient manner than header bidding alone.

T-Mobile is teaming up with Netflix to provide the streaming service’s basic subscription at no extra cost for those who subscribe to T-Mobile One family plans.

According to reports, Facebook is “offering music publishers hundreds of millions of dollars to retain the rights to music featured in videos uploaded by users and page owners” to appease copyright holders.

Video streaming service Roku has filed paperwork Friday to list its shares on the Nasdaq stock exchange.

Amazon has launched Brown Sugar, a subscription-video-on-demand service featuring African-American movies.

Facebook’s Ads Manager is apparently inflating the numbers regarding the reach that ads can have on the platform, claiming that ads can reach a potential of 41 million 18- to 24-year olds and 60 million 25- to 34-year olds in the United States, whereas US census data shows that last year there were a total of 31 million people between the ages of 18 and 24, and 45 million in the 25-34 age group, the analyst said.

Google is allowing the public and developers to test a feature through which users can mute the sound on video ads through experimental browser Chrome Canary.

Streamroot, pioneer in distributed over-the-top (OTT) video delivery solutions, announced that the company has secured an additional $3.2 million in funding, bringing the company’s total financing to $6 million. Contributions in this round came from premier international firms including Partech Ventures, Techstars Venture Capital Fund, Verizon Ventures and R/GA.

San Francisco ad tech firm RhythmOne has acquired online video advertising and targeting firm YuMe for a total consideration of approximately $185m. The transaction is expected to close by Q1 2018.

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From 2016 to 2017, ad spend on online video increased by 200% in Mexico, and small and medium-sized businesses represent 25% of that ad spend, according to a study by DynAdmic.

HubSpot‘s The State of Inbound report revealed that 58% of LatAm businesses are investing in Facebook video ads, compared to 50% in 2016.

According to Buenos Aires, Argentina-based Observatorio Web, Google results for the word “Jew” come up with more antisemitic results in Spanish than in English, and 484 Spanish-language videos denying the Holocaust have received nearly 1.7 million views collectively during 2016 alone.

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What: Multicultural market research firm ThinkNow Research revealed its latest study, the ThinkNow Media™ Report 2017, which found that TV viewing habits among multicultural consumers are dramatically shifting.
Why It Matters: The study found that 61% of Hispanics prefer Netflix for watching television programs (up from 46% in 2016 and 36% in 2015) and that one-third of total market anticipates streaming most or all TV shows in near future.

Multicultural market research firm ThinkNow Research’s latest study, the ThinkNow Media™ Report 2017, spoke to 1,261 consumers ages 18-64 (including a representative sample of U.S. Hispanics, African- Americans, Asians and non-Hispanic whites) regarding media habits, consumption, preferences and delivery methods.

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According to Mario Carrasco, cofounder and principal at ThinkNow, there are “three main assumptions” that brands need to let go of: “that Spanish language broadcast is the golden ticket to Hispanic audiences; that millennials don’t consume Spanish content, and that cultural connections are more relevant than acculturation or generation.”

The report found that Hispanics, particularly Millennial Hispanics, are turning to streaming services for their TV viewing. According to the study, 61% of Hispanics prefer Netflix for watching television programs (up from 46% in 2016 and 36% in 2015). Additionally, Hispanics prefer to binge watch TV programs, with 60% viewing an entire season in one weekend.

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Interestingly, Millennials are increasingly selecting Spanish-language programs via OTT services. This may come as a surprise to many brand marketers. “We’re seeing this trend as a result of more options with Spanish language original series like Club de Cuervos on Netflix,” Carrasco said.

Lionsgate and Hemisphere Media have picked up on this trend, and recently announced a premium Spanish-language streaming service called PANTAYA. “This trend will continue and other content leaders need to get on board to provide Hispanic consumers with a way to connect with their culture and language,” argued Carrasco.

What do these changing preferences mean for brands that have traditionally invested significant ad spend in networks like Telemundo and Univision under the assumption that they are safe bets for reaching Spanish-dominant Hispanics? According to Carrasco, as streaming services become more popular among Hispanic audiences, marketers will likely begin putting more of their budgets into streaming services and online video for Spanish-language campaigns.

For brands, Carrasco argued, it will be key to begin advertising with Spanish-language programs before it gets expensive: “Getting in now is cost effective as prices have yet to reflect the ROI they represent and you can establish yourself now on streaming as an advertiser before it becomes more competitive,” he said.

This is not to say that Telemundo and Univision do not have their place in Hispanic targeting strategies: “Telemundo and Univision are both great at creating content and can partner with streaming services to provide Spanish language or culturally relevant content to be streamed exclusively on a platform,” Carrasco said.

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

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According to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki,  1.5 billion logged in viewers visit online video social network YouTube every single month. That’s the equivalent of one in every five people around the world. Average viewers spend over an hour a daywatching YouTube on mobile devices alone. Wojcicki also added that YouTube is working to make Virtual Reality (VR) more accessible and more affordable for viewers and creators.

Olympusat, Inc., a media company specializing in the ownership, distribution, production and technical services of Spanish and English-language networks, announced that Consolidated Communications will roll out the VEMOX™ platform to deliver its new Spanish-language OTT TV Everywhere service.

According to the Ooyala Q1 2017 Global Video Index, for the first time long-form content represents the majority of time spent watching video on every screen.

Accenture Interactive is entering programmatic video, launching a new ad unit that will incorporate programmatic overlay product placements on streaming video content.

Adobe is introducing Adobe Advertising Cloud TV to add new capabilities to its TubeMogul platform. The goal is to accelerate the adoption of data-based automated TV buying, including linear TV, addressable TV, connected TV, VOD and over-the-top TV.

Facebook is releasing a new app for creators, the company announced at the annual online video conference VidCon Friday.

21st Century Fox Inc.‘s sports department is eliminating the writing staff to invest in more-lucrative video production.

Video ad serving platform SpotX and Immersion Corp. (NASDAQ:IMMR), the leading developer and licensor of haptic technology, have joined forces to bring haptic-responsive video advertising opportunities to market at scale on mobile devices. By teaming up, the pair will bring Immersion’s haptic technology across all media owners on SpotX’s platform, empowering advertisers with high-impact, tactile experiences.

More than $4 billion was spent on US mobile video ads in 2016, according to the latest Global Entertainment and Media Global Outlook report from PriceWaterhouseCoopers. That number is expected to nearly quadruple to $16.2 billion spent on digital video by 2021.

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OTT measurement firm Conviva closed a $40 million funding round, with investment from Future Fund, New Enterprise Associates, Foundation Capital and Time Warner, for the development of new products in Latin America and Asia.

Last month, AwesomenessTV launched a new season on its Spanish YouTube channel with 2btube. The leading Spanish language digital talent representation agency and content producer will produce and manage all the content for this channel.

Spanish media group AtresMedia announced a deal to buy Smartclip, a video ad platform that works on connecting online and TV ads, to increase operations in Latin America, with a focus on Brazil. In Latin America, the company has 164 million unique viewers, according to comScore.

Ecuadorian channel enchufe.tv, one of the most-watched comedy online video channels in LatAm, is making plans to grow across Latin America and Spain though a commercial agreement with the 2btube multi-channel network (MCN).
VidaPrimo, the premier Latin Music video network, will distribute its vast library of music-related video content onto branded channels on digital streaming platforms Roku and Amazon Fire.

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

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Early next year, a new version of Google Chrome will include an ad filter that takes out sites with poor ad experiences. Chrome will then block all ads on offending sites.

YouTube has updated its advertising guidelines for its creator community. Among content that is deemed ineligible for advertising are controversial issues and sensitive events; drugs and dangerous products or substances; harmful or dangerous acts; sexually suggestive content; and violence.

According to AdColony’s Spring 2017 App Install Marketing Survey, 50 percent of all app install spending now goes to video advertising. Half of that is for full-screen video ads, while the rest is for in-feed, social, and television video ads.

According to Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report, Internet ad spending is projected to top TV ad spending within six months

Verizon has completed its $4.48 billion acquisition of Yahoo. Assets will be combined with AOL brands such as the Huffington Post under a new subsidiary called Oath.

Kantar‘s survey of advertising media preferences found that 68 percent of connected adults either like or tolerate advertising. 36 percent say advertising is changing for the better, while 20 percent say it’s getting worse.

The Interactive Advertising Bureau announced Q1 U.S. digital advertising revenue hit $19.6 billion, the highest ever for a first quarter and representing a 23% year-over-year increase.

According to a recent report from Reuters, Facebook is signing deals with companies like BuzzFeed, Vox, and Group Nine for TV-style video with both short clips of about 10 minutes in length and longer shows of 20 minutes or more.

The US’s linear TV ad market will likely suffer a recession in 2017, according to Us finance analysts who follow the media sector. Michael Nathanson, analyst for MoffetNathanson, this week lowered his projections for TV ad revenue growth in 2017, saying that the 2017 TV upfronts lacked the urgency of last year’s market.

A formidable group of media companies including AMC, Amazon, BBC, Twentieth Century Fox, Netflix, NBC Universal, Telemundo, Televisa and Univision have formed the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) to fight online video piracy.

A study by Neustar commissioned by Turner Broadcasting and Horizon Media found that for a $1M investment, television’s lift is consistently seven times better than paid search and five times better than online display advertising across a broad list of advertising categories.

Apple confirmed rumors that its set-top box will be getting an Amazon Prime app for the tvOS platform later this year.

Ooyala has released its Q1 2017 Global Video Index, revealing, for the first time, long-form content represents the majority of time spent watching video on every screen.

NBC News unit has launched a digital video service that targets viewers who get their news on social media. The service, called “NBC Left Field,” is producing short documentaries and features for Alphabet’s YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.

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According to Ooyala’s Q1 2017 Global Video Index, in LATAM, mobile video plays topped 56 per cent—up from 46 per cent last year, with tablets representing 5 per cent, the least of any region.

Research conducted by Dataxis predicts that LTE penetration will grow in Latin America from today’s 21% to 90% by 2022. While 4G penetration varies in the region, Uruguay by far being the most advanced country with a 50% penetration.

VidaPrimo, the premier Latin Music video network, will distribute its vast library of music-related video content onto branded channels on both Roku and Amazon Fire, two of the world’s largest digital streaming platforms.

According to the Advertising Bureau‘s “Always On – A Global Perspective of Mobile Consumer Experience,” smartphone users in South America noted the most progress in their mobile ad experiences, but smartphone users in Brazil saw moderate advancement with mobile advertising relevance.

 According to The Competitive Intelligence Unit (CIU), average mobile data consumption has doubled in Mexico over the past two years, driven by online video viewing.

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

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Univision has partnered with Videology, a leading software provider for converged TV and video advertising. The cross-screen planning, forecasting and measurement capabilities that Videology offers will bring added media value to UCI, which continues to offer more content on more digital platforms, while it diversifies the range of its programming.

Facebook has signed deals with Vox Media, BuzzFeed, ATTN, Group Nine Media to create shows for its video service geared toward Millennials, which will feature long and short-form content with ad breaks.

According to sources, AT&T‘s live online video service DirecTV Now lost 3,000 customers in February, and its subscriber growth was roughly flat in March.

Ooyala released its 2017 State of the Media Industry Report, finding that immediacy, individualization, and interactivity are key to effective video campaigns, and that immersion is becoming increasingly important.

Tubular has released its ‘State of Online Video Report Q1 2017’ revealing that top media publishers drive 86 percent of growth in video views on Facebook. 

According to BMO Capital Markets‘ new research, over-the-top video advertising marketplace is accelerating rapidly and is taking share from both desktop and mobile, and OTT video ad spending will grow by 300% and will account for roughly 20% of all video ad dollars served by the company this year.

Vimeo has announced that subscribers with Vimeo Business accounts will be able to employ cards and end screens, which can be used to share additional information and direct consumers to external sites.

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Aldea Solutions and Telefónica have reached a 5-year cooperation agreement for the use of Telefonica Open Cloud to support its Online Video Platform.

Brazilian firm Positivo Tecnologia announced a partnership with data management platform Hands to offer more assertive digital ad campaigns in their mobile devices, which now will cluster the audience using geolocation, browsing history, and wifi hotspots.

Brazilian content platform Snack and Tubular Labs ranked the Brazilian fan pages on Facebook in April: the top three were Bolsa de Mulher (273 million views), focused on female content, followed by the sports page Esporte Interativo (196 million views) and the recipes video channel TasteMade Brazil (180 million views).

 QYOU Media has partnered with subscription service provider, WhereverTV Broadcasting Corporation in the line-up for WhereverTV Latino, a new service launching in Mexico this summer that caters to the growing appetite for digital TV in Mexico.

Canada’s Aldea Solutions has reached a five-year agreement with Telefónica and its partner Huawei to support its online video platform in Mexico.

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

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Sling TV has added HISTORY en Español to its “Best of Spanish TV” service, bringing Spanish-speaking customers popular HISTORY® programs in Spanish as well as docuseries and programs that spotlight Latin roots and culture for $10 per month.

According to new research from Global Web Index, over 50% of global internet users report watching sports coverage or highlights online. 25-34s are the biggest online sports viewers (60%), while men (64%) have a substantial lead over women (40%).

According to “The Changing TV Experience: 2017,” a new study from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), 50 percent of U.S adults streaming video to their TV sets prefer watching commercials over paying for subscriptions. 58 percent said they’re more likely to stream video because of the lighter commercial load compared to broadcast, but don’t mind advertisements. 44 percent say streamed commercials are less disruptive than traditional TV commercials, and 34 percent say streamed commercials are better than traditional TV commercials.

YouTube saw a dip in ad revenue for top creators after revealing concerns about brand safety earlier this year. MediaRadar found that in April, Google Preferred (the top tier of YouTube’s ad inventory) saw a five percent drop in the number of advertisers.

YouTube is also turning to stars like Kevin Hart, Rhett and Link, Ellen DeGeneres, Katy Perry, The Slow Mo Guys, Demi Lovato and Ludacris for new ad-supported shows premiering exclusively on the platform.

Facebook is working on a TV service to rival Netflix and may launch by mid-June.

Trusted Media Brands Inc. (former Reader’s Digest) surveyed 310 agency and client-side marketers and found that 68 percent of those surveyed chose social channels as the most preferred distribution partner, coming in before video sharing sites for the first time. The seven options given were: social networks (such as Facebook and SnapChat), video sharing sites (such as YouTube and Vevo), demand-side platforms (such as Videology and Tremor Video), premium sites (such as Hulu and broadcast or cable online properties), ad networks, online publishers (such as BuzzFeed and Vice), and multichannel networks (such as Maker Studios and Awesomeness TV).

Platform Communications, the media and technology communications expert, today announced the results of its second Platform Media Index, identifying the hottest topics reported on by the press at NAB Show 2017 (Las Vegas, April 24-27, 2017). ‘Online Video’ (28%) and ‘High Resolution Video’ (20%) came in at the top, while ‘Data Analytics’, ‘Workflow and Media Asset Management’ and ‘Virtualization’ each pulled in around 10 % of media coverage.

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) released its fourth annual video ad spend study this week, finding that advertiser investment in original digital video programming has nearly doubled over the past two years, with 80% of brand and agency executives planning to spend even more on original digital video this year. Original digital video is gaining a greater share of total digital video budgets, reaching 47% in 2017, and native advertising is a key part of the original digital video buys, accounting for 42% of investment. 53% of the marketers and media buyers surveyed said expanding budgets was a reason for the rise in original digital video spend.

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According to Logan‘s latest report, 32% of investments in digital media in Latin America is put in mobile media. Full-screen banners on mobile media took 36% of market share, and pre roll took 15.52%. 60% of the Latin American traffic in videos come from mobile media. Rich media completes the top-three digital formats, in terms of investment, with 11.74% of share.

Video platform TVxtender announced four new formats for its portfolio Brazil: out stream, pre-roll, post-roll, and mid-roll ads, all both in desktop and mobile platforms.

Brazil’s audiovisual agency Ancine has presented guidelines for a national video-on-demand (VOD) regulation that would affect every over-the-top (OTT) player delivering video in the country, recommending the creation of a specific VOD law, a regulation encompassing systems and platforms that deliver OTT video. The agency has also said that online video services such as YouTube should be included in the future regulation

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DashBid is pleased to announce it is Verified by TAG (Trustworthy Accountability Group) and listed in the TAG Registry, to build a brand safe environment and further DashBid’s Engagement Spectrum, giving advertisers the ability to measure audience engagement in addition to standard audience segmentations, in an environment that they can trust as fraud-free. This verification follows the February appointment of a Brand Safety Director overseeing DashBid’s exchange to identify, assess and remove any risks and threats.

xAd, the global leader in location intelligence that drives sales, is giving marketers the power to hyper-target and better understand consumers in real-time with its combination of highly accurate location data and newly launched solution, Weather Triggering.

At their Upfront presentation in New York City, Hulu and Scripps Networks Interactive have completed a new distribution agreement that will see SNI’s U.S. networks included on Hulu’s new live TV streaming service.

According to a survey by Turn Marketing Platform, only 30% of brands use advanced viewability metrics, despite 57% of young agency staffers largely distrusting the metrics they are expected to work with. 28% of respondents under 30 years-old say viewability is a key requirement from the supply side. Almost six in every ten (57%) media agency professionals who do not wholly trust the metrics currently in use are under the age of 30.

According to research by Sublime Skinz, fewer outstream units are more successful in driving increased attention and delivering greater brand recall. The performance of these significantly outpaces traditional pre-roll, skippable video ads.

Ipsos found that more than 80% of respondents report that innovative outstream units are the most appealing and effective video format, compared to other dominant video types, including pre-roll.

Video monetization technology platform Ooyala published a new report, “The Lifecycle of Content: From Production to Monetization,” in collaboration with Futuresource Consulting, a specialist research and consulting firm for media and entertainment industries. The findings show content providers will seek integrated video solutions to minimize costs, streamline processes and provide growth opportunities at every step in the video lifecycle.

Snapchat is reported to be pitching an ad format, “Snap Ads Max Reach,” that would be seen by all US users that access a section of the app that the company monetizes.

Business Insider will stop using Google’s ad server to generate advertising revenue and switch to one built by ad tech outfit AppNexus as part of a wider partnership.It spans both desktop and mobile inventory across display, video and native formats that can be sold either guaranteed, or programmatic.

In a new survey, WFA advertiser marketers talked about their love of online video. Eighty-nine percent of our sample said they were looking to increase spend here in the year ahead. 90 percent said that Viewability is a “major concern,” 72 percent said the same of ad fraud and measurement.

Business Insider will stop using Google’s ad server to generate advertising revenue and switch to one built by AppNexus.

Ad exchange Rubicon Project said it partnered with in-venue interactive music platform TouchTunes to make its  audience available programmatically for real-time buying in a private marketplace. TouchTunes has 38 million unique visitors and is available in more than 60,000 social venues.

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Latin music video network VidaPrimo will distribute its vast library of video content via music-related content distributor Music Choice.

Brazilian publisher group Estado has closed a deal with Teads for native video advertising on content portals Estadão Online, Paladar, E+, and Jornal do Carro. 

Digital agency Pragma Communication announced a exclusive partnership with mobile marketing and branded content American company Hathway, and will now offer their services in Latin America in an exclusive deal.

 IAB Brazil published an online guide about ‘Onboarding Offline Data’. The playbook is targeted to marketing professionals in ad agencies who work to ensure audience segmentation, focused on the local market.

TIM Brasil has launched TIM Geek, a new entertainment platform featuring exclusive content from Omelete, one of the main pop culture portals in Latin America.

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

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Accedo announced that it is partnering with Nokia to deliver best-in-class quality throughout the VR experience by the integrating Nokia’s OZO Player SDK into Accedo’s VR solutions and joint customer projects. This partnership will see both companies offering a bundle of joint offerings and solutions to add value to customers.

Twitter is introducing in-stream video advertisements as the company found that video impressions grew significantly from Q3 to Q4 2016.
To celebrate its ten-year anniversary, SpotX has launched a new web address built around their expanded focus on the total video ecosystem – SpotX.tv., which stands for total video — serving ads on all screens — desktop, mobile and OTT devices.

An insightful, stat-packed quarterly update from Streamlabs compares Twitch and YouTube Live on measures of monthly active streamers and revenue. While Twitch is still where the money is, YouTube Live is growing much, much faster. From October 2016 to March 2017, monthly active streamers have grown 330% for YouTube Live compared to 19% on Twitch. Twitch accounted for nearly 96% of tipping volume for Streamlabs streamers in the past five months, with YouTube making up the rest.

Verizon Digital Media Services said that OTT video providers will need better insight into the engagement their content generates as OTT enters its next stage.

Sprint has released an online video series in collaboration with Onion Labs, the creative services division of Onion Inc., which takes a satirical look at the popularity of Paul Marcarelli – the guy who used to ask if you could “hear me now” with Verizon and who switched to Sprint and appears in Sprint advertising.

Online video ads grew by 24 percent year-over-year (YOY), according to online video monetization company FreeWheel’s Video Monetization Report for Q4 2016.  Among other interesting insight, the report found that both ad views and content views have increased over the previous 24 consecutive quarters.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina-based MediaMath has announced the launch of Curated Market, a product that allows advertisers to access the best clients and prospects at scale through high-quality, premium media.

Online video systems provider Brightcove has announced plans to open an office in Mexico City after securing a number of new contracts in Latin America, including Mexican Grupo Televisa, Mexican multimedia group Expansion and Paraguayan news organization Grupo Nacion.

At Teads’s latest event in Campos do Jordan, Brazil, marketers from brands like Heineken, Fiat, and Itaú; agencies like DPZ&T, Africa, DM9, Publicis, and Leo Burnett; and trading desks Affiperf, Tradelab, and Exiber discussed digital advertising. Highlights include that more than half of attendees expected growth between 20% to 30% of programmatic technologies, compared to last year, and that segmentation will be the biggest focus in programmatic video, followed by viewability and completion rates.

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

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Warner Music Latina and Natcom Global have entered an agreement to collaborate on the production and distribution of online video. Warner Music Latina and its artists will share in the advertising revenue generated by the video on third-party platforms. The content will be regionally focused, with Latin American and US Latin artists, as well as international performers visiting the region.

The Azteca America network announced two new strategic partnerships with digital/TV programmatic and OTT platform providers, Videology and Zype. Azteca is the first Hispanic network to the market using the Ideology platform, and will be able to plan advertising campaigns using Videology’s proprietary software to gain access to Azteca’s inventory and optimize their buying plans programmatically for better targeting.

Sling TV expanded its Spanish-language offering with the addition of Estrella TV, Vme Kids and El Financiero|Bloomberg TV, to “Best of Spanish TV.” Additionally, Sling TV introduced its SHOWTIME premium, marking the first time an OTT service has offered content from the four leading premium networks.

Video streaming startup PhenixP2P announced on Monday that it has closed a $3.5 million Series A round of funding. KB Partners led the round, in which all of the startup’s existing investors also participated. Phenix will use the funding to support the continued development of its streaming platform, and to scale its sales and marketing efforts.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said that online video could continue to be the main “influencing factor” in the estimates for the next six quarters, Bernstein’s Bhavtosh Vajpayee said in a report.

Verizon Digital Media Services today announced that it will soon launch the Verizon Media Xperience Studio, a cloud-based content intelligence system (CIS), which will automate and simplify the online video production and distribution pipeline for broadcasters, OTT providers and online video distributors, all while offering timely and accurate performance, revenue and cost insights that are essential to building a profitable OTT business.

ChannelMeter, Inc., the leading online video analytics platform, has unveiled the ChannelMeter Creator and Influencer Management Suite. This new SaaS platform allows multi-channel networks (MCNs), digital media companies, creator networks, agencies, and now brands to automate large portions of their creator operations.

Google has announced more details about its launch of Programmatic Guaranteed, stating that it will provide support for audience lists, and grant media buyers improved targeting capabilities for desired audiences and sponsorships, meaning publishers can sell premium inventory via DFP on a flat-fee sponsorship basis.

Interpublic Group’s Magna announced that it expects global advertising to grow at 3.7% and reach $511 billion this year. Search and social video are expected to grow significantly, MediaPost reports.

Rocket Fuel, a predictive marketing platform, today announced, in partnership with Integral Ad Science, research showing that within a particular set of video impressions, up to 70% labelled as ‘in-stream’ were actually misrepresented as in-banner.

Snapchat is turning its data on location- and theme-based user-generated snaps into a searchable library.

Google has announced a deal with ComScore to provide independent verification that its inventory is brand safe.

Ooyala and the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) launched the industry’s first report analyzing the benefits of adopting Internet Protocol (IP)-based processes and technologies in video production.

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Yahoo has redesigned its homepage and updated its Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Sports pages for its Spanish-speaking audiences in the U.S. and Latin America. The new design encourages sharing, adds personalization and gave the site a more modern look.

Google and the Lemann Foundation, an education nonprofit in Brazil, announced an initiative that will send lesson plans directly to the cellphones of Brazilian elementary school teachers.

The Brazilian digital ad market grew significantly in 2016, as digital ad expenditure reached R$11.8bn (£3bn). This is a 26% year-on-year growth, far higher than the expected 12%, according the the most recent report unveiled by IAB Brazil, “Digital Ad Spend 2017”. 

Él Gráfico, Torneos‘s sports site, has joined the publisher co-op Real Premium Audiences Media (RPA Media Place), which already counts Clarín, Infobae, La Nación, Perfil, and Telefe among its members.

Data from Criteo’s “Ecommerce in a Cross Device Era” shows that in 2015, 45% of online retail transactions in Brazil happened after the user had browsed in two devices. 23% of transactions started on smartphones, and 44% of mobile purchases started on desktop. Criteo also reveal that almost 25% of online purchases in Brazil happen via mobile, a 26% growth.

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