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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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.

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 this year’s Deloitte Digital Democracy Survey, 83 percent of U.S. consumers will skip an online video ad if they can, and 67 percent say the majority of the mobile ads they see aren’t relevant to them. For generation Z, that number is 72 percent. Generation Z values recommendations from someone in their social media circle more influential than TV ads.

Chinese TV maker TCL Corporation has launched Ffalcon, a internet TV brand, for younger consumers that will make use of Tencent Holdings and Alibaba Group Holding’s content.

Plazamedia has launched suite of services from Comcast Technology Solutions as part of its plans to expand its digital media portfolio. The collaboration will enable management of premium video content.

Comcast may be planning to launch a national video-streaming service, according to reports released last Friday.

In an ongoing commitment to quality and transparency, DashBid, an advertising exchange focused on creating deep connections between brands and consumers, announces the appointment of Robert McNair as Brand Safety Czar.

AMC Networks will launch a commercial-free online video streaming service aimed at millennial TV subscribers, sources claimed last week.

Kantar Millward Brown’s annual AdReaction study claims that social media has higher ‘reach’ than online videos among Generation Z, but that online video advertising has a better ‘brand impact’.

Dudu, Walmart‘s transactional online video service, has released iOS and Android apps that allow users scan a disc’s barcode with their mobile device, authenticating it for conversion to cloud-based copy. Dudu will charge $2 to convert a DVD into a standard-def copy, or a Blu-ray into a 1080p HDX copy. DVD owners can upgrade to HDX for $5 a unit.

Hispanicize Media Group announced today that LatinaMoms.com and Popful.com will join the HMG portfolio of properties and that it has entered into a joint venture to own part of the Hispanic celebrity influencer network Exit 7 as part of HMG’s acquisition strategy to expand its digital reach.

Twitter announced that it will allow brands to buy commercials on its video streams for Periscope.

According to the Advertising Expenditure Forecast by Zenith, for the first time, internet advertising revenues globally will surpass television this year, reaching $205 billion versus television’s $192 billion. Television’s share of ad spend is down from 35.5 percent last year.

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Fandango, the digital network for moviegoers, is significantly expanding its presence in Latin America, one of the world’s fastest-growing theatrical film markets. The company announced it is rolling out a new global brand strategy that includes the release of innovative new ticketing destinations at its subsidiaries Ingresso.com in Brazil, acquired  in 2015, and Fandango Latin Americaformerly Cinepapaya, acquired in December last yearin seven key countries in Spanish-speaking Latin America.

According to a report from Zenith, Latin America saw ad spend down 0.5 percent last year, but is expected to make a recovery to 2 percent annually for the next two years.

According to a new release from Movistar Chile, in January 52% of the country’s mobile traffic was used to stream series, films and online video.

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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Vice Media announced that it will be doing scripted video programming through a partnership with digital media studio Blackpills. All of the content will be made for mobile viewing and distributed exclusively through Vice’s online video channel.

AT&T, Verizon, Johnson & Johnson and other leading U.S. advertisers are pulling hundreds of millions of dollars in ads from Google and YouTube due to worries that their ads appear next to extreme, hateful content. AT&T will halt all ad spending on Google except for some search ads.

Adobe has revealed two new “clouds,” Experience Cloud, which includes an extensible platform, data, and content systems, and Advertising Cloud, which “rings performance and brand advertising data together so advertisers can see it all in one place, and view their campaigns in a cohesive way.”

Instagram announced that users will now be able to save live videos to re-watch later. At the end of a live video, a ‘Save’ button will now appear in the upper right corner.

Comcast Technology Solutions has entered into an international channel deal with broadcasting and media technology systems architect Qvest Media to offer Tier-1 broadcasters, telecommunication operators and pay-TV companies tools that simplify the publishing, distribution and monetisation of online video content.
Altice N.V. announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire advertising marketplace Teads, which has an audience of more than 1.2 billion unique visitors including 720 million via mobile.
 MGID, a provider of native advertising and marketing solutions, announced that its user dashboard is now available in Spanish. The launch is the first in a series of localized user interface rollouts, and will provide a more streamlined experience for MGID’s Spanish-speaking clients.
 DMP Lotame announced the general availability of Lotame Onboarding — a people-based marketing service powered by LiveRamp™ IdentityLink — following a successful beta testing period.

Deloitte‘s latest study, the “Digital Democracy Survey” asserts that 80% will skip digital TV/video commercials, and that over 70% of Millennials and younger Gen Z viewers find mobile ads to be “irrelevant.”Ad-blocking software is a big part of Millennials’ digital media usage: 45% use ad blocking software, with 89% saying that they use it to avoid all advertising. 40% of these respondents use ad-blocking software on their smartphones.

A study of Kellogg Co. brands by Nielsen Catalina Solutions found that when online video ads that meet the Media Rating Council standard saw higher sales lift than those that did not. Ads deemed “likable” by panelists for copy testing firm Ace Metrix had the strongest sales lift of all – a 172 index where 100 is the average for people exposed to ads in the study.

Akamai Technologies announced it has a new technology, Akamai Media Acceleration, to improve the viewing experience for people who watch over-the-top video services.

The Association of National Advertisers has called on digital “walled gardens” — platforms that intermediate their users’ identities with advertisers who target them through the platform’s closed ecosystem — to “allow independent audits” by industry audience ratings self-regulatory watchdog, the Media Rating Council (MRC). The ANA issued an advisory calling on the platforms and explicitly citing the likes of “Amazon, Foursquare, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Twitter,” following a member survey, which found that 90% favored independent audits by the MRC.

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AT&T‘s operations in Mexico have been successful, partly thanks to their online video efforts, as the service saw 1.3 million wireless net subscribers in 4Q16. In Latin America, DIRECTV lost 21,000 video subscribers in 4Q16, with weak performance in Brazil. The total number of Latin American subscribers for the company now stands at 12.5 million.

The Brazilian ad tech company Predicta has entered into an agreement with video ad platform YContent, whose products allow publishers to attach video to any form of content on websites.

New research from Interact and the Argentinian Association of Digital Agencies reveals that 60% of respondents professionals forecast positive results by the end of the year, with uninterrupted growth, despite a surrounding changing environment.

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TiVo just released the 16th edition of its quarterly Video Trends Report, covering key topics across Pay-TV, VOD, PPV, OTT and TV, and found that Q4 of 2016 had the highest percentage of cord-cutters in a single quarter since their Q4 2015 survey. In Q4 2016, 83.0% of respondents had a pay-TV provider. Of the 17.0% without a pay-TV provider, 19.8% of this segment of respondents cut service in the last 12 months.

Entravision Communications Corporation announced that it has acquired Headway, a provider of mobile, programmatic, data and performance digital marketing solutions primarily in the U.S., Mexico and Latin America.

In the US, Nielsen has partnered with video ad platform YuMe to launch what the pair say is the first programmatic platform-based/campaign-based audience measurement solution for connected TV (CTV) campaigns

Vimeo has launched Vimeo 360, a new hub that will spotlight 360-degree filmmaking while offering numerous creative resources to its users.

VuduWalmart’s online video rental and purchase service — will be available as an app for the fourth-generation Apple TV.

Facebook Messenger is starting to roll out Messenger Day globally on Android and iOS. Messenger Day allows users to snap a quick selfie or take a photo or video of what’s around you, add art and effects and share the clip with friends.

Targeting Indian film and Bollywood fans in the US, Amazon has launched Heera, a curated on-demand video channel subscription through which users will able to watch over 100 on-demand channels without a cable connection.

Optimizely has launched Optimizely X OTT as a part of its “Experimentation Platform” to support experiments in over-the-top (OTT) video.

According to new research from the Consumer Technology Association, for the first time ever, the percentage of free or paid streaming video subscribers in the U.S. (68 percent) has caught up to the number of paid TV subscribers (67 percent).

AdRoll‘s recent research found that more than 70 percent of marketers are running programmatic ads on social media, more than one-half employ it on mobile and almost 40 percent use it for video marketing.

Video advertising platform Latin On has partnered with Cinesa Soluciones Audiovisuales to offer digital and audiovisual services to global brands the US-Hispanic market.

AOL Inc. revealed that it had sought a deal with Google and Facebook  before agreeing to a buyout by Verizon Communications Inc.

The New York Times opened  its video inventory to programmatic ad buyers for desktop and mobile web with mobile in-app on the way, per Adexchanger.

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Verizon Digital Media Services and Pontis Technologies announced a multi-year partnership that will make over-the-top (OTT) and content delivery network (CDN) services on the leading end-to-end digital media platform from Verizon Digital Media Services available to broadcasters and content publishers throughout Latin America.

Mobile ad company Adsmovil has announced an alliance with Sizmek that will allow advertisers, agencies, and trading desks to combat fraud in programmatic buying on mobile. 

The Global OTT TV & Video Forecasts report estimates that Latin American OTT, TV and Video revenues will nearly triple in the next year.

Amazon has launched its Prime membership program in Mexico, according to a new report.

During the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, GSMA revealed data showing an increase by 121% in 4G connections in Latin America. The Latin American growing rates are twice as fast as the global average, summing up 113 million connections — 60 million of them in Brazil.

comScore revealed its latest data in Brazil: 81 million people browse the internet via desktop and 75.5 million do it through smartphones, which account for 71% of users’ time online. 105.7 million people have access to the internet.  Google had 88 million unique visitors, and Facebook 79 million. Facebook and YouTube represent half of the videos streamed in Brazil.

The streaming ad management company AdStream claims that revenue grew by 123% last year in Brazil, and  also closed a deal with Globo for ad streaming in the country.

Batanga Media announced a full rebrand, changing its corporate name and identity to Vix. Effectively immediately, Batanga Media will be known as Vix, a digital media company dedicated to generating curiosity and leaving a positive influence for audiences across the Americas.

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AT&T is accelerating the roll out of its 5G wireless networks, amid an effort to drive sales and subscriber growth by cross-selling bundles that include a combination of wireless and video services.
Sporty Heroes announced the launch of its video-marketplace, where brands and media can discover real stories and co-create content with up-coming rising creator-athletes. With a freemium pay-as-you-go model, marketers can search and get videos from 400$ with unlimited legal rights.
YouTube said that a billion hours of video are being watched daily on the platform.

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YouTube also announced its own streaming TV service, which will mix live-streams of broadcast and cable television programming with online video from YouTube.

It was recently confirmed that Samsung will introduce the Galaxy S8 at a Special New York Event on March 29 and Ship in April.

Netflix announced that it is using artificial intelligence techniques to analyze each shot in a video and compress it without affecting the image quality in order to reduce the amount of data consumed.

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Marketing technology Headway has launched ScrollerAds for desktop and mobile in Latin America, which allows video and image-based ads to be inserted into the user experience without interrupting what they are reading.

The recent IMS Mobile in Latam Study by ComScore looked at smartphone and app use in the region and found that 56.1 percent of the LATAM population has internet connection, 93 percent connect via mobile and only 7 from a computer, and that Latinos spend an average of five hours a day connected.
Ecuador’s telecom authority released stats that claim that fewer than one in 100 people go online to watch video. Nonetheless, over 55.63% of Ecuadorians now have access to the Web, compared to 25% in 2008.

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.

In a recent interview with Reuters, the new head of Twitter in Brazil Fiamma Zarife claimed that “Brazil is a motor of growth for Twitter, both in users and in revenue,” supporting her argument with the claim that the country saw a 30 percent rise in ad revenue in the country.

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Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) announced that it will be live streaming select matches from Univision Deportes’ portfolio of Liga MX in English via Facebook Live this season.

Digital audio ad network TargetSpot announced an exclusive network partnership with Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS) (SBSAA), the largest publicly-traded Hispanic-controlled media and entertainment company in the United States. Targetspot will be the exclusive third party sales network for SBS’s entire Spanish Radio streaming inventory.

Amazon announced the launch of Chime, a new online VoIP call and video messaging platform aimed at business users that offers video conferencing and chat messaging and allows users to host or join virtual meetings, share content and screens across multiple platforms, including Mac, Windows, iOS and Android devices.

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Market research and consulting company Parks Associates’ 360 View: Digital Media & Connected Consumers report that  claims that 29 per cent of US broadband households get most of their news from social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and that the majority of broadband consumers feel that television is more authentic than online video.

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Twitter’s recently launched “Explore” section will now feature live videos sourced from Periscope within its “Top Trends,” the company announced yesterday. The move will further integrate Twitter’s standalone live streaming app into its main platform, leaving even fewer reasons to keep a separate app dedicated to live streaming video around.

Facebook revealed plans to launch a Facebook Video app for TV sets. Also, video will automatically play with sound on if a person’s device is not in silent mode, and users can minimize videos while browsing, watching videos while scrolling through their feeds.

Comcast is launching a new app called Xfinity Stream which will be available to all Xfinity subscribers for free on February 28th. The app is an overhaul of the Xfinity TV app and will be replacing it as the tool for subscribers to access live channels, DVR content, and on-demand titles on the go.

Digital audio ad network TargetSpot announced an exclusive network partnership with Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc., the largest publicly-traded Hispanic-controlled media and entertainment company in the United States. SBS and TargetSpot agreed today that TargetSpot will be the exclusive third party sales network for all of SBS’s Spanish Radio streaming inventory.

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AT&T is growing in Mexico, adding 1.3 million wireless net subscribers in 4Q16, as compared to 0.6 million in 4Q15. Total Mexican wireless subscribers for the company are now 12 million in more than 160 markets with 78 million 4G LTE (long-term evolution) POPs (points of presence). In Latin America, DIRECTV lost 21,000 video subscribers in 4Q16, primarily driven by declines in Brazil.

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.

Mexico’s Grupo Salinas has signed an agreement with Google for the online distribution of TV Azteca content to increase reach and awareness through the most popular online video services. Through the agreement, TV Azteca will also integrate YouTube’s player into its own digital platforms, aiming to improve users’ experience and video quality.

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Online marketplace operator Rubicon Project has partnered with data tech company Integral Ad Science (IAS) to offer advertisers third-party visibility scores for display and video advertising.

tom-bradyA new study from Alphonso, Inc. reveals that Super Bowl 2017 was the most watched Super Bowl, with 115M viewers tuning in across TV networks (108M viewers) and live streaming (7M viewers).

Mobile app developer Cheetah Mobile has appointed video inventory management platform, SpotX, to help monetize video in its global suite of apps on iOS and Android devices.

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According to Visible Measures, Budweiser‘s Super Bowl LI story of immigration “Born the Hard Way” had the most online video views as of the morning after the game. “Disruptive World” by Wix.com, and #UnlimitedMovies by T-Mobile came in second and third, respectfully. 

YouTube is launching mobile live streaming for all creators with over 10,000 followers. Soon, they will enable it for all users. YouTube also launched Super Chat, a monetisation feature for live streams enabling viewers to purchase highlighted messages within the chat feed and have them pinned for up to five hours to the top of the chat window.
Influencer video platform Gen.Video releasedState of the Union for Influencer Marketing, Trends, and Best Practices for 2017,” which claims that brands are increasing their investment in influencer marketing in 2017. 45.5 percent plan to spend more in 2017 while 4.5 percent plan to spend significantly more. The study also found that 91 percent of the brands it surveyed were already doing influencer marketing.

According to a new Parks Associates report, churn rates for OTT video services are 19% of U.S. broadband households, which would mean that about one in five households have cancelled an OTT service in the past 12 months.

According to Cisco’s new Mobile Visual Networking Index for 2017, by 2021, video will make up 78 percent of all global mobile data traffic, compared to 60 percent in 2016.

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Digital platform security specialist Irdeto is partnering with Brazilian online video platform Samba Tech to secure delivery of online video content for Latin American operators. The company announced its first joint customer, Universal Church in Brazil, which recently launched its own over-the-top (OTT) video platform for its 12 million global members.

hands-coffee-smartphone-technologyThe Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) in Mexico released stats from Google‘s global project for branding and communication. The study found  that mobile is the main device used for viewing video in Latin America, and that ads work better if they ar designed for smartphones and tablets. 

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.

Warc‘s latest Consensus Ad Forecast claims that global advertising expenditure rose 4.5% in 2016, but is expected to dip to 4.2% in 2017. But in BRIC countries like Brazil, the story will be different: Brazil’s global ad spending is expected to grow 2.1% in 2017.

Singaporean dating platform Paktor has announced that it is acquiring Brazilian Groupify, which operates European- and Latin American-based group dating app called Kickoff.

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Snapchat‘s $130 Spectacles video glasses are being sold on eBay for up to $5,000.

Akamai, Facebook and Twitter reported high spikes in video traffic on election night, higher than previous elections partially thanks to higher quality video and second-screen devices. Akamai reported that peak election-specific traffic was 7.5 Tbps at 11:53 p.m., 70% higher than the 4.4 Tbps from the September presidential debate.

Hulu has acquired The Video Genome Project, or VGP, a structured database of video content. No financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

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.

Ad-tech firm Wise Data Media has launched Wise Content, a text-to-video technology that aims to create broadcast-ready branded video for publishers and advertisers. The technology is designed to enable publishers and advertisers to create short news videos.

fbFacebook has told advertisers that users are watching video ads, and is promising better data through a new website called Metrics FYI, where it will share updates and corrections for its data.

Video cloud services company Brightcove is releasing a solution for distributing, managing, and measuring videos on social networks called Brightcove Social to make it easy for publishers to reach viewers on multiple platforms while gathering analytics in one location.

WhatsApp has officially launched video calling on iOS, Android and the Windows Phone app that will be fully encrypted, protecting calls from being listened into.

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German media giant Bertelsmann, which owns European broadcaster RTL Group, publishing house Penguin Random House and music rights company BMG, is to raise its investment in Brazil, India and China from €500 million ($536 million) to €1 billion ($1.07 billion) over the next three to five years.

Taggify, the Argentine ad tech company, has announced its support for a scientific center in Bolivar, Argentina, with the goal of placing innovative tech companies from the region related to research and tectouch colombiahnological production.

Colombian retailer Grupo Éxito has entered into a deal with Keshet International for the cross-media brand Touch, an interactive multi-platform game with live shorts on Colombia’s free-to-air channel Caracol.

 Uber is using ad-carrying drones in Mexico city as a part of its push into Latin American markets.
Viacom has bought Argentine broadcaster Television Federal SA (Telefe) from telecom carrier Telefonica SA for $345 million in cash.

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Teads and the Brazilian publisher group Abril are building on their deal, increasing native video purchases with Teads with inRead formats and inserting more videos special in mobile, using live streaming, vertical, and 360º media.

 

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AT&T is contemplating giving people who sign up for its new Internet TV service a free Apple TV set-top box or Amazon Fire USB stick.

Thousands of former Time Warner, now Charter, cable clients are cancelling their service due to changing prices.

Adobe is acquiring ad tech company TubeMogul for $540 million net of debt and cash.

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The FCC has said that it has serious concerns about whether rivals fccwill be able to compete with AT&T‘s $35/monthly online video service, DirecTV Now.

After Donald Trump‘s surprising win, many are wondering if he will reverse Barack Obama‘s net neutrality rules, which GOP congressmen have been hoping to take down for some time now.

YouTube has launched a virtual reality video app for the Daydream View VR headset that parent company Google developed.

SmarkLabs has announced the launch of Vidy, a tech-centric video production company aimed at accelerating growth for B2B brands. Vidy will function as its own brand and will focus on B2B-specific video production needs.

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French programmatic media platform Tradelab announced the start of their Brazilian operations with an office in Sao Paulo, their sixth global office with local teams.

IAB Brazil has elected Cristiano Nóbrega to head the organization in 2017 for the programmatic media market.

The Brazilian Association of Ecommerce (ABComm) claims that the local market is expecting R$2.14bn ($630m) in revenues on Black Friday, November 25. This is 18% higher than revenues from last year.

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.

comScore, Inc. and MediaMath have released a study: “The State of Programmatic Buying in Latin America,” which looks at opportunities for advertisers, agencies, media and ad tech companies in Mexico, ColombiaArgentina and Brazil.

 

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Hulu has added programming from to its new live TV streaming service from 21st Century Fox, Walt Disney/ABC Television Group, ESPN, Fox News, FX Networks, Fox Regional Sports Networks and National Geographic. The service is set to launch in early 2017, and will offer limited commercials for $7.99 per month or commercial-free for $11.99 per month.

Univision Digital, the digital division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), announced the launch of “CNCO Evolution,” a new web series that tells the story of how the winners from “La Banda” are dealing with their newfound success and how they prepared for the launch of their first album, Primera Cita. The six-episode series presented by Walmart, premieres today on LaBandaOficial.com.

Video compression products provider EuclidIQ has announced the immediate availability of OptiiQ.ly, an Online Video Platform (OVP) that offers a simple end-to-end channel solution for distribution of live and pre-recorded video content over the internet.

teadsNative video platform and outstream video provider Teads is looking into adding haptic feedback to its mobile ad video solutions. Teads’s studies reveal that haptic video ads, which include a small motor in the phone that creates vibrations so that people can experience sensations from videos, increase user attention, engagement, and interaction vs. non-haptic ads.

Online video platform providers Brightcove, Vidyard and Kaltura came in at the top of a study by Forrester Research that rated platforms’ abilities to support sales and marketing efforts in the enterprise segment. Competitors include Adobe, IBM and Ooyala.

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FilmStruck, Turner Classic Movies’ new streaming service for film lovers, has now launched. The service features a collection of hundreds of classic, indie, foreign, and cult film, and will cost $7 per month.

Sojern, a marketing engine for travel brands with clients including Marriott, Disney, Emirates, and Hertz, announced it is the first company in travel to become a DoubleClick Certified Marketing Partner.  The list of approved members is hand-selected and vetted by Google and partner companies have proven expertise in successfully delivering results on DoubleClick’s suite of advertising products at scale.

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A report from Newzoo has revealed that the Latin American games market is the second fastest growing sector in the world, and that this year the region will generate $4.1b in video game revenues for a year-on-year rise of 20 per cent.

A new IMS survey found that about 90% of people connected to the Internet in Latin America own a smartphone, and that Android is the preferred operating system.  There is also going to be an estimated 200 million smartphones in the region by 2018. This annual study tracks regional trends in digital consumption and mobile apps.

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.

Opera TV has announced a partnership with Claro video, a premium video on-demand service, to bring its service to millions of devices through participation in Opera TV’s Certification operaProgram and distribution through the Opera TV Store. Through the partnership with Opera TV, Claro video is increasing its presence in the growing Latin American market by streamlining its app development and deployment efforts, making it available on a variety of ecosystems and devices where over-the-top (OTT) is enabled by Opera TV.

According to the Mexico Total Telecommunications Services Market from Frost & Sullivan’s Digital Transformation team, the current Mexican telecommunication services market is mostly monopolized by Telmex and its mobile arm Telcel. But in the PayTV segment, Televisa has the largest share.

Last Wednesday, the Argentine Ministry of Communications met with the FCC in Washington to discuss the issue of regulating emerging technology and platforms in the OTT market as a part of Argentina TIC Day, a business round set up by businessman Oscar Aguad to attract investment in Argentine telecommunications companies.

Thanks to OTT subscriptions to services like Netflix and Claro Video, Brazil and Mexico are the markets with the second and third-highest growth (26 and 25 percent, respectively) in the segment in Latin American and OECD countries.

Carlos Slim and his company, América Móvil, are expressing interest in entering the pay TV market in Mexico. During a conference, Daniel Hajj, América Móvil’s general director, said that the company is following the rules for entering the pay TV market, which were set by Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Institute. América Móvil already has pay TV services in Chile, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and soon Argentina.

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Twitter is shutting down video-sharing service Vine “in the coming months,” the company announced Thursday. Vine, which lets users share short video clips, debuted in 2013. Twitter acquired Vine in 2012 before the service had even launched. The news comes the same day Twitter announced it would lay off more than 300 workers, or 9% of the company’s global workforce, within the company’s sales, partnerships, and marketing teams.

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British martech company BlueVenn has formally launched operations in the US, announcing its headquarters in Boston. The company also introduced the BlueVenn Marketing Platform, that equips marketers with the tools to dive deep into customer data, extract insights and create omnichannel journeys, in real-time.

Groovy Gecko has announced the launch of a self-managed version of its award-winning Live Presentation System, which enables the delivery of video webcasts to multiple devices with optional interactive elements. It also enables live presentation webcasts, including PowerPoint slide synchronisation with optional moderated Q&A and polls, plus other interactive features.

Chinese predictive marketing software Viscovery has raised $10 million US to personalize advertisement on online video streaming. The platform uses artificial intelligence mixed with image recognition to determine which advertisements viewers will want to see based on the content that is being streamed at that time.

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.

teadsOutstream video specialists Teads has announced a feature that will allow advertisers to turn existing TV creatives into vertical video for smartphones, with a 360 effect, and deliver it into premium editorial environments. Preexisting landscape video creative will fit into a vertical format compatible with both Android and iOS devices.This new feature is completely free for all Teads’ clients and will also be accessible for all premium publishers using Teads’ ad server and SSP.

AT&T‘s DirecTV Now online video service will cost $35 per month including mobile streaming costs, aiming at those who reject pay-television subscriptions. It will have more than 100 channels.

On Saturday, AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire Time Warner in a stock-and-cash transaction valued at $107.50 per share. The agreement has been approved unanimously by the boards of directors of both companies. AT&T also announced that its DirecTV Now online video service will cost $35 per month, including mobile streaming costs. There are considerable regulatory hurdles for the deal to be approved by regulators.

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Cable and entertainment company Comcast Corp posted higher third-quarter revenue on Wednesday, fueled by investments in video and high-speed internet and business services divisions.

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Mobile marketing company based out of Buenos Aires, Logan, has reached an agreement with Mexican investment firm Pedralbes Partners, through which the latter will invest US $2 million in the former. The investment is meant to help the company expand in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina.

comScore, Inc. and IMS Internet Media Services (IMS) today released the second edition of IMS Mobile in LatAm, a joint report on trends in digital consumption and mobile apps usage in six countries in the region (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Chile) that surveyed smartphone and tablet users aged 15 or older. It found that 9 out 10 people connected to internet in Latin America have a Smartphone, and that sites within the IMS portfolio have a combined potential reach of 76% of mobile users, representing the third largest digital advertising audience in the region after Google and Facebook.

Citic Private Equity, a Chinese financial conglomerate, is in talks to buy a €2bn controlling stake in Spain’s Imagina Group, a media company that distributes the country’s top football league
citicinternationally and holds domestic rights in Spain to the Formula One World Championship, major football leagues, and assets in sports rights in Latin America.

According to the Consejo Nacional de Televisión’s (CNTV) first public survey about content and TV on the Internet, 84% of Chileans want regulation to limit access to inappropriate content on the Internet. 39% saying they had watched violent or inappropriate type of content at least once online and half of them accessed such content through social media. 29% found it via Google.

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Ooyala has released research that indicates that mid-roll video ad placements are becoming more popular. In February 2015, studies showed that three-quarters (75%) of online video ad placements consisted of pre-rolls in February 2015, against just 20% for mid-rolls. But by April 2016, mid-rolls rose by 25% accounting for 33% of video ad placements while pre-roll has gone down to 60%.

univisionUnivision Communications has tapped BroadbandTV to manage its YouTube content and channels as a part of its outreach efforts for Hispanic audiences in the U.S. and internationally. BroadbandTV has proprietary technology to upload and monetize fan-generated content for Univision.

Walmart has announced that it is expanding Vudu, an on-demand mostly-centric movie video service, launching a free movie digital service called Vudu Movies on Us, which will be supported by advertising. The movies will have both pre-roll and mid-roll commercials.

Google has launched a “skinny” bundle of TV networks called “Unplugged.” CBS has signed a carriage deal, and Walt Disney and 21st Century Fox are  thought to be close to signing. The bundle of live TV channels at around $25 to $50 per month, and will launch in early 2017.

IHS Market Research has released studies showing that Netflix and Amazon spent $7.5 billion on programming in the last year, more than CBS, HBO and Turner. And the World TV Production Report revealed that between 2013 and 2015, Amazon’s investment in SVOD and online video went from $1.22 billion in 2013 to $2.67 billion in 2015, and Netflix spent $4.91 billion in that period.

In Netflix‘s quarterly letter to shareholders, it stated that while Amazon is picking up momentum in the streaming market, it’s not too worried about them catching up.

According to Eurodata TV Worldwide research, released at MIPCOM Comcast, Time Warner, Sky, Germany’s Kabel Deutschland, India’s Sun Direct, France’s Orange, Mexico’s TelMex and China Telecom are the world’s most powerful players in global distribution. Additionally, it revealed that at least 50 new mainstream SVOD platforms have launched around the world since Netflix launched in 2010. It also tracked the expansion of niche services targeted at specific demographics.

Video inventory management platform, SpotX, and BrightLine, the market leader for advanced TV and OTT advertising, have joined forces to accelerate the automated purchasing workflow of advanced TV ads across millions of U.S. households. The integration will empower publishers to automate the sales of personalized, household-addressable advanced ad units within connected TV (CTV) environments.
Ooyala has announced their partnership with Toca Boca, the number one ranked mobile-first kids brand in Apple’s app store. This way, Toca Boca will be able to deliver its video library of original and curated content to its global audience base to drive engagement and loyalty as well as higher revenue through subscriptions.

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ESPN has launched its flagship ESPN App in Spanish-speaking Latin America. Available on Android and iOS, it has dedicated local editions in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela and has the same capabilities and functionalities as the U.S. edition.

Microsoft has launched its first Transparency Center in Latin America in the city of Brasília (DF), Brazil to promote trusted and safe computing, which is key to the industry and to abating security concerns in the sector. The first Microsoft Transparency Center was launched in 2014 in Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington.The World Bank‘s investment arm, the netInternational Finance Corporation, has made a $1 million commitment to Argentine accelerator NXTP Labs as part of its $30 million Startup Catalyst initiative, which backs accelerators and seed funds in emerging markets.AT&T’s focus on growing the newly acquired Mexican operations in 2015 has been successful: the company added 742,000 wireless net subscribers in 2Q16, and Mexican wireless subscribers are nearing a total of 10 million. DIRECTV added 87,000 video subscribers in LatAm in the last quarter. 

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.

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

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A new study by GfK’s The Home Technology Monitor™ found that 16% of the viewing population have multiple SVOD (subscription video-on-demand) services in their homes, up from 10% three years ago. “Self-bundling” viewers – those who pay for combinations of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other subscription streaming services – are more likely to have kids under 18 in their homes (50%, versus an average of 41% among all weekly viewers of any type).

Video inventory management platform SpotX and video discovery and distribution platform Vemba have partnered on a product suite that manages the syndication and monetization of premium video content. The solution provides an end-to-end product for content producers and publishers that syndicate video content, from asset and distribution management to monetization via direct and indirect channels.

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 kelley@portada-online.com.

2btube is officially moving into the kids content space with the launch of 2bkids with Juan Baixeras at the helm. Baixeras has had a 20 year international career in television and media with a particular focus on kids content for the past 4 years at Zinkia (Pocoyo) and Little Smart Planet. It is 2btube’s first effort beyond the Spanish speaking markets with the full support of the 60 strong 2btube team across its offices in Madrid, Miami and Mexico City.

YouTube has announced a new platform for making video ads on the site called YouTube director. People can create the ads on the YouTube Director for Business app or the YouTube Director service on the site. People can take advantage of free help from a GoogleAdWords expert.

According to Parks Associates, over a third of US broadband households watch user-generated video online more than ten days per month, and three-quarters of US broadband households access the content at least once a month.
Genesis Media, a platform that helps brands make advertising decisions based on real-time user attention, announced a strategic outstream video advertising collaboration with GateHouse Media that will be implemented across 217 of GateHouse Media digital news properties.

Alphabet Inc. ‘s Google has acquired digital marketing startup FameBit, whose platform connects brands with content creators on platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, helping them work together for product placement and promotion.

Conviva, which conducts OTT experience management for media companies, announced that digital sports content and media company Perform Group is using Conviva’s technology to provide global video intelligence for new live sports streaming service DAZN, which uses Conviva Insights to provide in-depth metrics and analytics.

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Teads announced the launch of its Programmatic Outstream Video Accreditation Program roadshow in Latin America. The recently-launched programmatic accreditation program trains media buyers with the latest knowledge and training in programmatic outstream video advertising. The accreditation program will now expand into four open interactive workshops in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Miami.

predicta-squarelogo-1461587596453Brazilian company and part of e.Bricks‘s portfolio Predicta has announced that it is purchasing Melt DSP to create programmatic and digital solutions hub Predicta Melt. On top of a DSP, the company will offer ad servers, rich media, web intelligence, DMP, website optimisation, ad exchanges, and adsense.

According to new data from VideoViewers, in Brazil, 40% of the time spent watching videos is done in the internet, 42% of the population (85 million people) has the habit of watching videos on the internet, and 82 million people do so in YouTube. Pay TV, on the other hand, was measured to have an audience equal to 37% of the local population. The average time spent watching videos has risen from 30 hours a week to 39.2 hours week in the past two years.

Brazil’s VOD market is expected to reach US$352.m, according to the Motion Picture Association Latin America (MPA-AL), making it the eighth-largest VOD market in the world, and the largest in Latin America, followed by Mexico and Argentina.

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