9 JUN 2020

COMCAST ANNOUNCES FREEWHEEL PARTNERSHIP FOR PROGRAMMATIC ADVERTISING

The solution focuses on FreeWheel’s ad decision engine ad targeting capabilities and the Comcast Technology Solutions’ Ad Store's ad creative distribution capabilities, allowing both, content owners and distributors to offer advertisers access to STB VOD content.

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Comcast Technology Solutions and FreeWheel announced a new industry solution that will introduce programmatic capabilities to premium STB VOD video inventory. “Programmatic advertising is becoming a more important part of our premium video buying strategies,” said Jason Kanefsky, Chief Investment Officer, Havas Media. “Advancements that allow us to get greater scale, more consistent targeting, and a unified view of the total viewing audience are needed. As viewers continue to shift their consumption across platforms, in particular younger demographics, extending reach in new ways is critical."

The solution will allow both content owners and distributors to offer advertisers access to STB VOD content, unifying it with other inventory sold programmatically across connected TV and digital video channels. The innovation focuses on ad targeting capabilities of FreeWheel’s ad decision engine and the ad creative distribution capabilities of Comcast Technology Solutions’ Ad Store, providing real-time, broadcast-quality creative conditioning and distribution to all STB VOD MVPD endpoints.

The creative conditioning of advertisers’ video creative requires special STB VOD advertising considerations, requirements which to date have hindered the ability to offer this premium inventory programmatically. This move solves for these complexities with the speed required for automated bidding within FreeWheel’s unified auction structure. “Video-on-demand content has skyrocketed in importance in terms of video viewership, as consumers flock to the engaged, big-screen viewing environment in their living rooms. However, until today, it has not been possible to effectively monetize this content in the same programmatic fashion as other video inventory,” said Richard Nunn, Vice President and General Manager of Advertiser Solutions at Comcast Technology Solutions. “By enabling unified programmatic auctions and seamless distribution of ad assets across all inventories including STB VOD, we are helping programmers and distributors open up new opportunities for advertisers.”

Through this solution, FreeWheel is one of the first technology providers to offer targeted, STB VOD inventory to agencies and advertisers via programmatic demand-side platforms. “Our key goal is to ensure buyers and sellers can seamlessly transact across all content types and allow for our robust data and decisioning capabilities to work wherever viewers are watching a premium video. Working with Comcast Technology Solutions to bring Set-Top Box VOD into the mix is an enormous step forward,” said Dave Clark, General Manager, FreeWheel. “Allowing programmatic, marketplace access to this growing viewership segment will open new sources of growth to our supply-side clients, and just as importantly, will allow advertisers to tap into this premium, living room quality content as part of their unified video strategy.”

Allowing programmatic, marketplace access to this growing viewership segment will open new sources of growth to our supply-side clients, and just as importantly, will allow advertisers to tap into this premium, living room quality content as part of their unified video strategy.” Dave Clark General Manager, FreeWheel