CES: TV Everywhere Becoming a Reality in 2013

As we embark on a new year, we’re excited to see more and more “TV Everywhere” experiences coming online. With Adobe Pass, our Emmy Engineering award-winning authentication service and a key component of Adobe‘s Project Primetime, we are working closely with our partners to make it easier for millions of consumers to access their pay TV content across devices.

Adobe Pass is now supported by more than 150 pay TV operators covering nearly 98 percent of all pay TV households in the U.S. Given the current adoption rate, we anticipate all major TV shows will be available through a TV Everywhere experience in the next two years.

We’re thrilled that A+E Networks just launched its first iPad apps, powered by Adobe Pass, for three of its networks: A&E, HISTORY and Lifetime. These three networks bring to iPad users their broadcast content, including popular TV shows like Storage Wars (A&E), Pawn Stars (HISTORY) and Project Runway (Lifetime). Additionally, Comcast customers can access exclusive content across all three apps. With three new A+E apps now live, more than 55 sites and mobile apps are now powered by Adobe’s authentication service. TV programmers working with Adobe include NBC, Fox, Disney, ESPN, Cartoon Network, MTV, TNT, CNN, Scripps, Pac12, NFL Network, The Hallmark Channel, Univision, and many others.

We’re excited about the pipeline of new TV Everywhere apps coming online in 2013 – bringing consumers a digital living room experience on the go. Stay tuned for some major updates between now and The NAB Show.

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Adobe Pass and TV Everywhere Live From The Emmys

Adobe accepted an Emmy Engineering Plaque for its Adobe Pass TV Everywhere technology tonight at the 64th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards in LA. This award recognizes Adobe’s outstanding engineering achievements in the advancement of TV Everywhere across the industry.

Adobe’s Joel Huff and Todd Greenbaum celebrate at the Emmy Awards with Mike Wise from Turner Broadcasting.

In addition to this win, we are excited to announce that Starz, Encore and Movieplex are the latest partners to use Adobe Pass. More than 25 top TV programmers now deliver pay-TV content through 45 sites and apps across connected devices using Adobe’s authentication service. Check out the video below, which was shown at the award ceremony tonight. Thanks to our friends at Turner and CNN, for showing your support!

Adobe Pass Earns Primetime Emmy Engineering Award

We’re thrilled to announce that Adobe Pass, Adobe’s TV Everywhere solution, will be honored by The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and presented with an Emmy Engineering Plaque, a recognition for outstanding engineering achievements for emerging technologies, at the 64th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards on October 24th. The Academy is recognizing Adobe for its contribution to drive TV Everywhere adoption across the industry.

Adobe Pass, a key component of Adobe’s Project Primetime, has become the industry leader in TV Everywhere technology in less than two years and is now supported by more than 150 US operators as they deliver hundreds of millions of authenticated streams for major live events such as The Olympic Games, March Madness, Euro Soccer Cup, NBA Playoffs and live news coverage via mobile apps from programmers like CNN. Leading media companies including Viacom, NBCU, Fox, Disney, ESPN, Cartoon Network and Scripps Networks depend on Adobe Pass for viewer authentication across more than 40 live sites and apps across desktops and mobile devices today.

Approximately 98 percent of pay TV households in the U.S. are now able to view TV content via the Adobe Pass authentication service and consumers are pushing TV Everywhere adoption to an all-time high. Given the track we are on, we expect every major TV show to be available via a TV Everywhere app within the next two years. Thanks to all our partners who helped make Adobe Pass a great success and a key driver for the transformation of the TV industry as we know it today!

Live from Amsterdam, Adobe Project Primetime at IBC

Greetings from IBC, one of the largest conferences globally focused on broadcast professionals and the technologies that support them. Check out Adobe’s live coverage of the event.

We’re connecting with European broadcasters and pay TV operators to discuss Project Primetime — what it is, how it benefits media companies in individual markets, and what we’ve learned since launching the project earlier in 2012.

Speaking with current Adobe customers and partners, it’s clear that there’s a need in the marketplace for a unified technology stack that integrates video content publishing, ad serving, and analytics. There’s just too much device fragmentation and too much complexity throughout the ecosystem today. Adobe is working to address key industry pain points.

It’s also clear that many vendors are jumping on the “any content, any device, anytime, anywhere” bandwagon — nearly every technology provider at the conference seems to be offering an “end-to-end solution” that delivers on this promise. I’m not certain what most of these folks are actually capable of executing today, but I do know that Adobe is uniquely positioned to continue innovating in media, with industry-leading products across the entire value chain — from pre-production to post-production, and across streaming, ad decisioning, ad insertion, data management and measurement.

That’s a jargon-heavy way of saying that Adobe gets it, that we’re trying to solve the big problems.

If you happen to be at IBC this Sunday, please drop by our booth in Hall 7 to learn more about Project Primetime. We’re also hosting an invitation-only event on Sunday, September 9, where you can learn more about Adobe’s role in powering the 2012 Summer Olympics for both NBC Sports and the BBC — please register if you’d like to attend.

In the video below, and accompanying videos from the show, Adobe discusses Project Primetime, tackling major industry challenges and recent partner wins.

What is Adobe Project Primetime? with David DeVisser

Please join AMSUG’s guest speaker, David DeVisser, as he teaches us about the components, products, and services behind Adobe’s Project Primetime. DeVisser will deconstruct customer integrations, such as, the BBC’s Olympic 2012 coverage. Come discover how Adobe Media Server 5 enables Project Primetime’s broadcast workflow and delivers to desktops, devices, and digital home.

Our speaker will also cover Media Server and Access product naming updates, and what they mean for Adobe’s strategy. DeVisser will compare Adobe Media Server’s built-in content protection versus Adobe Access. In closing, this session will explain Adobe’s latest runtime strategy related device support and the plans for the continued success of digital media delivery. David will answer member questions during the live Q&A session – this meeting is not to be missed!

Title: What is Adobe Project Primetime? with David DeVisser

Date and Time: October 16, 2012 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (GMT-7 Mountain Time US & Canada)

Call-in Details: Please join meeting via Adobe Connect link here

Speakers:

David DeVisser,Principal Architect, Adobe Digital Media Alliances

David DeVisser has been with Adobe since 1998. DeVisser remembers the event that marked the next phase of digital video delivery – the day John Gay came into the office and announced his latest invention, Flash Communications Server. Digital video delivery has come a long way since then, and our speaker has been there every step of the way! Currently, David’s focus is on systems architecture for Adobe’s major media partners. He is responsible for ensuring the success of applications and websites produced by the large companies that are driven with Adobe’s technology. DeVisser enjoys the challange of managing each of his project’s unique needs with his expertise in the areas of: encoding, packaging, distribution, protection, entitlement, content management, and experience design. Please join in on October 16th for some great insignt from industry specialist, David DeVisser!

If you want to do some preparation work before the session, read more about Primetime on Adobe.com.

BBC: “The biggest broadcasting event in our 90 year history”

A blog post from the BBC Director General Mark Thompson has paid tribute to the Olympian efforts of everyone at the BBC who delivered what he calls “the biggest broadcasting event in our 90 year history” referring of course to the 2012 London Games.

The opening ceremony entered the record books as the most-watched programs in the history of the BBC, and figures across all 24 channels of sport were astonishingly high.

While the top ten events took most of the internet feeds, 50 percent of consumption was for ‘less popular’ events, validating the BBC’s decision to have all sports, all the time, with rewind and catch-up capabilities.

There was also clear evidence of viewers taking the Olympics with them throughout the day. Looking at how people were accessing the BBC coverage online, PC usage peaked at lunchtime, mobile peaked after work around 6pm and tablet use was highest around 9pm. These truly were the world’s first digital games.

More interesting details pointed out by the BBC include:

- The Opening Ceremony drew a peak broadcast audience of 27.1 million people (including the red button), of which 9.2 million were via the mobile site and 2.3 million on tablets
- On the busiest day, the BBC delivered 2.8 petabytes, with the peak traffic moment occurring when Bradley Wiggins won Gold and it shifted 700 Gb/s
- Chapter marking enabled audiences to go back to key event moments instantly – receiving an average 1.5 million clicks per day – 13,000 clicks alone for Bolt’s 100m Final win
- The first week of the games was the most popular ever for BBC Sport Online with a total of 34.7 million browsers 50 million requests for the BBC Sport’s live video interactive streams and more than 106 million requests for BBC Olympic video content across all online platform
- BBC Sport Online’s most requested live video stream was of the Tennis Singles Finals, where Andy Murray and Serena Williams were victorious.

Changing the world through digital experiences requires a shared vision. By working with the BBC, an organization with a mandate to push technology boundariesand introduce innovative new services to its viewers, Adobe and all the broadcast partners have delivered an incredible feat of broadcast engineering both online and on devices.

As a publicly funded service, the BBC has delivered tremendous value to UK citizens, not only via traditional broadcast, but also through the delivery of the games online and across devices. Adobe, through elements of Adobe’s Project Primetime, is extremely proud of the role it played in helping the BBC deliver its outstanding Olympics coverage and of the deep partnerships formed with the BBC’s Future Media team.

Some nice user comments we’ve seen:

I think that I just got a lifetimes value from my license fee in 2 weeks!! – Mike Thomsett

I’ve always thought the License Fee was worth paying; now I think that more than ever. The BBC isa credit to Britain and sets the standard to which broadcasters around the world aspire…Thank you BBC, I have fallen in love with you again – Andrew McNeil

We would like to congratulate the BBC and its leadership for the vision, collaboration, passion and drive that has set a new bar for broadcast, extending far beyond what we know today as “television”. London 2012 has set the stage for every broadcaster around the world to bring TV content and new digital experiences online.

Adobe’s Project Primetime Powers BBC’s Coverage of the Olympics

Earlier this month, NBC launched two Olympics apps that are powered by Adobe technologies and built on Adobe AIR, Adobe’s Flash runtime for mobile apps.

Today, we’re excited to announce that the BBC is leveraging key components of Project Primetime in their live and video on demand (VOD) coverage of the London Games. The content is being delivered through a new, HTML5 app built with Adobe PhoneGap, Adobe’s tools and framework for creating cross-platform HTML5 apps for smartphones and tablets.

The BBC employs Project Primetime to power its coverage of the Olympic Games and other major sporting events to millions of mobile and connected devices across the UK for the first time in history. Positioned as “the Digital Olympics” by the BBC, we are happy to provide some of the core components required to deliver on their vision.

Several Adobe technologies are being used to power BBC’s coverage of the Olympics. Adobe Media Server prepares the content in using both the HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) format and the HTTP Live Streaming format (HLS) to stream live and on demand video across desktops, connected TVs and iOS devices. Adobe Media Server is also used as a video origin to feed video across content delivery networks to meet capacity requirements.

To ensure an uninterrupted viewing experience, Adobe worked closely with the BBC to provide adaptive bitrate video playback technology built using the Open Source Media Framework (OSMF) that we have updated to ensure that video re-buffering or stream disruptions are limited as the video leaves the broadcast center and reaches the consumer device.

Primetime Highlights will also be used to power the rapid conversion of live video to on-demand clips. This allows audiences to experience interesting moments throughout the games, even if they cannot watch it live. Primetime Highlights can ingest pre-encoded video streams and quickly re-assemble them into clips with full adaptive bitrate support and made available to the audience quickly. This technology has been completely integrated into the BBC’s data management flow, so the video experience will be supported by synchronized data about the sport and the athlete.

A Digital Video Inflection Point

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to speak about the digital video landscape at conferences with BeetTV, VideoNuze, and Brightcove, and I wanted to share some observations.

Digital video is experiencing an unprecedented outpouring of attention, innovation and creative energy. Even with the challenges that come with any emerging business opportunity, there are many reasons why digital video is at an inflection point and poised for extraordinary growth. Here are five:

1. Consumer behavior is changing in fundamental ways. Individuals are being empowered with devices, like tablets and gaming consoles, which offer the ability to more easily consume media. Over three-quarters of US adults will watch video monthly by 2014, and professional content consumption is currently growing at three times that of user-generated content. Markets respond to consumer-led trends, and this one shows no sign of slowing down.

2. The critical path items for digital video are known. Recently one of the largest global media companies told us that they employ five engineers for mobile video delivery for every one engineer they employ for desktop video. That 5-to-1 ratio isn’t scalable or sustainable. While all critical path items are not yet solved, hurdles, like device fragmentation, improving user experience, and developing better metrics to buy and prove the value of video advertising are being tackled actively.

3. Monetization possibilities are evident and evolving. In a recent survey, consumers between the ages of 15 and 24 — tomorrow’s mainstream — were the most likely to engage with digital video advertising, suggesting that individuals are growing increasingly comfortable with ads while watching TV on desktops and devices. Digital video ad loads are still small relative to TV, pointing to a monetization multiplier effect as more professional content comes online. A recent study also shows the growing popularity of paid media consumption on tablets: 18% of consumers use tablets for viewing paid video content, up from 11% a year ago. We are heading toward a perfect storm of monetization opportunity.

4. Major programmers and operators are leaning forward. Large media companies are motivated by consumers’ desire and ability to access content in new ways, and are responding with innovative tools like the Xfinity App for iPad. For several major upcoming sporting events, you¹re going to see creative partnerships between broadcasters, distributors and Adobe that allow viewers to access content (live and VOD) across different platforms and device types.

5. Advertising Follows Engaged audiences – and Digital Video Engages. Proprietary research from Adobe Auditude shows that mid-roll video ads, the most engaging commercial position, easily outperform completion rates of pre-rolls and post-rolls. With an 87% completion rate, mid-rolls are performing close to 30% better. Professional content with engaging, TV-like ad experiences represents tremendous opportunity. The creative possibilities for better digital video and mobile advertising experiences are endless, and exciting.

To position Adobe’s customers on the leading end of these evolving trends, we are thrilled to be continuing our work building Project Primetime. Adobe’s Project Primetime helps media companies bring their linear, live and VOD content online to any connected device with greater revenues from ads and subscriptions. By combining Adobe’s streaming, protection, advertising and analytics technologies, Adobe is in a unique position to address the most significant challenges that will enable the transformation of digital video.

Primetime Simulcast Helps Bridge TV and Digital Ads

We all sense it, and the numbers support it. By the end of 2014, 200MM U.S. Internet users (76%) will regularly watch video online (source: eMarketer). Further, the number of mobile videos viewed by consumers has already grown at an impressive clip in the last year, and is forecasted to increase 160% in 2012 (source: Nielsen).

Audiences are increasingly viewing TV content on more devices, but broadcasters and network operators are challenged to evolve their business models fast enough. Media company customers tell us every day about their frustrations attempting to deliver and monetize content through IP-connected devices. Device fragmentation, multiple streaming protocols, different encryption methods, difficulty in inserting mid-stream ads, and the need to build players for multiple devices all contribute to higher-than necessary operating costs and a poor viewing experience for video audiences.

Today, in an industry-first, we announced Primetime Simulcast as a new advancement to Project Primetime. As media companies broadcast their linear content, Primetime Simulcast provides a single end-to-end workflow that enables them to simultaneously deliver that same content to connected devices everywhere while seamlessly replacing ads in the broadcast stream with dynamically inserted ads across desktop, iOS, and Android platforms. With this announcement, we also unveiled Adobe Media Server 5 and Adobe Access 4 to give media companies a single video publishing and DRM workflow that reaches 98 percent of desktops and all iOS, Android and connected TV devices. In addition, Adobe unveiled the next version of Adobe Auditude to more easily insert and measure online video ads.

As media companies deliver on the multi-screen promise to their audiences, Adobe is proud to help them increase revenue and decrease operating costs so that they can build effective businesses in digital video and improve the viewer experience. To explain Primetime Simulcast further, Ashley Still, director of product management at Adobe, walks you through the latest move forward for Project Primetime and demonstrates how these improvements allow media companies to advance professional video for publishers, advertisers and consumers.

If you’re at the Cable Show and want to see a live demo of Project Primetime or HLS Streaming with Adobe Media Server 5 and Access 4, stop by and see us at Elemental’s booth #2253.

New revenue opportunities for media companies and advertisers as similarities between broadcast and digital video advertising grow

Today, at the NAB Conference in Las Vegas, we released a study highlighting key trends in online ad engagement and monetization within digital video content. Among several important insights, strong user ad engagement across connected devices shows that online video ad viewing within professional content mirrors that of traditional broadcast television.

Online mid-roll ads, which are much like traditional TV commercial breaks, outperform pre-roll ads by almost 30 percent, suggesting that viewers are engaged by a more TV-like ad experience online. Similarly, more than 5 video ads are served during long-form, professional content. Judging by the 70 percent completion rate of these ads, viewers are more willing to watch ads through their entirety in exchange for the professional content they desire. Live content continues to drive higher engagement rates, at 85 percent, when compared to video-on-demand content.

The next five years will bring a dramatic shift in the media landscape affecting all constituents – consumers, media companies and advertisers – as digital video viewing habits evolve, partially driven by the proliferation of connected devices. Nearly 100 million adults, 48 percent of all adult internet users, will use an internet connection to watch TV programs in the next three years. Over the same period of time, two-thirds of the world’s mobile data traffic will be video, and serving ads into mobile video will become a critical revenue opportunity for publishers. From a video advertising perspective, this report showed engagement with TV-like ads on mobile devices had the highest engagement rates at 94%.

The results of the report demonstrate the revenue opportunities for media companies and advertisers as they take greater advantage of professional content online. If you are at NAB this week, stop by our booth (2624 South Hall), where we are demonstrating Adobe’s Project Primetime, our solution for turning linear content into seamless, TV-like experiences across IP connected devices by integrating Adobe’s publishing, advertising and analytics capabilities.