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Comcast Reaches Key Audiences with Adobe Primetime

A consistent infrastructure for delivering digital video content is critical for scaling to meet the needs of multiscreen viewers. That’s why Comcast uses Adobe Primetime to stream, protect, analyze, and monetize video delivered to any screen. Our video distribution and monetization platform improves content delivery and enables greater customer engagement across any connected screen.

“We see personalization as a key driver for future growth,” says Allen Broome, vice president of IP video engineering, Comcast. “Adobe Primetime opens doors to deliver personalized advertisements and content to audiences.”

With Adobe Primetime, Comcast supports online video playback, including interactive TV on its XFINITY X1 Platform. Regardless of how they access programming, viewers get the same great features, including secondary audio options, closed captioning, and alternate camera angles.

Adobe Primetime also helps improve the performance of XFINITY’s TV Go app. It supports more devices with fewer errors, faster startup times, quicker downloads, and more consistent streaming experiences.

“After implementing Adobe Primetime, the iTunes app rating jumped from 2.5 to 4 stars,” says Sree Kotay, chief software architect at Comcast. “We’re also seeing increased app and video engagement, indicating that we’re providing a stronger customer experience.”

To learn more about how Comcast is leveraging Adobe Primetime to deliver video content across devices, check out our customer success story and watch the video below.

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Adobe Primetime Receives “Most Significant Impact Award” at TV of Tomorrow Show

This week we’re surrounded by some of the brightest minds in the industry at the TV of Tomorrow Show in San Francisco. The Adobe Primetime team is there in full force discussing the future of digital TV and how we’re working with partners and customers to advance the industry.

Earlier today, our own Tamara Gaffney, who runs the Adobe Digital Index team, presented the latest trends and insights from our Q1 U.S. Digital Video Benchmark Report, showing that online TV consumption is up 246% YoY (see separate post). Our VP of Video Solutions, Jeremy Helfand, then spoke on a panel with other industry executives from BSkyB, CTAM, Disney/ABC Television Group, NBC Universal, Nielsen and nScreenMedia about the current state and future of TV Everywhere. Kelash Kumar, group product manager for Adobe Primetime, will end the day speaking on a panel with other industry luminaries about how “server-to-screen” strategies can prepare content owners for the future of video distribution. It’s rewarding seeing so much momentum in the industry and connecting with so many of our customers and partners.

Jeremy Helfand (center), VP of Adobe Primetime, discusses the future of TV Everywhere on a panel at The TV of Tomorrow Show

Jeremy Helfand (center), VP of Adobe Primetime, discusses the future of TV Everywhere on a panel at The TV of Tomorrow Show

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Tamara Gaffney, principal analyst for Adobe Digital Index, presents the latest findings on the growth of TV Everywhere in the U.S.

Topping off a great first day at the TVOT Show, we were honored that Adobe Primetime was presented with the “Most Significant Impact Award” as part of the 11th Annual Awards for Leadership in Interactive and Multiplatform Television, which recognize both corporate and individual achievement in the multiplatform interactive TV space. The “Most Significant Impact Award” recognizes the company and product that had the most significant impact on the overall industry over the past year.

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Adobe’s Jeremy Helfand accepts the “Most Significant Impact Award” for Adobe Primetime at The TV of Tomorrow Show

Adobe Primetime has experienced strong momentum since debuting at The 2013 NAB Show, and we’re continuing to innovate on our multiscreen TV platform with feedback from throughout the industry. This award further validates our efforts to create amazing TV experience everywhere, and we appreciate the recognition from the award committee and our colleagues. We would also like to congratulate our fellow award nominees and recipients for their commitment to making the vision for the future of TV a reality.

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UPDATE (6/11/14): Beet TV interviewed Adobe’s Jeremy Helfand about the rise in TV Everywhere consumption across devices:

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Online TV Consumption Hits New Record, Up 246% YoY

We’ve said it before, but the days of watching TV on a television in the living room are long gone. To meet rapidly evolving consumer expectations for the TV content they want, the TV industry is finding new ways to bring their content to whatever screen audiences want to watch. Given the deluge of connected devices from tablets and smartphones to game consoles and over-the-top (OTT) devices, easy access to content is taking TV Everywhere consumption to new heights.

Today, we released our Q1 2014 U.S. Video Benchmark Report which examines TV Everywhere and non-authenticated online video trends. The findings were staggering with online TV consumption reaching an all-time high – up 246% year-over-year (YoY). Our analysis is based on aggregated and anonymous data from 1300+ media/entertainment sites between Q1 2013 and Q1 2014. It includes 151 billion total online video starts and 1.3 billion TV Everywhere authentications across 250 pay-TV service providers covering 99% of pay-TV households in the U.S. A few other key findings:

  • Game consoles and OTT devices saw the strongest market share growth increasing 539% YoY.
  • iOS apps surpassed browsers for the first time as the most popular access point for online TV achieving a 43% market share (compared to a 36% market share for browsers)
  • More U.S. pay-TV households (21%) accessed TV Everywhere content across devices in Q1 than ever before (compared to 16% six months ago)
  • Unique TV Everywhere visitors to websites and apps per month increased by 157% YoY, while the number of TV Everywhere streams (live, VOD and linear) watched per visitor each month rose 133% YoY.
  • Using a sample size of 1300+ Adobe Marketing Cloud customers, 35.6 billion online videos including user-generated content were viewed worldwide – an unprecedented amount, up 43% YoY.

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TV truly is everywhere now – with more than one fifth of all pay-TV households in the U.S. watching TV online across screens. Check out our full report for the complete findings and methodology. The New York Times also covered our report. We’ll be presenting these findings and discussing industry trends at The TV of Tomorrow Show in San Francisco, June 11-12, so hope to see you there.

Stay tuned for more news and industry insights coming soon. For the latest Adobe Primetime updates, subscribe to our blog updates, follow us on Twitter, and check out our website.

 

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Adobe & RDK – Powering Next Generation In-Home TV Experiences (Part 2)

Adobe has a rich legacy of leading the delivery of Internet video (IP video), with Adobe Flash Player powering the vast majority of desktop video experiences. Today, Adobe Primetime’s IP video leadership powers numerous live and on-demand video experiences across iOS and Android devices, such as NBC Sports Live Extra and Comcast’s XFINITY TV Go apps. However, what is less known is that Adobe Primetime technology is pre-integrated with the next generation set top boxes including the Comcast X1 Platform based on the Reference Design Kit (RDK).

       

Comcast has integrated Adobe Primetime inside of its shipping set top box implementation of the RDK Media Framework and actively uses Adobe capabilities for full-featured TV experiences delivered over the Internet. Adobe provides critical capabilities that enhance the viewing experience including:

  • DRM and content protection

  • Live and Video On Demand playback

  • Offline playback

  • HD video playback

  • Adaptive bitrate

  • Trick play

  • DVR

  • Alternate audio

  • Closed captioning

  • Support for SCTE-style digital program insertion (DPI) signaling

  • Dynamic ad insertion with blackout signaling

Adobe is proud of the contributions we’ve made to IP video delivery over the past 12 years and watching the incredible experiences that our customers offer to push the industry forward. Adobe’s support for the next generation set top boxes and the evolution of video delivery innovation is changing how we engage with video in and beyond the living room.

Video operators considering using the RDK can easily leverage the core features of Adobe Primetime as part of their RDK implementation. To learn more about RDK, visit the website. To learn more about Adobe Primetime, visit our website. If you would like to experience Adobe Primetime in action, check out The X1 Platform by XFINITY from Comcast.

[View part one of the blog post here.]

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Adobe & RDK – Powering Next Generation In-Home TV Experiences (Part 1)

The way we all watch TV is changing, and lots of people in the industry are excited about playing a part in the transformation of how video is delivered and consumed. It’s no longer about the 1000 channel universe – it is now much bigger and more relevant to the consumer.

The relationship with our TV is changing and we demand more from the big screen that sits in the center of our living room — and from the companies who provide news and entertainment. Additionally, our relationship and expectations with those who we pay for access to video is also changing and there are more and more ways to get great content on that big screen.

Adobe is coming to a living room near you to help pay-TV servce providers deliver the experiences you want. Through long-standing partnerships with video operators, chipset vendors, set top box manufactures and an industry group known as RDK Management, LLC, Adobe is leveraging its core DNA in video delivery, video experience, protection, analytics and advertising to help change the way consumers enjoy TV.

Cable companies, telcos, satellite companies and industry groups are responding to consumer demand and changing how they think about the delivery of video services into the home. Large broadcasters are not the only source of TV programming now — the staid set-top box (STB) is getting a whole lot smarter.

The evolution of pay TV will affect everything from how you interact with your channel guide, record shows, search for video-on-demand (VOD), and watch TV on mobile devices. So how do we make the experience better? First, STB manufacturers like Pace, Arris, Cisco, and Technicolor agree to a common set of standards. Then, leading pay-TV service providers, such as Comcast, DirecTV, and Liberty Global, and leaders in TV Everywhere and IPTV delivery such as Adobe, collaborate and develop a common software framework that can evolve as fast as your mobile phone. The result is delivering the best video experience in your living room. So the industry collaborated, and the result is the Reference Design Kit (RDK).

Image courtesy of Reference Design Kit (http://rdkcentral.com/about-rdk/)

Image courtesy of Reference Design Kit (http://rdkcentral.com/about-rdk/)

Companies like Comcast that took the lead in this development use RDK to power its X1 operating system, delivering a much richer experience to their subscribers, and expand the traditional cable box into an intelligent gateway that can support video apps. Other top-tier global companies such as Liberty Global, Time Warner Cable and Kabel Deutschland are also leveraging the RDK to significantly improve the viewing experience.

In this video, Comcast discussed how they’re working with Adobe to create next-generation television experiences for their subscribers:

[View part two of the blog post here.]

 

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Adobe Primetime Wins 2013 Digiday Video Award

It’s been quite a week for the Adobe Primetime team – from receiving a 2014 SIIA Content CODiE Award in the “Best Video Platform for Media & Publishers” category to announcing that NBC Sports is using Adobe Primetime to power the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in the U.S. across desktops and mobile devices, including iOS, Android, Mac OS, Windows, and others. We also released a Q4 Digital Video Benchmark Report, which looks at digital video viewing trends and offers some predictions based on 22.5 billion online video starts, 574 million authenticated streams (TV Everywhere), and survey results from 400 U.S. sports viewers about their new viewing habits. All of this momentum further validates the work we’re doing with Adobe Primetime to deliver an amazing broadcast TV experience to every IP-connected device.

To cap off a great week, we’re thrilled to be a recipient of a 2013 Digiday Video Award for “Best Video Technology Innovation.” The Digiday Video Awards honor overall excellence and breakthrough achievement in video media, marketing and advertising by recognizing brands, agencies, publishers and technology providers. Winners were announced at an award ceremony in New York City on Thursday night. We would like to thank the judges for honoring our achievements with Adobe Primetime alongside our industry colleagues. There’s a lot of innovative work happening with TV Everywhere, and we’re glad to be part of it by leading the industry forward.

For the latest Adobe Primetime updates, visit this blog, follow us on Twitter, and check out the website.

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Adobe Primetime Continues to Drive TV Everywhere Momentum

Today we are announcing some great momentum for Adobe Primetime PayTV Pass (formerly Adobe Pass), as well as for the overall industry movement of TV Everywhere. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.) is the latest Adobe Primetime customer delivering TV across screens as a leader in driving TV Everywhere adoption. To date, TV Everywhere has experienced bursts of success with large scale events like the Olympics and March Madness, but there has not been a critical mass of everyday use. That is now starting to change with more premium content coming online (both live linear and VOD), an increasing shift in viewership from traditional TV to online, and greater opportunities for content owners to monetize those online views thanks to innovative technologies such as Adobe Primetime.

In comparing the first half of 2013 with the same period last year, Adobe Digital Index has seen a 400% increase in authenticated streams, and the total number of Adobe Primetime PayTV Pass-enabled websites and apps has doubled across devices from 50 to more than 100. Online video consumption habits are definitely changing given the ever expanding breadth of devices and platforms – with tablets alone accounting for a 150% increase in video starts from Q2 2012 to Q2 2013. Web, iOS, and Android still represent the bulk of consumption, but other connected devices such as Xbox, Roku, Apple TV, and Smart TVs are rapidly gaining traction. Our data shows that 16% of U.S. households are watching pay-TV online as of September 2013 – representing more than100% growth since December 2012. We delivered 29.3 billion video streams to Adobe customers in Q3 2013 – up 124% year-over-year.

The conversations we are now having with our customers also suggest that the tipping point for mass TV Everywhere adoption is upon us. Whereas phase one of TV Everywhere was about “checking the box” to appease the pay TV operators, our programmer customers and pay TV partners alike are now focusing on growth with an emphasis on content discoverability, device expansion, and user experience. And most telling in my opinion, we are now getting considerable interest in our upcoming fraud limiting services to ensure people aren’t sharing credentials or otherwise trying to game the system. Considering the early critics questioned whether the traffic would come at all, it’s a nice twist that too much consumption has now become a concern!

AdobeBroadcastWe’re thrilled to see increased momentum around TV Everywhere on the rise with Adobe Primetime helping pave the way for success. Within two years, we expect TV Everywhere will advance with:

  • Every major TV channel having a TV Everywhere presence via websites or apps
  • The reported 40% of Internet-connect TVs in U.S. households (LGR Research) will actually be in use
  • Content authentication being fully automated – removing consumers from the process

We also found that mobile video viewing is up more than 2x year-over-year (YoY). Consumers of video content via mobile devices are on the rise (see graphs below). An Adobe Digital Index review of 1 billion video starts to 50 branded sites shows that mobile video viewing is up 134% YoY with tablets growing the fastest up 150% YoY.

ADI-Share-of-Video-StartsThe growing mobile audience provides incremental engagement and revenue opportunities for advertising. Tablet viewers, in particular, are early adopters who typically spend more money, book more trips, and consume more media content. Publishers can capitalize on this target audience with high CPMs (Cost Per thousand Impressions) and incremental impressions. Publishers may also consider creating more mobile-specific content to promote the use of mobile devices and further train consumers to use companion devices while watching a show live or online.

We’ve said that 2013 would be the year that TV Everywhere takes off and our forecast is holding true. Stay tuned for more updates and momentum coming as we head into 2014!

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