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Adobe Primetime Drives New TV Everywhere Records with Sochi Olympics

Since launching last April, Adobe Primetime has achieved several milestones – most recently, partnering with NBC Sports to bring the 2014 Winter Olympics to U.S. viewers across every connected screen. Adobe Primetime powered the online delivery of all live and on-demand Olympic sporting events in four crucial areas: Playback of broadcast TV across desktops, iOS, Android, and Comcast X1 devices; Viewer authentication; Video analytics, and Ad insertion.

The Sochi Games were the most watched digital Winter Olympics in history, with an unprecedented number of U.S. viewers watching the Games on their PCs, tablets and smartphones. To put things in perspective:

  • More than 80 million authenticated streams (consumers logging in with their pay-TV subscription information) were delivered to U.S. viewers.
  • 10.8 million hours of video were consumed across NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports Live Extra mobile app, and 80% of this happened via authenticated live streams.
  • 16.5 million viewers in the U.S. watched the Olympics online.

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The Winter Olympics served as another testament to the momentum behind TV Everywhere. We’ve been leading the charge around TV Everywhere with Adobe Primetime and the validation we’ve received from customers and partners has only strengthened our commitment to delivering a better-than-broadcast TV experience across any screen.

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Adobe Primetime Honored with CableFAX Tech Award

Fresh off the heels of the Sochi Winter Games, where Adobe Primetime successfully powered the online delivery of all live and on-demand Olympic sporting events, our team continues to make waves in the industry. Today, we’re honored to receive the CableFAX Tech Award in the “New Product Award (Vendor/Operator)” category. The CableFAX Tech Award recipients are the forward thinking tech gurus who continue to revolutionize cable technology with their amazing products, campaigns and partnerships. Adobe Primetime also received an honorable mention for the CableFAX Digital Awards in the “Best TV Everywhere Portal Site (Vendor)” category. Additionally, our own Jens Loeffler was named to CableFAX’s Digital Hot List, which honors executives shepherding innovation and progress in social media, digital distribution, app development, web content, technology strategy, TV Everywhere/authentication, and other cutting-edge multiplatform projects.

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Stay tuned for more Adobe Primetime news coming up at The NAB Show in April.

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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 & NBC Sports Go for the Gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics

Adobe Primetime has been powering NBC Sports across screens since the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. By gathering feedback directly from NBC and its viewers, we’ve continually enhanced Adobe Primetime — and the result is a more dynamic, more engaging viewing experience, on more screens, for sports fans everywhere.

Today, we announced that NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected 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.

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Here are some highlights of the upcoming Olympics experience for viewers:

  1. Comprehensive coverage across more screens and device types. For the first time, every event will be available on every connected screen, live and on-demand. This means that viewers will be able to watch the action as it unfolds on any device, or view it later with full event replay. With the Sochi Games, we’ve expanded coverage to the X1 Platform by XFINITY from Comcast — the first IP-based set-top box to deliver live coverage through Adobe Primetime.

  2. Simplifying the authentication process. We’re working with five MVPDs to make watching the Games on devices as easy as changing the channel. Subscribers of Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, and Midcontinent pay-TV services will be able to bypass the login page of the NBC Sports Live Extra experience when accessing the site and apps from within their homes.

  3. Delivering on the promise of dynamic advertising. In another industry first, broadcast television commercials will be replaced dynamically across every screen for live and on-demand viewing. NBC Sports is leveraging its legacy ad serving infrastructure for campaign management and ad decisioning, while Adobe Primetime will handle the ad insertion process to manipulate and weave content and ads together into a single stream. The result is more-relevant ads, a buffer-free viewing experience, and more ad revenue for NBC.

In addition to all the enhancements to improve the viewing experience, we’re also continuing to work hard to scale our offering for NBC and other broadcasters and MVPDs. Advancements like enterprise-grade outage protection will ensure uninterrupted delivery for NBC’s broadcast operations team, and our work with Microsoft via Windows Azure Media Services (see press release) makes it even easier for programmers and operators to embrace cloud-based video delivery.

Our Adobe Digital Index team 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.

We hope you enjoy watching the Winter Olympics as never before — on the IP-connected screen of your choice, live and on-demand — and that the Adobe Primetime-enabled viewing experience shows you that the future of TV is here.

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Adobe Primetime & Turner Broadcasting: “Scale and Execution, Exactly Like TV”

As a lifelong sports fan, I get excited about working alongside the world’s largest media companies to make it easier for viewers like me to watch more events on more screens.

When Adobe Primetime first launched, we helped NBC Sports and the BBC bring the London 2012 Olympic Games to viewers everywhere. Adobe Primetime pay-TV pass (formerly Adobe Pass) has been instrumental in bringing the 2012 and 2013 NCAA basketball tournament to college hoops fans. Now we’re helping deliver NBA games to viewers who want to check in with their favorite teams and players when they’re not in front of a TV set.

Over the past several weeks, we’ve continued our work with Turner, rolling out dynamic ad insertion in NBA games streamed to TNTDrama.com, TNT’s mobile apps, and and TNT Overtime, showcasing Adobe’s deep expertise in live TV broadcasting to devices and desktops.

Outside the sporting arena, as it were, we’ve also helped enable the AdultSwim, Cartoon Network and TruTV apps for linear simulcast programming. A recent article in Adweek highlighted some of the innovative work the Adobe Primetime team has been doing with Turner to drive more revenue by expanding their breadth of advertising opportunities across screens, at scale.

The Adobe Primetime team is continuing to expand the product offering’s capabilities to address additional business needs and use cases. We look forward to working with more broadcasters, cable companies, satellite providers, telcos and industry partners to help make every screen a TV. As Seth Ladetsky, SVP for Turner digital ad sales commented to AdWeek regarding the development of digital ad opportunities, “If you look at the scale and execution, this is going to be exactly like TV.”

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Adobe Pass Drives Mainstream Adoption of TV Everywhere

Adobe Pass, a key component of Adobe’s Project Primetime, has quickly established itself as the industry leader in TV Everywhere services. Used by NBC Olympics to enable live streams, Adobe Pass is now integrated with more than 150 pay TV providers and supports over 40 sites and mobile apps from 25 major networks including Fox, ESPN, CNN Continue reading…

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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.

BBCThe 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.

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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.

Primetime-screenshot2To 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.

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Adobe and NBC Olympics Join Forces to Bring the Olympics to Mobile Devices

Today, Adobe and NBC Olympics announced the official NBC Olympics apps for the iPad, iPhone and select Android tablets and smartphones. For the first time in Olympics history, mobile apps will give you the opportunity to view live broadcasts of all Olympic events in the palm of your hand. This is possible because of the partnership between Adobe and NBC Olympics, and Adobe’s ability to provide leading video technology solutions at scale. We believe the Olympics will be a defining moment for digital video and we are proud to play a role.

The “NBC Olympics Live Extra” and “NBC Olympics” apps will provide a huge variety of content – from live streams of all competitive events to short video highlights, medal ceremonies, interviews, news stories and more. We’re thrilled that both apps are powered by a series of products and technologies from Adobe, which made it possible for NBC Olympics to more easily bring them to a wide range of mobile and tablet platforms and devices.

Adobe creative tools, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Flash Builder, Flex and others, were used to design and build the apps. With Adobe AIR, our runtime for Flash content outside web browsers, NBC Olympics is able to leverage existing code to ensure a consistent content and video playback experience across devices without having to develop the apps natively for each platform. By integrating support for Adobe Pass, NBC Olympics is using the industry’s leading “TV Everywhere” authentication technology used by virtually all operators in the U.S. You simply provide the login and password of your pay-TV subscription to access live broadcast streams of over 3500 hours of Olympic events. To make it as easy as possible, you only need to go through the sign-in once and won’t have to “re-authenticate” every time you want to watch a live event.

NBC Olympics is also taking advantage of Adobe technologies to measure and monetize content in both apps. Advertising onto mobile devices will be served via Adobe Auditude, our video ad management and monetization platform. Auditude will work in conjunction with other existing NBC ad serving systems and is used by major brands worldwide like Comcast, Major League Baseball, Fox News, E! Entertainment, Dailymotion and others. SiteCatalyst, our flagship product for digital analytics, allows NBC Olympics to measure user traffic and engagement across both apps for live video streams, ads and video-on-demand (VOD) content for iOS and Android devices. This enables NBC Olympics to quickly optimize the app experience based on viewer behavior.

A few other great things I wanted to highlight: Each app is interconnected, so you can easily launch one of the apps from within the other to streamline usability. Both apps offer social media integration that lets you share and communicate with friends via Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus as the Games happen in London. You can also set reminders for your favorite sport events, and, pause or rewind.

Check out this video for more information about the apps and how Adobe and NBC Olympics is taking the 2012 Olympics beyond the TV and offering a whole new experience across mobile devices:

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