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Data and Apps Fuel Innovation in the TV Industry

The TV industry is sailing into an uncharted ocean of innovation. Already, some of the most innovative TV services leverage data and apps to deliver exciting new content experiences. The following trends could help inform how your organization pursues innovation, too.

1. TV companies are investing in data

Turner, ESPN, and Cablevision have something new in common. They’re all investing in data management platforms (DMPs). Here’s what execs from these companies have to say about it:

  • Talking about Turner Data Cloud, Stephen Kim, Chief Data Strategist at Turner said, “We want to build a central repository of information around consumption, tastes, geography, demographics and profile information for our viewers, and use that to deliver better value.” (via AdExchanger)
  • Regarding the proprietary ESPN DMP, Zachary Chapman, VP of digital and publisher sales at ESPN said, “There’s no reason that we shouldn’t have a DMP in place that allows us to analyze the data in a much more fluid way, and share with our agency partners.” (via MediaPost)
  • Discussing Cablevision’s Total Audience Application, or TAPP census-data platform, Ben Tatta, president of Cablevision Media Sales said, “This is a window into what lies ahead.” (via AdAge)

Expect more investment in data management from TV companies in the near future.

2. TV apps already proliferate in Apple’s App Store

This month, we estimated that roughly 60% of brands representing TV channels have distinct apps in the App Store. We counted over 150 TV brands with one or more channels on a leading cable network of which over 90 brands had an app in Apple’s App Store. This fits right into a prediction made here last month by TDG Research’s Joel Espelien who predicted that every meaningful TV brand will have its own app.

Already, hundreds of TV brands have the ability to look at every single button press and view happening within their apps. They can collect this data and use it to inform new innovations and make the viewer experience even better.

3. TV apps will soon proliferate on Google Play

We expect apps for Android TV on Google Play to grow by double this year or better. There are currently 46 apps for Android TV. Sony, Philips, Razer and Nvidia have Android TV devices on the market and Sharp has devices coming soon. As consumers purchase these new devices, it will lure the developers of existing TV apps to port their apps over to Android TV. App ports alone could double the number of apps on Android TV this year.

The Android TV user experience may delight consumers that struggle to find the right content across various siloed TV apps because it provides recommendations and voice search features that span all installed apps. According to TV Connect, Thomas Riedl, Google’s Global Head of Android TV Partnerships says, “When in the Android TV home screen, you’ll see a row of content recommended for you. These recommendations come from all the Android TV apps you have installed on that device and is based on which apps you’ve used on that device.”

It’s anybody’s guess where innovations around data and apps will ultimately lead. However, we’re pretty certain that DMPs and the proliferation of TV apps all have important roles to play in the future of TV.


Highlights from Adobe Digital Index’s U.S. Digital Video 2014 Inaugural Report

Adobe Digital Index’s U.S. Digital Video 2014 Inaugural Report report is now available. This report helps broadcasters, cable networks, and distributors anticipate and plan for the changes taking place in how consumers view video. The report covers TV Everywhere and online video viewership trends.

Key points include:

  • TV Everywhere grew significantly in 2014. Unique viewers increased 117% YOY and authenticated video starts increased 266% YOY.
  • As of Q4 2014, gaming consoles and OTT devices now make up 16% of TV Everywhere authentications.
  • Video viewing on mobile devices will overtake desktop video viewing by Q4 2016.

Net/Net: In 2015, consider optimizing the TV Everywhere experience for gaming console and OTT devices and the online video experience for mobile.

Read on for more details from the U.S. Digital Video 2014 Inaugural Report.

TV Everywhere highlights

2014 was the year that TV Everywhere was picked up by the early adopters; in 2015 it could “Cross the Chasm” to the early majority stage. The following key TV Everywhere highlights show you just how big TV Everywhere has become and highlight areas of further growth.

  1. There’s more people watching more content than ever before via TV Everywhere. On average, 13 million viewers tuned into TV Everywhere services in 2014, up 117% from 6 million in 2013. 2014 saw 2.1 billion authenticated video starts, up 266% from 574 million in 2013.
  2. Graph-2lGraph-2kGaming console and over-the-top (OTT) devices are taking a bite out of the iOS share of TV Everywhere authentications. Gaming console and OTT device share of authentications rose 50% YOY from 11% in Q4 2013 to 16% in Q4 2014. iOS share of authentications dropped 21% YOY from 57% in Q4 2013 to 45% in Q4 2014.
  3. Graph-2eSports content has the most unique visitors in TV Everywhere with 3.2 times as many unique visitors as movie content. However, movie content has the fastest rate of unique visitor growth at a 216% YOY rate of growth.


Online video highlights

The biggest trend in online video is mobile video viewing. The following key online video highlights predict when mobile video viewing will be bigger than desktop video viewing and highlight related video viewing metrics.

  1. Mobile device video viewing may overtake desktop video viewing by Q4 2016. In Q4 2014, 15% of online video starts took place on smart phones and 12% took place on tablets for a total of 27% of online video starts taking place in mobile. In just two years, this could increase to 50.2%.
  2. Graph-2bSmartphone completion rates are up. The new, larger-screen iPhone release in Q4 2014 gave smart phone video completion rates a slight boost with the percent of videos reaching the “50% complete” point on smart phones increasing 7% over the Q3 2014 video completion rates.
  3. Graph-2cTime spent metrics are up for online video across all devices. Time spent viewing video on a smart phone is up to 24% QoQ. Time spent viewing video on a tablet is up to 16% QoQ. Desktop average video view time is now 16 times longer than the average smart phone video view time, versus the 17 times difference in Q3.


Get the rest of the insights from the U.S. Digital Video 2014 Inaugural Report via the free download here.

Adobe Primetime Takes Home Cablefax Tech Award

­Today, we attended the Cablefax Digital, Tech and Trailer Awards breakfast in New York City along with our industry cohorts. We’re thrilled to announce that Adobe Primetime was honored with a Cablefax Tech Award in the “TV Everywhere/Authentication System” category. Cablefax’s Tech Awards recognize the forward-thinking tech gurus continually revolutionizing cable technology with amazing products, campaigns and partnerships. Thank you to the Cablefax judges for validating Adobe Primetime’s work helping broadcasters, cable networks and service providers create, deliver and monetize engaging and personalized TV experiences across screens.

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Additionally, Cablefax honored individuals named to The Digital Hot List 2015, which “recognizes 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.” He’s already on Adobe’s hot list, but we’re proud to see our own Jens Loeffler, principal technical evangelist, acknowledged again by Cablefax for his industry achievements via Adobe Primetime. Congrats, Jens, and to all of our industry colleagues for this recognition!

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It’s an exciting time for Adobe Primetime and the industry and we’re not slowing down. We have some exciting solution updates along with customer and partner momentum coming at The NAB Show (April 13-16) so stay tuned and hope to see you there.

Granting Pay TV Subscribers Broader Access to Content

One key idea behind TV Everywhere is that if a customer has a paying relationship with a brand for one type of premium service, then that brand can reward the customer with free access to related services. Typically, this idea is used to allow pay TV subscribers to use their pay TV credentials to watch TV for free on connected devices.

Yet, the use of pay TV credentials to extend access to services can be applied much more broadly to validate access to any internet-delivered content. For example, Rogers Media recently granted free access to the digital editions of its Sportsnet Magazine on Android, iOS and Windows 8 devices to all of its Sportsnet ONE, TV Everywhere subscribers coming through either Rogers or Shaw Go. Now, millions of Sportsnet ONE subscribers get free Sportsnet Magazine content on their mobile devices.

Using pay TV credentials to access Sportsnet Magazine on an Android device


Granting pay TV subscribers access to magazine content was easy for Rogers Media. It was already using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to produce the Sportsnet Magazine digital editions and Adobe Primetime to power Sportsnet ONE’s TV Everywhere authentication. So, getting one login to provide access to its TV and digital editions on connected devices was a simple integration between the two Adobe solutions. Now, when Sportsnet ONE customers verify themselves in the Sportsnet Magazine iOS, Android or Windows 8 apps, they’re using Adobe Primetime’s authentication capabilities.

Integrations like what Rogers Media has done for Sportsnet demonstrate just how flexible the TV Everywhere model can be. Customers can pay once for access to content across media types and channels. This allows media companies to provide a great deal of value to loyal customers while enabling the flexibility to use alternate revenue models. For example, the Sportsnet app earns additional revenue by selling individual magazine issues to non-subscribers through an in-app purchase.

Adobe Primetime Scores Touchdown with NBC Sports Digital, Powers Super Bowl Live Streams

Adobe Primetime has powered viewer experiences for NBC Sports Digital across screens since the 2012 Summer Olympics. The Super Bowl was a major sports milestone for live online streaming and whether you were rooting for the New England Patriots or Seattle Seahawks, one thing is for certain: People tuned into the big game in big numbers, across devices, in real-time to bring the Super Bowl beyond the living room.

NBC Sports Live Extra used Adobe Primetime’s playback and ad insertion capabilities to bring the Super Bowl to 1.3 million concurrent viewers across devices at its peak – the most for any Super Bowl (up 18% from last year). Thanks to NBC Universal, a special promotion (Super Stream Sunday) enabled viewers to watch the Super Bowl, a special episode of The Blacklist, and preceding programming without requiring the usual credentials and login information from broadcasters and pay-TV service providers.

Some other online viewership stats that made this Super Bowl stand out based on NBC Sports Live Extra data:

  • New streaming record with 800,000 average viewers per minute  (up 52% from last year’s Super Bowl)
  • 213 million total minutes viewed (up 99% from last year’s Super Bowl)
  • 5 million unique total online views (not just concurrent), up 9% from last year’s Super Bowl
  • Quality of NBC Sports Live Extra stream was high with engagement at 84.2 minutes per viewer

Sports content is a huge driver for online viewing and getting users to set up online accounts to enable TV Everywhere. 2014 was a landmark year for TV Everywhere and the biggest year yet with special events like the Sochi Winter Olympics and Soccer World Cup. In fact, the Adobe Digital Index Q2 2014 U.S. Digital Video Benchmark report found that sports networks saw frequency of viewing rise 31% year-over-year (YoY). We are excited to see what 2015 holds for the future of TV and continuing our partnership with NBC Sports Digital. Stay tuned for more to come!

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Adobe Primetime Helps Serve 9 Out of 10 Pay-TV Households in Canada

It’s been a big week for the Adobe Primetime and Adobe Analytics teams between the release of our latest U.S. Digital Video Benchmark Report and our partnership announcement with Nielsen to deliver new Nielsen Digital Content Ratings, Powered by Adobe. Nielsen’s Digital Content Ratings will provide the industry’s first comprehensive, cross-platform system for measuring online TV, video and other digital content and audiences across the web and apps.

We recently reached another major milestone: Adobe Primetime’s authentication technology now helps our customers serve nine out of 10 Canadian pay-TV households. Shaw, Rogers, Bell, Videotron, Telus, Cogeco and many others are using Adobe Primetime’s Emmy award-winning entitlement service to manage user authentications across connected screens. Adobe Primetime enables secure communications between consumers, programmers, and operators to establish a user’s entitlement to content. For these MVPDs, Adobe Primetime is providing the authentication layer, letting customers unlock pay-TV content across any IP connected device – from game consoles and OTT devices to smartphones and tablets.


In the U.S., more than 250 broadcasters and pay-TV service providers already use Adobe Primetime’s entitlement capabilities, reaching 99% of the market.  TV is no longer the device, it’s the content, and we’re thrilled to see more global adoption of Adobe Primetime to deliver amazing TV viewing experiences everywhere.

Adobe Primetime Receives 2014 Cable Spotlight Product of the Year Award

The industry momentum around Adobe Primetime continues coming off last week’s TV of Tomorrow Show where we spoke about the evolution of TV Everywhere and other trends, connected with several of our customers and partners, and took home the “Most Significant Impact Award” for our solution. Today, we’re proud to announce that Adobe Primetime received a 2014 Cable Spotlight Product of the Year Award from, a TMC sponsored cable technology website.

Along with 17 other companies, Adobe was honored by TMC for delivering one of the most innovative cable technology solutions of 2014. Applications were evaluated and awarded by the editors of Congrats to the other industry players who were recognized with this award!


As our team continues to innovate on Adobe Primetime and strengthen our leadership position in the multiplatform interactive TV space, we appreciate the recognition we’ve received as it truly validates our hard work and commitment to the industry. Needless to say, we’re not slowing down anytime soon with some exciting product updates and news in the works.

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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:

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.


Adobe Primetime Supports Adobe Marketing Cloud Exchange

We’ve reached another exciting milestone in the evolution of Adobe Primetime.Our customers and the market have commonly positioned Adobe as a company enabling a strong and competitive ecosystem for video. Today, at Adobe’s EMEA Digital Marketing Summit in London, we released the Adobe Marketing Cloud Exchange along with the evolution of a video delivery ecosystem supporting Adobe Primetime.

Adobe Marketing Cloud Exchange is a new marketplace for pre-built integrations and apps between Adobe solutions and third-party technologies. When you visit the site, it is clear that the integration of multiple data-driven organizations within Adobe Digital Marketing Cloud can benefit companies building their business on video. Data solutions that integrate with Adobe Primetime enable a much broader scope of the platform that broadcasters increasingly use.

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Here are five great examples of companies contributing to support a scalable Adobe Primetime solution:

  • Elemental TechnologiesSoftware-defined video processing solutions from Elemental integrate seamlessly with Adobe Primetime to enable the delivery and monetization of premium content to IP-connected screens. Elemental video processing components support delivery of live, linear and video-on-demand (VOD) content for Adobe Primetime-supported multiscreen deployments.
  • IrdetoIrdeto’s Multiscreen Rights allow content owners and distributors to protect their valuable digital content and manage how that content is accessed by consumers across devices. Through an intuitive interface, content owners and distributors can easily configure content viewing rules that support their business models.
  • Microsoft Azure Media ServicesPre-integrated with Adobe Primetime’s TV publishing and monetization platform, including Adobe Primetime Player SDKs for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OS and other platforms, Microsoft Azure Media Services ensures full scalability and monetization of video streams across an unlimited number of global households.
  • thePlatform Media companies rely on thePlatform’s leading online video publishing and management solutions as their open, central hub for managing, monetizing, and syndicating billions of Internet video views each year. thePlatform’s services provide unmatched versatility for designing and supportingstreaming video businesses on PCs, mobile devices, and TV.
  • You.IYou.i Engine is the interface engine for TV Everywhere. It plugs into the tools used by interface designers and brings their designs to life in one codebase that quickly runs on any screen. It also integrates with your video infrastructure, including Adobe Primetime.

Stay tuned for more partners listed on the Adobe Marketing Cloud Exchange coming soon.We hope you check it out to learn how companies you may be working with are already supporting Adobe Primetime. For the latest Adobe Primetime updates, visit this blog, follow us on Twitter, and check out our website.