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Adobe and Nielsen to Create Industry’s First Comprehensive Measurement Platform for Digital Content

Today’s announcement of a strategic alliance with Nielsen highlights our ongoing efforts to provide media companies and advertisers with better intelligence for smarter ad buying and selling decisions.

The partnership will provide broadcasters, cable networks and MVPDs with comparable metrics in Adobe Analytics to measure audiences accurately across IP-connected screens, including desktops, smartphones, tablets, game consoles, and over-the-top (OTT) devices. Adobe will provide census-based certified data and Nielsen will apply digital ratings to Adobe’s data inputs.

The timing couldn’t be better given last week’s announcements by HBO and CBS to offer standalone streaming services — proving that TV distribution via IP is an area of investment and focus for the industry. Viewers are choosing to watch premium content across a growing landscape of devices. Game consoles and OTT devices now account for 10 percent of all online TV consumption, 194% YoY growth, according to Adobe Digital Index’s U.S. Digital Video Benchmark Report (also just released). It is more critical than ever to provide consistent and comprehensive measurement across screens.

What does this mean for Adobe Primetime customers? Our partnership with Nielsen gives customers a faster time-to-market and operational efficiencies, with audience-based intelligence across video, marketing, and ad operations teams — providing a single source of truth for different departments within large organizations. Adobe Primetime customers will be able to leverage the new Nielsen Digital Content Ratings, Powered by Adobe, to enhance video ad targeting, forecast audiences by demographics, and reduce wasted impressions.

This partnership adds to Adobe Primetime’s leadership position in the future of TV technology. Our technology publishes, protects, and delivers content and ads across IP-enabled devices so our customers can actively monetize audiences, and now we’re bringing 15 years of leadership in census-based analytic tools combined with Nielsen’s trusted digital ratings.

We look forward to driving measurable business improvements from the Nielsen Digital Content Ratings, Powered by Adobe, to help media companies create more value from every audience interaction.

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Adobe Primetime Advances Content Protection for Online TV & Movies; Named DRM Market Leader by ABI Research

It’s been a busy year for the Adobe Primetime team and on the heels of IBC, today we’re excited to announce that our content protection solution in Adobe Primetime – Primetime Digital Rights Management (DRM) – is now available across apps on connected devices, including set top boxes, and via HTML5 on major web browsers. Additionally, we are the first DRM vendor to work with Intel, Broadcom and AMD to enable hardware-based DRM that protects “super” premium HD and 4K content across tablets, smartphones and desktops. Primetime DRM has also been named the market leader by ABI Research in a competitive assessment of the DRM market.

As the only non-browser vendor that offers a cross-platform DRM solution, we enable content owners to protect their premium video content regardless of what browser or operating system viewers are using. Adobe Primetime DRM will support emerging HTML5 standards and includes HTML5’s Encrypted Media Extensions and Media Source Extensions on browsers like Mozilla Firefox. Netflix is the latest company to join over 100 major content providers worldwide that use our content protection solution including BBC Broadcasting, Comcast, HBO, Hulu, M6 France, NBC, Time Warner, Turner Broadcasting, Walmart (Vudu), Yahoo and others.

We’re also happy to be working with Intel, Broadcom and AMD to enable hardware-based DRM across devices that use CPUs from either chipmaker. Hardware based DRM offers a maximum level of security needed to protect “super” premium video content, including HD and 4K content in the latest UHDTV digital home devices. (See our related blog post – UltraHD: Coming to a Screen Near You). Additionally, Adobe Primetime DRM is compatible within the pay-TV industry’s Reference Design Kit (RDK) for online TV allowing video operators considering using the RDK to easily leverage the core features of Adobe Primetime as part of their RDK implementation. The RDK is a pre-integrated software bundle that provides a framework for powering set-top boxes, gateways and other devices, and enables pay-TV service providers to standardize the deployment of content protection. Here is what Netflix and Intel are saying about Adobe Primetime DRM:

  • “Ensuring the right balance of privacy and user control while letting our customers access their favorite content without hassle is an essential part of Netflix’s success. Adobe Primetime DRM in Firefox will add to the suite of DRM products we use which allow us to deliver great movies and TV shows to the PC and Mac.” – Anthony Park, Vice President of Engineering, Netflix.
  • “Our technology collaboration with Adobe enables us to offer a hardware DRM solution that delivers a high level of content protection while preserving device performance. Content providers from broadcasters to Hollywood Studios are able to take advantage of Primetime DRM on hundreds of millions of Android and Windows-based devices that run on the latest Intel processors.” – Christos Georgiopoulos, Vice President of Intel Corporation’s Software and Services Group

Lastly, Adobe was named the market leader in DRM by ABI Research. The “Pay TV Middleware, Conditional Access (CAS), and Digital Rights Management (DRM)” report ranked Adobe first out of nine major DRM vendors in the competitive assessment. ABI Research Practice Director Sam Rosen commented, “Adobe’s Primetime strategy is solutions focused and addresses a number of pain points in video workflows, including DRM as well as packaging, advertising and authentication. Adobe’s investment in the authentication infrastructure (Adobe Pass) between U.S. cable distributors and cable programmers provides significant lift in value to the solution.”

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Adobe Primetime provides the most complete DRM technology across multiple platforms in the industry. Our primary goal is to focus on the success of our customers and content providers worldwide in reaching digital viewers with the content they want to watch wherever they want to watch it. The ranking as a market leader by ABI Research confirms the trust that Adobe has built with the largest media companies.

Stay tuned for more Adobe Primetime news and updates coming soon.

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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 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 Cable.TMCnet.com, 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 Cable.TMCnet.com. Congrats to the other industry players who were recognized with this award!

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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.

For the latest Adobe Primetime updates, subscribe to our blog updates, follow us on Twitter, and check out our website.

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 & 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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