Streaming Media Readers Recognize Adobe Primetime’s Industry Contributions

It’s been a busy week for us. At Streaming Media West in Southern California, Adobe Primetime team members Campbell Foster and Joel Huff spoke on panels about the state of TV Everywhere. At the OTTtv World Summit and AdMonsters Screens events in London, our own Steve Allison spoke with M6 about IP broadcasting trends in Europe. And we’re continuing our hard work with partners to bring major sporting events across screens in 2014. It’s clear that the future of TV is bright and Adobe Primetime is playing an integral role in taking TV beyond the living room and making any IP-connected screen a TV.

We’re excited to announce that Adobe Primetime was recognized today as a winner of the 7th annual Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards in three categories – DRM/Access Control Solution, Media & Entertainment Video Platform, and Video Advertising Management Platform. The awards honor the best online video technologies based on public voting. According to Streaming Media, more than 300 nominations were submitted across 26 categories. It’s always exciting to see our efforts recognized, but we’re especially pleased that this award recognition is based on voting by Streaming Media’s readers. Thank you to the Streaming Media staff for hosting this award and the readers who voted for Adobe Primetime. We appreciate the honor and we have some exciting innovations around Adobe Primetime coming in 2014 – along with continuing our hard work with partners to deliver major sporting events across screens – so stay tuned.

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And congratulations to our fellow Adobe Creative Cloud team who were also honored with a Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Award for Adobe Premiere Pro CC in the “Desktop Video Editing Software” category.

Adobe's Joel Huff (center, right) accepting a Streaming Media Readers' Choice Award for Adobe Primetime from Streaming Media's  Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen (center, left)

Adobe’s Joel Huff (center, right) accepting a Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Award for Adobe Primetime from Streaming Media’s Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen (center, left)

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 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!

Adobe&BroadcastWe’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!

Adobe Primetime and Level 3 Score Match Point By Powering Tennis Channel and the U.S. Open

For passionate tennis fans, the U.S. Open has been top of mind for the past two weeks. The annual event culminated with Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams taking the Men’s and Women’s titles, respectively. With all the competitive matches leading up to the crown, tennis fans have been tuning into the Open – and not just on TV. Tennis Channel, which has telecast rights to the U.S. Open, has also been streaming the event online and across Android and iOS devices – powered by Adobe Primetime.

Established in 2003, Tennis Channel is the only 24-hour, TV-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle. A hybrid of comprehensive sports, health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and travel programming, the network houses every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community. It also has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television, and is carried by nine of the top 10 MSOs, Verizon FiOS TV, and has a national footprint via DIRECTV and DISH Network.

This summer, Tennis Channel decided to live stream the U.S. Open across desktops, iOS and Android devices to deliver a true TV experience for tennis fans on any screen. To make this possible, Tennis Channel selected Adobe Primetime and the Level 3 Video Cloud to broadcast the U.S. Open live via “Tennis Channel Everywhere” apps. Adobe Primetime enabled Tennis Channel to deploy apps for Linear Simulcast quickly and efficiently – using unified, multiscreen publishing, authentication (DRM), ad insertion, and analytics. The Level 3 Video Cloud provided the acquisition, encoding, packaging, and CDN delivery of content. By leveraging Adobe Primetime, Tennis Channel can reach more tennis fans, extend its brand, and reduce operational overhead by leveraging existing broadcast workflows.

It’s been great working with the Tennis Channel and Level 3. From the London 2012 Olympic Games to the 2013 U.S. Open Tennis Championships, Adobe Primetime continues to deliver broad availability of TV content across screens, synchronized viewing experiences across devices and TV, and greater revenue for TV programmers and operators. Stay tuned for more news and updates around Adobe Primetime coming soon.

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Vote for our TV Everywhere Session at SXSW 2014

We’ve been saying that 2013 will be the year TV Everywhere really takes off and Adobe is right in the center of this industry transformation with customer and technology partners worldwide. Delivering true broadcast television (live, linear and on demand) across screens at scale, personalizing those viewing experiences, and driving greater revenue for TV programmers and operators are some of the key challenges the industry is facing.

Help us bring the TV Everywhere discussion to South-By-Southwest (SXSW) 2014 in Austin, Texas next March! Jeremy Helfand, our VP of Video Solutions, will be leading an interactive session to discuss the future of TV and the impact of TV Everywhere on the industry. Here’s how to vote:

  1. Go to http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/19367 to vote for our session
  2. Click the “thumbs up” icon on the left under the “Cast Your Vote” header
  3. If this is your first time voting for SXSW sessions, you’ll need to create a quick user profile that allows you to vote. Each registered voter can vote once per proposal.
  4. Login to cast your vote

Below are the details of our session. Cast your vote, spread the word, and we hope to see you at SXSW 2014! Follow @AdobePrimetime on Twitter for news and updates.

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Haters Beware: TV is Everywhere

Here’s a bold prediction: By 2018, Internet TV consumption by consumers will match that of TV broadcasts and pay TV networks. Welcome to the world of TV Everywhere. Given the deluge of mobile devices and increasing adoption, consumers expect any screen anywhere to act as a TV screen. TV is no longer the device; it’s the content. Fortunately, as TV Everywhere evolves, new technologies and features are set to deliver: 

  • Broad availability across any screen
  • Synchronized viewing experiences for TV/devices
  • Greater audience engagement/personalization
  • Higher revenue for TV programmers/operators
  • Seamless and customized ad insertion into live, linear and VOD video content

Data from TV Everywhere services will drive more personalized programming and targeted ads that capture the viewers’ attention. It’s a win for advertisers, but also consumers, who tune out ads that disrupt their viewing experience or lack appeal.

Adobe Primetime Wins “Best of NAB” Award

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We’ve been busy at NAB this week speaking with partners and customers about the future of television and the general availability of Adobe Primetime – our TV publishing and monetization platform for programmers and pay-TV service providers. Fresh off our announcement, we’re excited that Adobe Primetime has been presented with a “Best of NAB” award by Streaming Media. The award recognizes innovative online video technologies shown and demonstrated at the conference. Judges from the Streaming Media staff selected the five most innovative and best equipped technologies (no specific categories) that solve major industry challenges. We’re thrilled to be honored alongside four other companies  – Canon, Envivio, Matrox and vMix.

Adobe VP of Video Solutions Jeremy Helfand (right) and Adobe's Jens Loeffler (left) with Streaming Media's "Best of NAB" Award for Adobe Primetime

Adobe VP of Video Solutions Jeremy Helfand (right) and Adobe’s Jens Loeffler (left) with Streaming Media’s “Best of NAB” Award for Adobe Primetime

We believe 2013 will transform how consumers view and engage with TV content online and across devices, and how programmers and pay-TV providers respond to that shift. This award validates our work and the belief that the next big industry transformation since the introduction of cable television 30 years ago is upon us. We’re convinced that Adobe Primetime will play a major role in turning every screen into a TV.

Watch the video below of Adobe’s Jeremy Helfand, VP of video solutions, accepting the “Best of NAB” award from Streaming Media editor Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen.

 

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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 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!

Game Time for Pac-12 Network Across Devices with Adobe Pass

TV Everywhere brings the promise of your favorite content to the convenience of any device. Adobe Pass is proud to be helping the industry enable TV Everywhere strategies. Recently, the Pac-12 Network officially launched with a plethora of new and classic programing just in time to get students, alumni and fans excited for the upcoming fall sports season. The new network will broadcast 35 football games, 135+ basketball games and more than 850 total live events throughout the year. And with the help of Adobe Pass, Adobe’s authentication technology and a key component of Project Primetime, sports fans will be able to watch all the action not only on TV but also online and across devices. Adobe Pass validates a user’s pay TV credentials seamlessly and securely so fans can get to their favorite action with minimal hassle.

In addition to powering the TV Everywhere experience for top programmers such as Disney, CNN, Fox and MTV, Adobe Pass has now established itself as the leader for live sports. This year alone, Pass has powered the authentication for March Madness, the UEFA Euro 2012, NBA playoff games, and most recently, the 2012 Olympics in the US and Europe. Additionally, this Fall, pay TV subscribers who are authenticated via Pass will be able to watch live college sports online not only from the Pac-12 Network but also the Big Ten Network and the various Watch ESPN sites and apps. Other sports networks will also be launching their Pass enabled experience in the latter half of 2012, so stay tuned for more details.

Sports programmers have turned to Pass not only for the quick time to market (Pass supports over 150 pay TV operators and provides SDKs for Web, iOS, Android and XBOX) but also for the superior user experience where a single login gets users access to entitled content across any Pass enabled event, even from different programmer sites or apps. Thanks to Pass and the overall TV Everywhere industry movement, true TV experiences across devices is now a reality.