Archive for March, 2015

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.

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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.

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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.

Adobe Primetime, Marketing Cloud and the Future of TV: Personalized, Portable, Profitable

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It’s official: Adobe Primetime is the 7th Adobe Marketing Cloud solution.

Although marketing teams – digital, direct response, brand, email, inbound, outbound, product, or otherwise – don’t typically think about TV and film delivery and monetization, marketers at broadcasters, cable networks, and pay-TV service providers care deeply about the quality of the multiscreen TV viewing experience – and about the audience insights they can gather from it. Adobe Primetime delivers both: highly engaging, personalized viewing experiences on every screen, and actionable audience insights via a turnkey integration with Adobe Analytics.

Marketers from media and entertainment companies wish to provide the best brand experience possible for their audience, on every screen, and consumers benefit from Adobe Primetime’s multiscreen TV platform in three key ways:

  • Access. Adobe Primetime provides early-window TV and film access through IP distribution channels. The solution enforces TV Everywhere rights agreements and meets strict Hollywood-studio mandated DRM requirements among programmers and operators.
  • Convenience. Pay-TV subscribers can view live, linear, and on-demand content at their convenience, when and where they desire.
  • Engagement. Adobe Primetime creates a personalized, better-than-TV experience, with no buffering or annoying plug-ins.

With out-of-the-box Adobe Analytics integration, the Adobe Primetime TVSDK offers a deeper understanding of what leads to desired viewing behaviors, helping marketers in media and entertainment drive awareness, tune-in, engagement and loyalty over time. The Adobe Primetime integration with Adobe Analytics gives customers of the combined solution a richer set of video metrics on the playback environment, including time-based engagement metrics with the new Analytics “heartbeats” solution. The integrated solution speeds time to market for customers looking to deploy multiscreen TV on any device alongside the industry’s leading marketing analytics solution.

For companies that generate revenue from advertising, the Adobe Primetime ad decisioning integration with Adobe Audience Manager enables audience segmentation using first-, second-, and third-party data, which can be used to personalize content and ad experiences. We’ve also rolled out other enhancements to our core ad decisioning capabilities. With the new features, media sellers can deliver targeted ads across platforms and devices, and use cross-device frequency capping to reduce inventory waste and ensure that a single user with more than one device doesn’t have to watch the same ad beyond the desired number of exposures.

With Adobe Primetime and Marketing Cloud, the future of television is bright: more personal and portable for viewers everywhere, and more profitable for media and entertainment companies than ever before.

Campbell Foster @camfoster

Expanding High Quality Viewing Experiences with MPEG-DASH

The digital TV industry is embracing MPEG-DASH, or DASH for short, in a big way, and Adobe Primetime is fully onboard with it. DASH is a standard for over-the-top (OTT) adaptive bitrate (ABR) delivery of media to any device. It is similar to other HTTP delivery specs like HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) and HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS). Proponents of DASH love it because it’s an open standard, and really flexible, too. The standard is supported by Adobe and other members of the DASH Industry Forum (DASH-IF), a who’s who of streaming video industry participants. We’re proud of being able to contribute to the DASH specification, as it paves the way for higher-quality content formats, like 4K and Ultra HD, to be made available across desktops and devices.

Transitioning to DASH

DASH support aligns with a key goal for Adobe Primetime to help customers reach all platforms and devices with a single stream from their publishing workflow. At NAB 2014, we announced DASH support within our core video engine layer. We’re working right now with customers to build DASH implementations in live production environments to support millions of concurrent viewers, with full DRM and ad insertion capabilities. Over the course of 2015, we plan to incorporate DASH into all the different clients we support, with Xbox One and HTML5 player deployments at the top of the list. We’re also excited to include DASH in our latest TVSDKs.

We’re also working to ensure that there is a robust transition plan in place for customers that are interested in DASH. Our DASH support includes work to maintain the same feature sets and workflows that customers have today in the HLS world. This includes maintaining analytics, ad insertion and consistent captioning across devices in order to make life easier for customers as they begin to deploy DASH. There will also be no need to invest in new servers, as the transition should mostly involve deploying new software and making use of existing equipment.

Getting More with DASH

Adobe Primetime’s support for DASH is entirely additive. It doesn’t replace any other standards we support. It simply offers more flexibility in how our customers can approach media delivery.

We foresee customers targeting DASH to some platforms and HLS to others. By supporting both specs, DASH and HLS, Adobe Primetime will offer consistency in features and workflows no matter what our customers choose to use.

What are your plans for DASH? Let us know in the comments.