Author Archive: Jeremy Helfand, Vice President of Video Solutions

Jeremy Helfand, Vice President of Video Solutions

About Jeremy Helfand, Vice President of Video Solutions

Jeremy Helfand is a digital media industry veteran with nearly 20 years of experience shaping infrastructure, strategy, and technology around profitable advertising-driven businesses. As the former CEO of Auditude (acquired by Adobe in 2011), Jeremy was responsible for the overall implementation of video ad management and monetization technologies for premium publishers and media companies. Following the Auditude acquisition, Jeremy now serves as vice president of Adobe Primetime, leading the global go-to-market strategies for the company’s video publishing, advertising and data management solutions. Prior to Auditude, he was the President of United Online’s Media Group, managing all advertising and partnership revenue including the launch of their audience platform, Adcurate. Prior to this, he served as SVP/GM at Advertising.com (acquired by AOL).

Adobe Primetime’s Commitment to HTML5

Adobe Primetime has emerged as the leading global multiscreen over-the-top (OTT) platform, powering content delivery, monetization and personalization for live, linear and on-demand TV experiences. Since launching in 2013, Primetime has been adopted by major media companies worldwide, including Channel 5, Comcast, HBO, M6, NBC Sports, RTL Group, Showtime, Sony Crackle, Starz Arabia, Time Warner Cable, and Turner Broadcasting, and helped power major events such as the Sochi Winter Olympics for NBC Sports.

Our customer commitment to providing the highest quality, most reliable content viewing experience across platforms is paramount, which is why Adobe is further advancing its support for HTML5. As a platform-agnostic solution, Primetime supports HTML5 content delivery across desktops, mobile web browsers (iOS, Android) and connected devices for secure, protected playback – extending both reach and monetization capabilities.

Adobe Primetime & HTML5 for OTT Television and Film

As we announced at IBC in September, Adobe Primetime supports the deployment of live, linear and on-demand OTT experiences to HTML5 environments across screens. Our TVSDK for HTML5 applies Adobe’s expertise in video solutions to the open HTML5 standard.

TVSDK for HTML5 is a software development kit for Primetime customers that want to deploy premium video experiences to HTML5 environments across screens. With TVSDK for HTML5, Adobe has applied its video solutions expertise to the open HTML5 standard, which enables engaging video experiences on mobile devices. In turn, top media companies can deliver more of what people want on the mobile web and increase the viewer’s time spent on their mobile websites. TVSDK for HTML5 also works with HTML5-compliant desktop browsers and OTT devices to offer complementary viewing experiences.

There are several advantages to leveraging Adobe’s support for HTML5:

  1. Workflow efficiency – TVSDK for HTML5 supports all the same great workflows that are part of Adobe Primetime.
  2. Most extensive reach – Primetime customers still get TVSDK 2.0 as a fallback solution where HTML5 is not supported. By leveraging TVSDK 2.0 and TVSDK for HTML5, Primetime customers can achieve the greatest possible reach across screens available anywhere.

Adobe Primetime is maximizing the potential reach of video distribution. Currently, 51% of active mobile/tablet browsers and 52.5% of active desktop browsers in use today support premium video via HTML5 (Source: NetMarketShare, Oct. 2015). Primetime’s HTML5 support in conjunction with other standards covers almost all active mobile/tablet and desktop browsers.

Adobe Primetime & Flash Player Support

The Adobe Primetime TVSDK is built on a multithreaded premium video engine integrated with Adobe Flash Player, with native support for HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) and full GPU support for hardware decoding and rendering. The Flash failover for TVSDK for HTML5 leverages this same engine that is only available to Primetime customers and partners.

HLS support built by third-parties on Adobe Flash Player’s NetStream API needs to be developed in ActionScript (AS) and is limited to a single-threaded AS execution environment, which is shared by the app’s display rendering and AS Virtual Machine. This can result in performance limitations, specifically with higher bit-rate and higher resolution premium video content.

However, the Adobe Primetime TVSDK stack runs natively, leveraging a multithreaded architecture that is optimized for each desktop platform’s hardware acceleration capabilities, which enables higher quality video playback and accelerated performance. It is also the same cross-platform stack that is available on other TVSDK-supported mobile and OTT platforms, providing the same consistent set of features, behaviors and APIs for ease of development.

TVSDK for HTML5 Supports Two Main Use Cases

There are two main ways that Adobe Primetime customers can use TVSDK for HTML5. Some media companies may use it to deliver protected streams with full encryption and content protection, while others may use it to deliver unencrypted HLS or Advanced Encryption Standard (AES128) streams.

  • Digital Rights Management (DRM) Protected Streaming – The Primetime TVSDK for HTML5 allows for protected streaming with support for the native content protection stacks on each browser:
    • Access on Firefox,
    • PlayReady on Internet Explorer/Edge
    • Widevine on Chrome
    • FairPlay on Safari

The TVSDK for HTML5 will load in the correct Content Decryption Module (CDM) based on the target browser, and request the correct stream; HLS streams for Safari and MPEG DASH streams for Firefox, Internet Explorer/Edge, and Chrome. The TVSDK 2.0 can then be used as a fallback solution for browsers that don’t support HTML5 Media Source Extensions (MSE)/Encrypted Media Extensions (EME), including older versions of Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer/Edge and Safari on the desktop.

  • Non-DRM protected streaming – The Primetime TVSDK for HTML5 also allows for the playback of AES128 or unencrypted HLS streams across all MSE-enabled browsers. Just like in the protected streaming case, TVSDK can be used as a fallback solution for browsers that don’t support MSE.

Regardless of whether you are using the TVSDK for HTML5 to deliver protected or unprotected streams, both delivery mechanisms are supported across both desktop and mobile web browsers and support the same great features of the existing TVSDK.

Adobe Primetime is also excited to support HTML5 through Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) and bring the advantage of greater reach for protected video content to our customers.

Adobe Primetime uses a CDM to deliver protected video content to all EME-capable, HTML5-compliant browsers. For the remaining mobile/tablet browsers that aren’t HTML5 MSE-compliant, Primetime can support native deployments. For the remaining desktop browsers, Adobe Primetime defaults to using Adobe Access to play back DRM-protected video.

The industry at large is looking for a consistent way to deliver premium video experiences across all viewing platforms. HTML5 through EME provides a generic specification for browser manufacturers to build APIs that allow premium video experiences to be delivered in their browsers. Most consumer electronics manufacturers, traditional browser manufacturers, and content creators are now working towards HTML5 through EME as a standard means of delivery. For instance, both Chromecast and late model Samsung TVs now provide EME-capable, HTML5-compliant browsers.

The Road Ahead

We’re excited for broadcasters, programmers and pay-TV providers to take advantage of the Primetime TVSDK for HTML5 in order to build and deliver premium video experiences across IP-connected screens and ensure content flows consistently across devices. HTML5 is one of the leading open standards across web and mobile platforms, building on the capabilities that Adobe Flash Player originally pioneered. We will continue to maintain the compatibility of existing Flash Player content through Adobe Primetime to support our customers’ needs, while leveraging and advancing HTML5 to bring the same capabilities and coverage. Stay tuned for more updates and Primetime developments around HTML5 in 2016.

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 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.”

ABI Research

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.

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.

SM-RCA-Winner

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.

UPDATE (11/25/13): Don’t miss our Streaming Media webinar on MPEG-DASH & HTTP Adaptive Streaming on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET. Register today and join our expert panel of speakers from Adobe, DASH Industry Forum, Microsoft and Dolby.

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)

Project Primetime Integrations Make It Easier to More Effectively Monetize Professional Video

In addition to our Project Primetime announcements introducing Adobe MediaWeaver and the Primetime Media Player SDK, we are excited to unveil deep integrations between our analytics and advertising solutions. As the benefits of Adobe’s acquisitions and integration with internal development become apparent, video publishers, for the first time, can combine content and ad analytics, enabling comprehensive analyses of revenue opportunities and optimization of ad policies in order to improve audience engagement with content and ads.

By combining content analytics from Adobe SiteCatalyst and revenue analytics from Adobe Auditude, we break down the legacy silos and empower ad inventory managers and revenue executives to make the most profitable ad decisions for their campaigns. Available as an “out-of-the box” solution, SiteCatalyst content analytics are used to automatically create audience segments in Adobe AudienceManager, our data management platform. Then, with the integration of AudienceManager and Auditude, Adobe’s ad serving technology, these segments are automatically available in Auditude, and can be used to serve ads accordingly. Use cases include enhanced audience segment targeting or the ability to optimize your ad load/experience to find that optimal balance between content and ads. This increased insight and customization of the ad experience aids in maximizing the value of video content.

Project Primetime is innovating quickly because the media landscape is evolving at a blistering pace. Creating an immersive viewing experience like that of broadcast TV with finer-grained targeted appropriate to a given audience has long been a goal of premium video publishers. That future is now here, and these integrations represent a unique combination for the industry, especially when combined with the recent updated release of the Auditude platform, which includes new forecasting algorithms and real-time availability queries.

Make sure to check out the information on Adobe MediaWeaver and the Primetime Media Player SDK announcements along with the video overview below. Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!

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:

A Digital Video Inflection Point

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to speak about the digital video landscape at conferences with BeetTV, VideoNuze, and Brightcove, and I wanted to share some observations.

helfand_brightcove-1024x768Digital video is experiencing an unprecedented outpouring of attention, innovation and creative energy. Even with the challenges that come with any emerging business opportunity, there are many reasons why digital video is at an inflection point and poised for extraordinary growth. Here are five:

1. Consumer behavior is changing in fundamental ways. Individuals are being empowered with devices, like tablets and gaming consoles, which offer the ability to more easily consume media. Over three-quarters of US adults will watch video monthly by 2014, and professional content consumption is currently growing at three times that of user-generated content. Markets respond to consumer-led trends, and this one shows no sign of slowing down.

2. The critical path items for digital video are known. Recently one of the largest global media companies told us that they employ five engineers for mobile video delivery for every one engineer they employ for desktop video. That 5‑to‑1 ratio isn’t scalable or sustainable. While all critical path items are not yet solved, hurdles, like device fragmentation, improving user experience, and developing better metrics to buy and prove the value of video advertising are being tackled actively.

3. Monetization possibilities are evident and evolving. In a recent survey, consumers between the ages of 15 and 24 — tomorrow’s mainstream — were the most likely to engage with digital video advertising, suggesting that individuals are growing increasingly comfortable with ads while watching TV on desktops and devices. Digital video ad loads are still small relative to TV, pointing to a monetization multiplier effect as more professional content comes online. A recent study also shows the growing popularity of paid media consumption on tablets: 18% of consumers use tablets for viewing paid video content, up from 11% a year ago. We are heading toward a perfect storm of monetization opportunity.

4. Major programmers and operators are leaning forward. Large media companies are motivated by consumers’ desire and ability to access content in new ways, and are responding with innovative tools like the Xfinity App for iPad. For several major upcoming sporting events, you¹re going to see creative partnerships between broadcasters, distributors and Adobe that allow viewers to access content (live and VOD) across different platforms and device types.

5. Advertising Follows Engaged audiences – and Digital Video Engages. Proprietary research from Adobe Auditude shows that mid-roll video ads, the most engaging commercial position, easily outperform completion rates of pre-rolls and post-rolls. With an 87% completion rate, mid-rolls are performing close to 30% better. Professional content with engaging, TV-like ad experiences represents tremendous opportunity. The creative possibilities for better digital video and mobile advertising experiences are endless, and exciting.

To position Adobe’s customers on the leading end of these evolving trends, we are thrilled to be continuing our work building Project Primetime. Adobe’s Project Primetime helps media companies bring their linear, live and VOD content online to any connected device with greater revenues from ads and subscriptions. By combining Adobe’s streaming, protection, advertising and analytics technologies, Adobe is in a unique position to address the most significant challenges that will enable the transformation of digital video.

Primetime Simulcast Helps Bridge TV and Digital Ads

We all sense it, and the numbers support it. By the end of 2014, 200MM U.S. Internet users (76%) will regularly watch video online (source: eMarketer). Further, the number of mobile videos viewed by consumers has already grown at an impressive clip in the last year, and is forecasted to increase 160% in 2012 (source: Nielsen).

Audiences are increasingly viewing TV content on more devices, but broadcasters and network operators are challenged to evolve their business models fast enough. Media company customers tell us every day about their frustrations attempting to deliver and monetize content through IP-connected devices. Device fragmentation, multiple streaming protocols, different encryption methods, difficulty in inserting mid-stream ads, and the need to build players for multiple devices all contribute to higher-than necessary operating costs and a poor viewing experience for video audiences.

Today, in an industry-first, we announced Primetime Simulcast as a new advancement to Project Primetime. As media companies broadcast their linear content, Primetime Simulcast provides a single end-to-end workflow that enables them to simultaneously deliver that same content to connected devices everywhere while seamlessly replacing ads in the broadcast stream with dynamically inserted ads across desktop, iOS, and Android platforms. With this announcement, we also unveiled Adobe Media Server 5 and Adobe Access 4 to give media companies a single video publishing and DRM workflow that reaches 98 percent of desktops and all iOS, Android and connected TV devices. In addition, Adobe unveiled the next version of Adobe Auditude to more easily insert and measure online video ads.

As media companies deliver on the multi-screen promise to their audiences, Adobe is proud to help them increase revenue and decrease operating costs so that they can build effective businesses in digital video and improve the viewer experience. To explain Primetime Simulcast further, Ashley Still, director of product management at Adobe, walks you through the latest move forward for Project Primetime and demonstrates how these improvements allow media companies to advance professional video for publishers, advertisers and consumers.

If you’re at the Cable Show and want to see a live demo of Project Primetime or HLS Streaming with Adobe Media Server 5 and Access 4, stop by and see us at Elemental’s booth #2253.

New revenue opportunities for media companies and advertisers as similarities between broadcast and digital video advertising grow

Today, at the NAB Conference in Las Vegas, we released a study highlighting key trends in online ad engagement and monetization within digital video content. Among several important insights, strong user ad engagement across connected devices shows that online video ad viewing within professional content mirrors that of traditional broadcast television.

Online mid-roll ads, which are much like traditional TV commercial breaks, outperform pre-roll ads by almost 30 percent, suggesting that viewers are engaged by a more TV-like ad experience online. Similarly, more than 5 video ads are served during long-form, professional content. Judging by the 70 percent completion rate of these ads, viewers are more willing to watch ads through their entirety in exchange for the professional content they desire. Live content continues to drive higher engagement rates, at 85 percent, when compared to video-on-demand content.

The next five years will bring a dramatic shift in the media landscape affecting all constituents – consumers, media companies and advertisers – as digital video viewing habits evolve, partially driven by the proliferation of connected devices. Nearly 100 million adults, 48 percent of all adult internet users, will use an internet connection to watch TV programs in the next three years. Over the same period of time, two-thirds of the world’s mobile data traffic will be video, and serving ads into mobile video will become a critical revenue opportunity for publishers. From a video advertising perspective, this report showed engagement with TV-like ads on mobile devices had the highest engagement rates at 94%.

The results of the report demonstrate the revenue opportunities for media companies and advertisers as they take greater advantage of professional content online. If you are at NAB this week, stop by our booth (2624 South Hall), where we are demonstrating Adobe’s Project Primetime, our solution for turning linear content into seamless, TV-like experiences across IP connected devices by integrating Adobe’s publishing, advertising and analytics capabilities.

Co-existence, Not Cannibalization

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of sharing the stage at Adobe’s Digital Marketing Summit with Prateek Alsi from Time Warner Cable Media. In a fireside chat format (which seemed a bit out of context because it was 70 degrees in Salt Lake City this week!), we explored the state of digital video.  As you know from your own media consumption habits (or watching any child with an iPad or smartphone), online video viewing is growing. Most market research shows that over the next 5 years the number of people watching online video could grow as much as 50% and represent up to three quarters of all internet-enabled users. A lot of this increased appetite for digital video is fueled by the proliferation of connected devices – smartphones, tablets, connected TV’s and gaming consoles. Connected devices will become as ubiquitous as TV’s in the house.  So, one may think that broadcasters, operators and programmers feel threatened by this trend.  Quite the contrary. Most industry folks that I talk with, including my very knowledgeable fireside co-presenter, or clients that we work with, like Major League Baseball, are embracing the trend and charting strategies to take advantage of the opportunity. Those strategies include one that I am particularly fond of – providing access to and dynamically inserting video ads into content on any connected device.

There is a good reason why they are and should be embracing this trend. Online video viewing will not be at the expense of TV. It’s complementary. Total media consumption is growing and will continue to grow as it becomes more efficient and convenient for a viewer to access content where, when and how they desire. Simply said, TV (linear) and digital video viewing is about co-existence, not cannibalization. Given that fact, there are tremendous opportunities for content owners and distributors to better engage and monetize their audiences. And, this is where Adobe is focused.

There are a number of challenges to be addressed in this co-existence strategy, like cross platform measurement, multi-channel ad buying, cross-platform ad experiences, and improving user experience across devices, but we’ll leave those topics for another time. Until then, let the cross-channel collaborative thinking begin.