The Evolution of “OTT” and “CTV”


Towards the end of 2018, the ARF issued a Knowledge at Hand report and a CMO Brief each called The OTT Revolution. Since then, the OTT revolution has not only continued but it has accelerated. Moreover, the pandemic acted as a catalyst, increasing the rate of this acceleration. At the same time, the meaning of the term OTT has changed.

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Streaming Viewing Continues to Grow

Nielsen finds that streaming TV viewing accelerated in June — rising to a 33.7% share of total viewing. According to Nielsen’s “The Gauge” measure, this is the biggest increase since the measurement began over a year ago. Read more »

Advertising and Streaming

There are three kinds of streaming services. The fastest growing right now are “FAST.” Attitudes about TV advertising appear to be one driver of FAST’s growth.   

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Is Streaming’s Rise Coming to an End?

While Wall Street is focused on Netflix’ subscriber decline, and some speculate that this indicates the end of streaming’s rise, new research from HUB finds that, while there are challenges, the shift to streaming has not slowed down. Read more »

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Concurrent Track Panel Discussion: Innovation in Video Measurement

John Watts of CIMM moderated a panel examining presentations on innovations and changes in video measurement on day three of AUDIENCExSCIENCE 2022. The topics in this discussion included the decline in linear television, measuring new viewing habits, challenges created by the new viewing ecosystem and getting access to more personalized one-on-one data.

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The Cross-Platform Measurement Shift: Content to Ad Exposure

Bob Ivins of TVSquared by Innovid, presented a discussion on the shift to cross-platform measurement in television viewing. In this presentation, the speaker examined the changes in consumer behavior in television viewership, challenges presented in metrics stemming from audience fragmentation, new platforms and new currencies in metrics. Additionally, the speaker gave key metric areas to consider in the era of converged TV.

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ACR Data Uncovers the Inefficiencies of Linear TV Ad Delivery

In this presentation, Justin Fromm of LG Ads discussed how ACR data can help uncover the inefficiencies of ads delivered via linear television. In this session, the speaker examined linear TV as still playing a vital role for advertisers. Additionally, he pointed to changes in consumer viewing habits, shifting towards streaming. He noted much of the advertising industry's focus is on incremental reach when placing an ad on television. Leveraging ACR data, the speaker demonstrated how this more robust data source can help improve optimal reach and frequency, when advertising on television.

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