Yospace win at the Content Innovation Awards

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Staines-upon-Thames, UK – 15th October 2017
Yospace and BT Sport were recognised at the Content Innovation Awards for the completion of a full season of sports coverage with Dynamic Ad Insertion enabled.

The project earned praise for proving how to implement DAI successfully at scale to support the biggest sporting events, including Premier League and UEFA Champions League.

Winning in the “Next Gen Advertising” category, Yospace beat entries from Spott, Mautilus and Newstag to become the first company to win at the prestigious CIAs two years running.

The awards, which are presented in Cannes by Digital TV Europe and coincide with MIPCOM, have fast become one of the most sought-after in online broadcasting.

Coverage of the evening is available on the awards website:
https://tmt.knect365.com/content-innovation-awards/

Read more about Yospace’s work with BT Sport here.

 

Medialaan and Yospace launch ground-breaking Dynamic Ad Insertion project for live streaming

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Staines-upon-Thames, UK – 21st August 2017
Belgium’s leading commercial broadcaster, Medialaan, has chosen Yospace’s Dynamic Ad Insertion (DAI) system to monetise live channels on the new TV everywhere service, Stievie Premium.

The renewed, paying version of Stievie’s online television service is available since Monday 21st August 2017. This new Stievie Premium edition offers 18 live TV channels and catch up services, up to six days, and can be viewed on all screens: smartphone, tablet, laptop and TV screen. It is even possible to schedule recordings.

The offer includes the Medialaan channels VTM, Q2, Vitaya, CAZ, VTMKZOOM, KADET and Qmusic; VRT channels Eén, Canvas and Ketnet; SBS channels VIER, VIJF and ZES; complemented by Discovery channels Eurosport, TLC and Discovery and the channels provided by FOX: National Geographic and Nat Geo Wild. All of these stations together account for almost 90% of the audience watching television in Flanders. This package is available for €9.99 euros a month.

The project is particularly innovative because it enables “start-over” streams. In what is a world-first, viewers are able to use scrub controls to rewind a live stream in a program. Ad breaks for viewers using this capability are made shorter so they are able to catch up with the real-time live programming.

Pieter Coucke, solution architect at Medialaan, says: “We want to make a difference as a media company and extend our strengths in linear broadcasting to the always-connected online world through radical innovation.”

Yospace’s award-winning platform allows advertising to be served in live channels online in a way that is so seamless that it is true to the user experience of broadcast television, while allowing new ads to be curated to the interests of each viewer.

Coucke continues: “In essence we wanted to improve the user experience. By replacing ads that are shown on TV with personalised ads, customers watching the same live stream online have a much more compelling service.”

Edward New, Commercial Director at Yospace, says: “Yospace is the global leader in server-side Dynamic Ad Insertion for live streams. We were the first to publicly test the technology, the first to announce a commercial launch, and the first to deliver a full sporting season of top-flight football.”

“The project with Medialaan has taken the technology to a completely new level of sophistication that has not been seen anywhere before. The forward-thinking attitude of Medialaan has helped engineer a step change in live television.”

Stievie Premium is available on iOS, Android and web platforms.

 

Bitmovin Partners with Yospace

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With Yospace partnership, Bitmovin can now stitch ads directly into streaming video content, creating a broadcast-like transition between ads and content.

SAN FRANCISCO — 2nd August 2017
Bitmovin, the provider of streaming video infrastructure technologies, today announced it has partnered with Yospace, the leading provider of server-side dynamic ad insertion, to provide digital publishers using the Bitmovin Adaptive Streaming Player with the ability to seamlessly stitch ads into video content creating a broadcast-like transition that helps bypasses ad blockers on user devices.

Ad blockers are particularly prominent in the US and throughout Europe, especially among the coveted male 18-34 demographic, so any publisher or broadcaster trying to monetize those audiences could easily be prevented from reaching a major portion of them. With server-side ad insertion (SSAI), they do not have to worry about ad blockers since the content is stitched directly into the stream. Yospace customers have seen view-through rates regularly surpass 96% as a result.

“With the rise in popularity of ad blockers, publishers have to figure out innovative ways to monetize their content,” said Stefan Lederer, CEO of Bitmovin. “Server-side ad insertion eliminates the concern for ad blocking and gives any digital video publisher the best tool available for maximizing revenue, while delivering a killer streaming experience free from buffering or interruptions”

With this partnership, Bitmovin enables targeted live stream and on-demand SSAI using Yospace Dynamic Ad Insertion in combination with its Adaptive Streaming Player.

“Our partnership with Bitmovin is good news for broadcasters looking to take their OTT offering to the next level. Broadcasters are able to work with cutting edge video workflow technology that is integrated with a proven monetization solution,” said David Springall, CTO of Yospace.

Bitmovin and Yospace will demo this new technology at IBC 2017, September 15-19 in Amsterdam. Come by the Bitmovin booth in Hall 14, Booth E17.

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About Bitmovin

Bitmovin was founded in 2013 by the co-creators of the MPEG-DASH video streaming standard, used by industry leaders like Netflix and YouTube and currently accounts for 50% of US peak internet traffic. The company is laying the groundwork for a cross-platform future dominated by video content. Bitmovin, Inc. is based in Palo Alto, CA, and Klagenfurt, Austria and is privately owned. Investors include Atomico, YCombinator (YC S15), Dawn Capital, SpeedInvest, Constantia New Business and a number of angel investors, including the former VP Engineering of Netflix, the former CTO of Cisco and the founder of Unity. For more information, visit www.bitmovin.com

About Yospace
Yospace is the foremost provider of Dynamic Ad Insertion technology in the world today. Its server-side solution allows live streams and on demand content to be monetised in a way that is true to the user experience of broadcast television, while allowing advertising to be curated to the interests of the individual viewer.

Yospace services major broadcasters and network operators across the globe, including DIRECTV in the US; Sky Media, ITV, BT Sport, Channel 4 and STV in the UK; BFMTV in France; Canal 13 in Chile; TV4 in Sweden; Seven West Media, Seve West Media, The Nine Network and Network Ten in Australia.

Yospace announced as a CSI Awards finalist

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Staines-upon-Thames, UK – 1st August 2017
Yospace is shortlisted for the ‘Best TV everywhere or multi-screen video’ category in this years’ coveted CSI Awards.

Yospace is the world’s leading provider of Dynamic Ad Insertion technology, and CSI has recognised its importance in delivering ad insertion in live streams, for the first time, against a full sporting season that covered over 700 major sporting events including Premier League, The Emirates FA Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Aviva Premiership Rugby, European Professional Club Rugby Champions and Challenge Cup.

Paul Davies, Marketing & Communications, Yospace: “We’re delighted to be shortlisted in the ‘Best TV everywhere or multi-screen video’ category of the CSI Awards. You can see from the standard of the competition that the awards are very highly thought of in the industry. Being shortlisted is a measure of what an impact Yospace, and dynamic ad insertion as a whole, has had on the broadcast industry over the last twelve months.”

The CSI Awards, which are celebrating their 15th year, recognise excellence in the broadcast, video, OTT and IoT sectors and are organised by CSI Magazine (Cable and Satellite International Magazine). The winners will be determined by an independent judging panel and will be announced on Friday 15 September 2017 at IBC in Amsterdam. The full list of finalists and further details about attending the awards ceremony are available at www.csimagazine.com/awards

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About the CSI Awards

Established in 2003 the CSI Awards are among the most prestigious and competitive technology awards in the industry, designed to recognise and reward innovation and excellence in the cable, satellite, broadcast, IPTV, telco, broadband/OTT video, mobile TV and associated sectors.

About Yospace

Yospace is the foremost provider of Dynamic Ad Insertion technology in the world today. Its server-side solution allows live streams and on demand content to be monetised in a way that is true to the user experience of broadcast television, while allowing advertising to be curated to the interests of the individual viewer.

Yospace services major broadcasters and network operators across the globe, including DIRECTV in the US; Sky Media, ITV, BT Sport, Channel 4 and STV in the UK; BFMTV in France; Canal 13 in Chile; TV4 in Sweden; Seven West Media, The Nine Network and Network Ten in Australia.

www.yospace.com

Sky Deutschland chooses Yospace’s dynamic ad insertion platform for Sky Go

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Staines-upon-Thames, UK – 18th July 2017
Sky Deutschland has chosen Yospace’s dynamic ad insertion platform to monetise live channels on Sky Go, the leading “TV Everywhere” service in Europe.

The system allows addressable advertising to be served across Sky Deutschland’s enviable suite of live sports coverage, including The Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League.  Ad stitching is performed so seamlessly that it perfectly replicates the experience of linear TV, with the viewer unable to distinguish the replaced advertising from the underlying stream.

With live sports such an important draw for Sky Go subscribers, the quality of user experience goes hand-in-hand with platform stability.  Yospace’s solution has been proved to be robust enough to support huge audiences on a regular basis, across a full season of top tier football coverage.

Boris Haug, Vice President Product, Brand Solutions & Operations of Sky Media: “Dynamic Ad Insertion empowers us to monetize Sky Go reach, that isn’t considered in linear TV AGF ratings, but represents a growing part of the total reach of Sky live sports events. Besides, it offers targeting opportunities and exact measurement that is far more sophisticated compared to TV. Yospace happens to be an innovative technology partner that can even handle peaks like Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund reliably.”

Tim Sewell, CEO of Yospace: “This announcement marks an expansion of Yospace’s involvement with Sky, having worked with Sky in the UK since 2015.  We are delighted to be adding Sky Deutschland to our growing list of major broadcast customers around the globe.  It’s fantastic that Yospace is recognised, yet again, as the world’s leading provider of dynamic ad insertion technology.”

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Yospace and Adstream publish paper to promote Ad Copy Management

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Yospace and Adstream have published a paper, entitled “Translating Broadcast Ad Copy Principles to the Dynamic Ad Insertion Age”, to promote their findings on how to build an efficient targeted advertising structure for online broadcasting.

With TV programming increasingly available online, a door has opened for digital advertising with impressive reach and rich targeting options. This is really the first time advertisers have been able to deliver targeted ads against TV programmes. However, to achieve the same sophistication as other online channels, media, advertisers and technology providers must come together to drive standardisation.

Standardising OTT ads presents 3 major challenges:

  • Preventing lost ad space
  • Managing clearance and rights
  • Providing visibility of the results

In the white paper, which was presented at NAB 2017, Yospace and Adstream put forward their findings on what needs to be done to make efficient OTT advertising a reality.

“Translating Broadcast Ad Copy Principles to the Dynamic Ad Insertion Age” is available to download at:
http://www.yospace.com/ad-copy-management

 

BT Sport extends its relationship with Yospace for dynamic ad insertion

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Staines-upon-Thames, UK – 6th July 2017

BT Sport has agreed a multi-year extension to its relationship with Dynamic Ad Insertion technology provider, Yospace.

The announcement follows a successful 12-month period during which time Yospace enabled advert placement in over 700 major sporting events for the broadcaster, including Premier League, The Emirates FA Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Aviva Premiership Rugby, European Professional Club Rugby Champions and Challenge Cup.

Yospace’s platform allows advertising on BT’s live channels to be replaced when viewed on the revolutionary multi-platform BT Sport service. Ad stitching is performed in a way that perfectly replicates the seamlessness of the original broadcast channel, while allowing full addressability so that the relevance of the advertising to the user is enhanced.

Greg McCall, managing director TV, BT TSO, said “Yospace have enabled us to seamlessly deliver unskippable and clickable ads within BT Sport live streams across our digital platforms and we are delighted to be extending our partnership.”

Yospace CEO, Tim Sewell, said: “BT Sport is a key player in sports broadcasting and it was clear early on just how important the user experience is to its success. This attitude reflects that of Yospace, a fact that BT Sport was quick to recognise. We are delighted that our platform’s robustness has been proved so convincingly across a regular programme of major events, and that BT Sport has committed to a long-term agreement. I’m looking forward to working with them across their impressive list of sports rights in the coming years.”

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About Yospace

Yospace is the foremost provider of Dynamic Ad Insertion technology in the world today. Its server-side solution allows live streams and on demand content to be monetised in a way that is true to the user experience of broadcast television, while allowing advertising to be curated to the interests of the individual viewer.

Yospace services major broadcasters and network operators across the globe, including DIRECTV in the US; Sky Media, ITV, BT Sport, Channel 4 and STV in the UK; BFMTV in France; Canal 13 in Chile; TV4 in Sweden; Seven West Media, Seve West Media, The Nine Network and Network Ten in Australia.

www.yospace.com

 

 

Champions League Final caps a fantastic season for DAI

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Saturday’s UEFA Champions League Final was the premier sporting event of the year.  It marked the culmination of a football season in which Yospace’s Dynamic Ad Insertion platform enabled monetisation across the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

As a football fan it doesn’t come any bigger than the final of the Champions League.  It’s one of those events that viewers tune into no matter who they support, and the match rarely lets viewers down. Two giants of the game, in Real Madrid and Juventus, going head-to-head: one showing off the talents of the best player in the world; the other going on to score one of the all-time great team goals.

It’s easy to see why live sport is so important to a lot of broadcaster’s plans and, with the increasing number of viewers watching online, why a reliable, user-friendly online monetisation method is essential.

Come half time at a major event like the Champions League Final, we see national TV audiences go to an ad break at exactly the same moment, with a separate ad call being made on behalf of each streaming session. It’s fantastic to be able to prove the scalability of addressable DAI across multiple platforms so emphatically. I’m delighted that all our hard work is paying off.

Yospace has come a long way since our first major sports event (the Winter Olympics in 2014) and in a very short period. It’s an exciting time for the company, and I’m delighted to have so many major broadcasters across the globe on board. We’re already looking forward to next season – one in which our platform is to be used on an even larger scale.  More on that to come!

Yospace and MTM launch the Linear IP Video Forum at Connected TV World Summit

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Connected TV World Summit, London, UK – 18th May 2017
Yospace and MTM are pleased to announce an exciting new research programme exploring the evolution of the linear and live video streaming market across Europe.

The programme will look to answer questions that include:

  • How will the live video streaming market evolve across Europe?
  • How are new advertising capabilities such as dynamic ad insertion, sequential targeting and programmatic trading developing, and what commercial opportunities do they enable?
  • How are best-in-class broadcasters innovating with advertising in linear streams?

“We have seen a leap forward in the adoption of dynamic ad insertion over the last few years, but we’re only in the foothills in terms of the full revenue potential,” said Tim Sewell, CEO of Yospace. “It’s an exciting time for the industry and it’s fascinating to see what’s happening at the cutting edge of broadcasting, both on the ad stitching and programmatic sides. MTM are experts within this field and we’re really looking forward to sharing the results of our programme.”

“We are excited to partner with Yospace to explore the future of live and linear video in a multi-platform TV market” said Jon Watts, Managing Partner, MTM. “Our market is entering a period of unprecedented change, as broadcasters increasingly distribute linear and live video across IP-connected platforms and major internet businesses and platforms compete to own the live IP video advertising space. We will explore how the market is evolving, identify best practices, and outline key success factors. We are encouraging active discussions and collaboration among broadcasters and TV platforms.”

Yospace and MTM will present their findings later in the year. To register your interest in the results, go to: http://www.yospace.com/mtm

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About Yospace

Yospace is the foremost provider of Dynamic Ad Insertion technology in the world today. Its server-side solution allows live streams and on demand content to be monetised in a way that is true to the user experience of broadcast television, while allowing advertising to be curated to the interests of the individual viewer.

Yospace services major broadcasters and network operators across the globe, including DirecTV in the US; Sky Media, ITV, BT Sport, Channel 4 and STV in the UK; BFMTV in France; Canal 13 in Chile; TV4 in Sweden; Seven West Media, Channel 9 and Network Ten in Australia; TV3 and TG4 in Ireland.

www.yospace.com


About MTM

MTM is a leading international research and strategy consultancy, focused on the media, technology, communications and advertising industries. MTM helps companies understand and respond to digitally-driven change, providing award-winning consumer research and industry analysis, strategic advice and support for organizational change.

For more information, please visit www.mtmlondon.com or email Jessica.keogh@mtmlondon.com.

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Keepixo and Yospace teaming up for Dynamic Ad Insertion

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Grenoble, France – Staines, UK – April 20, 2017.

Keepixo, a leading provider of software-based head-end solutions for IPTV and OTT, and Yospace, a leading provider of Dynamic Ad Insertion solutions, today announced their systems have been pre-integrated to offer a full end-to-end monetisation solution for live TV channels when viewed online.

Yospace’s server-side Dynamic Ad Insertion technology allows broadcasters to replace advertisements across live streams in a way that reflects the seamless viewing expectations of broadcast television. Replacement ads can be tailored to suit the interests of each viewer, creating an environment in which view-through rates far exceed industry norms, which is great news for advertisers and broadcasters alike.

Keepixo’s packaging product is a flexible, feature-rich OTT packager. Provided as a stand-alone solution or combined with Keepixo’s live transcoder, it can address all OTT formats and requirements.

Technically, Keepixo’s equipment receives live audio/video streams with SCTE-35 ad markers, and encodes them in multi bit-rate for OTT TV platforms. Yospace’s platform receives that stream and, when it detects an ad marker, calls a 3rd party ad server which instructs Yospace which ads to stitch into the stream. Yospace manage each streaming session individually, which allows advertising to be served that is relevant to the user’s interests.

“Now that OTT services are becoming widely deployed, broadcasters and operators are looking for ways to monetize their content. And this is where Yospace comes in,” said Jerome Blanc, COO at Keepixo. “Yospace’s Ad Insertion technology combined with the flexibility of our OTT Encoder-Packager enables targeted and regionalized advertisements, and secures our customers’ ad revenues.”

“We’ve worked with Keepixo longer than any other encoding or packaging provider and we’re delighted to announce the pre-integration of our platforms,” said David Springall, CTO at Yospace. “Dynamic Ad Insertion is the most talked-about monetization solution for broadcasters today. One of the key factors behind a successful implementation is the relationship between the ad stitching platform and the encoding/packaging workflow, so this announcement is great news for all concerned.”

A demonstration of Keepixo’s OTT encoder-packager integrated with Yospace’s ad insertion solution will be available on Keepixo’s stand (#SU9102CM) at NAB/Las Vegas, April 24-27, 2017.

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About Keepixo

Keepixo, the spin-off of Allegro DVT’s broadcast business, is a leading provider of software-based and cloud-ready head-end solutions for IPTV & OTT. Keepixo offers live encoders, file-based video transcoders and delivery solutions featuring advanced functions such as Catch-Up, Start-Over and nPVR. Keepixo solutions are used by more than 150 customers including 40 tier-1 operators worldwide.

For more information, visit Keepixo’s website or contact us at info@keepixo.com.

http://www.keepixo.com/

 

About Yospace

Yospace is the foremost provider of Dynamic Ad Insertion technology in the world today. Its server-side solution allows live streams and on demand content to be monetised in a way that is true to the user experience of broadcast television, while allowing advertising to be curated to the interests of the individual viewer.

Yospace services major broadcasters and network operators across the globe, including DirecTV in the US; Sky Media, ITV, BT Sport, Channel 4 and STV in the UK; BFMTV in France; Canal 13 in Chile; TV4 in Sweden; Seven West Media, Channel 9 and Network Ten in Australia; TV3 and TG4 in Ireland.

www.yospace.com