Inside Secure and Yospace Develop Innovative Approach to Bypass Ad Blockers

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Tracking pixels on device with Inside Secure’s ad protection solution and Yospace’s platform help publishers maximize their revenues

Aix-en-Provence, France, and Surrey, United Kingdom, April 4, 2018 – Inside Secure(Euronext Paris: INSD), at the heart of security solutions for mobile and connected devices, today announces that it has joined with Yospace, a stream management innovator specializing in server-side dynamic ad insertion in live and on-demand streaming, to create a solution that can route tracking pixels on the device through Inside Secure’s ad protection technology, effectively bypassing disruptive ad blockers.

Without a solution to significantly thwart ad blocking, it is estimated that publishers alone will lose $75 billion by 2020, according to research published by Ovum. The innovative approach developed by Inside Secure and Yospace to safely feed back tracking pixels from the device will dramatically improve overall ad protection. Currently, server-side stitching can bypass ad blockers but is still exposed to threats when accompanying client-side ad tracking pixels must be reported back to ad servers. And with only server-side protection, ad inventories cannot be accurately assessed and measured.

Inside Secure’s leading Ad Protect solution provides: ad reporting integrity, preventing ad blockers from tampering with ad-display information reported back to operators; ad display enforcement both for server-side and client-side ad insertion, notifying users that ad-blocking apps must be removed before viewing content or simply by-passing ad blockers silently; and ad blocker AI, continuously updating ad-block detection, future-proofing operators from invading ad-blocker hacks.

These capabilities feed well into the significant advantages of Yospace’s Server-Side Ad Insertion (SSAI) platform: a seamless user experience; one-to-one addressability with real-time measurement; reliability and scale where millions of ad calls are made per ad break; and the ability to plan for unexpected ad breaks that can happen at a critical time, such as a time-out in a sports match.

“There are numerous benefits to performing ad stitching on the server-side, not least the ability to bypass ad blockers, but if client-side tracking is detectable then it poses a risk to ad revenues,” said David Springall, chief technical officer and founder at Yospace.  “The innovative work we’re doing with Inside Secure, one of the leading names in content protection across the globe, will give broadcasters and publishers the peace of mind that ad views are being accurately measured.”

“Partnering with Yospace to help customers successfully monetize their precious assets is an important next step for us in protecting the digital ecosystem from ad blockers,” said Simon Blake-Wilson, chief operating officer of Inside Secure. “We are pleased to have worked with Yospace and their advanced ad insertion platform to provide a client-side solution that will be a game changer in ad protection.”


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About Inside Secure

Inside Secure (Euronext Paris – INSD) is at the heart of security solutions for mobile and connected devices, providing software, silicon IP, tools, services, and know-how needed to protect customers’ transactions, ID, content, applications, and communications. With its deep security expertise and experience, the company delivers products having advanced and differentiated technical capabilities that span the entire range of security requirement levels to serve the demanding markets of network security, IoT and System-on-Chip security, video content and entertainment, mobile payment and banking, enterprise and telecom. Inside Secure’s technology protects solutions for a broad range of customers including service providers, operators, content distributors, security system integrators, device makers and semiconductor manufacturers. For more information, visit www.insidesecure.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; Canal 13 in Chile; TV4 in Sweden; Seven West Media, The Nine Network and Network Ten in Australia.

 

Yospace to showcase the world’s most advanced server-side ad insertion technology at NAB Show

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Advanced dynamic ad insertion technology setting the standard for OTT monetization, combining quality of linear with intelligence of digital.

Staines-upon-Thames, UK – 22nd March 2017 – Yospace will be demonstrating the capabilities of its server-side ad insertion platform at NAB 2018, a multi-award-winning solution that is widely regarded as the most advanced in the world.

Yospace’s platform, which is fast becoming the de facto standard server-side monetization solution for OTT streaming, opens up advertising inventory, with one-to-one addressability, against the biggest and most challenging sporting events on the planet.

Recent events covered include the 2018 Winter Games, Super Bowl LII, English Premier League and UEFA Champions League soccer. This summer the technology will be used to monetize the Commonwealth Games and FIFA World Cup.

The system has been tried and tested at scale. In February, its peak concurrent audience was recorded at well over 1.5 million – all with personalization enabled.  Over 750 million ad spots were opened up across the month with an average view-through rate of 96%.

Yospace’s technology overcomes the challenges presented by traditional signalling and playout systems being applied to online channels, as well as those inherent to live sports broadcast, integrating seamlessly into the end-to-end delivery workflow for live OTT streaming.

yospaceCDS acts as middleware between a broadcaster’s OTT workflow and the increasingly diverse array of target devices, slotting into potentially fragmented ad-tech ecosystems and simplifying cross-platform deployment, while ensuring an uninterrupted TV-quality experience, from sports play through commercial breaks.

The unpredictable nature of advertising in sports events can result in fluid timings (e.g. after a touchdown or time-out) or unplanned high-value ad breaks (e.g. during extra time in the FIFA World Cup).  Yospace allows broadcasters to capitalize on this inventory, which often delivers the most value while being the hardest to access.

Yospace’s system delivers advanced advertising at scale while ensuring user experience always comes first, helping to safeguard broadcasters’ reputations and audience reach. It also supports the latest enhanced viewing features such as instant replay and live rewind for individual streams.

Its pioneering ‘pre-fetch’ system intelligently prepares for ad breaks ahead of time, giving third-party ad servers a longer window in which to respond, and guaranteeing a reliable and scalable ad experience.

Yospace was the first company in the world to demonstrate server-side DAI for live streaming, in 2011, and today our customers include a major tier 1 Operator in the US; Sky, ITV, BT Sport, Channel 4, TV4, TV3, TG4, Sky Deutschland and Medialaan in Europe; Seven West Media and Network Ten in Australia; and SonyLIV in India in partnership with Akamai.

“With the increasing threat from the likes of Google, Facebook and Amazon broadcasters need to maximize the value of the unique position they hold as 100% brand safe premium content owners,” said Tim Sewell, CEO, Yospace. “Simulcast viewing for live sports offers a significant monetization opportunity for broadcasters and advertisers alike, but it’s important to acknowledge the difficulties in accessing some of the most valuable inventory, at scale.”

“Yospace is fast being recognized as the global expert in cross platform DAI for live simulcast as our technology offers the most effective means of delivering a true TV experience to the widest possible audience, while also unlocking additional ad revenue.”

Yospace will showcase its server-side DAI at NAB, 7-12 April on booth SU3414.  Book an appointment at www.yospace.com/nab18.

Yospace and Medialaan shortlisted for The Connies 2018

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Yospace and Medialaan have been shortlisted for “The Connies”, one of the most prestigious awards on the calendar for OTT broadcasting.  This is the third year running that Yospace’s solution has been shortlisted, having won awards for Dynamic Ad Insertion in 2016 with Channel 4 and 2017 with Sky.

Shortlisted in the “Contribution to User Experience – TV & Video” category, the entry recognises innovation in launching “non-linear startover” for live channels on Medialaan’s “Stievie” app, a service which allows ad breaks to be made shorter for viewers in “startover” mode to allow them to catch up with the live broadcast.  Read more about the project here.

Read the full shortlist here:
https://mediatel.co.uk/newsline/2018/03/20/connies-2018-shortlist-announced/

The winners will be announced in a ceremony in London on 8th May.

Seven Report 66% YOY Growth for Live Simulcast at FTVA Australia

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Yospace sponsored Mediatel’s inaugural Future TV Advertising Forum in Sydney last month and were very pleased to be associated with such a strong event for broadcasters and advertisers alike.

Our CTO and Founder David Springall co-presented a case study with James Bayes, Digital Sales Director – OTT Video at Seven West Media at the event.  Seven launched Dynamic Ad Insertion for live simulcast with Yospace for the Australian Open in January 2017 and reported a 68% year-on-year increase in streamed minutes for this year’s event.  There were 107.5m total streamed minutes across the fortnight this year, with 10.6m of those on the Men’s Final day alone.

James also reported figures for the Superbowl (viewing minutes up 65% YOY), Olympic Winter Games (57.3m total live streamed minutes) and 2017 Melbourne Cup, which generated a 66% YOY increase in streamed minutes (11m in total), with a 22% increase in the number of users.  These figures demonstrate that significantly more people are streaming live content from one year to the next, and for longer too.

This growth, of course, has a positive impact on the amount of addressable inventory the broadcaster is able to open up.  James summed up the broadcaster’s attitude to online viewing and the requirement to be forward-thinking when it comes to monetisation.

“When does a stream become a river?  It’s irrefutable to think that the primary distribution method that we’re going to be experiencing in the future around video is going to be IP-delivered.  Preparing for that future of IP-delivered video content and the opportunity it creates around addressability is something that we all need to start working on and start investing in.”

He also described why live DAI in OTT streams is so appealing for advertisers.

“Premium, long-form, scripted, brand-safe video content delivered on the biggest and best screens that there are.  That’s an amazing opportunity for brands.”

“One live stream, one moment in time, multiple users all delivered a personalised advertising experience…everybody seeing a different ad based upon their profile data that they shared with us when they registered and signed in, and then coming back and everybody sharing that same linear experience.”

Thanks to James and Seven for co-presenting with us, and thanks to Mediatel for organising another excellent addition to it’s FTVA series.

You can watch the full presentation here (registration required):
https://www.ustream.tv/recorded/113134288

 

Advanced advertising is imperative for broadcasters looking to compete with major internet players, according to report

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London, UK – 29th November 2017

Leading international research and strategy consultancy MTM releases a report today that explores US industry perspectives on the future of live and linear broadcasting in an OTT world.

The research, sponsored by Yospace, found that US TV executives are bullish about the prospects for live and linear channels, despite intensifying competition for audiences and ad spend.  Live and linear TV is unique in offering mass concurrent audiences and, as the online market fragments, the value of that reach is growing – delivering “immense value” according to US executives.

“The way to remain socially relevant is to be live. A live viewer will be tweeting about it, and telling their friends the next day.  That’s hugely valuable to broadcasters because it creates an affinity for their channel – and it’s valuable to advertisers.” – US broadcaster

However, central to enhancing this value, according to the study, is the need to invest in advanced TV advertising (ATVA) technology.  TV executives are increasingly looking to develop and deploy addressable solutions over IP networks delivered to connected devices and, crucially, Smart TVs.

By contrast, the wider development of ATVA capabilities on TV platforms will require broadcasters and MVPDs to strike partnerships and commercial agreements, as required, to bring data and inventory together – partnerships that have proven challenging to establish.

Despite the challenges in striking these partnerships, there is a widespread desire to move quickly to combat the threat to premium content rights posed by the major internet companies. TV executives see four key priorities for the US industry:

  1. Enhance the linear consumer experience with fewer – but more relevant – TV ads, to retain audiences
  2. Apply data and addressable solutions to linear streams, to maximize the value of the inventory delivered over their IP-based services
  3. Collaborate, where appropriate, to provide cross-publisher solutions to advertisers, reducing market fragmentation
  4. Work with MVPDs to enable the roll out of ATVA solutions on TV platforms, across a wider range of inventory.

“Negotiations are all about what we can do together and how we can partner. It’s absolutely driven by a collective fear of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple.” – US cable network

Jon Watts, Managing Partner of MTM, said: “It’s clear that broadcasters and MVPDs are looking to advanced advertising solutions to help them compete with the data-driven offerings of the major internet companies. The question is whether they can work together and forge partnerships that unlock the insight and inventory required to deliver addressability at scale. Our research suggests that the industry is ready to move forwards and there seems to be a healthy appetite amongst executives for greater cooperation in the advanced advertising space.”

Tim Sewell, CEO of Yospace, said: “The pace of change in the broadcast industry is such that regular check-ins on the state of the marketplace are essential.  It’s noticeable in this report how the broadcast industry is coming together to forge a common path and looking to adopt common technologies and standards to realize the full potential of addressable TV.  This is a fascinating period in the long history of live and linear television — broadcasters are realising the immense value of live content, which is why we’re seeing the major internet companies jump in — and through collaboration, I believe it has a very bright future.”

The research paper, entitled “The imperative for addressability in live and linear video,” was informed by a seminar in New York attended by leading US TV and agency executives. This was supplemented by a series of one-to-one interviews discussing the current state of the live and linear TV market, its future in the digital landscape and the steps required for broadcasters to protect and enhance market share.  It follows a European-focused report that was published earlier in the year.

Download the new paper here.

TV4 and Yospace achieve Swedish first with server-side Dynamic Ad Insertion for live channels

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London, 1st November 2017 – Sweden’s largest commercial broadcaster, TV4, has chosen Yospace’s award-winning Dynamic Ad Insertion solution to monetise live channels on its TV everywhere platform, TV4 Play.

In a first for the Swedish market, TV4 is using Yospace’s server-side DAI system to open up new inventory across its live streams in a way that provides a seamless online television experience for the platform’s 3 million registered viewers.

The companies began working together in 2014, when server-side Dynamic Ad Insertion was launched on TV4 Play’s catch-up content on Apple TV and Chromecast devices.  By extending the technology to live, TV4 is able to implement a long-term business case across a format that could only previously be monetised through limited, pre-roll advertising opportunities.

The system is available on TV4 Play on iOS and Android devices, and is launching across HTML5 for web this month.

“We were looking for a solution to transform our broadcasting business into the digital age and Yospace provides us with key technology to achieve that,” said Marcus Lindén, Head of Development & Integrations at Bonnier Broadcasting.  “Yospace was also a good fit in our best of breed strategy and proved themselves to be a nicely crafted puzzle piece into how we want to build our software stack.”

“We’re delighted to be working with TV4 on this first launch of server-side DAI for live channels in Sweden,” said Edward New, Commercial Director at Yospace.  “Live television is at the heart of broadcasting and Yospace’s platform has become an essential tool in monetising broadcaster’s channels online, in the UK and mainland Europe, and across the globe.”

TV4 Play for web can be accessed at https://www.tv4play.se and the app is available on all the major connected devices.

TV4 and Yospace will be speaking at Streaming Tech Sweden event on 22nd November.  Visit the website for details: www.streamingtech.se

 

 

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.

 

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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