Jul 10, 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.”
Yospace is the foremost provider of server-side ad insertion (SSAI) technology in the world today. Its solution allows live streams and on demand (VoD) content to be monetized for OTT in a way that is true to the seamless viewer experience of linear television, while opening up benefits of digital advertising such as one-to-one addressability and real-time measurement.
Yospace was the first to publicly demonstrate SSAI in a live stream, with ITV in 2012, and today services major broadcasters and network operators across the globe, including DIRECTV and FOX in the USA; Sky Media, ITV, BT Sport, Channel 4 and STV in the UK; Telia and TV4 in Sweden; Optus, Nine, and Seven West Media in Australia.
In early 2019 Yospace was 100% acquired by RTL Group.