Light Reading

Cox Eyes Addressable Ad Trials

Mari Silbey
3/26/2014
50%
50%

Cox Media has a new targeted advertising plan in the works.

The advertising division of Cox Communications Inc. is about to begin trials with Invidi Technologies Corp. to deliver addressable ads into live linear television. A spokesperson confirmed that the trials are for linear TV only, and are not related to the operator's work with Canoe Ventures LLC to implement dynamic ad insertion (DAI) across its video-on-demand platform.

"Addressability creates a new class of premium television advertising inventory, which is why Cox Media is committed to bringing it to market as another tool for our clients to connect consumers to the products they care about," said Mike Zeigler, vice president of Cox Media operations and business development.

Invidi's technology works at the set-top level and uses demographic data to target individual households with relevant advertising. Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) also started a trial with Invidi last year and is expected to go live with the new system in 2014. Additional customers include DirecTV, Dish, and Verizon.

Last fall, FierceCable reported that Cablevision would also test Invidi's solution as part of a settlement in a case that had Invidi suing the MSO for patent infringement. (See Comcast Preps Ad Targeting Trial.)

Cox, which currently serves more than 20 markets with advertising solutions across the US, is also a founding member of Canoe Ventures along with Comcast, Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), and Bright House Networks . Canoe has slimmed down its advanced advertising ambitions in recent years and today is only focused on dynamic ad insertion for VoD.

A recent Heavy Reading report predicted that DAI will be in 40 million homes by the end of the year. (See Cable's Search for Advanced Advertising Treasure .)

— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading

(5)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Ariella
50%
50%
Ariella,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/27/2014 | 10:11:22 AM
Re: Tailoring ads
@KBode I believe there are some ways of tracking, say with unique landing pages tied to the targeted ads and such.
KBode
50%
50%
KBode,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/27/2014 | 8:44:55 AM
Re: Tailoring ads
Yeah I'm waiting for that day as well. They've patened use of cameras in set top boxes (and via game console cameras like the Kinect), but I think privacy worries have kept those ambitions at bay. Still, we (as the general public) seem pretty ok with having our privacy eroded slowly so long as the cool gadgets keep coming, so I imagine your scenario won't be long out.

I'm also unsure how well these targeted ad concepts work. How many years and how many millions have cable operators already spent on this via ventures like Canoe? With Nielson still struggling to even incorporate digital devices into ratings how are  these things even effectively tracked?
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
3/26/2014 | 4:04:18 PM
Re: Tailoring ads
ScottEStewart0101 - "Seeing that Google Ads can't stop pushing browser ads to me for music albums I've already bought, I don't think these new targeted ads are going to have much effect with TV viewers, unless there's a camera and open mic scanning what is in a user's living room/bedroom, products mentioned, ect."

I can see it now: My TV will wake up and tell me, "You're wearing that shirt with those pants? Men's Wearhouse has much nicer choices -- and they're on sale!"
ScottEStewart0101
50%
50%
ScottEStewart0101,
User Rank: Lightning
3/26/2014 | 3:45:25 PM
Re: Tailoring ads
Seeing that Google Ads can't stop pushing browser ads to me for music albums I've already bought, I don't think these new targeted ads are going to have much effect with TV viewers, unless there's a camera and open mic scanning what is in a user's living room/bedroom, products mentioned, ect. This would be a better venture for xBoxOne in my opinion. 

There are already regional ads on local network channels. Do they really think that consumers are going to like seeing ads in their menu/guide system? 
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
3/26/2014 | 2:52:53 PM
Tailoring ads
Addressable ads are an opportunity for marketers to particular consumer groups and potentially cut through advertising noise. But consumers may just look at them as MORE noise.

How specific can the targeting get? Can it target individuals?
Flash Poll
From The Founder
Last week I dropped in on "Hotlanta," Georgia to moderate Light Reading's inaugural DroneComm conference – a unique colloquium investigating the potential for drone communications to disrupt the world's telecom ecosystem. As you will see, it was a day of exploration and epiphany...
Between the CEOs
Affirmed Networks CEO: Digging Into NFV

5|28|15   |   40:26   |   (2) comments


Hassan Ahmed, CEO of Affirmed Networks, is making some big claims for his NFV startup. I sat down with him at the Light Reading HQ in New York City to get the skinny on what this Acton, Mass.-based startup is up to.
LRTV Documentaries
Cable Eyeing SDN for Headend, Home Uses

5|26|15   |   05:57   |   (1) comment


CableLabs is looking at virtualizing CMTS and CCAP devices in the headend, as well as in-home devices, says CableLabs' Karthik Sundaresan.
LRTV Documentaries
Verizon's Emmons: SDN Key to Cost-Effective Scaling

5|22|15   |   03:53   |   (0) comments


For Verizon and other network operators to ramp up available bandwidth cost effectively, they need to move to SDN and agree on how to do that.
LRTV Documentaries
Lack of Universal SDN a Challenge

5|21|15   |   04:51   |   (3) comments


Heavy Reading Analyst Sterling Perrin talks about how uncertainty about SDN standards and approaches may be slowing deployment.
LRTV Custom TV
Steve Vogelsang Interview: Carrier SDN

5|20|15   |   05:02   |   (0) comments


Sterling Perrin speaks to Steve Vogelsang, Alcatel-Lucent CTO for IP Routing & Transport business, about the new Carrier SDN-enabling Network Services Platform and the operator challenges it solves.
LRTV Custom TV
Carrier SDN: On-Demand Networks for an On-Demand World

5|20|15   |   20:52   |   (0) comments


Steve Vogelsang, Alcatel-Lucent CTO for IP Routing & Transport business, talks about requirements and benefits of Carrier SDN during the keynote address at the Light Reading Carrier SDN event May 2015.
LRTV Documentaries
The Security Challenge of SDN

5|19|15   |   02:52   |   (0) comments


CenturyLink VP James Feger discusses concerns that virtualization could create new vulnerabilities unless network operators build in safeguards.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV Elasticity – Highly Available VNF Scale-Out Architectures for the Mobile Edge

5|18|15   |   5:50   |   (0) comments


Peter Marek and Paul Stevens from Advantech Networks and Communications Group talk about their NFV Elasticity initiative and the company's latest platforms for deploying virtual network functions at the edge of the network. Packetarium XL and the new Versatile Server Module: 'designed to reach parts of the network that other servers cannot reach.'
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Bay Area Spark Meetup 2015

5|14|15   |   3:54   |   (0) comments


Developed in 2009, Apache Spark is a powerful open source processing engine built around speed, ease of use and sophisticated analytics. This spring, Huawei hosted a meetup for Spark developers and data scientists in Santa Clara, California. Light Reading spoke with organizers and attendees about Huawei's code contributions and long-term commitment to Spark.
LRTV Custom TV
The Transport SDN Buzz

5|12|15   |   06:01   |   (1) comment


Sterling Perrin, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, speaks with Peter Ashwood-Smith of Huawei and Guru Parulkar of ON.Lab about the evolution of transport SDN and the integration of technologies.
LRTV Custom TV
Next-Generation CCAP: Cisco cBR-8 Evolved CCAP

5|5|15   |   04:49   |   (0) comments


John Chapman, Cisco's CTO of Cable Access Business Unit and Cisco Fellow, explained the innovation design of Cisco's cBR-8, the industry's first Evolved CCAP, including DOCSIS 3.1 design from ground-up, distributed CCAP with Remote PHY and path to virtualization. Cisco's cBR-8 Evolved CCAP is the platform that will last through the transitions.
LRTV Custom TV
Meeting the Demands of Bandwidth & Service Group Growth

5|1|15   |   5:35   |   (0) comments


Jorge Salinger, Comcast's Vice President of Access Architecture, explains how DOCSIS 3.1 and multi-service CCAP can meet the demands of the bandwidth and service group growth.
Upcoming Live Events
June 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 10, 2015, Chicago, IL
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
October 6, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
October 6, 2015, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Procera has gathered facts, stats and customer experience feedback from a survey of 540 users from across the globe.
Hot Topics
Charter Seals Deals for TWC, Bright House
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 5/26/2015
Eurobites: Alcatel-Lucent Trials 400G in Czech Republic
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 5/26/2015
Will Carriers Follow Facebook's Networking Lead?
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 5/28/2015
Charter Plans Business Services, Wireless Push
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 5/27/2015
Facebook Reinvents Data Center Networking
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 5/26/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
On May 29th 1 PM ET, Steve Saunders, founder and CEO of Light Reading, will be drilling into the "pains and gains" of NFV with Saar Gillai, SVP & GM for NFV at Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) (HP). He has defined a four-step NFV model describing a sequence of technology innovation. It's a must-read doc for any network architect looking to get to grips with their NFV migration strategy. Join us for the interview, and the chance to ask Saar your NFV questions directly!
Hassan Ahmed, CEO of Affirmed Networks, is making some big claims for his NFV startup. I sat down with him at the Light Reading HQ in New York City to get the skinny on what this Acton, Mass.-based startup is up to.
Cats with Phones