Gracenote, a unit of Nielsen, has launched a program to help content owners in the US accelerate their ability to develop and launch free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) channels. #pressrelease

April 3, 2024

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Gracenote, the content data business unit of Nielsen, has expanded its FAST Program to the U.S. helping content owners and providers more easily launch new free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) channels. Now, U.S.-based content owners can distribute their TV programs and movies to leading streaming platforms along with industry-standard Gracenote metadata ensuring their offerings are discoverable and monetizable.

In response to rising costs for entertainment, consumers around the world are using ad-supported video services in massive numbers to complement or replace premium subscription video on-demand (SVOD) offerings. The U.S. market is ahead of this adoption curve, particularly in relation to FAST. According to eMarketer, nearly one-third of the U.S. population or 114.5 million viewers are expected to watch FAST channels by 2027.

First introduced in Europe in late 2023, the Gracenote FAST Program helps U.S.-based content owners navigate the process of launching and distributing their FAST channels with the enriched metadata attributes that are critical in driving viewer discoverability. The program leverages Gracenote's existing distribution network which comprises leading streaming platforms, facilitating seamless onboarding and immediate content availability for participants.

While data requirements differ by streaming platform, Gracenote ensures relevant metadata and assets are available to the Gracenote distribution network of platforms for FAST channel deployment. Once content owners submit their programs and schedules, Gracenote distributes enriched, normalized program data and EPG data directly to the streaming platforms. Qualifying Gracenote FAST Program participants will benefit from:

• Ingestible schedules: Standardized date and time formats for each program airing ensure linear schedule accuracy and aid tune-in

• Enhanced merchandising assets: Enriched program synopses and visual imagery that power program presentation regardless of platform and draw viewers in

• Expanded metadata coverage: Standardized genre categorizations and more advanced data tags leveraging Gracenote taxonomy make your content findable in current and future discovery experiences

Read the full press release here.


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