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Jun 9, 2015

Exclusive: Facebook earns 51 percent of ad revenue overseas – executives

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Overseas markets bring in more advertising revenue than the United States for Facebook Inc, amounting to 51 percent of global ad sales in the first quarter, with growth in Asia the fastest in the world at 57 percent, company executives told Reuters.

While Facebook has reported regional growth in percentage terms, this is the first time it has detailed ad sales outside the United States and Canada as a percent of worldwide sales.

Jun 2, 2015

Instagram takes steps to open platform to advertisers

June 2 (Reuters) – Instagram said on Tuesday that it is
taking steps to make its ads available to all types of
businesses, not just hand-selected brands.

Starting in June, Instagram this year is rolling out to
advertisers the ability to more closely direct campaigns by zip
code and other data sets like interests in the same ways that
brands can target consumers on its parent company Facebook Inc
.

May 28, 2015

Nielsen to measure digital ads in partnership with Tencent

By Jennifer Saba

(Reuters) – Nielsen NV announced on Wednesday that it is partnering with Tencent Holdings Ltd to measure its digital audience in a move that could direct more ad dollars from companies in the United States to China’s biggest social network.

Nielsen said it is launching its Digital Ad Ratings, which tracks unique users, reach and frequency of a digital ad across computers, tablets and smartphones for the first time in China.

May 28, 2015

Periscope, media companies talking about anti-piracy tech

/NEW YORK, May 27 (Reuters) -
L ive streaming-video app Periscope and media companies are
discussing how to address piracy on the new service, but
Periscope says technological fixes many programmers want are
difficult to do in real time.

Periscope, which was bought by Twitter earlier this
year, faced scrutiny after several high-profile television
events, including the HBO prize fight between Floyd Mayweather
Jr. and Manny Pacquiao and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” April
premiere, were illegally broadcast through the app, which sends
a video stream from a phone directly to the Internet.

May 20, 2015

Spotify to start offering videos

By Jennifer Saba

(Reuters) – Streaming music service Spotify will soon provide video content from musicians, news organizations and TV networks in a bid to sign up more subscribers, the company said on Wednesday.

A new recommendation function, similar to what rival Pandora Media Inc offers, will let people pick channels based on lifestyle activities, like “songs to sing to in the shower,” or “100 plus hits form the 1980s,” the Stockholm-based company said.

May 14, 2015

As TV networks pitch shows, advertisers seek flexibility

May 14 (Reuters) – Madison Avenue executives will bring a
tough message when they sit down with broadcasters during their
annual spring bargaining sessions over the next few weeks.

The need for flexibility – to place an ad on the fly, not
months in advance – is driving advertisers to carve more money
from upfront television budgets and direct it to online, mobile
and social media, several ad executives said.

May 12, 2015

AOL’s Armstrong charted bumpy path to big Verizon sale

By Jennifer Saba

(Reuters) – AOL Inc (AOL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chief Executive Tim Armstrong’s six year path to transforming the venerable dial-up Internet provider into a marketable mobile ad specialist was filled with bumps.

Armstrong spent hundreds of millions on the money-losing hyper local news site Patch. He presided over – or encouraged – the exit of a string of high level executives.

May 12, 2015

Verizon to buy AOL in $4.4 billion mobile video push

By Jennifer Saba, Devika Krishna Kumar and Abhirup Roy

(Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Tuesday it will buy AOL Inc (AOL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for $4.4 billion, turning the biggest U.S. wireless carrier into a leading provider of content and video for the web and mobile phones.

The $50-per-share offer represents a premium of 17.4 percent to AOL’s Monday close. AOL and its properties, including the Huffington Post, TechCrunch and Engadget websites, would become a Verizon subsidiary, with AOL Chief Executive Officer Tim Armstrong staying in his role.

May 7, 2015

Americans prefer picking TV channels to buying bundles: Reuters/Ipsos

By Jennifer Saba

(Reuters) – A vast majority of Americans would prefer to assemble their own pay TV channels rather than subscribe to packages that include dozens or hundreds of networks, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found in a challenge to traditional television distribution.

Seventy-seven percent of U.S. adults said they would like “a la carte pricing” which would allow consumers to pick their own channels. Only 23 percent said they would prefer bundles. (For a graphic see reut.rs/1H4mLdK).

May 6, 2015

Fox says U.S. cable customers like bundles, pay-TV strong

By Jennifer Saba

(Reuters) – Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) President Chase Carey said on Wednesday “a vast majority of customers want a bundle of channels” rather than to cherry pick networks, an option cable providers are increasingly offering in the face of declining subscriptions.

Carey, who is also co-chief operating officer, made the remarks during a quarterly earnings call after Fox posted a 1.2 percent rise in adjusted revenue, helped by growth in its cable network business and the box office success of “Taken 3″ and “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”