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Newsy, SpotX Partner to Serve Growing Apple TV Video Ad Demand

By Chris Byrne, Kari Wethington | February 25, 2016

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Video inventory management platform SpotX and over-the-top (OTT) video news service Newsy are among the first to monetize Apple’s new tvOS in response to burgeoning advertiser demand for connected TV (CTV) video inventory.

An innovator in the OTT news space, Newsy helps advertisers target cord-cutting millennials who watch its video news reports on CTV, desktop and mobile devices. Newsy, whose Apple TV app was named a “Best of 2015” app by Apple, chose SpotX as its partner to power the sale of video ads programmatically on Apple TV. Newsy is a wholly owned subsidiary of The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP).

Newsy also employs SpotX’s ad server and supply-side platform in order to help sell inventory across desktop, mobile and other CTV distribution points.

Advertiser spending on CTV in the SpotX platform increased 570 percent from Q3 to Q4 2015, and publisher CPMs nearly doubled on average, according to Allen Klosowski, VP of Mobile & Connected Devices, at SpotX. CTV platforms are one of the largest opportunities emerging for video publishers, and advertisers are finding tremendous value in reaching lean-back viewers.

“Advertisers want to execute cross-screen strategies, and that has quickly extended to data-driven buying on large screens,” Klosowski explained. “We’re seeing digital-centric agencies shoot for the living room TV, then attempt to match the same viewers on smartphone and desktop to execute retargeting video campaigns.”

Newsy and SpotX partnered to help advertisers tap into the power of audience-based buying on large screens, Blake Sabatinelli, General Manager of Newsy, added.

“The power of connected TV is its ability to reach audiences who are cord-cutters and cord-nevers and engage them in meaningful ways,” said Sabatinelli. “This audience is increasingly harder to find on cable TV, which is why we’ve developed video news experiences in formats specifically for digital devices.

“The Newsy app for Apple TV was developed to deliver the best user experience for our viewers when they’re relaxing at home in front of their TV screens,” Sabatinelli added.

SpotX is a leader in programmatic enablement of video monetization on Apple TV, having launched an SDK supporting ad serving inside the new tVOS in November. The company’s inventory management platform also integrates with Roku, gaming consoles and other CTV devices.

Newsy publishes more than 1,000 videos per month to deliver short, engaging news reports geared toward a younger/ millennial audience. It uses SpotX’s platform for both ad serving and private marketplaces, to execute the sale of its video inventory through well-defined programmatic infrastructure.