Advertisers and agencies are looking to win big from the next-generation TV broadcast standards, and the implications of these new standards for the media business are immense.
Here's why: The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), the industry group responsible for the new standards, has specified an open system for data exchange as part of its next-generation 3.0 broadcast environment. "Open" means that the underlying technology is publicly disclosed – signaling a shift away from closed, proprietary solutions for data.
For broadcasters, the new standards give them the freedom to tap into the power of the internet to have viewership data reside on their systems or with their choice of an outside vendor.
And since their data is no longer held captive by whoever deploys a proprietary set-top box or metering device, the data and vendor portability they gain eliminates high costs and inefficiencies tied to specific data-processing vendors or from obsolete measurement silos.
And advertisers can use the same standards and the same technology to get the same benefits.
This newfound capability allows broadcasters and advertisers alike to:
- Establish a critical direct, IP-enabled two-way connection with viewers
- Designate a server to connect to a TV, tablet, computer or smartphone
- Redirect the data flow to an alternate server at any time
The standard provides even more freedom than current systems for advertisers, allowing them to designate a return path to redirect metadata for spots already in distribution to their servers.
This makes the information directly accessible for analysis and business intelligence applications. And with the technology incorporated inside next-generation TVs and other viewing devices, advertisers will benefit from millions of reporting devices.
Although the ATSC 3.0 transition is only beginning, certain elements are already rolling out. In fact, the technology enabling some of these new realities is compatible with today's broadcasting environment and can be used by advertisers and TV stations now.
Verance, whose audio watermark was selected as a key component of the next-generation standard, has partnered with local broadcasters in six markets to prove the power of data freedom. Stations belonging to
The widespread interest in Aspect, one of the first ATSC 3.0 technologies to go to market, lies in what makes it so unique: it differs from all other content recognition and measurement technologies currently used in the advertising and broadcasting industries.
Most of these automated content recognition (ACR) technologies are proprietary and create isolated, incomplete and exclusive datasets to serve as the oxygen-depleted lifeblood of the media business. Others are simply limited in their capacity for advanced data capabilities.
Now, with the early arrival of an ATSC 3.0-connected world, advertisers will be able to broaden their control over two-way, addressable data and quickly adapt to a changing market.