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The Definitive OTT AVOD Glossary

This blog post is only a section of Unreel's complete OTT glossary covering over 100 key terms every successful streaming service needs to intimately understand.  View the entire glossary here.    AVOD or advertising video on demand is not always easy for streaming services to implement.  It requires knowledge of current best practices and experience with the industry's in's and out's to navigate.  Even with ad spend on OTT rapidly increasing year-over-year, predicted to grow almost two and a half times by 2021, we have yet...

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7 Tips to Grow Your Video Streaming Service

Success for a streaming service hinges on audience acquisition and retention. Growth has to be a conscious effort. The “if you build it they will come” mindset is a mistake new streaming services cannot afford to make. Consistent growth in any industry rarely happens by accident, and in an increasingly competitive OTT marketplace, it is near impossible. Consumers are hungry for new content from brands in the verticals they care about – but getting their attention is not easy. Simply...

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The Future is AVOD – Pt 3 & 4: Why AVOD is Hard and How Unreel Has Solved it

In part one and two of our blog series, "The Future is AVOD", we established that advertisers are hot on OTT and that an AVOD model can grow and support industry-leading streaming services at scale.  With an expected 225% growth in OTT ad spend predicted over the next 3 years, the market is inarguably on a torrid trajectory. However, with money increasingly pouring in, there is unexpected friction for streaming services looking to implement ads.  There is no shortage of...

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The Future is AVOD – Pt. 2: Can Streaming Services Scale on Ads Alone?

Give a moment’s thought to consider the early heroes of OTT.  For most — Netflix, Hulu, HBO and Amazon Prime come to mind as the Mount Rushmore of streaming.  With their hefty financial and corporate backings, ultra-premium content libraries, and consistent subscription revenue sources, it’s fair to say that they’ve dominated the streaming world thus far.  Their inarguable growth has led to a false narrative in the industry and a misinformed belief held by many; that subscriptions are necessary to...

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The Future is AVOD – Pt 1: Why Advertisers Love OTT

In OTT’s nascent state subscription services such as Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime have stolen the spotlight.  It’s time they made room. Advertisers are putting an increased emphasis on OTT. They view the burgeoning technology as an extremely valuable part of their funnel moving forward, and recognize the unique advantages the medium provides. For streaming services able to capture the new ad dollars pouring into the space, the unit economics behind an AVOD business model paint a picture more attractive...

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What Networks Should Know About Live-Streaming an Event Online

This article originally appeared in Streaming Media as a guest post that can be viewed here.     At Unreel, we’ve taken part in the enormous undertaking of live streaming an event across multiple over-the-top (OTT) channels including the 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards and the Dew Tour. We want to share the challenges and tips we have from these experiences with networks that might want to stream their next event live online.   Click here to read the rest of the article. ...

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Introducing Unreel’s New Video Player!

Unreel has released a newly redesigned video player across the over 6,000 video streaming sites that we power. The new player is sleeker, features an improved intuitive design, and most importantly is faster. This significant update keeps Unreel and our partners on the cutting edge of video streaming UI and UX.  See the new player in action here.     Improvements: Besides actual content, the most important aspect of a user's experience on an OTT streaming services is the player. It is the frame...

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High Times Launches ‘High Times TV’ on OTT with Unreel

Using Unreel's platform, High Times, the leading magazine publication for the Cannabis lifestyle, has launched their own branded video streaming service 'High Times TV' across every OTT device.  The ad supported service features original High Times content and also serve as a point of additional distribution for established video brands including CustomGrow420, StrainCentral, Ruffhouse Studios, High Rise TV, Stoner Mom, The Green Market Report and That High Couple with new content from Now This Weed and Doug Benson’s “Getting Doug...

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Unreel and Hard Knocks Fighting team up to Launch Battle Zone TV

  Hard Knocks Fighting is a premier MMA league, showcasing the world’s elite up and coming athletes on a global stage.  With hundreds of hours of exclusive fight videos and a million plus likes on their Facebook page, Hard Knocks came to Unreel seeking a path to distribute and monetize their content on OTT to fans.  Together we have launched a new branded OTT video streaming service called Battle Zone TV.   Content on Battle Zone has been taken directly from The Hard...

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