FreeWheel Launches DRIVE—a Comprehensive Advertising Solution Designed to Reach Consumers across the New TV Landscape

Aggregates premium OTT and VOD inventory from FreeWheel’s supply
partners to target TV-sized audiences and drive better results for
marketers

Integrated with Nielsen to allow holistic measurement of campaign
performance across the entire TV ecosystem

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, FreeWheel, A Comcast Company, announced the launch of FreeWheel’s
DRIVE, a suite of advanced advertising solutions designed to help
marketers reach consumers across emerging forms of TV, including
Over-the-Top (OTT), Set-top Box Video on Demand (STB VOD) and digital
video, using advanced data and measurement capabilities.

DRIVE brings simplicity to the complex, “new TV” landscape by allowing
buyers to access high-quality, aggregated video inventory—often within
the same content available on linear TV—at scale, across a national
footprint. DRIVE has the potential to bring unprecedented scale to
marketers by aggregating premium video inventory from clients who
leverage FreeWheel’s marketplace capabilities. Importantly, DRIVE also
removes one of the primary obstacles to OTT and VOD advertising by
delivering measurement metrics comparable with linear TV.

“Advertisers need to reach consumers across the new TV viewing options,
but they have been thwarted by both operational and technical hurdles,”
said David Clark, EVP/General Manager of FreeWheel. “We recognized that
FreeWheel, powering nearly every major publisher’s and MVPD’s digital
video advertising, was in a unique position to solve these challenges
for the industry. That is the goal of FreeWheel’s DRIVE. We listened,
and we created a solution for TV’s future.”

FreeWheel’s DRIVE initiative builds upon its work with Nielsen announced
in June, to expand measurement to OTT inventory and connected TV video
on demand. DRIVE will offer the ability to measure audiences using
Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings, which provides a comprehensive view of
digital audiences in a way comparable to linear TV. Using FreeWheel’s
proprietary methodology, DRIVE enables marketers to assess total TV
reach across linear and digital viewing, control reach and frequency,
and ultimately, tie outcomes to anonymized, household-level data.

“The changing consumption pattern of premium video is undeniable and we
are very excited at the acceleration of progress in the OTT space,” said
David Cohen, President N.A., MAGNA, a division of IPG Mediabrands. “The
explosion of viewing options makes it difficult to aggregate scale.
FreeWheel’s DRIVE gives us the opportunity to optimize video investments
across some of the most premium content producers in the industry. It’s
a great step forward and a hint of what’s to come in the evolving video
ecosystem.”

The suite of DRIVE solutions is powered by FreeWheel Markets’ unified
advertising platform, and is consistent with FreeWheel’s goal of
creating a platform for the new TV ecosystem. By facilitating
data-driven connections between buyers and sellers, the solutions will
drive better results for marketers and suppliers alike.

By removing the barriers holding back advertisers from fully
embracing new forms of inventory, the value of that inventory will
increase for buyers and sellers alike,” said Noah Levine, SVP,
Advertising Data and Technology Solutions, Fox Networks Group. “DRIVE is
a great example of using technology to create opportunities that will
complement existing advertising streams and raise the bar for the
industry.”

For more information on FreeWheel’s DRIVE, please visit: www.freewheel.tv/DRIVE.

About FreeWheel

FreeWheel, A Comcast Company, is the industry’s most complete
advertising management solution. Purpose built for the New TV ecosystem,
we enable our collective client base across all key industry segments to
manage and monetize their premium video inventory in the brand safe ways
they require. Our leading technology, unmatched service and guidance,
and collaborative advocacy power the advertising businesses of the
largest media and entertainment companies in the world, including AOL,
DIRECTV, Fox, NBC Universal, Turner Broadcasting System, and Viacom in
the U.S., and MTG, Sky, Canal + and Channel 4 in Europe. Our offerings
work in synchronized tandem to meet every aspect of our clients’
business needs across all screens, data sets, and monetization channels,
while providing the full safety, compliance, and control the New TV
ecosystem demands. Headquartered in San Mateo, with offices in New York,
London, Paris, Beijing, and across the globe, FreeWheel stands to
advocate for the entire industry through the FreeWheel Council for
Premium Video. For more information, please visit www.freewheel.tv,
and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Contacts

Comcast Advertising
Dan Friedman, 917-520-1436
Daniel_Friedman@comcast.com

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