Media & Entertainment

Mobile duopoly under scrutiny: Apple and Google own the platforms, mobile devices, operating systems, app stores, and browsers. UK regulators are preparing to enact more stringent regulations.

Sports betting has an inextricable brand safety risk: A recent New York Times report unveiled the industry’s murky rise to prominence, drawing further brand safety concerns.

As Twitter Gaming goes silent, other platforms may benefit: Game producers and players look to other channels amid Twitter disarray.

New research suggests consumers in Latin America strongly prefer CTV over linear: Freemium and AVOD offerings are powering adoption, with the trend especially noteworthy in Brazil.

Bob Iger’s second Disney tenure will change its streaming future: The returning CEOs acquisition-heavy strategy could mean further streaming consolidation.

Snapchat can increase AR adoption through the World Cup: A number of high profile sponsors have teamed up with Snap to debut AR try-ons and more.

Paramount’s restructuring and layoffs bely their challenged market position: Pluto TV and Paramount+ are attractive streaming assets, but may not be enough to help them increase market share.

Roku continues to shrink: The CTV and set-top box company has seen its market cap decrease by 75% this year, and is now laying off 200 employees.

More than 40% of internet users in North America will be monthly podcast listeners by the end of this year, the highest rate of any region. Western Europe and Latin America follow with nearly 30% penetration among their online populations.

acklash from Twitter’s verification misstep: Eli Lilly, Nintendo, American Girl, PepsiCo, Nestlé, and Tesla were trolled by spoof “verified” accounts. Brands and users must come to terms with unmoderated content.

A perfect storm hurts World Cup ad spending: The holiday overlap, controversies, and a general downturn have weakened the event’s ad performance.

NBCU announces Currency Council: The future of measurement is multicurrency—and the media giant continues to take a leadership role.

Privacy-tracking fines are piling up for Google: Tracking users without their consent has consequences. But million-dollar fines for billion-dollar profits are a slap on the wrist.

Nielsen suspension remains as rivals try to capitalize: The monopolistic measurement player will be hard to oust, given how much money is at stake.

The Call of Duty conflict rages on: Xbox chief Phil Spencer said the franchise will remain on Sony consoles in an attempt to appease European antitrust authorities.

Next year, US connected TV (CTV) ad spend will hit $26.92 billion. This market has grown by double digits each year since we began tracking it in 2017, and it will continue to do so through the end of our forecast period in 2026.

Tostitos achieves 38% increase in brand recall through sonic branding: With digital audio and video consumption both on the rise, the snack brand leverages its new sonic logo for better cross-channel engagement.

Even as we approach a potential ad spend winter, connected TV (CTV) advertising is in decent shape. Netflix and Disney+ just joined the ad-supported streaming game. Cord-cutters are outpacing pay TV viewers. And YouTube is increasingly watched on CTVs. These five charts offer a closer look at CTV’s past, present, and future.