With several companies having helped popularize the format, it is testament to the growing position of so-called "out-stream" video ads that there is now a supply-side ad platform (SSP) dedicated to them. Company chief revenue officer and president Chris Scott, the former Admeld, Criteo and Yieldo exec who joined in February, tells Beet.TV that ConvertMedia is gaining more partnerships with demand-side partners, too. "TubeMogul, Videology, and Index are integrating with us," he says. "We see that as a powerful testament to what we're doing. A lot of agencies will now be able to buy through those partners."
More than 15 years ago, Blink 182 shocked with their video for "What's My Age Again?" that featured the band running around naked. Now, they've updated the concept for a new video that features naked women running around. "She's Out of Her Mind" hit YouTube on Thursday thanks to Spotify. The video appeared with a message that explained, "As part of the new Spotify original series, Flash Frame, Blink unveils the new video for their latest single, paying homage to a certain classic clip that helped catapult the band to early success." The video shows three women running around and passing by similar sites and people to those that the band encountered in their 2000 video.
It won't surprise you to hear that streaming services are full of documentary-style videos with dodgy claims about aliens or the paranormal. Amazon Prime Video, however, is coming under fire for offering considerably worse. The Telegraph has noticed that the service includes numerous conspiracy videos from widely discredited sources like Alex Jones and David Icke. Amazon isn't going out of its way to promote the junk theories (which include the New World Order and reptilian aliens). As a subscription service, though, it's paying the authors for their work -- unlike YouTube, it can't just pull ads.
At last month's F8 conference, Facebook announced that a video chat feature for Instagram was in the works. Today, that starts rolling out to users across the world. And as was previously announced, it works with groups, too. The video chat automatically adjusts as more people are added to a maximum of five participants, yourself included. You can minimize a video call in progress to a small window and scroll through the rest of the app, which should please the multitaskers out there.While that's being rolled out, Instagram has also revamped the Explore tab, keeping the tile-style look but expanding the topics to include sports, movies and a section curated especially for you based on past behavior.