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DG Announces Partnership with Cognitive Networks to Bring Interactivity to TV Ads


DG Announces Partnership with Cognitive Networks to Bring Interactivity to TV Ads

DG MediaMind and Cognitive Networks will streamline and accelerate interactive advertising on television

New York, NY, December 18, 2013 - DG (DGIT), the world`s leading multiscreen ad management company, and Cognitive Networks, a market leading provider of real-time services that power Enhanced TV on Smart TVs, today announced an important integration partnership that benefits marketers looking to serve interactive ads on TV. Using automatic content recognition (ACR), Cognitive Networks identifies ads on TV and then, through DG MediaMind`s technology, automatically displays an on-screen option for consumers to launch an extended, interactive experience directly on screen.

DG and Cognitive Networks` technology work across time-shifted (VOD and DVR) and live TV environments. Since DG`s technology loads at runtime on the TV, there`s no need for users to manually download or install anything in advance on their Smart TVs.

"Through ACR technology advertisers are able to augment their existing television campaigns with engaging and interactive viewing experiences," said Michael Collette, CEO of Cognitive Networks. "Connected TV Interactive advertising is no longer limited to ads on the home screen, a program guide, or tied to specific pay-TV operators. Advertisers are now capable of delivering customized interactions through enhanced functionality while increasing the value of traditional TV advertisements."

Through the partnership, advertisers` TV campaigns can be augmented with an interactive call to action, which when initiated by the user, launches an immersive full screen interactive experience. The call-to-action and the interactive ad experience are all standard HTML5 ads served from the DG MediaMind platform and the turnaround time is no different than a standard rich media campaign today.  From the optimization to the in-depth reporting and analytics, all of the standard capabilities of the DG MediaMind platform are supported.

"The combination of Cognitive Networks` ACR technology and DG MediaMind`s digital campaign management platform creates the ideal environment for advertisers to run interactive TV campaigns today, without having to worry about proprietary technology," said Ricky Liversidge, DG CMO. "The beauty of this technology is that it`s natural for the user. It works on any spot in any viewing environment - live or time shifted - with standard HTML5 creative."

In addition to DG MediaMind`s creative, optimization and data capabilities, Cognitive Networks` additional data sets give advertisers greater insight into where and when their TV spots were viewed.

DG and Cognitive Networks expect to see the first interactive TV campaigns launch in the US in early 2014.

About DG
DG (DGIT) is the leading global multiscreen advertising management and distribution platform, fueling campaign management across TV, online, mobile and beyond. Through a combination of technology and services, DG empowers brands and advertisers to work faster, smarter and more competitively. Boasting the world`s largest hybrid satellite and internet network for broadcast video delivery, the company`s unparalleled campaign management encompasses multiscreen ad delivery, cross-channel research and analytics, and unified asset management.  The DG product portfolio consists of two overarching product lines for online and video campaign management: MediaMind and VideoFusion.

With New York as a center of operations, DG is a global company that connects over 14,000 advertisers and 7,400 agencies worldwide with their targeted audiences through an expansive network of over 50,000 media destinations across TV broadcast and digital advertising in 78 countries, managing approximately ten percent of the world`s media assets.   For more information, visit http://www.dgit.com.

Press Contact:
Samson Adepoju
T. +1-646-723-1922

About Cognitive Networks
Cognitive Networks is a leading provider of real-time services powered by Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) technology, enabling the fundamental transformation of the way viewers consume TV while delivering a platform for content producers and TV networks to increase customer engagement, grow their audiences, and increase the value of the TV viewing experience for all audiences. The company`s ENGAGE(TM) API allows Smart TVs to launch applications that are intelligently synchronized with live or time-shifted television, enabling ecosystem partners to add Enhanced TV capabilities to broadcast TV displaying on Smart TVs. With Cognitive Networks` Engage, content providers can now provide consumers with fun, smart things to do while watching TV on their Smart TVs. For more information about Cognitive Networks, visit www.cognitivenetworks.com.

Media Contact:
Marta Weissenborn
McGrath/Power Public Relations for Cognitive Networks  

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