Roku is launching an ad marketplace where networks can make ad inventory available that would run during programs watched on Roku’s platform.
What gives Roku an advantage? Roku has 21M HH with login data and their standardized platform could offer the closest thing to the scale of linear television.
The big question: Will networks give more than the 2m of ad inventory that distributors typically are able to resell?
Quote from Scott Rosenberg — GM of Platform @ Roku:
“We really felt that OTT, much more so than legacy TV platforms, was the place to go to reinvent how TV advertising works, and really deliver on this promise of bringing the sight, sound, motion and branding power of TV, combined with the benefits of digital, targeting and engagement.”
Flashback #1: Roku’s Platform Business Is Just Getting Started
Total video subscribers:
1) AT&T — 25.4M
2) Comcast — 21.2M
3) Roku — 20.8M
Total ad revenue in 2017:
1) Comcast — $2.3B
2) Roku — $264M
Ad revenue per subscriber in 2017:
1) Comcast — $106
2) Roku — $15
Share of OTT ads delivered in April:
1) Roku — 83%
2) Other — 11%
3) Amazon Fire — 4%
4) Sony Playstation — 2%