Live Ad Replacement

If you were a restaurant owner who had installed a dozen TV screens to entertain your patrons, and were paying a premium price for content, would you choose to show a competitor's commercials to your customers? Wouldn't you prefer to replace those ads with your own messages promoting featured appetizers or Happy Hour specials? Of course you would... and now you can!

TVPOS has developed a revolutionary line of digital signage products capable of seamlessly replacing, in real time, some or all of the commercials embedded in a normal broadcast feed with alternate ads stored on our Nexus AdServer. Our Live Ad Replacement technology senses the beginning and end of embedded ad spots without the aid of cue tones, and instantly switches to an secondary feed to play alternate ads according to a schedule or playlist.

The Nexus AdServer, using our own patent-pending technology, is different from every other digital signage product on the market in that it can monitor any live TV feed to detect when a standard commercial advertisement begins to play, switching seamlessly to local ads in sync with live network or local commercials, and ensuring a return to programming when the original ad ends. The transition is seamless and natural, with programming flowing into ads and back without clipping content. Your 15- or 30-second ad spots are shown on your displays as if they were aired by your cable company, right along with the national ads. The effect is nothing short of magic!

Conservative Alternatives:

TVPOS also offers more conservative ad replacement solutions to cable and satellite headend operators as a value-added service for their business tier. We have developed methods for selective replacement of local ad spots originating from the headend:

  • Tagging - Ads designated as replaceable or fillers are tagged in post-production to trigger remote AdServers when they appear in any broadcast feed, causing local ads to be shown in their place according to a playlist. For example, cable company promotional spots scheduled during unsold ad slots are good candidates for replacement. The tag is benign to headend equipment, and is recognized only by TPOS AdServers. This method requires no additional headend equipment and is easily arranged with the operator's advertising sales department.
  • Cue Propagation - Local cue tones and SCTE-35 digital cuing messages (see sidebar) are detected at the headend and embedded in the outgoing feed or forwarded via IP in order to trigger ad replacement on Nexus AdServers installed at business-tier venues. This method requires installation of our equipment at the headend.

Television Point of Sales is committed to working with networks and content providers to define and obtain broadcast ad replacement rights. We believe local ad replacement is the future of television advertising, and makes sense in a world where consumers have many viewing options.

We see a clear market need for ad targeting on a local level. Targeted advertising creates new revenue streams for all sorts of business venues, and TVPOS has a great solution for it today!

Contact us for more information on this exciting product, available only from Television Point of Sales!

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Is it Complicated?

Our Nexus digital signage devices connect easily between your satellite or cable set-top box and any standard or HD television receiver, and can act as a source for your A/V distribution system as well. Broadband access can be wired or wireless.

Your ads and ad schedules are downloaded to the Nexus via your existing broadband access - no DVDs or employee involvement are necessary. Ads, schedules, and operating software are maintained remotely, and logs are monitored for maintenance and billing purposes.

The Nexus OSD and Nexus AdServer both include a built-in media player that can store and play back more than 100 hours of HD-quality video, and can also overlay your company logo onscreen if you wish to professionally brand your display devices.

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Insert or Replace?

'Ad Insertion' typically refers to the injection of ad spots between segments of broadcast program content that takes place at an affiliate or cable/ satellite provider's headend.

'Ad Replacement' refers to the replacement, as perceived by a viewer, of existing general-purpose ads in a broadcast stream with different spots, e.g., ads more suitable for the patrons of each business venue and targeted toward their presumed interests.

In our implementation, the replacement actually occurs by instantly switching the input feed to an alternate source, our Nexus AdServer, as if a viewer with really quick reflexes had pressed "input" on his remote control. No alteration or storage of the original feed takes place at all.

Cue Me In

Local ad Insertion at the headend is performed in the analog broadcast world using audio "cue tones" transmitted from a network source during the fixed period allocated for local ads, typically one minute per ad break.

In the digital broadcasting world, that job has been subsumed by SCTE-35 Digital Cuing messages carried in transport stream packet headers.

These signals are decoded at the headend and used to redirect the feed through the headend's local ad server. (In this context, "local" refers to the entire viewing area serviced by that headend.)

In either case, digital or analog, these insertion signals are not transmitted beyond the headend, and so can not be used to trigger targeted ads at remote business venues without translation and propagation.

More Legal Stuff

Our technology does not violate any U.S. laws such as DMCA, nor any rules or regulations governed by the FCC. It doesn't modify, store, decrypt, or rebroadcast a network feed, and, in its simplest form, is merely an automated tool used to switch the input source of the display monitor, in the same way that you would with a remote control.

This technology is intended to enable venues to promote in-house services and products to its own patrons. Television Point of Sales does not recommend or condone the use of our equipment to in any way violate the U.S. Fair Use Doctrine or Copyright law by enabling profit from the sale of ad space to third parties.