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Fox TV Stations Adopt Rentrak Local TV Ratings

By | Wednesday June 11, 2014 @ 2:05pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox-TV-Stations__120823011359-200x120The heat is on for Nielsen, which had been feeling pressure from digital upstarts. Fox Television Stations has become the first network owned and operated station group to adopt Rentrak’s Local TV ratings across all of its 28 stations across 18 markets from New York City to Ocala-Gainesville, Fla. In a ringing endorsement, FTS has entered a long-term agreement with Rentrak, which has evolved from a video cassette distributor to a viable challenger to Nielsen’s monopoly in the ratings measuring by using data from cable set-top boxes. FTS is not Rentrakdropping Nielsen — at least not for now — adding Rentrak as an alternative source of  local market television ratings data. Per the announcement, the agreement will provide Fox with access to Rentrak’s StationView Essentials software and TV ratings information including Rentrak’s single-source auto and political ratings. “We are happy to have immediate access to Rentrak’s Advanced Demographics data,” said Jack Abernethy, CEO of FTS. “More importantly, we expect this will accelerate the long overdue progress toward an accurate digital measuring system in local TV, one based on a census, not estimates, and one that measures all screens.”

That has been a long-time complaint by the TV networks — that Nielsen has fallen behind the rapid evolution of TV viewing and its ratings are not capturing the true size of their audiences who are watching TV in a slew of alternative ways: online, … Read More »

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Box Office’s Paul Dergarabedian Joins Rentrak

By | Saturday October 5, 2013 @ 10:43pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Rentrak on Sunday will announce that my pal and longtime Hollywood.com movie analyst Paul Dergarabedian will join its team as Senior Media Analyst. Dergarabedian has covered box office for more than 20 years: now he’ll “act as a marketplace expert to offer analysis on results from Rentrak’s real-time movie and television measurement services on various media outlets,” he tells me. Dergarabedian founded Media By Numbers which later became a division of Hollywood.com where he served as president of the box office division. I wish him well.

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Obama Campaign Used Hollywood Techniques To Win

By | Friday November 16, 2012 @ 2:30pm PST

Barack Obama won re-election thanks in part to knowing what you watch on television, and his campaign bought that information from some of Hollywood’s leading data collectors. As detailed in articles in The Atlantic and the Washington Post, the campaign data-mined audience-viewing habits to zero in on where the most relevant eyeballs for their money resided, learning not only what people were watching but more importantly when they were watching and for how long.

According to the reports, the Democrats’ self-developed “optimizer” system used information from set-top cable boxes collected by Rentrak and the Microsoft-owned Navic Networks. (Rentrak, a provider of box office ticket sales used by Deadline, also collects viewing habit information via set-top boxes from more than 20 million TV sets nationwide). The real-time measurements allowed Team Obama, with a TV advertising budget estimated in the $300 million range, to put tens of thousands of ads in front of the niche audiences they were seeking, saving millions in the process. It bypassed the traditional mass buys of local news and major markets — the route taken by most previous presidential campaigns including Obama’s GOP opponent Mitt Romney — in favor of late-night shows, daytime TV, reruns and second-tier cable stations like The Food Network.

Related: Hollywood For Obama & Romney; Star Surrogates Out On Final Campaign Day Read More »

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Rentrak Named Box Office Information Provider For Deadline Hollywood

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21, 2012 — Rentrak Corporation, the leader in multi-screen media measurement serving the advertising, television and entertainment industries, today announced a partnership deal to be the box office information provider to the most respected entertainment industry site, Deadline Hollywood, which has become the authoritative source for breaking news.

Rentrak will be providing all official, reported domestic box office actuals to Deadline Hollywood so its readers like producers, agents, dealmakers, and industry executives, can easily access the most accurate theatrical film performance information. Additionally, Rentrak will also provide Deadline readers with a uniquely designed Worldwide Box Office Estimates chart. The complete compilation of titles also will measure the global box office and be available each Sunday afternoon.

Deadline Hollywood was founded by industry veteran Nikki Finke, who serves as the General Manager and Editor-in-Chief. Her career in journalism includes positions at the Associated Press, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, New York Observer and New York Magazine.

“Rentrak is the most trustworthy source for box office reporting, and the perfect fit to my weekly box office analysis. In today’s competitive environment, easy access to this valuable resource will be a big convenience to our engaged readership,” Finke said.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide Deadline with the most trusted and accurate numbers for studio box office reporting. Rentrak’s unrivaled intelligence across the global theatrical market serves as a perfect complement

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Rentrak & Screen Engine Announce New Box Office Reporting Called PostTrak

By | Wednesday September 12, 2012 @ 5:27pm PDT

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12, 2012 – Rentrak Corporation and Screen Engine today announced a jointly-developed syndicated product called PostTrak, that will report box office sales figures, audience demographics and the aspects of each title that trigger interest and attendance — all in real time. This new subscription service will measure all wide-released films during their opening and second weekends and will also report on:

– Moviegoers’ sources of awareness about the movie
– Primary reasons for attending
– Comparison of the film to their in-going expectations
– Urgency to communicate impressions about the movie to family/friends
– Most likely way of communicating about the film (social network)
– Interest in renting/purchasing the movie on DVD/Blu-ray/VOD

PostTrak is the most precise tool available for predicting future ticket sales at the box office and projections for DVD and VOD revenues. It will provide the industry with hour-by-hour and region-by-region reporting as each new wide-release title opens across the country. Additionally, PostTrak will measure second weekend audience reactions to enable studios to better leverage opening weekend audience reactions and decide how to adjust messaging with greater immediacy than ever before.

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Rentrak Won’t Release Worldwide Grosses This Weekend

By | Saturday July 21, 2012 @ 4:33am PDT

Jim Zak, Rentrak Theatrical International’s VP of client services, told me, “It’s a corporate decision.” The movie industry’s definitive box office reporting institution announced late Friday: “Please be advised, Rentrak will not be sending Worldwide Weekend Estimates this weekend.” No mention of the Colorado movie theater shooting was mentioned by the company.

UPDATE: Warner Bros Won’t Report B.O. For ‘Dark Knight Rises’ All Weekend

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