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Gracenote streamlines FAST channel distribution

September 12, 2023

Gracenote, the global content solutions business unit of Nielsen, has unveiled a new programme developed to help content publishers and broadcasters of all sizes get their Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV (FAST) channels and programming distributed by major streaming platforms more easily. Leveraging advanced data enrichment services, the Gracenote FAST Programme aims to help Gracenote customers accelerate time-to-market for their FAST offerings just as they become increasingly important to their overall content monetisation strategies.

No longer a testing ground for content owners and publishers, FAST has matured quickly into a proven revenue driver through advertising sales. Now that FAST has grown up, content owners are realising the need for high-quality normalised metadata and connected content IDs to facilitate distribution on streaming platforms, drive program and channel visibility as well as increase viewership.

Gracenote FAST Programme participants that submit their channel portfolios directly to Gracenote benefit from expert enrichment of editorial and contextual data plus access to rich programme imagery which drive increased channel engagement. Assignment of Gracenote IDs to participants’ content streamlines placement on major streaming platforms through Gracenote Listing Distribution Services and enables easier content discovery.

In addition, programme participants receive a ‘Gracenote Certified’ designation giving them an advantage when pitching their FAST offerings to platforms which prefer and in some cases require standardised Gracenote metadata and IDs. This label ensures that all data meets the various requirements for the streaming platforms resulting in a turnkey programme for participating content providers.

“The rapid rise of FAST has been one of the most notable recent developments in the global video ecosystem,” said Vikram Kulkarni, VP, Strategic Initiatives, EMEA at Gracenote. “Based on our position at the heart of this ecosystem, we are uniquely positioned to help content publishers from small to large benefit from the maturation of FAST and we look forward to helping them achieve better FAST content visibility, consumption and monetisation through our programme.”

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