ST. LOUIS and PLANO, Texas, April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) today announced that the company will deploy FourthWall Media's Ad Widgets® interactive solutions to approximately 800,000 digital households in five markets, providing the capability for interactive advertising and laying the groundwork for additional interactive capabilities for consumers.
"Interactive TV has proven to be an effective solution for advertisers and a good experience for customers," said Jim Heneghan, President, Charter Media. "It connects businesses with viewers in real time on their television."
Ad Widgets is an end-to-end interactive TV advertising solution built on CableLabs' EBIF and SaFI standards, tailored to Charter's advertising sales management infrastructure. Once deployed, Charter Media advertisers can deliver relevant, engaging commercials to the consumer based on demographics or geography.
"FourthWall Media is thrilled to expand our relationship with Charter," said Tim Peters, FourthWall CEO. "We look forward to working with them to implement interactive advertising. Commercials will become more engaging for consumers to watch, more effective for the advertisers, and the post-buy analysis will provide clear and accurate usage information."
Charter Media's core set of advanced and interactive capabilities includes:
Addressable Versioning: Enables Charter's advertisers to deliver different variations of commercial overlays to their specific customer segments during the same interactive spot on the same network.
Billboards: Provides advertisers with non-interactive overlays. When combined with Addressable Versioning, advertisers are able to deliver different variations of non-interactive overlays to their specific customer segments during the same commercial spot on the same network.
Telescoping: Provides an on-screen overlay that gives viewers the ability to use their remote to select and navigate to VOD to learn more about a product.
Request for Information: Adding a Request-For-Information (RFI) option enables advertisers to have an extended brand experience with a consumer who can request a special offer via mail, email, immediate phone call or mobile text message from an advertiser.
Polling and Trivia: Makes it possible for viewers to express their opinions or answer trivia questions.
Charter (NASDAQ: CHTR) is a leading broadband communications company and the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States. Charter provides a full range of advanced broadband services, including advanced Charter TV® video entertainment programming, Charter Internet® access, and Charter Phone®. Charter Business® similarly provides scalable, tailored, and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to business organizations, such as business-to-business Internet access, data networking, business telephone, video and music entertainment services, and wireless backhaul. Charter's advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media® brand. More information about Charter can be found at charter.com.
About FourthWall Media
FourthWall Media is an Emmy-nominated media company driving the creative revolution in interactive television through solutions that break through the "fourth wall" to engage audiences, extend subscriber loyalty, and deliver census-level measurement and reporting. The company's EBIF solutions include the Ad Widgets® end-to-end advertising system and TV Widgets applications both of which drive viewer engagement and convenience. The AdAim™ Audience Measurement Suite offers census-level measurement of television audience activities and innovative metrics and analytics. FourthWall is a leading provider of EBIF technology platforms for Cisco, Motorola, and tru2way set-top boxes and the cloud-based AirCommand™ gateway that connects external devices to digital cable set-top boxes. FourthWall Media products and technology are distributed through partnerships with Comcast Media Center, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Bright House Networks, Rovi, Motorola Mobility, DISH Network, and several smaller operators. Learn more at www.fourthwallmedia.tv