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"India has one of the largest TV audiences in the world so it was critical for us to create an audience measurement system that is gold standard," said BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta. "By leveraging Civolution and Mediametrie's expertise in audience tracking, technology and analytics we can now study viewers' TV habits in precise detail, enabling broadcasters and advertisers to implement efficient strategies to reach their target audience."Civolution's audio watermark is embedded in the TV's sound track prior to broadcast. Upon airing, the content is then identified by Mediametrie's TV meter, in real-time. In addition to granular measurement of the content being watched, the solution features support for catch-up TV. The technology provides cross-platform audience measurement and will enable mobile device measurement, triggering the creation of new services and the reduction of operating costs. In parallel, the same watermark infrastructure deployed by Indian broadcasters could be used to synchronize with great accuracy their own interactive second screen applications.
''With so many new ways of watching TV content in this multi-screen universe, precise audience measurement has become increasingly complex. Audience measurement services must now report more accurately and reliably, from a larger number of channels, delivered through a fast-changing and diverse mix of broadcast platforms, and consumed either in real time or time-shifted'' said Civolution CEO Alex Terpstra.''Through our close collaboration with Mediametrie, we have devised a powerful solution that provides accurate and reliable audience data that will allow BARC to help broadcasters plan, entertain and monetize their TV audiences,'' added Civolution SVP Watermarking Solutions Jean Michel Masson.
Mediametrie Director of Audiences Measurement Benoit Cassaigne added:
''We are very enthusiastic to embark on this project with Civolution and its watermarking technology, which is definitely the most powerful and error-free content detection technique available for TV audience measurement. This means we are future-proofed in the fast-changing world of TV. Mediametrie has relied on Civolution's technology for many years.”