Media & Entertainment


Facebook and the US Election

eMarketer principal analysts Debra Aho Williamson and Mark Dolliver, and forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Eric Haggstrom discuss Facebook's recent decision on political ads and how brands can reach social users over the coming months. They then talk about Facebook's plans to limit ads on pages, how this year's events have changed Gen Z's relationship with brands, and why Americans still pay for live TV.

The Pandemic Is Accelerating AR Adoption for Retailers and Entertainers

Budget cuts and advertising pullbacks are giving companies in industries like retail, accessories and entertainment new reasons to explore the benefits of these technologies.

US Twitch Usage Accelerates amid Lockdowns

Video viewing platform Twitch is benefiting from coronavirus lockdowns in a big way in the US. Usage will jump 26.2% this year to 41.5 million, higher than the 37.5 million predicted in February.

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Peter Vahle discuss the implications of TikTok suing the US government, smartphone use while watching TV, a potential new tech agency, Instagram's new "Suggested Posts," the status of cord-cutting, how you can tell the temperature by counting cricket chirps and more.

Trying on sunglasses is a popular use case for AR. But trying them out—and experiencing what the world around you looks like with them on—is a compelling example of how AR in social media can be not just entertaining, but useful.

How Advertisers Could Handle Existing TV Ad Commitments amid the Cancellation of College Sports

Two of the NCAA Division I Power Five conferences (Big Ten and Pac-12) announced that they would postpone all fall college sports as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

The Weekly Listen: TikTok vs. America, Pandora Interactive Ads and TV Ads in Console Games

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss TikTok's chances of not getting banned, Spotify video podcasts, Pandora's interactive voice ads, HBO Max sign-ups so far, TV ads in console games, why American farmhouses are typically painted red and more.

The Ad Platform: How Political Advertisers Are Reaching Voters Through Digital Media

2020 has shaped up to be an unusual presidential election year, to say the least. Grace Briscoe, vice president of Candidates + Causes at Centro, joins eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Nicole Perrin to discuss how political advertisers are leaning on connected TV, audience targeting, Facebook and more as they work on fundraising and getting out the vote.

Laura Martin, managing director at Needham & Company, joins eMarketer co-founder and Insider Intelligence chief evangelist Geoff Ramsey to discuss her outlook for ad spending, the Facebook boycotts, the importance of the gaming audience and why Netflix cannot survive unless it embraces advertising.

The Weekly Listen: Farewell Cinemas, TV Streaming Price Hikes and Uber Buys Postmates

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss whether cinemas can survive, TV streaming price hikes, Peloton's Roku app, whether TikTok will be banned in the US, Uber buying Postmates, why airplane food tastes so bad and more.

Nearly 44 Million People in the US Will Use AR on Social Networks This Year

Augmented reality (AR) has become more common on social networks. This year, there will be 43.7 million US social network AR users, according to our March 2020 forecast.

The Weekly Listen: China Complicates TikTok Sale, Local TV Streaming, and Current Events in Ads

eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver and Debra Aho Williamson, senior forecasting analyst Oscar Orozco and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss the latest TikTok news, how much current events should be referenced in ads, Peacock's new voice ads, a local TV station streaming service, Amazon getting really close to drone deliveries, how far we are from actual flying cars, and more.

Ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) platforms saw strong growth in ad revenues last quarter, a bright spot in the overall ad market during the pandemic.

Where Americans Stream Audio, TV's Optimistic H2 and What More Voice Assistants Means

eMarketer senior corporate account director Michael Civins, forecasting analyst Peter Vahle and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss which music platforms Americans use and the growing significance of podcast listening. They then talk about whether TV networks are being too optimistic about H2, how many more voice assistants there are and movies going from theaters to digital platforms much faster.

The Pandemic Presents an Opportunity for Esports Viewership

Esports viewership has not caught up to the media hype – but there could be upcoming growth opportunities.

The Pandemic Puts the Spotlight on a Rising Esports Industry

While the coronavirus pandemic caused every major US sports league to suspend its season, esports resumed relatively quickly. Leagues pivoted from competing inside venues to an online-only format where teams and production crews operated remotely. Despite any short-term struggles from large advertising downturns, the outlook for esports remains positive.

Why Netflix's Second Act Will Be Its Most Important

eMarketer analyst Ross Benes, forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom and senior analyst at Insider Intelligence Audrey Schomer discuss why Netflix's second act matters more than its first. They then talk about accessing live content on connected TV, the strategy of Apple TV+ and how many people will want NBCUniversal's Peacock now that it's available to everyone.

As Americans hunkered down under stay-at-home guidelines for much of March and April, they unsurprisingly consumed more mobile media. The added mobile time, however, wasn’t distributed equally.

Even before COVID-19 caused a spike in TV time in Canada, TV continued to be a strong medium of choice. But amid stay-at-home measures, consumers turned to a blend of TV and digital video for long-form content.

The Ad Platform: Advertisers Demand Flexibility in Uncertain Times

Digital media is relatively flexible, which has benefited it during the pandemic. Ivan Markman, chief business officer at Verizon Media, joins eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Nicole Perrin to discuss how digital platforms can be even better at supporting this flexibility, as well as the explosion of connected TV advertising and the future of virtual and augmented reality.