SpotX, the leading global video advertising and monetisation platform, today announced the release of a new report titled, “2019 Video Advertising Trends.” Based on a combination of third-party data as well as what SpotX hears from media buyers, sellers, and other industry players in-market, the report identifies four important trends that the industry can expect to see this year, including:

  • New offerings will come into play for OTT video services.
  • Traditional TV will continue to transform for today’s digital landscape.
  • Shifting consumer expectations of ad experiences and personal data usage will drive innovations in ad transactions and delivery.
  • Industry-wide transparency efforts and regulation will spur larger investments in data management.

This report made it very clear that both media buyers and sellers must be flexible and ready for change, whether it be diversifying their ad spend or seeking out new global opportunities to increase the value of their inventory,” said Mike Shehan, co-founder and CEO at SpotX. “Data privacy is still a major concern for key stakeholders and the entire industry will need to comply with new regulations. Still, there are so many exciting opportunities this year as technology continues to improve, and we should all feel very hopeful about what’s coming our way — from advancements in addressable TV to data enablement in OTT.

Additional key themes emerged based on research and are included in the report:

  • Global consumer habits will drive OTT innovation.
  • We can expect to see better advertising experiences for consumers as targeting continues to improve for advertisers.
  • OTT providers, virtual MVPDs, telcos, and more will seek to expand into new global markets.
  • Publishers will start to put first- and third-party data in action to increase the value of their inventory.
  • Live advertising will grow as the convergence of traditional TV and OTT continues.
  • Media owners and advertisers will seek out solutions for the growing fraud problem.
  • We’ll see more initiatives to increase industry transparency and supply path optimisation.

The full report is available to download at: For more information about SpotX, please visit, or follow us on Twitter @SpotX.

About SpotX

SpotX is the leading global video advertising platform that enables media owners and publishers to monetise premium content across desktop, mobile and connected TV devices. As a modern ad server with programmatic infrastructure, data enablement, and monetisation solutions for OTT, outstream, and addressable TV, SpotX gives media owners and publishers the control, transparency, and actionable insights needed to understand buyer behaviour, manage access and pricing, and maximise revenue. SpotX also provides advertisers with a direct pipeline to premium supply and innovative solutions for optimising media efficiency, reach, and audience targeting. With best-in-class technology purpose-built for video, SpotX’s holistic, brand-safe solution is employed by some of the largest media owners and publishers in the world including fuboTV, Microsoft Casual Games, Newsy, Samba TV, Sling TV, Vudu and partners with a variety of different companies within the digital video ecosystem including comScore, DoubleVerify, Integral Ad Science, JW Player, MediaMath, MOAT, Nielsen, Oracle, and more.  

Headquartered in Denver, SpotX has nearly 600 employees in 24 offices worldwide including Amsterdam, Hamburg, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, and Tokyo. In October 2017, RTL Group completed its 100% acquisition of SpotX which is currently combining its business with smartclip, a sister company. Learn more at and follow @SpotX on Twitter and LinkedIn.


Kauser Kanji has been working in online video for 19 years, formerly at Virgin Media, ITN and NBC Universal, and founded VOD Professional in 2011. He has since completed major OTT projects for, amongst others, A+E Networks, the BBC, BBC Studios, Channel 4, DR (Denmark), Liberty Global, Netflix, Sony Pictures, the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation and UKTV. He now writes industry analyses, hosts an online debate show, OTT Question Time, as well as its in-person sister event, OTT Question Time Live

Get OTT Briefings Every Week!

Sign up for my newsletter to stay up to date with stories, analysis, events and reports from VOD Pro.