“We would start to see personalized ad spots overlaid on generic Sinclair local TV ad spots,” said one source with knowledge of the company.
Samsung’s entrance into the ad-serving space could also improve measurement.
“We know Sinclair and other TV station groups [such as Hearst and Tribune] have been unhappy about a lack of ratings for the local stations from Nielsen and Rentrak,” that source said. “So there is the possibility they need someone with scale to come in and help them with data to measure and justify the value local ads they sell.”
A scaled consumer footprint is key for Samsung’s addressable advertising pursuits.
Samsung has a robust smartphone business (it owns 28.5% of the market share for smartphone OEMs, according to comScore’s March Mobile Metrix), and although it’s too early to tell how or if it will connect addressable TV to its device graph, Samsung’s recent deal history points to a developing cross-screen initiative.
In June, it acquired the Canadian demand-side platform AdGear, which sources predicted would help Samsung deliver cross-screen ads to both mobile and smart TV devices, and to find and retarget those audiences across devices.
Partnering with Sorenson also opens more doors to census-level viewing data, which has the potential to boost the precision in those cross-screen campaigns.
“Samsung is now competing with AT&T, Comcast and Dish,” Bologna said. “Compared to other OTT players [like Roku], yes, they bring more scale. But we’re talking about addressability in broadcast television.”
Samsung did not immediately respond to interview requests.