Comcast, Disney, NBC: Media Giants to Launch Blockchain Ad Platform

US telecom giant Comcast has announced a new blockchain platform focused on advertising.

Jun 20, 2017 at 4:50 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 11, 2021 at 1:28 p.m. UTC

US telecom giant Comcast has announced a new blockchain platform focused on advertising.

The conglomerate said today in a news release that its advertising arm is partnering with Disney, NBCUniversal, Cox Communications, Mediaset Italia, Channel 4 and TF1 group on the project.

Dubbed the "Blockchain Insights Platform", the project aims to make the advertising process more efficient and transparent by enabling marketers and networks to match their own customer data anonymously in order to determine which network program may have the best result for a certain product ad.

Marcien Jenckes, president of Comcast Cable's advertising unit, said in a statement:

"This new technological approach would make data-driven video advertising more efficient and consumer data more secure. We’ll work with the participants in this initiative to improve ad planning, addressable targeting, execution and measurement, to ultimately create even more value for the television advertising industry."

The news represents the telecom giant's first formal foray into the blockchain space. The company has explored the tech in the past, however, as it once communicated with bitcoin startup 21 Inc about how it might tap the startup's mining process to benefit its users.

The group projects an official launch in 2018, and is looking for other networks, distributors, device markers and marketers in the US and Europe to participate.

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