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TiVo: Advertiser Pros and Cons

TV Ad Technology Vendor Profile: TiVo -- According to Forrester Research, TiVo's digital video recorders are popular, in part because they allow consumers to skip commercials easily. But even as its users gnaw away at television's traditional business model, TiVo offers advertisers an alternative. Behind its network of consumer devices, TiVo has deployed an advertising system that is based on voluntary viewing of long-form video advertisements. Today, the system has a limited reach of approximately 3 million subscribers and, unlike the vendors of most other ad systems, TiVo sells its own inventory. Both the reach and the sales model for these ads are likely to change in light of TiVo's recently announced deal with Comcast.

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