More NewsMicrosoft Uses Predictive to Target TV

Microsoft Uses Predictive to Target TV

The Redmond, Wash., giant will integrate the Cambridge, Mass., firm's targeted ad serving software in its forthcoming TV platform.

Microsoft will use Predictive Networks’ targeted advertising software in its TV platform.

Predictive’s “Digital Silhouette” technology tracks a viewers’ habits (without collecting or storing personal information) then delivers pitches based on their preferences. The Cambridge, Mass., firm will also provide scheduling, research and delivery technology to Microsoft.

The companies plan to demonstrate their integrated products at the National Cable and Television Association convention, to be held in New Orleans in May.

“Microsoft . . . has demonstrated a clear vision and commitment to bring innovative products to consumers in order to make TV and all media more entertaining and useful,” said Devin Hosea, Predictive’s founder and president.

The deal with the Redmond, Wash., giant, could be significant for 2-year-old Predictive, which already has partnerships with related players in the space including Akamai, AT&T Worldnet Service, OpenTV and NetRatings.

“Predictive Networks’ . . . technology and expertise needed to make personalization seamless for the consumer, while enabling incremental revenue-generating capabilities for network operators,” said Andy Beers, a Microsoft TV product manager.

Examples of “revenue generating capabilities” include better response rates for video-on-demand and product sales through TV, or “t-commerce.”

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