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Daniel Rowlands

Daniel Rowlands

Daniel Rowlands is Senior Director of Supply, JAPAC, at SpotX.

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The supply-side technology stack for video publishers has long been a complicated space.

It’s populated by a number of players -- including ad servers, supply-side platforms, online video players and sometimes ad networks -- which need to interact cohesively in order to optimise the sale of inventory.

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There are many misconceptions associated with programmatic video buying. Many of these, like the assumption marketplaces drive CPMs down, arise when people fail to distinguish between the very different display and video markets.

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Programmatic was once a space populated by hordes of software providers.

Like the group buying industry, it grew fast, with opportunists cropping up left, right and centre to capitalise on the windfall. Now the market is starting to consolidate. We'll see vendors merge, many die, and within two years, supply side platforms (SSPs) and ad servers will cease to exist as we currently know them.

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