Netflix Likely To Take Ad-Tech In-House To Enable New Formats: Report

A year after announcing that it had chosen Microsoft as its ad-tech partner for its introduction of an ad-supported subscription tier, Netflix is preparing to build its own server in order to enable new ad formats. 

To better compete with Disney+, Max, Peacock and others with ad-supported options, Netflix has been talking to ad buyers about experimenting with “episodic” campaigns that would allow them to create mini-series-type ads featuring multiple, sequential spots -- rather than showing the same ad repeatedly, according to a Financial Times report. 

That would require direct relationships with consumers and advertisers that would require an in-house solution, the sources said.

Netflix’s contract with Microsoft is reportedly for two years. The sources said the shift could occur as soon as 2024.

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