How consumers watch their favorite TV shows and movies has been changing rapidly over the past few years. If you are like most consumers, you are probably already familiar with streaming TV apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. While these streaming apps are subscription-based, there are dozens of other streaming services that are free or cheaper for consumers because they include paid advertising as part of the viewing experience, just like traditional network TV. Brands want to reach consumers who are watching these new streaming services, and this type of advertising is commonly known in the ad industry as "OTT" or "CTV." If you are unfamiliar with what and how OTT/CTV works, this is the article for you. We will provide you with an introduction to all things OTT and CTV, and guide you on how advertising through these mediums can help your business.
OTT (Over-The-Top) media is TV-like content you can watch online. CTV (Connected TV) describes the TV on which you actually consume the content.