Common themes we saw emerge in the 2021 Newfronts, commonly known as the digital version of the Upfronts, included a massive focus on streaming content and many partners expanding out their own unique platform offerings through new ad units and integrations with creators and original content. The Newfronts built on a lot of the themes we saw last year, with more advanced offerings being developed as consumers continue to move to digital channels for their media consumption.
Insights & Updates
In this edition: Our media team provides full recaps of the 2021 NewFronts ("the UpFronts for digital media") and the Podcast Upfronts. Plus, an update on the impact of Apple's iOS 14.5 rollout.
In this edition: iOS 14.5 is scheduled to launch the week of April 26. Along with new features, Apple will require permission to track users. Linear TV viewership continues its slump, but the biggest drops are coming from major tent pole events. The explosion of new OTT services including Paramount+ and Discovery+ are filling the gap of Linear TV.
In this edition: Facebook has shortened attribution windows ahead of the iOS 14.5 rollout, resulting in fewer reported conversions in the platform. Linear television viewership has declined since the increased levels in 2020, with week to week volatility driven mainly by news, weather and sports. Super Bowl LV in 2021 experienced lower overall viewership in linear year over year, with more engagement in digital platforms.