YouTube is exploring new options for ad display during video broadcasts on TV-supported applications, with a focus on improving the viewing experience for users without a Premium subscription. Instead of frequent interruptions with short ads, the platform is testing longer ad fragments that appear within the video, aiming to strike a balance between advertising and content.
Dynamic Ad Placement and Countdown Timer Updates
The duration of these ad units is yet to be finalized, as YouTube takes a dynamic approach to ad placement. According to Nicky Rettke, Head of YouTube’s Advertising Department, various factors influence when ad breaks are shown, and they are working to reduce the average number of ad impressions while maintaining a seamless viewing experience.
Additionally, YouTube is considering a redesigned countdown timer for ad skips or ad endings. This updated timer, located in the lower right corner of the screen, may replace the current “Video will continue playing after ad” message, providing users with a more intuitive way to track ad progress.
User Feedback and Future Implementation
YouTube intends to gauge user reactions to these proposed changes, seeking input from viewers, content creators, and advertisers. If the feedback is positive, these updates will be gradually rolled out to all non-Premium users on the platform.
NIX Solutions reminds that previously, YouTube took measures to combat ad-blocker usage and introduced 30-second non-skippable ad units on YouTube-enabled TVs in select regions. These changes aim to create a more balanced and user-friendly ad experience on the platform.