NEWS16 December 2010

Nielsen forms Chinese joint venture to research digital TV

Asia Pacific M&A

CHINA— Nielsen and Beijing China Cable Union Data Services have formed a joint venture to research the growth of digital television in China.

The new firm, Nielsen-CCData, aims to work with cable digital TV operators, media owners, content providers, advertisers and ad agencies to provide better understanding of the changing viewing habits of Chinese audiences.

Research will examine how users watch digital TV, how they use digital TV’s “value-added services” and their attitudes towards interactive digital platforms.

Nielsen’s president for Greater China Mitch Barns (pictured) said: “Increased competition among advertisers gives rise to the need for more precision – in measurement and marketing. Nielsen-CCData will help marketers and media companies who are looking to take full advantage of the possibilities of this new digital environment.”