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State of the Screens

With Snapchat’s new 5-minute shows, it’s starting to look a lot like a TV network

By April 10, 2018No Comments

Snapchat is working with networks like NBC, ESPN, Turner and A&E on “Snapchat Shows,” which are 3–5 minutes in length.

Revenue will be generated through advertising and split 50–50 with the content creator.

Each episode will contain three 10-second ads.

How does this ad load compare to TV?
1) Snapchat — 3 minutes of content + 30 seconds of ads → 14% of time w/ ads
2) Television — 44 minutes of content + 16 minutes of ads → 26% of time w/ ads

Every hour of video viewing on Snapchat will deliver less than 9 minutes of ads or 53% of the ad load of television.

Content from premium partners combined with original shows (Good Luck America, etc.) could provide Snapchat with a competitive enough offering to claim more screen time.
1) Good Luck America — 5.2m viewers per episode
2) E! News: The Rundown — 7m viewers per episode

NBC News has also signed up to produce the first daily news show for Snapchat.

Michael Beach

Michael Beach

Michael Beach is the Chief Executive Officer of Cross Screen Media, a media analytics and software company that enables marketers to plan, activate, and measure CTV and linear TV at the local level. Michael is also the founder and editor of State of the Screens, a weekly newsletter focused on video advertising that is a must-read for thought leaders in the advertising industry. He has appeared in such publications as PBS Frontline, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Axios, CNBC and Bloomberg, and on NPR’s Planet Money podcast.