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NBC Launches All-In-One Video Player, VoIP And Texting Tool — And It’s Ad-Supported

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NBC Universal’s latest attempt to refine its social media strategy includes an everything-but-the-kitchen sink app called the NBC Communicator (pictured, left). The tool is designed to attract users and advertisers to full-length episodes directly on, as opposed to video site Hulu, which is backed by the network along with News Corp (NYSE: NWS). and ABC. NBCU reps wouldn’t say what kind of CPMs they’re charging to advertise on the app.

For context, one source said that typically charges over $40 CPMs, while Hulu is often a little less. Lately, a number of network ad sales execs have been grousing that Hulu has been undercutting their online and broadcast efforts. The introduction of this all-in-one app is one way NBCU to at least try to provide some extra services to users and advertisers as the chill over online ad spending starts to thaw.

The app is being overseen by Stephen Andrade, SVP, Digital Development/GM of The Communicator app was developed by Itibiti Systems, and uses Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) Live Services for its messaging tools. The Communicator is free to use and offers unlimited computer-to-computer voice calls and texting.

With all the possible regulatory and legal scrutiny that has surrounded apps like Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Voice lately, NBCU reps tell paidContent that there is no mobile version in the works.

5 Responses to “NBC Launches All-In-One Video Player, VoIP And Texting Tool — And It’s Ad-Supported”

  1. I totally don't get these guys at but I suppose if I was competing against Hulu I'd also lock myself in the panic room. Their strategy is to overwhelm the user whereas Hulu wants to provide a clean, seamless interface that is easy to understand? Uhh ok…

  2. Will this one go down as one of the wackier corporate decisions? First they had really funny ads with Dennis Leary running on NBC driving people to watch Rescue Me not on FX, but on Hulu. Now they are pushing to another video player on They have built entirely separate content for fanish shows like The Office. Talk about creating chaos for consumers and advertisers alike…