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Free ad-supported video downloads on Macs

updated 02:25 pm EST, Tue March 4, 2008

Free ad-supported videos

HIRO today launched what it says is the first free ad-supported video download solution for Mac users. The software allows Mac users to view free, ad-supported video downloads in either Windows Media Player or via Apple's QuickTime format with dynamic targeted advertisements integrated into the programming. The Mac version will make its first appearance in Israel, and will roll out in other areas -- such as the U.S. and Australia -- throughout 2008.

"Mac users have been technologically tied to a limited universe of paid and rental-based download sites; this is the first time they will have a free, legal video download option," said Ariel Napchi, co-Founder and CEO of HIRO Media. "Content owners and distributors have repeatedly stated that a solution was needed to provide Macs with the same video file as PCs, that could be watched on any platform and that would support embedded, targeted ads. Now they have it."

A leading terrestrial broadcaster, several sports and children's channels as well as the leading Israeli video portal have already committed to making videos available online using the Mac compatible version, according to the company.

The HIRO system allows content owners to monetize free-to-download programs through the inclusion of protected advertisements that play in-show, as with a standard television broadcast. Advertisements are targeted to users' preferences, so viewers will only see the advertisements they have requested.

HIRO also allows the advertisers to dynamically change the mid-roll advertisements each time a video is viewed. This allows advertisers to develop more effective, personalized, time sensitive or serialized campaigns and promotions with the confidence that the ads will always be seen by the target audience.

"Mac users are now able to download movies legally, on their own terms which they can watch whenever, and however they like," said Ronny Golan, co-Founder and CEO of HIRO Media. "With the added Mac flexibility, the HIRO system further delivers an experience that meets the demands of the consumer while offering a viable solution for content providers and advertisers."

by MacNN Staff





  1. russellb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Move on

    Move on , nothing to see here

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969



    And how many Israelies do we have reading this site?

    On the notion of ad-inserted programming, I personally will always pay a little over having to deal with ads. Funny how its the people who earn money from the inserted ads are the ones who are saying so many people have been wanting it.

    FYI, there are plenty of video outlets out there that let you get your video for free, without the ads.

  1. scotte75ky

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This is enough to make me fall asleep!

  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    WMV & QuickTime?

    Welcome to 2001 HIRO.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    just saw it on ars

    Apparently people actually want everything...

    A new report by Entertainment Media Research says that consumers overwhelmingly prefer ad-supported on-demand services if those ads were to make it free. At the same time, those same consumers skip ads in recorded TV, and openly admit that they actively try to avoid ads.

  1. jameshays

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: testudo

    people don't want everything, they just want something for nothing. Are you entitled to free programming?

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