Major online video players schedule their own upfront

According to some in the tech startup community, television is dead, or should be.

Instead of striking fear in the hearts of executives at the major television networks, it probably brings a smile to their faces. After all, year after year they count billions of dollars in revenues from upfronts as it rolls in.

A digital upfront: misguided?

The future of television may be digital, but if you’re a player in the
digital space looking at the meetings and parties taking place as
television networks wrap up their annual upfront sales efforts, it’s
hard not to be a little bit jealous at all the money that still gets
lavished at broadcast and cable ad inventory.

So this year, some digital players are hosting their own “upfronts” in
an effort to get advertisers thinking about the commitments they should
be making to digital ads.