Roku launches Roku Exchange: a new platform for TV streaming advertising

Roku yesterday announced the launch of Roku Exchange, a new advertising technology solution designed specifically for the TV streaming industry.

Roku Exchange
Roku Exchange

Roku yesterday announced the launch of Roku Exchange, a new advertising technology solution designed specifically for the TV streaming industry. Roku Exchange aims to streamline the process of buying and selling TV streaming ad inventory by connecting advertisers with Roku's vast audience.

Roku is a leading provider of streaming devices and platforms, holding the number one spot in the U.S. market according to Hypothesis Group data cited by Roku (as of Q4 2023). The Roku platform offers users access to a wide variety of streaming channels and services.

Roku Exchange functions as a programmatic advertising exchange, facilitating the buying and selling of ad inventory within the TV streaming landscape. According to a press release from Roku, key features of Roku Exchange include:

Direct Access to Roku Inventory: Roku Exchange provides advertisers with a direct path to Roku's premium ad inventory, encompassing various ad formats such as display and video ads.

Programmatic Integration: The platform integrates with the broader programmatic ecosystem, allowing advertisers to access Roku inventory through their preferred demand-side platforms (DSPs) such as The Trade Desk, Google Display & Video 360, and Yahoo DSP.

Data-Driven Targeting: Roku Exchange leverages data from millions of Roku streaming households to enable audience-based ad targeting. This allows advertisers to reach specific demographics and interests through their campaigns.

AI-powered Optimization: Roku Exchange utilizes AI to optimize ad delivery for improved campaign performance. This includes features like personalized ad breaks and tailored creative campaigns.

Benefits of Roku Exchange

The introduction of Roku Exchange has the potential to benefit several parties within the TV streaming advertising ecosystem:

Advertisers: Gain wider access to Roku's premium TV streaming inventory and leverage data-driven targeting and AI optimization for improved campaign performance.

Publishers: Benefit from a more efficient platform for selling their ad inventory and potentially reach a wider pool of advertisers.

DSPs: Gain access to Roku inventory within their existing programmatic workflows.

Impact on TV Streaming Advertising

The launch of Roku Exchange signifies a growing focus on programmatic buying and data-driven approaches within TV streaming advertising. According to Comscore CTV Intelligence data cited by Roku (as of September 2023), Roku users account for nearly half of all the time spent watching TV streaming in the U.S. Roku Exchange provides a platform for advertisers to tap into this large and engaged audience by simplifying the process of buying TV streaming ad inventory.

It's important to note that the full impact of Roku Exchange on the TV advertising landscape remains to be seen. However, its introduction reflects a trend towards greater automation and data-driven decision making within the industry.

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