/// Canoe Ventures Capsizes

February 23, 2012  |  Media Week

It was going to revolutionize cable television advertising; now it's been relegated to video-on-demand and TV Everywhere. Canoe, a joint venture among the six largest cable companies in the country (Time Warner, Comcast, Cox, Charter, Cablevision and Bright House), began in 2008 with a mission to develop interactive TV ads that would give viewers the chance to get bonuses like product samples and coupons by pushing a few buttons on the remote. The idea didn't go over at all with advertisers, however, and now Canoe is laying off 120 employees—including its CEO Kathy Timko, who's been in the job on an interim basis since July. The remaining 30 employees will focus on VOD ads, which will become Canoe's only product. The company officially launched its “request for information” service in 2010, allowing advertisers to ask viewers for information that would let them tailor ads more closely to a consumer's desires.

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