Stichting KijkOnderzoek (SKO) the industry body responsible for the reporting and monitoring of viewing behaviour in the Netherlands has awarded Kantar Media and TNS NIPO a four year contract for the provision of cross platform ratings.

This new service, the first of its kind, will begin delivering online ratings for programme content and video campaigns to the Dutch market from September 2015.

SKO developed an approach which integrates data sources for a variety of (video) viewing behaviours. The result: The SKO – ‘Video Data Integration Model’ (SKO-VIM). An English-language brochure about SKO-VIM can be downloaded here.

Kantar Media’s measurement technology will be deployed on a TNS NIPO panel of 3,000 individuals aged 6+ to measure all video viewing on PCs, laptops, tablets and mobiles, whether via browser or app, streamed or on demand. This data, integrated daily with census data for online TV, video and commercials, will produce a comprehensive view of multi-channel video consumption.

“The combined panel and census data will enable us to report accurate, transparent ratings on the viewing habits of the Dutch population for TV and internet-only content,” said Bas de Vos, director at SKO.

“Our final step will be the integration of television and online ratings into one overall rating: the VideoTotal which we expect to release in late 2015. We are excited to be the first TV currency service to deploy a hybrid approach integrating panel and census data sources to produce a hybrid and comprehensive view of video consumption, a video currency.”

Richard Asquith, Global CEO at Kantar Media Audiences commented: “We are convinced that hybrid systems, which integrate data from several complementary sources, are the future for TV audience measurement. Our ongoing investment in developing robust, innovative solutions to link representative panel data with large scale behavioural information is central to this vision of the future. We are delighted that SKO has the same view and recognises our technology and expertise in this area. We look forward to partnering with SKO to make their ground-breaking new service a reality.”