CARIBBEAN BUSINESS THURSDAY, JUNE 23. 2005 said Caro. He got into the field because of his friendship with De Alba, company president. Once Caro saw what narrowcasting was all about, he was hooked on the business. He estimates the company will have the system installed in nearly 100 locations within a year. In the U.S., the narrowcasting field is estimated to be a $452 million market, Caro said. Studies conducted by Massachusetts consultants InfoTrends/CAP Ventures indicate the market will grow on average 20% yearly and reach $1.3 billion by the year 2009. •

Narrowcasting Startup Offers Targeted Exposure
Plasma display screens show mix of music videos, movie trailers, and ads

rime Time Web Media expects to change the advertising landscape at fast-food restaurants and other public places. The company, headed by Carlos de Alba, installs 20inch plasma display screens resembling TV sets that show a mix of music videos, movie trailers, and advertisements. The locale—a restaurant or other business—gets up to two minutes of free advertising per hour, right on its premises. The concept of narrowcasting—an alternative media to traditional TV advertising—was bom of Internet technology. Unlike "broadcasting," which transits the same message to all locales, "narrowcasting" targets the distribution of multimedia content to specific venues and permits a network operator to change the content at one locale or the entire network. The programming by remote software is done from the Bayamon offices of Prime Time Web Media. "Narrowcasting is an advertiser's dream because it allows the transmission of totally targeted ads to a select audience within a given market at a very low cost," said Daniel Caro, Prime Time Web Media sales executive. "It also allows for instantaneous distribution of new advertisements." Each locale has an antenna for transmitting the programming from the office. A log of the content, which is shown at each locale, is transmitted to Prime Time Web Media's office. While a restaurant, for example, gets its free advertisement every hour, other ads could be programmed—but not in the restaurant category, Caro said. This alternative advertising medium is being installed in about 35 Church's Chicken (South American Restaurants Corp.) restaurants from Vega Alta to Humacao and is in place at Hospital Perea in Mayaguez, which is part of the Pavia Health System. Prime Time Web Media also is testing the system at selected Encanto Restaurants (Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut) and negotiating to place the screens in the other Pavia hospitals in San Juan. "Internet technology has changed data transmission throughout the world," Caro said.


"Traditional mail has been surpassed by email, music is purchased online in MP3 format, and now the time has come to change advertising,"

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