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Starcom USA Signs Agreement with TNS Media Research for Digital Audience Measurement Service
[November 17, 2006]

Starcom USA Signs Agreement with TNS Media Research for Digital Audience Measurement Service

NEW YORK --(Business Wire)-- TNS Media Research, a world leader in video audience measurement, has signed an agreement with Starcom USA, one of the country's foremost media and communications agencies, to provide an unprecedented new digital audience measurement service. Starcom is the first agency to sign on for the TNS service.

Based on anonymous set top box data coming from 300,000 Charter Communications digital subscribers in the Los Angeles market, the research will help Starcom advance its understanding of the viewing habits of digital consumers - thus enhancing the media plans it activates on behalf of some of the world's biggest marketers. Importantly, this newfound understanding of viewing habits will not only involve general viewing and programming, but extend to commercials as well. Through the integration of TNS MI ad occurrence data with Charter viewing data, Starcom will be able to analyze and evaluate second-by-second commercial ratings, and the behavior of commercial audiences.

"The advertising industry has long called for the emergence of second-by-second viewing data, and as such the TNS research is an invaluable tool for understanding the new digital consumer," said Chris Boothe, president/chief activation officer, Starcom USA. "We are excited that our partnership with TNS Media Research will garner a deeper understanding of viewing habits and patterns in the digital world that will enable us to provide enhanced insight to our clients."

TNS Media Research processes Charter's anonymous set top data and allows for next-day analysis through InfoSys, the most widely used media analysis and planning system in the world. InfoSys allows end-users to analyze media data in depth including day part and program studies, target group studies, lead in/lead out studies, duplication analyses, minute-by-minute flow studies and competitive reports.

"We are pleased to add Starcom to our expanding client roster and look forward to providing them with critical insights about consumer viewing habits by leveraging the new measurement opportunities presented by digital set-top box data," said George Shababb, chief operating officer, TNS Media Research. "The insights obtained from TNS Media Research's powerful analytics platform will support Starcom in formulating client strategies for what is certainly an increasingly complex media environment."

About Starcom USA

Starcom USA is a full-service media division of Starcom MediaVest Group (, which is ranked one of the largest media communications agencies in the world and encompasses an integrated network of highly specialized consumer contact companies. SMG's global organization includes strategic marketing communication architects who are highly specialized in media management, response media, internet and digital communications, as well as multicultural, entertainment, sports sponsorship and event marketing and media. With nearly 3,500 employees in 89 markets worldwide, SMG delivers brand-building results for many of the world's leading companies.

About TNS

TNS is a leading provider of TV, Radio and Internet audience measurement services worldwide. TNS's expertise and technology support TV audience services in 30 countries around the world, including Canada, China, Russia, Spain, UK and the USA. With over 65,000 PeopleMeters in operation in almost 40,000 households globally, TNS has pioneered the use of the Arbitron PPM (Personal People Meter) in several countries. Notably, TNS is at the forefront of digital audience measurement involving set top box return path data.

TNS is also a leading market information group. TNS is the world's largest custom research company and a leading provider of social and political polling. The company provides market information and measurement, together with insights and analysis, to local and multinational organizations.

TNS combines its specialist sector knowledge with expertise in the areas of new product development, motivational research, brand and advertising research and stakeholder management to bring our clients up-to-the minute, internationally consistent information.

TNS thinks differently to help clients build a competitive advantage, making TNS the sixth sense of business.

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