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Nielsen Buys Audience Analytics

Nielsen bought Audience Analytics and its Audience Watch software, which the ratings company said will boost its ability to gather and integrate data, including from set-top boxes, creating a software platform for tracking and analyzing multiplatform media use.

The announcement came at a client meeting in Las Vegas.

Nielsen said Audience Watch will be its principal means of analyzing interactive-TV usage via set-top-box data, including video-on-demand transaction information.

It will also help the company to integrate TV, Internet and mobile consumer data into a "single-source view of the interactions between television viewing and in-home Internet usage," Nielsen said.