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Only available in Google Ad Manager 360.

Integrate with DAI using server-side beaconing (SSB)

SSB allows an HLS player to make a direct HTTP request to the Dynamic Ad Insertion (DAI) system, where Ad Manager tracks and reports on video stream metrics based on estimates. Any player should be able to play an SSB stream, however feature support is limited.

Compare the features supported for DAI integrations before you choose an implementation type.

You can use the information below to see how to activate and request streams using SSB for either video on demand (VOD), or live linear streams.

Video on demand Video on demand

Mid-rolls and post-rolls are not supported for VOD with SSB.

Access an SSB stream URL for VOD

VOD streams can only be accessed with an SSB if:

  • The Ad Manager content source is not configured to support mid-rolls, and
  • The Ad Manager content source specifically activates server-side tracking
You cannot change the server-side tracking after a content source is created.
Find the server-side tracking setting in Ad Manager
 
  1. Sign in to Google Ad Manager.
  2. Click Video and then Content sources, and open a source.
  3. Click Edit next to "Dynamic ad insertion".
  4. The "Server-side tracking" setting is either enabled or disabled.

HLS stream URL example for VOD (contains the content ID and video ID)

https://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/ondemand/hls/content/<contentId>/vid/<vid>/master.m3u8

DASH stream URL example for VOD (contains the content ID and video ID)

https://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/ondemand/dash/content/<contentId>/vid/<vid>/manifest.mpd

live linear Live linear

Live linear streams are always accessible using an SSB stream URL.

Access an SSB stream URL for live

HLS stream URL example for live (contains the asset key)

https://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/ssai/event/<assetKey>/master.m3u8

DASH stream URL example for live (contains the asset key)

https://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/ssai/event/<assetKey>/manifest.mpd
 
For any issues related to DAI troubleshooting or outages, contact publisher support.

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