Press Release

Place Exchange Announces Partnership With Astral

June 27, 2023

Place Exchange expands its Canadian programmatic out-of-home supply with Astral’s thousands of premium digital screens

Toronto, Canada (June 27, 2023) – Place Exchange, the leading SSP for programmatic out-of-home (OOH) media, today announced its integration with Astral, Bell Media’s OOH advertising division, adding thousands of premium digital screens to its Canadian offering. Astral, one of the country’s largest OOH companies, operates digital billboards, restaurant and bar displays, street furniture, and transit displays in high-traffic locations throughout Canada. Place Exchange enables advertisers to access this inventory across various programmatic buying options, including open auction, programmatic guaranteed, and private marketplace deals directly within integrated omnichannel and OOH DSPs.

A recent COMMB report highlights that the majority of Canadians have returned to the office, with regular commuting patterns. The market is also seeing a 40% increase in recreation and entertainment spending compared to pre-pandemic levels. “We are thrilled to expand our reach in Canada and offer advertisers opportunities to engage their target audiences nationwide on Astral’s powerful array of DOOH displays,” said Nick Bennett, SVP, Partnerships at Place Exchange.

Place Exchange’s ability to activate OOH programmatically through the world’s leading DSPs makes it an ideal partner for extending Astral’s network to advertisers. Place Exchange’s patented technology enables unified planning, buying, optimization, reporting and attribution for OOH with other programmatic channels within the DSP systems programmatic buyers already use. “We’re excited to be partnering with Place Exchange to help unlock greater demand for our inventory” said Farshad Kajouii, GM, Out of Home and Business Development at Bell Media. “We look forward to providing more opportunities for advertisers to integrate Astral’s premium inventory into omnichannel marketing strategies.”


About Astral

Astral, a division of Bell Media, is a leader among Canada’s out-of-home advertising companies with more than 45,000 faces strategically located across the country. Astral offers six product lines: outdoor advertising, lifestyle networks, street furniture, airport, large digital format, and transit. Driving innovation on one of the country’s most dynamic media platforms, Astral is committed to leading technological change, offering advertisers increased opportunities to deliver powerful messages that engage and connect with consumers. For more details, visit


About Place Exchange

Place Exchange is the leading SSP for programmatic out-of-home media. Integrated with omnichannel and OOH DSPs, Place Exchange’s patented technology uniquely offers agencies and advertisers the opportunity to fully unify buying and measurement of OOH media with other digital channels, leveraging the same workflow, creatives, reporting, and attribution as for online and mobile advertising. Place Exchange’s unmatched premium supply ecosystem adheres to its Place Exchange Clear certification program that delivers buyers quality, consistency, transparency, and compliance. For OOH media partners, Place Exchange offers the opportunity to access untapped programmatic ad spend with full transparency and control. For more information about Place Exchange, visit



Astral, Canada, Media Partner, Supply-side