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Mark Zuckerburg confirms Meta’s next VR headset will launch in October

Facebook owner Meta will launch its next VR headset in October. The company has seen huge success with the Quest 2 (formerly Oculus Quest 2) standalone VR headset which combined aggressive pricing, low technical requirements and a wide platform of apps and games to sell more than 14.8 million units since launching in late 2020. […]

Facebook Watch app discontinued on Apple TV

Facebook Watch has reportedly been discontinued on Apple’s TV OS. According to 9to5Mac, Apple TV users no longer have access to Facebook’s dedicated video platform with the app being shut down by Facebook with its most recent update. The report notes that the app is still available on the App Store, but users are encountered […]

Meta takes Portal to the board room and scraps consumer product line

Meta’s Portal brand is set to be discontinued as a consumer product brand. According to The Information and confirmed by The Verge, the Facebook-owner plans to move the focus of the brand away from video calling tech to a more corporate-oriented business with a focus on conference calling. The Portal product line debuted in 2018 […]

Ofcom hires Meta misinformation chief to oversee online safety

UK media and telecoms regulator Ofcom has hired Meta’s EMEA misinformation policy chief to oversee its online safety policy when the government gives it the power to regulate this area. Jessica Zucker previously headed Meta/Facebook’s minsinformation policy team in EMEA as as acting as the company’s global health misinformation lead during the pandemic. With the […]

Vodafone Spain adds Facebook Watch to set-top line-up

Vodafone España has added Facebook Watch to the line-up of apps available via its set-top boxes. All Vodafone TV customers will be able to access content availale from Facebook at no additional cost via the TV screen. The addition means that subscribers will have a access to Facebook Watch originals such as Emmy Red Table […]

Oculus Quest 2 drives VR shipments

Facebook led the way for VR shipments in the first quarter of the year. While enthusiasm for virtual reality has dipped in recent years, the market experienced a surge in interest when Facebook-owned Oculus released its standalone Oculus Quest 2 headset in late 2020 at a high quality and low cost.  The launch saw standalone […]

Facebook Watch on Vewd devices

Facebook has expanded its Watch TV app to Vewd-enabled smart TVs and set-top boxes worldwide. Facebook Watch, the video streaming platform from the social media giant, has significantly expanded in recent years and features popular shows like Red Table Talk, STEVE on Watch and Peace of Mind with Taraji. It also features a large gaming […]

Facebook opens up video monetisation for creators

Facebook is opening up a way for content creators on its platform to earn revenue from short-form video as it looks to combat a growing shift to alternative platforms like TikTok. Both TikTok and Snapchat have significant funds for creators to make money from their video content, with Snapchat paying creators US$1 million per day […]

Facebook to pull plug on Champions League and La Liga broadcast deals

Facebook will not renew its broadcast rights deals for the UEFA Champions League in Latin America and La Liga in India when they end this year, the company has confirmed. The social media company made waves in 2018 when it acquired the rights, but has now conceded that this is not the direction it wants […]

US$4.5 billion sports highlights market dominated by YouTube viewing

YouTube has overtaken Facebook as the most popular social platform for viewing sports highlights, with this standalone market estimated at being worth up to US$4.5 billion. According to a new study from Ring Digital, 53% of Americans use YouTube as a regular way of watching sports highlights compared to 45% who use Facebook. This is […]

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