SPI International Brings FilmBox channels to the Middle East with Etisalat

Channel provider SPI/FilmBox and Emirates-based telecommunications company Etisalat have signed a strategic agreement to launch two new specialist FilmBox channels to subscribers in the Middle East, marking the debut of the channels in the region.  FilmBox Action and FilmBox Familywill be available starting October 1 on channels 654 and 655, respectively. FilmBox Action offers thrillers, Westerns, horror, sci-fi, […]

FIFA unveils Roblox partnership on eve of Qatar 2022 World Cup

Football’s world governing body FIFA has agreed a multi-year partnership with virtual gaming hub Roblox – touted by some as a prototype for the future metaverse. The two partners said the partnership will offer the Roblox community, currently around 50 million daily active users, as well football fans around the world, free-to-play access to FIFA […]

Meta to ‘co-create experiences’ with NBCU’s Dreamworks, Blumhouse & more

A year ago, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg used his annual Connect event to rename Facebook as Meta and go all-in on the metaverse. Since then, the wider entertainment industry has spent many hours debating what the metaverse really is, when it will arrive and what it all means for gamers and content creators. Roll forward […]

Metaverse device usage to surge

The number of ‘metaverse’ devices will double over the next two years.  According to Strategy Analytics latest forecast, the installed base of VR and AR headsets will surge from 50 million in 2022 to more than 100 million in 2024. By 2027, the company predicts that the number of metaverse devices in use will approach […]

Vivendi names Web 3.0 chief to tackle challenge of metaverse

French and international media group Vivendi, owner of Canal+, has hired a VP for Web 3.0 tasked with spearheading the outfit’s foray into the metaverse. Fabien Aufrechter, an expert in blockchain and metaverse technology at Vivendi-owned Havas, has been appointed vice-president, Web 3.0 at the parent company. Aufrechter joins the Vivendi strategy and Innovation department […]

Tencent focuses on metaverse development with new extended reality unit

Chinese tech giant Tencent has launched a dedicated ‘extended reality’ unit, as the company looks to heavily invest in the metaverse. The company announced the unit’s creation to staff earlier this week (via Reuters), with it charged with building Tencent’s extended reality business across software and hardware. The unit will be led by Tencent Games […]

Microsoft, Nividia and Adobe among Metaverse Standards Forum founding members

A new body has been created to drive open metaverse interoperability and create standards to be used across the industry. The Metaverse Standards Forum will bring together leading standards organisations and companies for industry-wide cooperation on interoperability standards needed to build the open metaverse. It will examine where lack of interoperability is holding back metaverse […]

Serie A brings live football to the metaverse

Italian top flight football league Serie A has become the first league in the sport to broadcast a match on the metaverse. AC Milan’s 1-0 victory over ACF Fiorentina last weekend was made available to viewers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in The Nemesis metaverse. To power the broadcast, Serie A […]

Report: Disney appoints dedicated metaverse exec

Disney has become the latest company to turn its attention to the metaverse via a dedicated appointment. According to an internal memo seen by Reuters, the company has appointed Mike White, currently SVP of consumer experiences and platforms, to the newly created role of senior vice president of Next Generation Storytelling and Consumer Experiences. In […]