Media & Entertainment

Peacock throws its weight around in India: Despite not being as cash-rich as competing streamers, Peacock is finding ways to make an imprint.

There will be 90.0 million monthly users of augmented reality (AR) in the US this year, a figure that, despite decelerating growth, will cross the 100 million mark in 2025, according to our forecast. Virtual reality (VR) will hit 68.9 million users this year, though growth has also tapered off.

By appealing the CMA Activision Blizzard decision, Microsoft started a judicial process that will delay various game projects and might devalue the companies involved.

Google accepts the lonely role of AI Pact pioneer: Likely bracing for fallout, Google is using its PR experience to demonstrate leadership in AI while OpenAI gives mixed messages.

ts new handheld accessory isn’t the Nintendo Switch killer many had hoped for, but it’s a sign that the gaming giant is investing to build around its consoles.

Max’s disastrous rollout won’t doom the service: Executives seem unphased by technical issues, and advertisers are sure to hop on board.

Musk’s embrace of the far-right could hurt Twitter’s turnaround efforts: The amplification of far-right voices is likely to keep liberal and moderate users, as well as some advertisers, on the sidelines.

Netflix password-sharing changes are here: US account holders will soon have to pay for new users, but there are limits based on subscription tiers.

Comcast’s cord-cutting pivot: Its Now TV will offer an attractively priced streaming option combining live and ad-supported channels.

Technology companies are caught between China and the US. Bans from both countries could upend entire supply chains and future growth.

Streaming shake up: Paramount+ integrates with Showtime, while HBO Max drops ‘HBO’ and transforms into Max, introducing Discovery+ programming.

A quarter of US adults recently cut their spending on video streaming subscriptions due to inflation, per a Morning Consult survey. Slightly less cut back on music streaming subscriptions (24%) and cable or satellite TV (23%). Across all entertainment categories studied, more adults either didn’t pull back or didn’t pay for the product or service in the first place.

Beyond having to pay the largest GDPR fine, Facebook risks discontinuing its services in the EU, where it has 255 million users.

The memory chipmaker’s products getting blocked in China is another escalation that stifles innovation and competition.

AI is becoming a labor issue: Media workers from CNET reporters to Hollywood writers are making use of AI a major point of negotiation.

Esports’ uncertain future: As viewership declines and major investors exit, companies are forced to cut costs.

The company was once all in on cloud computing but is selling off the business unit as part of its massive restructuring. The move raises questions about its future business focus.

Google, Twitter breathe sighs of relief over Supreme Court ruling: The decision pacifies tech’s fear of a broken internet and revenue losses, but Section 230 controversy is far from over.

Its fastest-selling game is extending the popularity of the 7-year-old handheld console and defying the cloud-gaming trend.

The new legislation will impose fines on TikTok for continuing operations in the state and on Apple and Google for enabling app downloads.