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Monday, February 12, 2024 by Snacks

20/24 vision… Apple’s Vision Pro headset had its first week on shelves. People lined up at US Apple stores to try out the $3.5K “spatial computing” gadget, which overlays digital content on your physical space (or goes full VR). Still, curiosity ≠ mainstream sales, and the mixed-reality headset costs 7X more than Meta’s Quest 3. People have been applauding the tech but complaining about the device’s weight (1.4 lbs) and two-hour-ish battery life. Also: if you forget your password, you may have to head to the Genius Bar. Meanwhile, the US Transportation Secretary wants people to stop driving while wearing the headset (see: viral Cybertruck videos).

Huddling together for sports… Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros. Discovery are creating a streaming super team, bundling 14 sports channels into a new service. The collab will cover ~55% of US sports broadcasting rights. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but leagues’ ballooning TV deals could play a role: rights for the five major US sports leagues cost $15.4B last year — twice as much as a decade ago. As streamers including Apple and Netflix score more sports content, cable could get KO’d. Live sports is what’s kept many folks from cutting the cord.

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