Rakuten TV and VICE Studios Explore Blockchain’s Impact in Our Daily Lives with New Original Documentary Series

The original series will feature an episode that follows the journey of DigitalBits, the blockchain for brands, and how iconic companies started using this technology.

LONDON, Oct. 30, 2021 /CNW/ — Rakuten TV and VICE Studios are set to produce a new documentary series exploring various emerging technologies that will soon impact our daily lives. The riveting five-episode series will explore five main topics: lab-grown meat, space cleaners, cyborgs, nuclear fusion, and blockchain.

But what about the future of the economy? The phenomenon is already occurring in the field of what are commonly called “cryptocurrencies”. In the blockchain episode, the upcoming original co-production will delve deeper into this growing new concept, also known as virtual money, and its possible uses.

For this episode, Rakuten TV and VICE Studios will highlight many possible uses of blockchain technology. They will follow the course of DigitalBits and explore how it is becoming the blockchain for brands across all industries, including sports and entertainment, luxury, finance and others.

Teresa López, Chief Content Officer at Rakuten TV, said, “We are driven to tell stories that reflect our values: empowerment, optimism and innovation. This documentary series will introduce our users to five stories about how innovation is improving our lives and our society. The innovative members of the DigitalBits ecosystem are a perfect fit for the narrative that will develop through this project.”

Dan BowenExecutive Producer of VICE Studios, said, “We are thrilled to partner with Rakuten TV on this unique project to bring new insights into the blockchain space to audiences around the world.”

Al Burgio, founder of the DigitalBits blockchain, said, “The blockchain and cryptocurrency industry has grown exponentially. It is a huge honor to see Rakuten TV and VICE Studios, two major media companies, recognize the emergence of this industry and how brands have begun to embrace the DigitalBits blockchain.”

Blockchain will have an undeniable impact on the economy and the way customers and brands consume or sell products. For this reason, Rakuten TV and the DigitalBits Foundation are discussing possible collaborations.

The documentary series is produced by Dan Bowen. It will arrive on Rakuten TV in 2022, and will be available free of charge and exclusively on the platform in 43 European countries.

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About Rakuten TV

Rakuten TV is the leading video-on-demand platform in Europe which combines TVOD (transactional video on demand), SVoD (subscription video on demand) AVOD (advertising video on demand) and FAST (free television on demand supported by advertising). It offers a universe of content and simplifies the entertainment experience.

The TVoD service offers an authentic cinematic experience with the latest releases to buy or rent in high quality audio and video. The SVoD service allows you to subscribe to the premium Starzplay service. The ad-supported offering includes AVoD and FAST services. The AVoD service includes more than 10,000 titles available on demand, including films, documentaries and television series.Hollywood and local studios, as well as the Rakuten Stories catalog with original and exclusive content. The FAST service consists of a wide range of more than 90 free linear channels from global networks, major European broadcasters and media groups, as well as the platform’s thematic channels with curated content.

Rakuten TV is available in 43 European territories and currently reaches over 90 million households through its branded remote control button and pre-installed app on smart TVs.


Rakuten TV is part of Rakuten Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest Internet service companies, specializing in e-commerce, financial technology, digital content and communications. Rakuten is the official partner of FC Barcelona, ​​NBA, Golden State Warriors, Davis Cup and Spartan Race.

About Vice Studios

VICE Studios is a global production and distribution division within the VICE Media Group that delivers premium original programming for documentaries, screenplays and films. With development and production teams in the United States, Canadain the United Kingdom, in EuropeAsia-Pacific and Latin America, VICE Studios sets itself apart through culture and delivers popular, human stories that bring the unexpected to audiences around the world.

VICE Studios is also home to VICE’s new distribution and licensing group. The latter includes a catalog of over 1,000 hours of programming created across the VICE Media Group, in a range of genres from documentary to lifestyle to Vice News.

Recent VICE Studios original productions include Fleewinner of the World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2021, pridea six-part documentary series on FX, American Gladiatorsa documentary series with ESPN, Tell Me Lies on Hulu and Moments Like This Never Last, which premiered at DOC NYC. Launched in 2017, VICE Studios productions include Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond produced by Chris Smith and nominated for the Emmys. Productions also include Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Occurred (Netflix); the feature film The Report featuring Adam Driver and Annette Bening (Amazon); Diego Osorno 1994 (Netflix), Dark Side of the Ring (VICETV), A.K.A. Jane Roe (FX) and Satanic Verses (BBC).

SOURCE DigitalBits Foundation; Rakuten TV; VICE Studios

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