Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 19 June 2018

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Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross
Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross (Image Credit: Kings Cross)

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Samsung at Coal Drops Yard Kings Cross

Samsung has confirmed it is opening a “showcase store and digital playground” at Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross.

Designed by Heatherwick Studio, Coal Drops Yard is a reinvented coal store which opens to the public in autumn of this year. Samsung will occupy 20,000 sq ft on the upper level of the development. If Samsung’s store in The Meatpacking District New York is anything to go by, this should be very impressive and will certainly give the Apple store on Regent Street a run for its money.

AT&T & Time Warner become Warner Media

AT&T, following a successful win in a court case brought by the Department of Justice, has now acquired Time Warner and has become WarnerMedia.

The telecommunications group now owns a larger number of media properties such as Warner Bros and CNN. This is likely to trigger greater consolidation in the US media market. Comcast (owner of NBC) is currently engaged in a bidding war with Disney to acquire most of the assets of Fox including its film and TV studios and its stake in Sky in Europe.


Instagram is holding a media event this coming Wednesday 20 June.

It is expected to unveil capacity for longer form video on the platform. Meanwhile, Unilever is unveiling tighter controls on how it works with, to use the dreadful phrase “social media influencers”, eg people who get paid to promote things and will take whatever money they can. These include not working with people who buy fake followers. (The Drum)

HMV’s VHS Revival

After vinyl and the cassette tape, it was only a matter of time before the VHS format made a comeback.

Well of sorts. There’s no need to purchase a clunky top-loading VHS recorder. HMV is selling a number of 1980s films such as The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on DVD/Blu-Ray format but in VHS style boxes from Monday 30 July 2018.

What next for a revival? Betamax, LaserDisc, DAT Tape and Minidisc?

Also of note this week:

In a very short press release Apple has confirmed it has signed a multi-year programming deal with Oprah Winfrey, leaving the technology industry guessing as to what exactly Apple’s plans are for the TV market. (Apple)

The Reuters Institute has published its annual Digital News Report. The UK findings contain few suprises. BBC News Online remains by far the most used online news source and “alt-right” type sources are very much a minority pursuit. Although, thanks in part to lobbying from its commercial rivals, BBC News Online is no longer the pioneer it once was. (Digital News Report)

YouTube Premium (formerly known as YouTube Red) has launched in the UK. For a subscription of £11.99 a month it offers YouTube without ads, the YouTube Music app, downloads to mobile devices for offline viewing and original content. (YouTube)

An ingenious story of how an online plagiarist got caught red-handed. (BuzzFeed)

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