Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 4 December 2018

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Hello and welcome to our weekly travel media and technology bulletin, published every Tuesday at 06:00 GMT.

Warner Media to launch US Streaming Service

WarnerMedia, which owns properties such as Warner Bros, HBO, and is in turn owned by AT&T, has outlined its plans to launch a streaming service in the US in the fourth quarter of 2019.

It will have three tiers. The first entry level package will be focused on films. A second tier package will offer films and original programming. A third bundle will offer all of these and archive programming.

The significance of this is that as Warner Bros owns content such as Friends, this is likely to be removed from Netflix in the coming years. Like Disney’s own forthcoming streaming service, expect it to launch in the UK at some point.

On the subject of Netflix. This is from Saturday Night Live:

“Our goal is the endless scroll; by the the time you’ve reached the bottom of our menu, there are new shows at the top and thus the singularity will be achieved.”

Also of note this week:

Amazon opens a new 4 Star store on Spring Street in SoHo and The New York Times is not impressed: “joyless, arbitrary, spiritually empty”. Amazon is a ruthlessly efficient business but, as per its website and devices, elegance is not its forte. (New York Times)

Apple Music will soon be available on Amazon Alexa devices. (Amazon)

Magic FM is doing its bit for Mariah Carey and Tony Mortimer’s Christmas royalty cheques: Non-stop Christmas songs all day.

The New York Times’ Ten 10 Best Books Of 2018. (New York Times)

100,000 people in the UK suffer from a stroke every year. Broadcaster Mark Goodier, who had a series of strokes in 2016 and 2017, hosts a podcast “Stroke Stories” which speaks with survivors of strokes who share their recovery stories. (Stroke Stories)

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