Hello and welcome to our weekly travel media and technology bulletin featuring the latest developments on media and technology around the world, published every Tuesday at 06:00 BST.
Disney launches Disney+
Disney will launch its new streaming service Disney+ in the US on 12 November of this year.
Priced at $6.99 a month or $69 a year, it will feature content from Disney’s portfolio of studios including LucasFilm, Marvel, National Geographic and Pixar.
The service will include many films and series from Disney’s back catalogue, all new films released by Disney this year such as Star Wars: Episode IX shortly after release in cinemas, and many series and specials commissioned specifically for the platform.
The service will launch in Western Europe next year. The availability of archive content in individual territories is likely to be complicated by existing licensing deals until they expire.
Whilst the service is unlikely to every reach the scale of Netflix, it will have an unparalleled line-up of high quality content with significant brand equity. (The Walt Disney Company)
Also of note this week:
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos pens his annual letter to shareholders. Essential reading for an insight into a phenomenally successful, if not universally loved, company that does make many of its legacy competitors look sclerotic by comparison. (Amazon)
Apple spends hundreds of millions of dollars on video games for its forthcoming “Apple Arcade” service (Financial Times)
Facebook spends $22.6m a year on Mark Zuckerberg’s personal security. (Reuters)
How will HBO survive after the “Game Of Thrones” series finale? (Los Angeles Times)
The New York Times launches “The Privacy Project”. (New York Times)
Can Snapchat, once the young upstart that deemed destined to keep younger users away from Facebook, survive? (Financial Times)
Uber files its “S-1” document with the US Securities and Exchange Commission ahead of is IPO. A very long document but worth searching through for the shopping list of issues facing the company. (SEC)