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The week in OTT: Amazon launches Freedive; Hulu crosses 25 million subs

The week in over-the-top provides a recap of recent news related to streaming initiatives in the U.S. from various networks and platforms.

* Netflix Inc. picked up the global rights to romantic comedy "The Perfect Date," according to a Jan. 11 news release. The movie follows Brooks Rattigan, who creates a dating app promising to "stand in" for nonexistent boyfriends.

* In more Netflix news, the streaming giant greenlit "Shadow and Bone," an eight-episode fantasy series based on Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse books, according to a Jan. 10 news release. Eric Heisserer will serve as showrunner for the series, which follows a young soldier as she tries to unite her country.

* Amazon.com Inc.'s IMDb movie website launched IMDb Freedive, an ad-supported video-streaming channel that offers a range of TV shows and films. The service can be accessed in the U.S. on IMDb's website via PCs, laptops and Amazon Fire TV devices, the company said Jan. 10.

* Amazon.com also is lining up a deal with Al Pacino for the upcoming drama series "The Hunt," Variety reported Jan. 10. "The Hunt" follows a band of Nazi hunters living in 1977 New York City.

* Hulu LLC ended 2018 with more than 25 million total subscribers across its subscription-on-demand and live TV plans in the U.S. The streaming platform added 8 million subscribers in 2018, a 48% year-over-year increase, according to a Jan. 8 news release.

* Netflix scored five wins at the 76th Golden Globe Awards, including awards for film "Roma" and comedy series "The Kominsky Method." Amazon's Prime Video also picked up awards for its "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" series and "A Very English Scandal," which also streamed on Prime Video.

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