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The Week in OTT: Comcast unveils movie service; Fox Nation to stream new shows

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.

* Comcast Corp. unveiled a commercial-free, on-demand movie service called Hitz. The service will be part of Xfinity Premier, Super and other TV packages at no additional cost, and will feature more than 200 movies from a variety of studios.

* Netflix Inc. has greenlighted "Paranormal," its new original Middle Eastern series. The series, based on books by late author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik, is set in the 1960s and follows lead character Dr. Refaat Ismail, a hematologist faced with a series of supernatural events, the company said May 27.

* In more Netflix news, the streaming giant has acquired worldwide rights — excluding China, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia and France — to Mati Diop's movie "Atlantics." The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Grand Prix, the company said May 25. Netflix also acquired worldwide rights — excluding China, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Turkey and France — to "I Lost My Body," which made its world premiere in the Critics Week section at the festival.

* Netflix ordered "The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia," a new multicam comedy series co-created by Mario Lopez and Seth Kurland. The 16-episode series follows a 15-and-a-half-year-old robotics engineer and rocket scientist who gets the chance to work for NASA, according to a May 23 news release.

* Fox Nation, the subscription streaming service for FOX News Channel (US), will premiere new shows in the week of June 10, according to a May 23 news release. The lineup includes "Nuffsaid," featuring Fox News Channel contributor Tyrus; "Sincerely Kat," hosted by Kat Timpf; and Lawrence Jones' "Keeping Up With Jones."

* Hulu LLC unveiled a new original animated kids series, "The Bravest Knight." The 13-episode series, which is based on children's book by Daniel Errico "The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived," chronicles a young pumpkin farmer's adventure as he attempts to become the bravest knight. The first five episodes will premiere on Hulu June 21, followed by additional episodes later this year, the company said May 22.

* Netflix will produce a live-action family movie, "Hello, Universe," based on a novel of the same name by Erin Entrada Kelly. The story centers on a bully landing a boy in the bottom of a well. His self-proclaimed psychic friend and unknowing crush team up to find the boy, according to a May 22 news release.

* Netflix will premiere the final season of original series "Orange Is The New Black" on July 26, according to a May 22 announcement on the show's Twitter page. The series, which was created and executive produced by Jenji Kohan, stars Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne and Danielle Brooks.

* In more Netflix news, the streaming giant has ordered a new kids animated series, "Dino Girl Gauko." The animated kids comedy series set in Japan is about a girl who turns into Gauko, a fire-breathing dinosaur girl when her anger exceeds a maximum level, the company said May 22.