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The week in OTT: Facebook buys soccer series; Netflix bolsters lineup

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.

* "Lost in Space" will return for a second season on Netflix Inc., Variety reported May 14. The show, which is a reboot of the 1960s science fiction series, is set 30 years in the future, when colonization in space is a reality.

* Original series "Cobra Kai" will return on Google Inc.'s YouTube Red for a second season in 2019, Multichannel News reported May 10, citing a YouTube statement. The series stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka.

* Facebook Inc. bought rights to a soccer drama from star soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, according to a May 9 report by The Hollywood Reporter. The untitled drama series will follow a high school girls' soccer team in upstate New York.

* Apple Inc. is considering plans to sell video subscriptions through its TV app, Bloomberg News reported May 9, citing a source with knowledge of the matter. The new feature, which is expected to be rolled out in 2019, would help the tech giant bolster its services businesses.

In other platform news

* Netflix green-lighted a new comedy series, called "After Life," from Ricky Gervais, according to a May 9 report by Variety. The series follows Gervais' character, Tony, whose life changed after the death of his wife.

* In more Netflix news, the streaming giant will premiere "Seis Manos," its first original anime series set in Mexico, in 2019. The series, which is set in the 1970s, follows three orphaned martial arts warriors who join forces with a DEA agent and a Mexican Federale to battle for justice after their beloved mentor is murdered on the streets of their tiny border town, the company said May 9.

* Netflix will stream the 10-episode third season of comedy series "Santa Clarita Diet" in 2019, Variety reported May 8. The new season will return with cast members Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Liv Hewson and Skyler Gisondo.