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The week in OTT: 'The Punisher' set for return; fuboTV ups fee for legacy 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.

* Facebook Inc.'s Watch platform will premiere multi-part series "Mormon Love" on Jan. 13, reported Jan. 4. Filmed across the summer, the series will follow Josie, Garrett, Lexi, Jesse and Braxton as they try to navigate growing up, their religion and the search for their soulmates.

* Charter Communications Inc.'s Spectrum unveiled a new Spectrum TV app for Apple Inc.'s Apple TV, reported Jan. 3. The new app allows subscribers to access live and on-demand Spectrum content.

* "The Punisher" will return to Netflix Inc.'s streaming service for a second season on Jan. 18, according to a Jan. 3 post on the show's Twitter Inc. platform. The show features Jon Bernthal as Marine veteran Frank Castle who becomes the vigilante known as "The Punisher."

* Roku Inc.'s free TV and movie streaming service, The Roku Channel, is adding premium subscriptions. The Roku Channel will soon offer users the option to add more than 25 premium subscriptions from providers, including Showtime (US), Starz (US) and EPIX (US), according to a Jan. 2 news release.

* Virtual streaming provider fuboTV Inc. raised the monthly price for legacy customers by $10 to $44.99 per month, reported Jan. 2, citing a notice sent to subscribers. The increase, which legacy customers will see on their first bills after Feb. 15, is in line with the fee already being paid by new subscribers, the company said in a statement.

* Netflix pulled the second episode of "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj" from its streaming service in Saudi Arabia after receiving a complaint from the kingdom, the Financial Times (London) reported Jan. 1. The episode reportedly was critical of Saudi Arabia and its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen.

* Netflix will premiere the third season of supernatural drama "Stranger Things" on July 4, the streaming giant said in a Dec. 31, 2018, tweet. The first season was released in July 2016, while the second season premiered on Netflix in October 2017.

* Netflix no longer supports the use of iTunes as a payment method for new users, reported Dec. 28, citing a company representative. Existing members can continue to use iTunes for billing purposes, the spokesperson added.

* In more Netflix news, horror movie "Bird Box" has been streamed by more than 45 million Netflix accounts in its first seven days, the streaming giant disclosed in a Dec. 28, 2018, tweet. The movie, which stars Sandra Bullock, follows a mother and her two children who make a desperate bid to reach safety.

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