The week in over-the-top provides a recap of recent news related to OTT initiatives from various networks and platforms.
* Amazon.com Inc. struck a deal with Indian home video outfit Ultra Media & Entertainment to secure more Bollywood content for Amazon India's Prime Video service, Variety reported Dec. 23. The deal will allow Prime Video subscribers in India to watch about 300 Ultra titles.
* Walt Disney Co.'s Disney-ABC Television Group entered an agreement with Snap Inc. to produce original episodic shows for Snapchat. The first Disney-ABC brand that will coproduce a series with Snapchat for Discovery is "The Bachelor," and the new show, "Watch Party: The Bachelor" will debut Jan. 3, 2017. Disney-ABC will also develop and sell advertising packages that will incorporate Snapchat's video Snap Ads, according to a Dec. 21 news release.
In other platform news …
* A hacker group called OurMine took over Netflix Inc.'s U.S. account on Twitter Inc.'s microblogging service, BBC News reported Dec. 21. The tweets, which were reportedly deleted after about an hour, promoted the group's website and services. The hackers informed BBC that while they still have access to Netflix's account and are continuing to post tweets, Twitter's support group is deleting them.
* DISH Network Corp.'s Sling TV is set to launch its television tuner box, called AirTV Player, TechCrunch.com reported Dec. 20, citing a landing page for the new device. In addition to letting users access local TV channels over the air via a digital antenna, AirTV Player will allow users to access Sling TV's streaming service and, optionally, Netflix.
* Twitter partnered with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and dick clark productions to exclusively live stream "The HFPA Presents: Globes Red Carpet Live," the official preshow for the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards. "Globes Red Carpet Live" will live stream on the platform Jan. 8, 2017. The stream will be available in the U.S. on Twitter and connected devices at goldenglobes.twitter.com, in Twitter Moments or @goldenglobes. The two-hour preshow will be streamed live from the red carpet at The Beverly Hilton, the company said on Dec. 19.