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The week in OTT: Netflix plans more Indian originals; Movies Anywhere hits US

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. is ramping up its international content slate with India as a "super priority market," The Economic Times (India) reported Oct. 14. The country will get increased investments in the development and production of original content, Erik Barmack, vice president of International Originals at Netflix told ET. The streaming giant will reportedly commission four to five new original shows in the next six months.

* Movies Anywhere, a new video content platform that features films from major Hollywood studios and video-on-demand platforms, has launched in the U.S. The digital service features about 7,300 movies from Walt Disney Co.'s Walt Disney Studios, Sony Corp.'s Sony Pictures Entertainment, 21st Century Fox Inc. unit 20th Century Fox Film, Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures and Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros., according to a news release.

* Disney's subscription video-on-demand service, called DisneyLife, is now available in Ireland, Digital TV Europe reported Oct. 11, citing a company statement. Subscribers can opt for a multi-account for families for €6.99 per month.

* Sprint Corp. is offering PANTAYA, a premium streaming service for Spanish-language films, to its customers. The $5.99 monthly subscription service features a selection of Spanish-language movies from Latin America and Hollywood. Subscribers will also get exclusive and first-run access to all Spanish-language releases from Pantelion Films, a joint venture between Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. and Televisa, and a selection of films that will be available for streaming the same day they premiere in Latin America, the carrier said Oct. 10.

* Netflix will premiere the second season of "Haters Back Off!" on Oct. 20 on the streaming service, the company said Oct. 10. The series follows the life of a character called Miranda Sing, an untalented star on the rise.

* Apple Inc. struck a deal with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and Universal Television to create new episodes of "Amazing Stories," The Wall Street Journal reported Oct. 10, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Under the deal, 10 episodes of "Amazing Stories" will be created, with Spielberg likely to serve as executive producer.

In other platform news

* Sports-first livestreaming TV service fuboTV crossed 100,000 subscribers in September, the company said Oct. 10. The over-the-top live service offers a base package, Fubo Premier, which offers more than 65 channels, including local stations, regional sports networks and national channels.

* Apple nixed plans for an Elvis Presley-biopic series produced by The Weinstein Co., reported Oct. 9, citing a source close to the tech giant. The deal was canceled amid sexual harassment allegations against the production company's former Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein.

* Netflix will premiere a television docuseries about Italian soccer club Juventus FC in early 2018, the company said Oct. 10. The series will feature four hourlong episodes.

* Netflix struck a deal to produce its first original series in the Middle East. The streaming giant will produce a stand-up comedy special with Lebanese comedian and actor Adel Karam, according to an Oct. 9 news release. The series is expected to premiere on Netflix in 2018.

* Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. is partnering with Facebook Inc. to develop premium lifestyle shows for Facebook's video platform Watch and for its featured Spotlight section. Scripps' digital production arm Scripps Lifestyle Studios will produce the shows inspired by content on Food Network (US), HGTV (US) and Travel Channel (US), along with shows created exclusively for Facebook, the company said Oct. 9.

* Hulu LLC and esports company ESL said Oct. 9 that they struck a deal for the streaming of exclusive content on Hulu, including four new esports series debuting in the fall. The lineup includes "Player V. Player," a debate-game show, and "Bootcamp," a weekly documentary series.