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.'s NBC News is gearing up to launch a new streaming service, called NBC News Now, in early May, Broadcasting & Cable reported March 11. Speaking at an event, NBC News President Noah Oppenheim said the free, ad-supported streaming service will offer eight hours of programming, including live updates.
* Walt Disney Co. is considering plans to test its upcoming Disney+ streaming service in the Netherlands before it launches in the U.S. at the end of 2019, The Information reported March 5, citing sources with knowledge of the matter. The media giant is also deciding whether it needs to strike deals with cable and online distributors to reach more subscribers, three sources reportedly said.
In other platform news
* Netflix Inc. will stream "My First First Love," a Korean romcom original series, globally on April 18. The series follows unexpected love and personal growth, depicted through relationships of five young adults who find their first-time adulthood romances rather difficult and emotionally challenging, the company said March 10.
* The third season of family drama series "Harlots" will return on Hulu LLC's video service on July 10, Broadcasting & Cable reported March 7. The series, which is set in 18th century London, follows the fortunes of the Wells family.
* Netflix will adapt author Gabriel García Márquez's novel One Hundred Years of Solitude as a Spanish language original series for the streaming service. The novel was first published in 1967 and since that time has sold an estimated 50 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 46 languages, the company said March 6.
* In more Netflix news, the streaming giant will premiere "No Good Nick," a new live-action multicam dramedy series April 15. The series follows a 13-year-old Nicole, called Nick, who infiltrates a family to get revenge on them for unknowingly ruining her life, the company said March 6.
* Netflix will adapt graphic novel Pashmina into an original CG animated musical. The fantasy-adventure story follows Priyanka, a first-generation American of Indian descent, as she explores her family history with the help of a magical pashmina, according to a March 6 news release.
* Amazon.com Inc.'s Prime Video Channels added Outdoor Sportsman Group's MyOutdoorTV subscription video-on-demand offering to its lineup, Multichannel News reported March 5, citing a statement. Prime Video members can now access the $9.99 per month service, which features more than 10,000 episodes of exclusive outdoor lifestyle programming.
* Amazon Studios ordered a documentary featuring the Jonas Brothers, Multichannel News reported March 4, citing a company statement. The documentary from the studio will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the three Jonas Brothers as they reunite for a new album and concert tour.
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