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The Week in OTT: Prime Video Channels to hit Canada; abortion law irks Netflix

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.

* Amazon.com Inc. is launching Prime Video Channels in Canada. Canadian Prime members will be able to create their own streaming bundle from an initial roster that will include NBCUniversal Media LLC's hayu, Starz (US), Viacom Inc.'s Nickelodeon (US), RLJ Entertainment Inc.'s Acorn TV and Corus Entertainment Inc.'s multichannel package STACKTV, with more subscriptions to be added later.

* Netflix Inc. has optioned three of author Sarah Dessen's novels. The titles are Along for the Ride, which will be adapted into a feature film; This Lullaby; and Once and For All, according to a May 30 news release.

* In more Netflix news, the streaming giant has picked up worldwide rights to "The Power of the Dog" from See-Saw Films' in-house sales division Cross City Films. The movie will be released by Netflix on its streaming service and in theaters in 2021, according to a May 30 news release. BBC Films retains free TV rights to "The Power of the Dog" in the U.K.

* Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, said the streaming giant will "rethink" its entire investment in Georgia if the state adopts a new law restricting abortions in 2020, The Wall Street Journal reported May 28. Netflix, which shoots major series in Georgia such as "Stranger Things" and "Ozark," said it will continue to film in Georgia for now but would support actors and others who choose not to do so.

* Netflix will premiere the third and final season of "Marvel's Jessica Jones" on June 14, Marvel Entertainment announced in a May 28 tweet. The series stars Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor and Carrie-Anne Moss.

* Amazon.com has placed an order for drama series "The Wilds," Variety reported May 28. The series follows a group of teenage girls from radically different backgrounds after an airplane crash strands them on a deserted island.

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