The week in over-the-top provides a recap of recent news related to OTT initiatives from various networks and platforms.
* Netflix Inc. will premiere original documentary "CounterPunch" about young boxers on June 16, the company said June 8. The documentary will have its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 15.
* Sony Corp.'s PlayStation Vue no longer has beIN SPORTS (US) and beIN SPORTS en Español (US) on its channel lineup following a dispute over pricing, Multichannel News reported June 8, citing statements from both parties.
* Amazon.com Inc. original animated children's comedy series "Danger & Eggs" will debut June 30 on Prime Video in the U.S. and the U.K. The show follows the adventures of a girl called D.D. Danger, her cautious best friend and a giant egg named Phillip. Amazon Prime members will be able to stream all 13 episodes of the series through the Amazon Prime Video app on compatible devices or online, the company said June 7.
In other platform news
* Apple Inc. on June 6 premiered original series "Planet of the Apps," starring Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, rapper Will.i.am and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, Bloomberg News reported June 6. Episodes of the series, which will feature the panel of celebrity investors evaluating app developers, will be released on Apple Music on a weekly basis. Apple has 10 episodes in total, according to the report.
* South Korean cinema chains Lotte Cinema and Megabox joined CJ CGV in refusing to screen Netflix's fantasy drama "Okja" at their theaters, Variety reported June 7. The move is in response to the streaming giant's plan for a day-and-date cinematic and online release, which the theater chains claim disrupts the distribution ecosystem in South Korea. Currently, movies are made available for streaming three weeks after their theatrical debut. The movie's local distributor Next Entertainment World reportedly said it would "look for other ways" to release "Okja" in theaters June 29.
* Amazon.com struck a long-term content deal with Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. to bolster the offerings of Amazon Prime Video in India, The Hollywood Reporter wrote June 5. Under the deal, Amazon Prime Video subscribers in India will be able to stream recent movie titles such as "Sully," "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," "Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Suicide Squad." The deal also covers TV shows.