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.
* Warner Media LLC's HBO Max acquired exclusive streaming rights to all 11 seasons of British Broadcasting Corp.'s "Doctor Who." The long-running sci-fi drama will be available on HBO Max at launch in spring 2020, while future seasons of the show will also land on the streaming service after they air on BBC America (US), according to an Aug. 1 news release. HBO Max also licensed 700 episodes of other BBC series, including "The Office," "Top Gear," "Luther" and "The Honorable Woman."
* Netflix Inc. has renewed drama series "13 Reasons Why" for a fourth and final season, Variety reported Aug. 1. Season 3 of the show is set to debut Aug. 23 and will feature 13 episodes.
* Live and on-demand subscription video streaming service DAZN will launch its nine-part original series "The Making Of" across all nine of its global markets on Aug. 9, Deadline reported Aug. 1. Each 25-minute installment of the show will be dedicated to a particular soccer match.
* Facebook Inc. approached media companies, including Netflix and Walt Disney Co., about supporting its upcoming video chat device, The Information reported July 31, citing sources. The social media giant also reportedly approached Hulu LLC, Amazon.com Inc. and AT&T Inc.'s HBO (US) about putting their services on the new device, which is code-named Catalina.
* AT&T is rebranding DIRECTV's virtual provider service. The service will soon be housed under the AT&T TV NOW banner. AT&T is changing the name of its DIRECTV streaming service as the company prepares to roll out a new broadband-delivered AT&T TV service.
* HBO Max streaming service has given a straight-to-series order to drama "Circe," Variety reported July 30. The streamer has given an eight-episode order to the series, which is based on a book of the same name.
* Netflix and World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.'s WWE Studios unit are teaming up on a new half-hour, multicamera comedy series starring WWE star The Big Show. Production on the 10-episode series will kick off Aug. 9 in Los Angeles, according to a July 30 news release.
* YouTube TV's live TV and on-demand subscription service will carry PBS' member stations. Launching later this year, Google LLC's YouTube TV will livestream all PBS member stations that choose to participate, according to a July 29 news release.
* Netflix has picked up rights to revenge action movie "Sweet Girl." The movie, starring Jason Momoa, is about a devastated husband who vows to bring justice to the people responsible for his wife's death while protecting his daughter, according to a July 29 news release.
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