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.
* Cinedigm Corp. struck a deal to launch eight of its networks on global over-the-top streaming service DistroTV. The networks are the fanspace-based outlet CONtv and CONtv Anime, the family-focused Dove Channel, the fact-based Docurama, Chinese pop culture channel BAMBU, stand-up special supplier Comedy Dynamics, combat sports hub COMBAT GO, and global Asian pop culture community HallyPop, according to a Jan. 6 news release.
* AT&T Inc.'s HBO(US) led the Golden Globes 2020 with four awards, followed by Amazon.com Inc.'s Prime Video and Hulu LLC with two awards each. Netflix Inc. won one award in the television category.
* Netflix removed popular 90s-era sitcom "Friends" from its platform in the U.S., Variety reported Jan. 1. The series will not be available to stream in the U.S. until the spring 2020 launch of Warner Media LLC's HBO Max, which secured exclusive domestic streaming rights to the series. Netflix still has rights to stream "Friends" in territories outside the U.S.
* Google LLC unit YouTube LLC ordered a docuseries on Justin Bieber that will shed light on the pop star's forthcoming album, according to a Dec. 31 report by The Hollywood Reporter. The series, dubbed "Justin Bieber: Seasons," will feature 10 episodes.
* Snap Inc.'s Snapchat interface will debut a full-motion cartoon series called "Bitmoji TV" in February, TechCrunch.com reported Dec. 28. The company will also reportedly create original in-house shows for its Discover section that cannot be copied.
* Live-action bounty hunter series "The Mandalorian" will return to The Walt Disney Co.'s Disney+ streaming service in fall 2020, showrunner and creator Jon Favreau confirmed the news in a tweet. "The Mandalorian" premiered on Disney+ on Nov. 12, 2019.
* Vidgo Inc., a multichannel video programming distributor, added Fox Corp.'s full suite of cable networks and local broadcast stations to its bundle, Multichannel News reported Dec. 26. The company plans to add more local Fox stations to its $39.99-a-month base-tier "Core" package. Vidgo is streamable on Roku Inc. devices and Fire TV, among others.
* Netflix premiered the second season of drama series "You" on Dec. 26, Broadcasting & Cable reported. The second season features 10 episodes.
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