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The week in OTT: Golf TV bolsters lineup; 'Fixer Upper' top series on Sling TV

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.

* Continuing to roll up content for its international streaming golf service, called Golf TV, which tees off next month, Discovery Inc. reached an extensive rights deal with the Ladies European Tour, a professional golf tour for women. The multiyear, multiplatform deal, financial terms of which were not disclosed, gives Discovery rights to all Ladies European Tour events, starting in 2019, as well as next year's and the 2021 Solheim Cups, in 25 nations.

* "Fixer Upper," the Joanna and Chip Gaines remodeling series that has ended its original run on HGTV (US), was Sling TV's most popular series in 2018, followed by CBS (US)'s "The Big Bang Theory," FOX (US)'s "Family Guy," HGTV's "House Hunters" and Food Network (US)'s "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." DISH Network Corp. said the rankings were based on viewing trends of subscribers to its Sling Orange and/or Sling Blue and Extras viewing packages between Jan. 1 and Nov. 27.

* Google LLC's Android TV platform has partnerships with more than 100 pay TV operators around the globe, Shalini Govil-Pai, senior director of product management for Android TV, told Multichannel News. Govil-Pai said "tens of millions" of consumers, mainly in Europe and Asia, are using the platform.

* T-Mobile US Inc. has decided to delay the launch of its planned TV service until 2019, Bloomberg News reported Dec. 19, citing people familiar with the situation. While noting that the situation is fluid, the sources told Bloomberg that T-Mobile faced the choice of launching a somewhat standard streaming offering on schedule or delaying the launch to develop a more groundbreaking offering.

* DC Universe, which is operated by Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. Digital Networks in collaboration with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros., can now be accessed on Amazon.com Inc.'s Fire TV devices, according to a Dec. 19 news release. DC Universe costs $7.99 per month or $74.99 annually on the Fire TV family of devices.

* Netflix Inc. unveiled a new Korean original series with a working title of "School Nurse Ahn Eun Young." The series, which will go into production from 2019, is based on a Korean novel with the same name by author Jung Se-rang, the company said Dec. 19.

* NBCUniversal Media LLC President and CEO Steve Burke has hinted at plans to launch an over-the-top service in 2019, as part of the company's online TV strategy, Bloomberg News reported. The Comcast Corp. unit has yet to unveil a streaming platform, in contrast to separate plans by Walt Disney Co. and AT&T Inc. next year.

* The "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" will return to Netflix for a second season, Variety reported Dec. 18. Netflix has placed an order for 16 episodes for the series, which will be split into two parts. The streaming giant had previously ordered 20 episodes that were split into two 10-episode segments. The second half of the first season will premiere April 5, 2019.

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