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The week in OTT: Netflix hikes monthly prices; CBS turns to comedy


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The week in OTT: Netflix hikes monthly prices; CBS turns to comedy

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.

* Netflix Inc. is raising prices on some of its streaming plans in the U.S. The company's $9.99 a month HD plan is increasing by $1 to $10.99, while the 4K streaming plan will jump by $2 to $13.99 a month.

* In more Netflix news, it will premiere new original series "Dark" on Dec. 1, the streaming giant said Oct. 4. The 10-episode series is set in a German town where two young children have disappeared.

* Comcast Corp.'s NBC Sports struck an exclusive multiyear U.S. media rights deal with Six Nations Rugby for the Six Nations Championship. NBC Sports will present live coverage of all Six Nations matches across its digital and linear platforms. The matches will stream live on NBC Sports Digital's direct-to-consumer live streaming platform NBC Sports Gold.

* CBS Corp.'s subscription video-on-demand and livestreaming service CBS All Access will premiere its first original comedy series "No Activity" on Nov. 12, Broadcasting & Cable reported Oct. 4. New episodes of "No Activity," produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Funny Or Die, will be streamed weekly on Sundays for subscribers.

* Google Inc.'s YouTube TV struck a deal to become the presenting sponsor for Major League Baseball's coverage of the World Series. YouTube creators will produce World Series-themed content incorporating MLB players, and the social video company will have several commercials and on-air call-outs on FOX (US) during the games. YouTube TV will also receive in-stadium branding and promotion across MLB's digital properties and social media accounts, MLB said Oct. 3.

TV Everywhere

* Charter Communications Inc. struck a deal to offer MSG Networks Inc.'s MSG GO livestreaming and video-on-demand platform to its Spectrum subscribers. Spectrum subscribers who receive MSG Networks as part of their pay TV subscription will be able to access the MSG GO service on handheld devices and desktops, the company said Oct. 4.