In a move that will impact more than 58m US subscribers, Netflix has announced its biggest hike in subscription fees since the service launched. Prices will increase by between 13% and 18%, with the most popular standard plan costing $13, up from $11 a month. The extra cash will help fund the streaming giant's investments in original content. The announcement came just days before the company's Q4 2018 results, due after market close today.

NBCUniversal is the latest US major to reveal plans for a direct-to-consumer streaming service, placing its bets on a two-pronged approach: by 2020 existing pay TV customers will get a free ad-supported option, while an ad-free service will be available for direct subscription. Meanwhile, Amazon's IMDb has launched a free streaming video channel, Freedive, offering ad-supported access to TV shows.

Talent agent-cum-distributor Endeavor has launched a new streaming tech company centered on recently acquired NeuLion. Endeavor Streaming will provide services to sports clients. The group already works with UFC, NFL and NBA and is signing up a raft of new clients including WWE and the UK's BT.

Fresh from last week's deal to boost its tennis coverage, Twitter has struck an innovative content deal with the NBA to live-stream the second halves of 20 games from the perspective of a single player, selected by viewers in a vote. The full games are licensed to Turner's TNT cable channel. Spain's LaLiga has announced all matches from its second division will be streamed for free on YouTube, broadcasting the games to more than 155 territories worldwide. NBCUniversal has agreed a carriage deal with Pakistan's Indigo Entertainment for its Dreamworks kids' channel.

Suggesting Russia may be a more important market for Netflix than many estimates suggest, sci-fi series Luchshe, chem lyudi (Better Than People) will become the first Russian TV series to be released as a Netflix Original. Netflix has taken rights outside Russia and will offer the show in 25 languages worldwide.  Finally, 'new' Fox has confirmed it will not bid for Disney's regional sports networks when Disney is forced to sell them following its acquisition of the Fox content assets. 

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