The streaming wars are upon us and an upcoming platform called Quibi hopes we will consider their service along with Netflix, Hulu, Disney +, HBO Max and the other streaming sites fighting for part of our paycheck. But what is Quibi and how does it differ from all the other streaming newcomers? The answer is actually quite a bit. From its unique service model to the content it will provide (a talk show host Demi Lovato ?!), Quibi, whether good or bad, creates a new kind of streaming experience. Read on to find out if this streaming experience is right for you and what Quibi means all over the world.
What is Quibi?
Quibi is short for "Quick Bites". This is the perfect description for the streaming service for mobile devices only. The entire content of the app is provided in episodes of seven to ten minutes that viewers can watch on the go using their smartphone. The streamer hopes to serve consumers looking for high quality programs that they can watch on their way to work, during breaks, or basically during daytime downtime. The catch is that Quibi content is created specifically for display on smartphones and the programs cannot be displayed on other devices or conventional TVs.
What can you see on Quibi?
Unlike most streaming sites, Quibi's entire content library is original. The platform's founder, Jeffrey Katzenberg, said recently vulture It is planned to spend over $ 1 billion on new content within the first year. And they're not playing around. Quibi attracts great talents like Steven Spielberg, Chrissy Teigen, Idris Elba and Jennifer Lopez. So far, the streamer has announced more than 40 projects in three program categories. The content is divided as follows:
Long form: This section contains all script projects like Sophie Turner's first postgame of Thrones Series, to survive;; modern remakes by How to lose a guy in 10 days. Varsity blues, and The refugee;; and marquee projects such as director Sam Raimi's ambitious Urban Legend-based series 50 anxiety states and Dane DeHaan star The unknown (below).
Quick bites: This category includes all levels of reality and competitiveness. Shows are included Chrissy's dishTeigen channels her inner judge Judy, Lopez Thank you so much, a series about paying them forward, and Elba against block, a show that finds that Luther Actor competing against a professional rally driver in a stunt driving competition.
Daily Essentials: The last category is about keeping you up to date with the latest news from NBC News, the BBC and others. This section also contains short messages about pop culture.
So what won't Quibi have?
If you are looking for traditional films or TV shows, Quibi is not for you. All of the content will be episodic, falling within the seven to ten minute range, with episodes published daily or weekly. Quibi is also not aimed at the family market. There are currently no plans to include children's programs.
Is Quibi Free?
It is not. As from the Los Angeles times, Quibi is a subscription-based service that comes with an ad-supported or ad-free option. The ad-financed tier costs $ 5 a month and viewers see short ads before the shows begin. Viewers who just can't stand advertising can pay $ 8 a month for a completely ad-free experience. There is a possibility that the service will be bundled with a cellular provider in the future, but in his recent interview with vultureKatzenberg said that there are still no specific details on this front. If you're concerned about moving to a different service, Quibi offers new users a trial period, but the duration of the trial is not yet known.
Why should you pay to watch TV on your phone?
YouTube, Facebook and Instagram offer free short video content that you can watch on your phone (or elsewhere). So why should you pay to watch bite-sized TVs on your phone? The caliber of the actors and creators on board is one reason, but an even more interesting one is that Quibi creates content exclusively for phones. Since the shows of the streamer can only be viewed on smartphones, the creators can experiment by designing some content interactively (Think Black mirror: Bandersnatch) by using certain notification tones to inform you when new episodes can be viewed, or in the case of Spielberg's After Dark, control when viewers can see the content (new episodes of the horror anthology are only available when the sun goes down, no matter where you live).
When will Quibi be available?
Quibi is expected to appear on April 6th. So be prepared for a lot of bite-sized content coming up soon.