quibi future

Quibi, the short-form streaming service that was met with extreme skepticism from its inception, is facing an uncertain future. A new report indicates that the service is exploring “strategic options” including a potential sale. Who would buy Quibi at this point? I don’t know – maybe if we all start a GoFundMe page we could all go in on it together. Just a thought.

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wireless trailer

Quibi has had a rough time since its launch. People were treating it like a laughing-stock from the jump, and the less-than-great programming didn’t exactly inspire much confidence. So people may already be ready to give up on new shows – like Wireless, a new Quibi series that comes from executive producer Steven Soderbergh. Say what you will about what Quibi has offered so far, but this show – which gives users a choose-your-own-adventure approach to the storytelling – at least gets points for doing something clever with Quibi’s “Turnstyle” technology.

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quibi free trial

It’s taken a bit longer than a “quick bite” for Quibi to be made available on TV-connected platforms. The mobile-only streaming platform, which made its ill-timed debut right in the middle of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, was intended for the commuter — for phone-dependent millennials to watch on the subway or in the office bathroom stall. But when the pandemic hit, Quibi’s targeted demographic found themselves stuck at home and unable to play the mobile platform’s line-up of star-studded original shows on their TVs. Quibi, which apparently always planned to eventually transition to TV platforms, accelerated their plans to transition from mobile-only, fast-tracking the app’s availability on TV casting devices such as Chromecast and Apple’s Airplay. Now, Quibi is eyeing Roku and Amazon Fire TV next.

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quibi alternate name

One of the worst things about Quibi is its name. The mobile streaming platform was already fighting an uphill battle just in explaining the concept of its app to prospective users, but then it went and threw a nonsensical fake word – short for “quick bites” – into the mix on top of that.

But it turns out that “Quibi” wasn’t the first choice for the name of the app. The initial choice was much, much worse.
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quibi losses

Oh, Quibi, Quibi, Quibi. Like Icarus, you flew too close to the sun with wings made of wax. And by that I mean you attempted to launch a new streaming service that no one seemed particularly interested in. And it looks like it’s going to cost you to the tune of half a billion dollars. However, Quibi isn’t out of business yet, and the short-form streaming service still has enough money to keep the lights on. But for how long?

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Quibi movies in chapters YouTube

After a much-hyped launch and a somewhat muted response from potential customers, Quibi has now posted three full episodes of three of its original “movies in chapters” on YouTube. It’s a classic strategy: give audiences a taste of your product for free, and hope they like it enough to pay for more. Check out the first episodes of Most Dangerous Game (starring Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz), The Stranger (starring Maika Monroe and Dane DeHaan), and Dummy (starring Anna Kendrick) below.
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the stranger featurette

If you’ve ever watched a random double-feature of Michael Mann’s Collateral and Wes Craven’s Red Eye, and said: “Hey, someone should combine these two movies into one thing!”, Quibi is here for you. The Stranger, the latest original from the short-form streaming service, appears to be heavily influenced by both of those movies, as rideshare driver Maika Monroe finds herself targeted by a crazed killer, played by Dane DeHaan. A new The Stranger featurette goes behind-the-scenes of the series.

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dummy trailer anna kendrick

Quibi, you’ve done it again. The short-form streaming service has unveiled a trailer for a new show, and in true Quibi fashion, it looks like the type of parody of a TV series you’d see on 30 Rock. It’s called Dummy, and it stars Anna Kendrick as a woman who goes on a road trip with a sentient sex doll. Yes, really. The sex doll appears to remain perfectly still – save for its face, which is animated in a truly nightmarish fashion. See for yourself below!

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Quibi Snapchat Series No Longer Happening

Quibi Snapchat Series

Quibi has already lost one of its planned shows. The streaming service devoted to short-form content was set to create a Social Network-style series inspired by the creation of Snapchat. Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg announced the show at last year’s SXSW. No official reason has been given for the decision to pull the plug, but it might have something to do with Quibi not having the smoothest of launches.

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Quibi on TV

Quibi was hoping to be the Netflix of the mobile phone world – a streaming service you watch only on your phone as you commute to and fro. Obviously, that didn’t work out so well. The coronavirus pandemic has more or less destroyed the act of commuting for the time being, and folks stuck at home have no need for “quick bites” on their phones. After a less-than-ideal launch, Quibi is now fast-tracking plans to let subscribers cast the service onto their TVs.

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