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Billion-Dollar Video Streaming App Quibi Shuts Down After Six Months

Quibi is shutting down after only six months of operation. In an open letter , founders Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman confirmed the end of the mobile streaming service that raised close to $2 billion in funding. “We started with the idea to create the next generation of storytelling and because of you, we were able to create and deliver the best version of what we imagined Quibi to be,” the letter reads. “So it is with an incredibly heavy heart that today we are announcing that we are winding down the business and looking to sell its content and technology assets.” Quibi was designed for people on-the-go, but by its launch in early April, the global pandemic was nearing its first peak and potential users were more than likely self-isolating at home. Additionally, the unemployment crisis may have played a part despite Quibi’s fairly inexpensive plans: $4.99 (with ads) or $7.99 (ad-free). However, during its short-lived existence, the short-form entertainment service provided...

Oct 22, 2020

Former Audio Podcast Duo Joins Quibi to 'Expand a Visual Landscape For Blackness'

There’s been a major shift in streaming services this year pushing for more Black-led and Black-centered content to be present. While Black creators have always been present to speak to Black experiences from genuine perspectives, the lack of places to have those experiences heard has made it increasingly difficult to create more visibility. Quibi — a short-form video service that officially launched on April 6 — included a slew of programs in their Daily Essentials lineup for daily-curated minutes long content. Among the bunch to originally launch with the streaming platform was “The Nod with Brittany & Eric” , a former audio podcast turned daily video series that digs into the stories of Black life that are not often told. View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Nod (@thenodshow) With a passion for Black culture, hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings cover everything on their digital show including film, fashion, sports, food, television, and more. Similar to the podcast’s...

Jul 14, 2020

5 Uplifting Quibi Shows You Need to Stream This Weekend

Quibi is finally here! Add the new mobile streaming platform to your regular Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video rotation. Launched earlier this month, Quibi offers over 50 scripted and unscripted shows. Its first batch of content includes daily essential news programs, documentary, competition shows and everything in between. What’s more, they’ve got some much-anticipated shows in the pipeline. Though Quibi’s aim was to provide entertainment while folks are on the go, the subscription-based service can still be a treat for those of us safely quarantining indoors and looking for some good feels. As Rolling Stone reports , Quibi is currently offering free 90-day subscriptions to anyone who signs up on their website before April 20. With that said, here are the most uplifting shows you should try out while it’s free.99! “Thanks A Million” Yes, this human interest show will tug at your heartstrings. The idea is that A-list celebs pay it forward with enormous acts of kindness — in the...

Apr 10, 2020

Drake Strikes Up Deal With Quibi to Produce '48 Laws of Power' Series

Quibi has had a few obstacles ahead of its April 6 launch. However, a partnership with Drake is not one of them. According to The Hollywood Reporter , the short-form streaming service recently greenlit “The 48 Laws of Power,” a series based on the best-selling nonfiction book by Robert Greene. The rapper will executive produce the forthcoming project and put on his director’s hat for at least one episode. If you’re unfamiliar with the 1998 book, simply scour the lyrics of hip hop greats for references, from Kanye West to Jay-Z. As a hip hop favorite, Greene’s work outlines the principles of success and power, which will be depicted in each episode of the Quibi series. Furthermore, “The 48 Laws of Power” is not Drake’s first venture into film and television. Alongside partner, Adel “Future” Nur, Drake established Dreamcrew , an entertainment management and production company that currently produces HBO’s “Euphoria,” starring Zendaya. Drake also recently inked an exclusive deal with...

Mar 30, 2020