The New Streaming Service Quibi Announces Pricing, Launch Date, & More





Today at CES, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman took the stage to talk about the upcoming Quibi mobile centered streaming service. They brought out content creators, brand partners, and those who have been working behind the scenes to create this mobile only platform, giving us a look at what we’ll see on the app.

When the platform launches, it will initially be in partnership with T-Mobile. T-Mobile has 83.1 million customers, giving Quibi a great opportunity to debut with a huge subscriber base.

Today at CES Quibi announced that they will charge $5 a month with ads and $8 a month if you want it ad-free. The service will also be launched on April 6th 2020.

The Content

Qubi has three tiers of content. First is movies, which will be told in episodes, each around 7-10 minutes long. Next are unscripted shows and documentaries. These are the shows you’ve been hearing about from stars like Chrissy Teigen and Idris Elba. Finally, there are daily essentials. These are the news clips, sports highlights, and the best of late night TV.

An estimated $1 billion will be spent on content within the first year. Also within that first year, Jeffrey Katzenberg says that Quibi will roll out over 175 shows and 8,500 episodes.

The Length

Katzenberg says he was inspired by books when developing the idea of big stories in quick bites. He mentioned The Da Vinci Code in particular, a book with a lot of short chapters, allowing reader to read a quick chapter when they had a few spare minutes.

When Quibi was first announced, this is what we heard about these quick bites. “You leave the house every morning with a little TV in your pocket. It’s called your smart phone,” Whitman said in 2018. “During the day, you have these in-between moments. Ten minutes here, 15 minutes there, where you want to see something great.”

The Experience

One of the major talking points of the keynote was the Turn Style feature. With this feature, users will be able to view content in both portrait and landscape, without losing out on quality or content. Show will be optimized for this feature, with two versions of each episode being submitted and edited together, then allowing users to turn their phone while viewing and having the content adjust based on how the phone is being held.

Quibi is also working to create a more immersive viewing experience. The app will use everything from viewing habits to the phone’s camera to time of day to better deliver the content you want, when you want it.

Because of these new features and a platform unlike anything on the market currently, Quibi will not be buying up content libraries, but will be creating all new original content. All content, regardless of which tier you’re subscribed to, will be available to download and watch offline.

When Does it Launch?

Quibi is set to launch on April 6, 2020.

How Much Will It Cost?

Quibi will charge $4.99 with ads and $7.99 for an ad-free version.

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