Jeffrey Katzenberg says Quibi will be free for 90 days

Brenda Watkins
April 7, 2020

The brand new streaming service is launching soon with plenty of big name stars just ready to entertain you via your phone. Quibi's road to launch hasn't been completely smooth: Multiple executives exited the company past year, and, amid the coronavirus pandemic, plans for a glitzy launch party were scrapped last month.

In short, as Quibi seems to prefer it, the majority of its initial lineup consists of shows we don't need right now on a platform we don't really want. It sounds a bit weird, but Quibi has gotten a number of big time celebrities to do content for its streaming service. Most of its original shows are planned on having 10-minute episodes, or shorter, with new episodes coming out daily. Optimized for people on the go, emerging content platform Quibi is designed for viewing on mobile devices and offers episodic content from Hollywood A-listers like Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon, Guillermo del Toro and more. But as for right now, there's no plans for that to happen.

Quibi is led and funded by Disney veteran Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Quibi will release one "chapter" per day of its key shows, with the aim to rekindle the "water-cooler moments" of traditional television.

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He also had minor roles in blockbusters including Ridley Scott's Aliens and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises . Born in Burbank, California on 11th April 1951, Jay and his family moved to Europe when he was a young child.

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Beyond studio-specific platforms, however, content creators are trying to get even more inventive with their streaming services in order to compete in the crowded landscape.

Unlike other platforms on the streaming market, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+, Quibi aims to deliver fast, digestible content created to be watched on a smartphone. Quibi, on the other hand, has two paid tiers and no free package - though it's offering a 90-day free trial, so you've got a lot of time to test Quibi out before paying. It's easily consumable shows and movies, which you can enjoy from the confines of your home - and for FREE for the next 90 days too. Users can either pay $4.99 a month to watch with ads or $7.99 to watch without commercials. But the problem Quibi faces is that, for most of us, those gaps have been erased by the pandemic and instead we desire longer-form content to dominate the many, many hours we're spending at home.

So, click on our review above and check out our take on Quibi, which both of us got a preview of at the Sundance Film Festival on a cold night back in January.

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