Roku has snapped up Quibi’s library of short-form reveals
Following reviews earlier this week that “superior talks” had been going down, Roku has introduced that it has acquired Quibi’s library of short-form reveals solely three months after the mobile-first streaming service was compelled to close down.
The deal sees Roku safe rights to greater than 75 of Quibi’s reveals and, in keeping with Roku, they are going to be obtainable to stream on the free, ad-supported Roku Channel later this 12 months within the U.S., Canada and the U.Ok.
Along with the reveals that had already been launched by Quibi, there may also be round a dozen which weren’t proven earlier than the service shut down making their debut with Roku. In keeping with Selection, these new reveals will embrace Stephen Spielberg’s horror collection Spielberg After Darkish.
Roku can be taking on Quibi’s present seven-year licensing rights to the reveals, which incorporates unique entry to the content material for 2 years.
Arrange as a mobile-first streaming service by Jeffrey Katzenberg in April 2020, Quibi’s focus was on providing short-form content material geared in the direction of cell viewers low on time. In its quick lifetime, the service really attracted some massive names like Liam Hemsworth, Anna Kendrick and Idris Elba and even acquired some Emmy nominations. Nonetheless, it wasn’t ready to usher in the numbers it wanted and its shutdown was introduced in October 2020 earlier than the app stopped functioning fully in December.
Greater than cell
Quibi’s content material might have been created with cell in thoughts however Roku’s Rob Holmes has famous that it’ll quickly be obtainable “wherever you possibly can watch The Roku Channel” which could be accessed on Roku units, the Roku cell app and on the net.
In an announcement (through Selection) Jeffrey Katzenberg mentioned of the deal: “Essentially the most artistic and imaginative minds in Hollywood created groundbreaking content material for Quibi that exceeded our expectations. We’re thrilled that these tales, from the surreal to the chic, have discovered a brand new residence on the Roku Channel.”
Roku hasn’t given a precise date for bringing this new content material to The Roku Channel however has suggested to “keep tuned” to the Roku weblog for extra particulars sooner or later.