14 Facts About Quibi


Quibi was a short-lived American short-form streaming platform that generated content for viewing on mobile devices.

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Quibi was founded in August 2018 as NewTV by Jeffrey Katzenberg and was led by Meg Whitman, its CEO.

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In 2018, Quibi raised $1 billion in funding from major Hollywood film studios, TV companies, telecommunications companies, technology companies, banks, and other investors including The Walt Disney Company, 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, WarnerMedia, Viacom, eOne, Lionsgate, MGM, Madrone Capital, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Alibaba Group, Liberty Global and ITV.

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In 2019, Quibi announced it would launch in April 2020 with two pricing tiers.

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In 2020, Quibi presented at CES on its full launch plans including details on its content, technology and partnerships.

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In March 2020, Quibi announced a partnership with Canadian telecommunications company BCE, whereby its Bell Media division would produce Canadian news and sports content for the service, and Bell Mobility would be Quibi's exclusive Canadian telecom marketing partner.

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TechCrunch reported that Quibi saw 300, 000 downloads and "hit No 3 in the App Store" on its launch day.

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Quibi's app fell out of the list of the 50 most-downloaded free iPhone apps in the United States a week after it was released.

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Quibi spent over $1 billion on commissioning original content in its first year, totalling 8, 500 short-form episodes and including over 175 shows.

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Unlike many streaming video platforms, Quibi's content was made specifically for mobile devices and could be viewed in either a traditional 16:9 horizontal aspect ratio, or a 9:16 vertical frame.

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Quibi commissioned significant news programming in addition to its entertainment line-up, but it found the news shows attracted minimal interest.

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In July 2020, Quibi was nominated for 10 Emmy Awards across three categories: Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series, Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series, and Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series.

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Quibi filed a lawsuit against interactive video developer Eko on March 9, 2020 seeking a declaration that Quibi did not infringe on Eko's patented technology, as well as an order that Eko withdraw a complaint filed with Apple's App Store and unspecified monetary damages.

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Quibi pre-emptively filed its lawsuit, Quibi Holdings, LLC v Interlude US, Inc, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

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