Quibi was a mobile video streaming service for $4.99 a month that offered short-form videos designed for your mobile device.
While it included original movies and shows, it was very different from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. Each movie was released in 10 minute chapters, while shows were 5-7 minute episodes. Additionally, the service had “Daily Essentials” recapping news, sports, and entertainment.
The service officially launched on April 6th with 50 shows, including Survive, Most Dangerous Game, Thanks A Million, Chrissy’s Court, Murder House Flip, Last Night’s Late Night, The Replay by ESPN.
We tested Quibi and other subscription streaming services for more than 100 hours. Quibi is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Android TV, iPhone/iPad, Android Phone/Tablet, LG Smart TV, Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV, and VIZIO Smart TV.
Quibi is unlike other streaming service, as it’s made up of exclusively original content. The service will offer movies in chapters that are 7 to 10 minutes in length, unscripted series & docs, and “Daily Essentials” that recap news, sports, and entertainment.
When the service launches in April, it will debut 50 shows including Survive, Most Dangerous Game, Thanks A Million, Chrissy’s Court, Murder House Flip, Last Night’s Late Night, and The Replay by ESPN. Over the course of the first year, Quibi will launch 175 original shows and 8,500 quick bites of content.
Quibi will include Daily Essentials, curated daily into 5-6 minute quick bites of news, entertainment and inspiration.
Last Night’s Late Night
From Entertainment Weekly, LAST NIGHT’S LATE NIGHT celebrates late night television every morning with a breakdown of the smartest monologues, best interviews and must-see sketches. This daily recap series highlights the best moments from the previous evening’s shows to determine who won the night and the week!
The Daily Chill
By combining guided meditation and awe-inspiring visuals, THE DAILY CHILL takes users on a pathway to calmness. Each episode features a new global destination and, with it, a new ASMR journey to peace.
The Rachel Hollis Show
NYT Best Seller Rachel Hollis helps you level up your life with a daily dose of motivation & inspiration. The show will run once daily, Monday through Friday
Sexology with Shan Boodram
Features certified sexologist and intimacy expert Shan Boodram as she shows viewers how to navigate the realities of sex, dating and relationships in a world where the rules of love and attraction are often confusing and fluid.
Fashion’s A Drag
Model/actress Willam Belli joined by supermodel Denise Bidot kick back with their closest drag queen friends to break down what the hottest celebs are wearing and all that’s happening in the world of fashion.
60 in 6 by CBS NEWS
The longest running and most watched news program on television creates a new edition for a new generation. A rotating cast of dedicated correspondents will tackle one story a week on topics ranging from hard news coverage to politics, lifestyle, pop culture, business, health, and science. We call it, 60 in 6.
The Nod with Brittany & Eric
Hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings dig into the biggest moments and most under-explored corners of Black culture, as told by the actors, musicians, writers, thinkers, chefs, activists, artists, and everyday people who live it. The Nod tells the stories about Black life you won’t see anywhere else.
The Report By NBC News
This fast-paced show gets you up to speed with the most important headlines from around the world, and gives you the context to go deeper on the stories that matter most. During the week, they will have a morning and evening report — as well as a single on on weekdays.
The Replay by ESPN
Feature daily episodes and breaking news covering the biggest stories in sports.
All The Feels by the Dodo
Most days need a moment of pure joy — a happy cry, belly laugh, and a little zen time. Everyday The Dodo curates a new animal story to deliver “All the Feels” to the Quibi audience.
Hot off the Mic
Daily show showcasing today’s hottest established and emerging comedians and their takes on the latest headlines. Released five days a week, the original short form series will be taped at leading comedy clubs across the country, beginning with the legendary Improv in Hollywood.
Other series include a trailer update show by Fandango, a pop-music show by Pop5, celebrity news from TMZ, E!, entertainment news from Rotten Tomatoes, and gaming news from Polygon.
When the service launches, it will offer nearly 20 unscripted or docu-series including reboots of Punk’d, Singled Out, and Chrissy’s Court, a “Judge Judy” like show with Chrissy Teigen.
Coming after launch will bring a reboot of Reno 911!, Legends of The Hidden Temple, and Killing Zack Efron.
Chrissy Teigen reigns supreme as the “judge” over one small claims case. Chrissy’s mom turned “bailiff,” Pepper Thai, maintains order in the courtroom.
Chance the Rapper, PUNK’D dares to go where no show has gone before. Now that technology can really augment reality, we’re back to pull the boldest pranks on the biggest stars in Hollywood. No one is safe.
Thanks A Million
By Jennifer Lopez, this emotional and inspiring series features grateful public figures who kickstart a chain of kindness by gifting $100,000 to an unsuspecting individual who must pay it forward.
Murder House Flip
Murder House Flip is an unconventional new home renovation show that takes on the country’s most infamous homes: the ones known for mysterious murders committed behind their walls.
Elba v Block
One of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Idris Elba, and one of the planet’s hottest drivers, Ken Block, are going head to head in a hilarious, action packed rivalry as they pit cars against each other through increasingly outrageous stunts to prove whose car, and which driver, is the best.
Gone Mental with Lior
Lior Suchard is the world’s best mentalist — he literally can read your mind. He teams with a featured celebrity and runs him or her through a string of mindblowing mental stunts.
Reflective of today’s dating landscape, where everyone is connected, the series will bring online dating to life with a twist — the main dater is linked to the pool of diverse singles through social media.
In each episode, two straight contestants are paired with a celebrity “life partner” as they battle head to head in physical, mental and even emotional challenges for the title of “Queen of the Straights.”
Shape of Pasta
Chef Evan Funke. Italy. And the pursuit of pasta perfection. He’s uncovering the craft and culture behind some rare and forgotten pasta shapes. We dare you not to drool.
A high-octane cooking competition that will literally blow your socks off. Hosted by Tituss Burgess, each episode starts with the cannon-blasting of a mystery food dish into the faces of two blindfolded chefs. They’ll use their culinary prowess to identify the exploded dish and then race against the clock to recreate it.
At launch, Quibi will have feature length films from movie stars like Liam Hemsworth, Christoph Waltz, Will Forte, Eva Longoria, Andy Garcia, and Kaitlin Olson. The movies will be released in 7 to 10 minute chapters.
Still to come include a remake of the classic “The Fugitive” starring Kiefer Sutherland and “Die Hart” a comedy with Kevin Hart.
Most Dangerous Game
Desperate to take care of his pregnant wife before a terminal illness can take his life, Dodge Maynard (Liam Hemsworth) accepts an offer to participate in a deadly game where he soon discovers that he’s not the hunter… but the prey.
When the Streetlights Go on
After the murder of a beautiful young girl rocks a suburban community, the victim’s sister and her high school peers must struggle to find a sense of normalcy while coming of age in the midst of the murder investigation.
Jane (Sophie Turner) wants to end it all. Then a plane crash almost ends it for her. Now she’s crawling from the wreckage with the only other survivor (Corey Hawkins) and a new drive to stay alive.
Jann and Cricket think they have what it takes to become TV’s newest house-flipping couple. Unfortunately, a Mexican drug cartel thinks so too. Now the delusional duo has to survive their newest project — renovating the cartel’s mansions.
No Parental Controls
Quibi offers two different tiers for their service. Their ad-supported tier will include unskippable 6-15 second pre-roll ads, with longer shows (over 7 minutes) getting the longer pre-roll ads. Every hour of content will include approximately 2.5 minutes of ads.
Quibi will let you watch and download shows to access on-the-go. This means even if you are without an internet connection you can still stream your favorite shows and movies.
No International Access
Currently, the service is only available in U.S. and Canada.
Quibi’s app features “Turnstyle,” which allows for seamless fullscreen viewing whether the consumer is holding their phone in landscape or portrait mode.
Quibi is compatible with these devices:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Apple TV
- Google Chromecast (Google Cast)
- Android TV
- Android Phone/Tablet
- LG Smart TV (AirPlay)
- Samsung Smart TV (AirPlay)
- Sony Smart TV
- VIZIO Smart TV (AirPlay/Google Cast)
Quibi is now available on TV devices like Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV. You can also AirPlay and Cast from your iOS and Android devices.
You won’t be able to stream Quibi on your computer. To watch shows, you will need to install their mobile or TV apps.
Phone & Tablet Apps
Quibi is available on iOS and Android. They have a dedicated tablet app for iPad, but not on Android tablets.
Most video streams are in 1080p HD.
Content has stereo audio.