A brand new video streaming service is here.
Quibi is officially launching today in the US and Canada. You can get a 90-day free trial of the service if you sign up at Quibi.com before the end of April. Normal pricing is set at $4.99 per month with ads or $7.99 per month without ads.
T-Mobile customers can get a full year of Quibi free with select rate plans. You can find the full rundown on that offer here, and if you qualify, you can add Quibi using the mytmobile.com website or the T-Mobile apps for Android and iOS.
Quibi is short for "quick bites", and the service is designed around offering you short videos that you watch on your phone. Everything on the service is 10 minutes or less, including movies told in 7 to 10 minute chapters and news shows that are 5 to 6 minutes in length.
There's a variety of content available in Quibi, with shows like Chrissy's Court with Chrissy Teigen, Punk'd hosted by Chance the Rapper, and Most Dangerous Game with Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz. There are also news and sports shows like Around the World by BBC News and The Replay by ESPN.
Quibi is promising that it'll have new episodes of movies, documentaries and series, and Daily Essentials with news, sports, and weather daily. There will be more than 25 new episodes every day, and in its first year, Quibi is aiming to launch 175 new original shows and 8,500 new bits of content.
Another major feature of Quibi is called Turnstyle. With it, you can watch your show in full screen in either portrait or landscape orientation. This allows you to get a different view of what's going on, and you can switch between the two views any time you want.
Right now seems like it's simultaneously a great time for Quibi to launch and a difficult time. With many people self-isolating at home to fight the spread of coronavirus, there are lots of folks thirsty for new videos and shows to watch, and Quibi is promising lots of that. At the same time, Quibi is only available on your phone, and some people may not want to watch shows exclusively on their phone when they're at home and have their TV available.
Are you going to try Quibi? If you do, be sure to let us know what you think of it!