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Report: Going free could work best for Quibi

Quibi recently informed subscribers in Australia and New Zealand of two significant changes to their service: not only would monthly subscription fees be reduced by 40 per cent, but a free ad-supported plan would be phased in over time. Both portend sweeping changes for major markets such as the US, according to a report from […]

August 19, 2020

Analyst: SVoD drives demand for LGBT+ content

Research from Ampere Analysis has revealed that the SVoD players are leading the way in commissioning LGBT+ content. Between Q1 2019 and Q2 2020, 12 commissioners globally ordered multiple LGBT+ movies or series. 80 per cent of those commissions were destined

August 10, 2020

Quibi tests free tier in Australia, NZ

Quibi has launched a free, ad-supported tier in Australia and New Zealand. The SVoD service, which specialises in short-form content for mobiles, launched on April 6th in limited regions, and has failed to make much of an impact in an already crowded market – which founder Jeffrey Katzenberg has largely blamed on the pandemic. Although […]

August 6, 2020

160 Emmy nominations for Netflix

Netflix has seen its content earn a combined 160 Emmy nominations – a record amount that beats the 137 nods received by HBO in 2019. HBO still had the most-nominated show in Watchmen – an innovative sequel to the celebrated graphic novel that tackled racism in the US – which earned 26 nods. Succession also […]

July 29, 2020

Teigen brings Eye Candy to Quibi

US model Chrissy Teigen is bringing the Eye Candy game show to short-form streaming platform Quibi. Based on the popular Japanese game show Sokkuri Sweets from Nippon TV, Eye Candy is “centred around teams of celebrities and civilians who will attempt to identify outrageous edible creations designed to look like everyday ordinary objects”. The series […]

July 28, 2020

Quibi sees off Eko tech challenge

Quibi has won its legal battle with developer Eko who had alleged the theft of their intellectual property to power Quibi’s Turnstyle feature. Eko sued in March, saying Quibi stole its tech to achieve Turnstyle, the crucial function that switches video from vertical to horizontal formats in real time for mobile users. Eko claimed that […]

July 14, 2020

Report: Streaming leads US customer satisfaction

Americans staying home are happier with their Internet and subscription TV service, according to the ACSI Telecommunications Report 2019-2020 from The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Video streaming maintains its status leading customer satisfaction Covid-19 has dramatically changed the way Americans work and how they spend their leisure time. With stay-at-home and work-from-home becoming a […]

June 9, 2020

Quibi cuts top pay; denies staff cuts

Motivated by an article in the WSJ, Quibi issued a memo denying it would be making staff cuts – but confirming top execs would take a 10 per cent pay cut. “Nothing has changed since our last company meeting two weeks ago,” the memo from Quibi’s founders Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman. “As we said […]

June 4, 2020