Quibi: What to Expect

What it will cost, how you can watch it, and what you’ll be watching on it

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Craig Hanks
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July 30, 2020
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Everything's closed. People across the country are under mandatory stay-at-home orders. My facial hair is getting out of control. The whole world feels like it's holding its breath, trying not to make any sudden movements, and this is when Quibi decides to release their mega mobile streaming service.

Now to be fair they've had this date set for months and they couldn't have seen all this coming any more than the rest of us. But while everyone else in the world seems to be holding still, Quibi is moving full steam ahead with this release. Now that might seem to make sense since this is a streaming service after all, but then again maybe not—we'll get to that in a minute.

Regardless, Quibi is being released on April 6 joining the 4,000 other streaming services vying for your increasingly sparse dollars while you're glued to your couch. Today's video is all about what to expect from Quibi, what it's gonna cost, how you can watch it, and what you'll be watching on it. So let's dive in.

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How much does Quibi cost?

First up is cost. This is maybe the most important question. Five bucks a month for commercial-supported or $8 a month for commercial-free Quibi. Now you can get a 90-day free trial if you sign up before April 20. Those first 90 days are going to be crucial for Quibi. So that's why they're offering it for free (I assume so you'll at least give it a shot). And they've got 90 days to get people talking about it.

How can I watch Quibi?

As for what devices you can watch this on, well that's simple. This is mobile only—that's mobile only meaning phones and tablets. That's pretty much it. No TVs, no game systems, no streaming sticks. Nothing like that.

Turnstyle works only with mobile

The thing about Quibi is that one of their big selling points is something called Turnstyle. And this Turnstyle means that when you flip your camera one way or the other, it actually changes what you can see on the screen, not just the size of the viewing area on your phone. It'll actually change what you can see based on your orientation. And so that's one of their big selling points.

They promise to get really creative with Turnstyle, but obviously you can't do that with your TV. You can't do that with your laptop. You can only do that with a mobile setup so your phone or your tablet. That's it.

What is Quibi’s content?

As for the content being provided, again this is another selling point here. They're doing everything in chunks of 10 minutes or less. And I do mean everything. They will have three categories:

  • Movies in chapters (again 10 minutes or less)
  • Unscripted and documentaries
  • Daily essentials

Currently, more than three hours of new programming are gonna be released every day. And I'm not gonna list every show that they are going to have. But the ones that are being the most marketed have stars like Sophie Turner, Liam Hemsworth, Eva Longoria, Chrissy Tiegen, Anna Kendrick, and so on. Lots of money spent on talent here. We'll see if it pays off.

When is Quibi’s release date?

All right, back to the release date, April 6. Now previously, all they had to compete with was National Tartan Day—a real thing. So it was smooth sailing as far as a release date goes. The problem now is that they've got a slick, new streaming service that's mobile only. It's meant for people who are on the go, but that's the problem here, on the go. Not a lot of people are going anywhere these days. So I guess we'll have to see if Quibi goes anywhere.

The final rundown

Right, like I said earlier, you can get the first 90 days for free if you sign up by April 20. That's a huge head start to see if you like the service. We'll find out if it's enough to get a little buzz going for Quibi. So are you excited? Is Quibi your thing? Be sure to check in as we release more content and reviews of Quibi in the future.

Craig Hanks
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Craig Hanks
Craig is a long-time writer, presenter, and podcaster, and he now runs the Reviews.org YouTube channel, where he strives to be far more charming and presentable than he is in real life. Within the Reviews.org umbrella, he has accidentally become a streaming expert after covering the streaming wars for almost three years. Craig is also the founder and host of The Legendarium Podcast, his outlet for his love of fantasy and sci-fi literature.

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