Quibi is the most recent streaming service to launch in an more and more crowded market — and it could be the weirdest one but. As an alternative of counting on huge franchise names or in depth catalogs of previous content material, like Disney Plus, Peacock, or HBO Max are doing, Quibi is betting huge on a mobile-first technique. Its “fast bites” of content material will be watched in 10 minutes or much less, and every bit of content material will be seamlessly transitioned between separate vertical and panorama variations.
Involved in attempting it out? Right here’s the whole lot you’ll want to find out about getting began with Quibi:
How a lot does Quibi price?
Quibi provides two subscription tiers: a $4.99-per-month possibility with “some advertisements” and a $7.99-per-month plan with no advertisements.
There’s additionally a restricted time 90-day free trial for anybody who indicators up at Quibi.com earlier than the tip of April, for these trying to check out the service (and take a look at the content material) earlier than subscribing. Moreover, T-Cellular prospects with a number of strains will likely be eligible to assert a full 12 months of Quibi without spending a dime. (That supply is legitimate from April sixth to July seventh.)
The place is Quibi out there?
To start out, Quibi will solely be out there within the US and Canada, though the corporate has already mentioned that it hopes to develop to different nations sooner or later.
What units can I exploit to look at Quibi?
As a result of mobile-focused nature of Quibi, the one units you should utilize to look at it are smartphones. (Each Android and iOS apps can be found, though they’re strictly designed for telephones, not tablets.)
How lengthy is a Quibi present or film?
Quibi reveals are a lot shorter than conventional TV or motion pictures; every episode (or “chapter,” for the broken-up movies) runs between 5 and 10 minutes. It must be a really completely different expertise than common streaming reveals, however Quibi’s pitch is that it’ll nonetheless supply content material on a high quality stage to match main motion pictures and reveals, simply in a a lot shorter bundle.
How does the entire rotating video factor work?
Quibi’s largest function (or gimmick, relying on whom you ask) is its rotational video known as “Turnstyle.” As an alternative of committing to panorama video, like conventional leisure, or vertical video, as popularized by social apps like Instagram Tales or TikTok, Quibi guarantees that all of its content material will likely be designed with each viewing codecs in thoughts to higher swimsuit cell customers and commuters.
On a sensible stage, which means you possibly can successfully stream two copies of any Quibi present on the similar time — one in vertical and one in panorama — theoretically permitting the app to seamlessly change between the 2 as you rotate your cellphone. Quibi says these movies will use as much as 20 % extra knowledge than conventional movies in a single orientation.
(Keep in mind: when you have rotation lock enabled in your cellphone, Turnstyle received’t work.)
Are there a number of consumer profiles?
Nope. Quibi’s logic right here is that the one place you’ll be watching it’s in your cellphone, which isn’t the form of shared machine (like a TV) that might necessitate profiles. So when you have been planning to attempt to share a single Quibi account, that’s one thing to remember.
What reveals can be found on Quibi?
Quibi is launching at this time, April sixth, with about 50 reveals and films, mixing authentic scripted movies, unscripted actuality reveals, and each day information. The total checklist of launch reveals will be seen right here.
At launch, there are 4 “lighthouse” authentic motion pictures, damaged up into smaller chapters: a remake of The Most Harmful Sport (starring Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz), Survive (with Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins), Flipped (starring Will Forte, Kaitlin Olson, Arturo Castro, Eva Longoria, and Andy Garcia), and When the Streetlights Go On (with nobody you’ve in all probability heard of).
There are additionally 19 unscripted collection at launch, together with Homicide Home Flip, Probability the Rapper’s new tackle Punk’d, and extra.
Lastly, there are Quibi’s “Every day Important” information reveals, which will likely be up to date each day — some at 6:30AM ET, some at 12PM ET, and a batch at 6PM ET — to offer contemporary content material all through the day.
(Disclosure: Vox Media, which owns The Verge, has a cope with Quibi to supply a Polygon Every day Important, and there have been early talks a couple of Verge present.)
Extra content material is anticipated to continuously roll out within the coming days and weeks.
Can I share a Quibi account with family and friends?
Technically sure, however solely one among it is possible for you to to look at at a time. Quibi solely permits a single concurrent stream.
Are you able to watch Quibi reveals offline?
All the pieces on Quibi will be downloaded regionally to your machine so you possibly can watch once you lack an web connection. Offline content material works similar to it does once you’re streaming it, with the flexibility to freely change between horizontal and vertical orientations for content material.