Quibi UK: What’s available at launch?
James R | On 06, Apr 2020
Quibi has quietly dropped in the UK today, with a surprise launch that sees the mobile-only streaming platform available to Brits on the same day as it lands in the US.
The platform, founded by DreamWorks veteran Jeffrey Katzenberg, aims to differentiate itself from Netflix by focusing on short-form content, with “movies” divided into 7-to-10-minute chunks that can only be streamed on your mobile device. The idea of on-the-move streaming at a time when the country is locked down in their living rooms might seem strange, but Quibi is hoping that a combination of a 90-day free trial – it usually costs £7.99 a month – and a star-studded line-up of originals will help to win over subscribers.
Quibi’s content is divided into two categories: Scripted programmes, which are called “Movies in Chapters”, and “Daily Essentials”, which comprise lifestyle, entertainment or news videos that you might find on YouTube. At launch, four scripted shows are available, with 20 unscripted titles – including documentaries, reality series and other entertainment shows. Other “Daily Essentials” are a YouTube-esque potpourri that includes branded and unbranded offerings, such as news, weather, a round-up of late night talk show highlights from EW (“Last Night’s Late Night”), movie trailers from Fandango, “Sexology” by Shan Boodram and more.
Here’s your guide to the Quibi launch line-up:
Most Dangerous Game
“Staying alive comes at a price.” Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz star in this dystopian thriller about a man who is desperate and in debt. New episodes every weekday.
When the Streetlights Go On
A double-homicide in a small midwestern suburb rattles the lives of a group of teenagers and sends investigators searching for answers in the fall of 1995. A meditation on growing up, the passing of time, and the insidious violence that lurks in the suburbs. Chosen Jacobs, Sophie Thatcher, Sam Strike, Queen Latifah, Tony Hale and Mark Duplass star in this coming-of-age drama.
Jane wants to end it all. Then a plane crash almost ends it for her. Now she’s crawling from the wreckage with Paul, the only other survivor, and a new drive to stay alive. Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins in this tense drama. New episodes every weekday.
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. Wil Forte, Andy Garcia and Eva Longoria star. New episodes every weekday.
Real people. Real cases. And real, legally binding decisions. If you thought Chrissy Teigen couldn’t become an actual courtroom judge, you’ve been overruled. New episodes every weekday.
Thanks a Million
Big names. Big money. Big Giving. Celebrities kickstart a chain of kindness, each gifting $100,000 to an unsuspecting individual who have had a positive impact on their lives – with a catch. Watch as the “pay it forward” chain unfolds. New episodes every weekday.
The prank series returns with Chance the Rapper as host. New episodes every weekday.
Murder House Flip
An unconventional home renovation show that takes on the country’s most infamous homes: ones known for the mysterious murders within their walls. Designers Joelle and Mikel remove the stains of the past and make once morbid homes marvelous. New episodes every weekday.
Skrrt With Offset
This series follows Offset as he joins celebrity friends like Cardi B, Lil Yachty, and Jay Leno to explore all things cars. New episodes every weekday.
Who’s the best dance crew in the country? Viral dance sensations Ayo & Teo travel across America as teams battle head-to-head for a chance to take home $25,000. New episodes every weekday.
Music has many masters. Some play instruments. Others computers. Some balance audio levels. Others balance minds. But they all play a critical part in making the artform sing. New episodes every weekday.
Nicole Richie spreads her message of environmental love through her new musical persona, “Nikki Fre$h”, a trap music artist who makes eco-conscious choices while dropping sick beats and performing in over the top music videos. New episodes every weekday.
Sassy singles. Daring DMs. Real deal breakers. Singled Out is back to help singles navigate the treacherous waters of dating in the digital age. Who will get stuck in the friend zone and who will be singled out? New episodes every weekday.
Glitter. Rainbows. Grand entrances. Matt Rogers & Dave Mizzoni host as two straight contestants compete in a series of physical, mental, and performance challenges to test their gay knowlege. Who will reign forevermore as “Queen of the Straights”? New episodes every weekday.
Take two blindfolded chef contestants. Add Tituss Burgess. Get him to blast a dish into their face. Then make them recreate it for celebrity judges to win a cash prize. Yes, really. New episodes every weekday.
You Ain’t Got These
Lena Waithe fronts this show about sneakers and sneaker culture. New episodes every weekday.
In this nature series, presented and narrated by Reese Witherspoon, we explore the remarkable females of the animal kingdom. From ants to cheetahs, these ladies call the shots in their world and sit at the top of the social hierarchy earning them the title “fierce queens”. New episodes every weekday.
Each episode of this docu-series profiles a young athlete projected to be the next big thing in their respective sport, giving an inside look as they train towards their next historic sports moment. New episodes every weekday.
Run This City
This doc-series follows Jasiel Correia, the youngest mayor in Massachusetts history, who faces wire fraud and extortion prosecutions as he prepares for re-election in his hometown. New episodes every weekday.
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. Hungry yet? New episodes every weekday.
Sasha Velour and her cast members are preparing for the biggest drag showcase of their lives. Expect heart, humor, and a heck of a lot of glamour. New episodes every weekday.
In America, a child drops out of school every 26 seconds. For NBA great LeBron James, that was the breaking point. Now he’s ready to fight dropout rates by founding the I Promise public school. New episodes every weekday.
Will Arnett dives into the archives of pop culture revisiting trends, inventions and events that haven’t aged very well. New episodes every weekday.
Gone Mental with Lior
Is it possible to read another person’s thoughts? Mentalist Lior Suchard thinks so. New episodes every weekday.