The Roku blog notes that the “quick bites and big stories made famous on Quibi” will be available to stream on The Roku Channel later this year, giving audiences access to “hundreds of hours of new content,” which will be free to watch on the platform. The catalog includes everything from Sophie Turner’s thriller Survive to Chrissy Teigen’s courtroom comedy Chrissy’s Court.In addition to the content that released on Quibi last year, Roku has acquired the rights to “more than a dozen shows” that never aired on the now-defunct platform, which will be available to viewers in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. for the first time. Those programs, per Variety, include Spielberg’s After Dark, a horror series created by Steven Spielberg, and lso Slugfest, a docuseries from the Russo Brothers.
“We are thrilled that these stories, from the surreal to the sublime, have found a new home on The Roku Channel,” Quibi co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg said in a statement.
When Quibi debuted back in April 2020, co-founder Jeffery Katzenberg told the Los Angeles Times he hoped the streamer would become “the third generation of film narrative,” by combining the strengths of movies and episodic television into one cohesive force. The service launched with $2 billion in financial resources, however, the company was ultimately met with diminishing returns.
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After six months, Katzenberg and Quibi CEO Meg Whitman announced that the streamer was being shut down, shortly after news circulated about a potential buyout or merger. The two of them issued an official statement and apology regarding the closure of the platform, in which they extended their gratitude to the Quibi team for pouring their “blood, sweat, and tears” into the business.
For more about Quibi and its offering, check out our review of the short-lived streaming service.
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.