I remember all the hullabaloo about Quibi... I didn't quite get it. Mini Youtube, right?
Well, I wasn't sure if it just fizzled out or what, but as it turns out - Roku just bought them and will roll it into the Roku brand as "Roku Originals".
Roku Unveils “Roku Originals” Brand, Bringing Bold, Fresh Entertainment to The Roku Channel
Content from Quibi Acquisition to be Re-Branded as Roku® Originals and
Will Be Available to Stream Exclusively for Free Soon
TORONTO, Canada — Apr. 21, 2021 - Roku, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKU) today announced that the content from the Quibi acquisition in January will be re-branded as “Roku Originals” and will be launched on The Roku Channel. "Roku Originals" will also be the brand name for future original programming for The Roku Channel, the home of free, ad-supported entertainment on the Roku platform, for viewers in Canada. Additional details on the launch of Roku Originals will be shared in May.
From award-winning scripted entertainment and engaging documentaries, to new breakout unscripted series, Roku Originals will give viewers free access to bold, fresh entertainment from the biggest names in Hollywood. Viewers can enjoy relevant, diverse entertainment that is accessible to everyone, everywhere The Roku Channel is available. More than 75 Roku Originals, including a dozen unreleased series, will debut for the first time on The Roku Channel this year.
“Every day, millions of viewers turn to The Roku Channel to find quality programming they love,” said Sweta Patel, Vice President of Engagement Growth Marketing, at Roku. “We’re thrilled to introduce this award-winning and diverse portfolio of entertainment under the Roku Originals brand – it's relevant, fun and thought-provoking TV that has something for everyone from the best talent in Hollywood, including Anna Kendrick, Chrissy Teigen, Lena Waithe, Idris Elba, Kevin Hart, and Liam Hemsworth. The Roku Channel is the place for incredible, free programming and we are excited to bring this premium content to the biggest screen in the home.”
Roku Originals will join The Roku Channel’s diverse lineup of more than 25,000 free movies and programs. In addition to Roku streaming players, The Roku Channel is available on Roku TV™ models produced by TCL, Hisense, Sharp, RCA, Westinghouse and Sanyo.
For more information, visit https://www.roku.com.
About Roku, Inc.
Roku pioneered streaming to the TV. We connect users to the streaming content they love, enable content publishers to build and monetize large audiences, and provide advertisers with unique capabilities to engage consumers. Roku streaming players and TV-related audio devices are available in the U.S. and in select countries through direct retail sales and licensing arrangements with service operators. Roku TV™ models are available in the U.S. and in select countries through licensing arrangements with TV brands. Roku is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. U.S.A.