Quibi

This represents an over 8,000% increase from $1.8 million in the first quarter of 2023, when just 21 apps were available.

Quibi redux? Short drama apps saw record revenue in Q1 2024

Was Quibi a failure or just before its time? This month, a short-video app and Quibi-like entertainment service called ReelShort found its way to the top of the App Store,…

A Quibi-like app called ReelShort hit record downloads and revenue this month

His firm has been injecting capital into an eclectic group of companies lately, and we wanted to find out what he’s been up to.

Jeffrey Katzenberg, WndrCo flex funding muscles with string of new deals

Roku this morning announced an expansion of its original content lineup, with the addition of 23 new Roku Original programs that will debut on August 13 on The Roku Channel…

Roku expands its original programming lineup with 23 more shows acquired from Quibi

Roku is expanding its programming for its free content hub, The Roku Channel, with today’s launch of its own weekly entertainment program called “Roku Recommends.” The 15-minute show will leverage…

Roku debuts a 15-minute weekly series that recommends what to watch next

Roku today announced the launch of its own original programming, which will initially become available to viewers in the U.S., U.K. and Canada through the media platform’s free streaming hub,…

Roku will launch original programming fueled by Quibi’s content on May 20

Earlier this year, Roku acquired the program catalog from Quibi, the short-form video app backed by Jeffrey Katzenberg that had failed to gain traction amid the pandemic, despite nearly $2…

Quibi’s content is coming to Roku as ‘Roku Originals,’ will kick off Roku’s investment in original content

Quibi’s content will live on, Hyundai may partner with Apple and Donald Trump returns to Twitter. This is your Daily Crunch for January 8, 2021. The big story: Roku buys…

Daily Crunch: Roku buys Quibi’s content library
Startups

Roku acquires Quibi’s content

7:08 am PST • January 8, 2021

Quibi is dead, but its shows will live on. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Roku was in talks to acquire the short-form video service’s content. And this…

Roku acquires Quibi’s content

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Remembering the startups we lost in 2020

Even in a non-hell year, running a successful startup is a tremendous lift. After the events of 2020, however, no doubt many already lean businesses are hanging on by the skin of their teeth. For every company that saw increased interest in their offerings during the pandemic, there were several that simply couldn’t make it…

12:00 pm PST • December 22, 2020
Remembering the startups we lost in 2020

Unlike unicorn companies, zebras are lean, efficient and consistent.

Silicon Valley should reward zebras, not unicorns

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How startups can shake up their first idea and still crush the market

When Quibi announced it was shutting its doors recently after raising $1.75 billion, it begged an obvious question: If the original idea didn’t work, why not adjust its model or do something completely different while it still had capital? It wouldn’t have been the first company to decide to shift gears. Perhaps because of the…

10:02 am PST • November 3, 2020
How startups can shake up their first idea and still crush the market

Week in Review: Snapchat strikes back

6:00 am PDT • October 25, 2020

Hello hello, and welcome back to Week in Review. Last week, I wrote about the possibility of a pending social media detente, this week I’m talking about a rising threat…

Week in Review: Snapchat strikes back

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is…

This Week in Apps: Quibi dies, Snapchat soars, Halide upgrades for iPhone 12

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The short, strange life of Quibi

“All that is left now is to offer a profound apology for disappointing you and, ultimately, for letting you down,” Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman wrote, closing out an open letter posted to Medium. “We cannot thank you enough for being there with us, and for us, every step of the way.” With that, the…

11:38 am PDT • October 23, 2020
The short, strange life of Quibi

Quibi is shutting down — we know that much for sure. But when? If you’re looking to blast through all 25 episodes of the Reno 911 revival series before Quibi…

Quibi says it will shut down in early December

Yes, the media f’ing gorged on the Quibi story yesterday. We did, they did, everyone did. And really, truly, how could anyone not? Nearly $2 billion came in (with $350…

Respect the hustle, not the stupidity

The end is in sight for Quibi, PayPal adds cryptocurrency support and Netflix tests a new promotional strategy. This is your Daily Crunch for October 21, 2020. The big story:…

Daily Crunch: Quibi is shutting down

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4 quick bites and obituaries on Quibi (RIP 2020-2020)

In memory of the death of Quibi, here’s a quick sendoff from four of our writers who came together to discuss what we can learn from Quibi’s amazing, instantaneous, billions-of-dollars failure. Lucas Matney looks at what the potential was for Quibi and how it missed the mark in media. Danny Crichton discusses why billions of…

3:02 pm PDT • October 21, 2020
4 quick bites and obituaries on Quibi (RIP 2020-2020)

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Quibi is dead

Plagued with growth issues, Quibi, a short-form mobile-native video platform, is shutting down, according to multiple reports. The startup, co-founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, had raised nearly $2 billion in its lifetime as a private company. Quibi did not respond to requests for comment from TechCrunch. The company’s prolific fundraising efforts spanned prominent…

1:02 pm PDT • October 21, 2020
Quibi is dead

“Wireless” is probably the best showcase so far for Quibi’s Turnstyle technology. That’s the technology that allows the streaming video app to switch seamlessly between landscape and portrait mode depending…

Original Content podcast: ‘Wireless’ shows off Quibi’s Turnstyle technology

NBCU’s Peacock appears to be having a somewhat better launch than Quibi did, based on data from app store intelligence firm Sensor Tower. While numbers pointing to new app downloads…

NBCU’s Peacock streaming service hits 1.5M app downloads in first 6 days

This week we dig into the news of a possible TikTok ban in the U.S. Also, both Android and iOS saw beta launches. We also look at the coronavirus’ impact…

This Week in Apps: US ponders TikTok ban, apps see a record Q2, iOS 14 public beta arrives

The Independence Day weekend was a big one for Quibi — it was time to see how many of their earliest subscribers would convert from free users to paid subscribers.…

Report says Quibi lost 92% of its earliest users after free trials expired
Media & Entertainment

What went wrong with Quibi?

11:47 am PDT • June 23, 2020

Two months after Quibi’s high-profile launch as a short-form mobile-native TV app led by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, it is evident the startup is greatly underperforming relative to the…

What went wrong with Quibi?

After teasing the series’ arrival for some months, Quibi is finally ready to launch its take on 60 Minutes for the social media generation. What that mainly means is content…

’60 Minutes’ producers launch a ’10 minute or less’ Quibi series in bid to attract younger viewers

If you haven’t checked out Quibi and the lack of Chromecast support was the thing holding you back: Now’s the time. Just a few weeks after adding AirPlay support, Quibi…

Quibi gets Chromecast support on iOS and Android

When it launched in April, Quibi carried the express mission statement of offering short-form videos designed to watch on-the-fly. The service’s narrow focus rubbed a lot of potential subscribers the…

Quibi inches toward usability by adding AirPlay streaming support

Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg is admitting that the short-form video service’s launch hasn’t gone the way he’d hoped — and he knows what to blame for its issues. “I attribute…

Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg blames coronavirus for the streaming app’s challenges

Newly launched mobile streaming service Quibi is killing one of its more highly anticipated series — a show depicting Snapchat’s origin story, focused on founder Evan Spiegel. The news was…

Quibi reportedly kills its show about Snapchat’s founding