Quibi set to miss year one subscriber target by more than five million

The poor launch of Quibi is set to continue even as much of the US eases out of lockdown, with the streamer on course to massively miss its year one target. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the short-form streaming start-up which generated more than US$1.75 billion ahead of its April 6 […]

Quibi looks to diffuse internal tensions with staff memo, top exec salary cut

Top execs at short-form streamer Quibi have waved away suggestions that it could lay off staff. According to a memo sent to staff from Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman, the executives were matter of fact. The memo said: “We are not laying off staff as a part of cost-saving measures. We’ve recently […]

Quibi now viewable on TV sets with AirPlay update

Users of big budget short-form streamer Quibi can now watch videos from the app on their TVs. Tweeting on May 27, Quibi’s product, design and engineering lead Tom Conrad said that “Sure we designed Quibi for on-the-go, but these days visiting the family room is like a day trip… so AirPlay support is live for […]

Katzenberg blames Quibi’s stumbling start on coronavirus

Jeffrey Katzenberg has admitted that the performance of his shortform streamer Quibi has been “not close to what we wanted” since its launch in April, but blamed the lack of uptake on Covid-19. Quibi said it has been downloaded 3.5 million times to date, with 1.3 million active users, far short of its target to […]

Elliott backs Eko in legal fight against Katzenberg’s Quibi

Activist investor outfit Elliott Management has reportedly joined forces with technology outfit Eko to finance a lawsuit against Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi. According to the Wall Street Journal, Elliott is offering financial support for the intellectual property infringement lawsuit in exchange for equity in the company. Eko took action against Quibi in March, alleging that the […]

Quibi leaked user info to advertisers and trackers without permission

Nascent short form streamer Quibi shared the email addresses of its users with third-parties without permission, new research has found. According to a report from Zach Edwards of analytics consultancy Victory Medium, the Jeffrey Katzenberg-founded company has made the email addresses of users available to the likes of Google, Twitter Snapchat and Facebook in order […]

Quibi has passed 2.7 million downloads, says founder Katzenberg

Quibi has been downloaded more than 2.7 million times since its April 6 launch, founder Jeffrey Katzenberg has said.  Speaking to Reuters, the former Dreamworks CEO said that the short-form streamer had been downloaded an additional 1 million times since its first week and that the figure is “encouraging” for a brand that had no […]

Quibi debuts with 1.7 million downloads in first week

Short-form streamer Quibi had a successful debut week with over 1.7 million downloads, CEO Meg Whitman has said.  There had been concerns that the on-the-go SVOD would be hamstrung by a nation that is largely housebound but the CEO told CNBC that “We don’t actually think it hurt us… It turns out people have in-between […]

Quibi day one downloads just 7.5% of Disney+ 

Quibi, the ambitious mobile-only short-form streamer helmed by industry stalwart Jeffrey Katzenberg, amassed a respectable 300,000 downloads in its first 24 hours. According to Sensor Tower, the app – which launched on April 6 in the US and Canada – managed to reach third in the Apple App Store chart behind Zoom and TikTok. Though […]

T-Mobile users get one year of Quibi for free

Ahead of its launch on April 6, short-form streamer Quibi has announced a US distribution deal with T-Mobile to give a year’s free access to the service to qualifying customers. A deal had previously been rumoured, but T-Mobile has confirmed a deal. In particular, customers must have two or more voice lines on Magenta and […]