Mobile streaming service Quibi just launched in Canada and here are the reviews so far
Quibi has officially launched in Canada, and reviews of the new streaming service are already here.
The Los Angeles-based streaming service offers a selection of videos designed for your phone, including 50+ original shows starring familiar faces such as Chrissy Teigen, Nick Jonas, Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lopez and Kristen Bell.
All episodes are 10 minutes or less.
We’re excited to be the exclusive wireless partner of @Quibi. Watch breakout shows made just for your 📲 Our family plan customers can get access to:— T-Mobile (@TMobile) April 6, 2020
✅ 50+ original shows
✅ Hollywood’s biggest stars
✅ All in episodes 10 minutes or less#QuibiWithUs: https://t.co/4k95RkuvrK pic.twitter.com/OfXqRM4vG0
The much-hyped streaming service has been met with heated reviews so far — particularly because their shows are based on some pretty outlandish concepts.
Among the shows launching on Quibi are "Murder House Flipped", where two designers must sell a house where a homicide took place, and "Dishmantled", where cooks have to recreate a meal that was fired at their face.— Mathew Buck (@FB_BMB) April 6, 2020
These sound like parodies, but they're not.
American news outlet Vox wrote a particularly unforgiving review, calling Quibi a "more expensive YouTube" at best and "Snapchat but with worse quality control" at worst.
I checked out Quibi, and it fucking infuriated me. This is quite possibly one of the angriest things I’ve ever written. I’m just EXHAUSTED. https://t.co/pwmmjomQVD— Emily VanDerWerff (@tvoti) April 6, 2020
While actor Moses Storm compared the streaming service to a paid version of gas station TV.
Quibi is like if the gas station TV cost money— mosesstorm (@MosesStorm) April 6, 2020
Some people are pointing out that if you're going to splash out for a streaming service, you might as well pay for Netflix or Disney+, since both services offer more content than Quibi.
Let me get this straight. @Quibi is:— Andrew Wilkinson (@awilkinson) April 6, 2020
1. The same price as Netflix and Disney+
2. Except with a fraction of the shows
3. I can’t watch it on my big screen
4. And it’s called Quibi (qwih-bee)
However, there are some positive reviews of Quibi so far.
Plenty of people are loving Nicole Richie's show "Nikki Fre$h," a six-episode spoof on the wellness industry.
Nicole Richie’s Quibi is the best Quibi I watched. Long may Nicole Richie reign. Watch Great News on Netflix.— Esther Zuckerman (@ezwrites) April 6, 2020
While others gave Chrissy Teigen's comedic court-style series an enthusiastic thumbs-up.
I just binged Chrissy’s Court. I’m ready for more.— Jayde (@jayde_394) April 6, 2020
Although is it even considered binge watching when it took 37 minutes? @chrissyteigen official ruling?
And this Netflix employee was particularly impressed with Quibi's original interface and fantastic editing.
Quibi.— kyle a.b. (@kyalbr) April 6, 2020
+ The interface is incredible. It detects if you’re holding your phone vertically or horizontally and changes the layout on the fly.
+ The editing is A1 and each show feels bite sized rather than a small bite.
+ The content feels made-for-Quibi and does its own thing. pic.twitter.com/J0UQ7XtVV5
The takeaway? Quibi isn't all that it was hyped up to be, but there are a few shows worth watching.
And with the government predicting that social distancing in Canada could last for months, any form of new entertainment is thoroughly welcome.
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