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Tue May 12, 2020, 08:46 AM

Jeffrey Katzenberg Blames Pandemic for Quibi's Rough Start

New York Times

LOS ANGELES — Jeffrey Katzenberg hasn’t left his Beverly Hills home in nearly 50 days.

Deprived of a frenetic schedule that, before the coronavirus pandemic, typically meant three breakfast meetings, three lunch meetings and a working dinner, the veteran executive has filled his days with what he calls “Zoom-a-roo” videoconferences as he tries to rejigger Quibi, the streaming app he started with Meg Whitman a little more than a month ago.

Downloads have been anemic, despite a lineup that includes producers and stars like Jennifer Lopez, LeBron James, Idris Elba, Steven Spielberg and Chrissy Teigen.

The service, which offers entertainment and news programs in five- to 10-minute chunks, was designed to be watched on the go by people who are too busy to sit down and stream TV shows or movies. It came out when millions of people were not going anywhere because of stay-at-home orders across the country.

“I attribute everything that has gone wrong to coronavirus,” Mr. Katzenberg said in a video interview. “Everything. But we own it.”


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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 08:49 AM

1. I dunno, I'll watch good content from home,

even if it comes in 10 minute chunks

But,I haven't found it on Quibi.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 08:57 AM

2. Do we really need yet another streaming service??

How many separate services are we supposed to subscribe to?
What we need is a good aggregator service.

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Reply #2)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:14 AM

3. I can see where the THEORY made sense...

The screen size of a phone doesn't lend itself to Netflix or Hulu, and someone carrying a phone probably has smaller windows of time to watch something.

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