Roku, the digital media service that acts as a hub for streaming and smart TVs, is currently in discussion with the now-defunct streaming service Quibi to acquire the rights to its library of original content, according to Deadline. Quibi was previously launched in April 2020 and offered a plethora of original short-form television content meant for mobile devices. The new streaming service centered its series around marketable and big-name stars, yet Quibi had to announce its end within a year span in October 2020 before ending service on December 1.
Quibi, short for quick bites, was founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman in an effort to have a mobile streaming service that featured short, succinct television stories. The platform featured dramas and comedies in addition to the unscripted reality and docuseries forms and short-form news as well. Some of its original content included the likes of drama series, The Fugitive, Most Dangerous Game, #FreeRayshawn, and The Stranger, on top of comedies like Mapleworth Murders and Die Hart. Quibi also featured a revival of the Comedy Central sitcom Reno 911! with a 25-episode seventh season. This streaming service featured the likes of Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Liam Hemsworth (Thor), and others to help bolster its credibility in the streaming world.
In its origins, Quibi was a $1.75 billion dollar investment. Currently, the proposed deal with Roku would allow for the transfer of streaming rights of Quibi’s content, yet it is unknown the exact financial details of the deal since it is not finalized, according to the Wall Street Journal.