Exciting news today fam, Quibi has just launched in New Zealand and Australia and it’s totally free.
What the hell is Quibi and why should we care? Allow us to educate you. Quibi—short for Quick Bites—is the brainchild of former Disney studio head and Dreamworks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenburg, offering short 10-minute or less segments of content. No more endlessly pausing and restarting mid-stream? So far so good.
Being a Hollywood head honcho for so many years inevitably means that you collect quite the black book of contacts and this is reflected in the A-list names appearing on the roster. From Chrissy Teigen to heartthrob Liam Hemsworth, some of the faces you’ll find on Quibi include Chance the Rapper, Sophie Turner, Andy Cohen, Nicole Richie, Lena Waithe, Sasha Velour, Le Bron and even the Kardashians—if they float your boat.
Some of our fave shows worth binging include The Die Hart series, featuring Kevin Hart who’s fed up of always being cast as the funny guy, loses his rag live on TV and sets out to become an action star. We’ll also be checking out the horror anthology 50 States Of Fright by top Hollywood director Sam Raimi which has 85% on Rotten Tomatoes and Idris Elba’s car stunt show Elba vs Block because.. Idris.
The star of the network however is the LeBron James documentary I PROMISE coming in at a solid 100% fresh. It takes an intimate look at his I PROMISE school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio which sets out to help the most at-risk students and their families. Tissues close for this one.
Can we also mention the absolutely beautiful UI—what’s more you can flip between landscape OR portrait as you see fit which you can’t do on other streaming services... not naming names.
Any catches? Well, the free version comes with ads, but you can pay NZD $7.49 or AUD $6.99 to go ad-free. This is still a paying version in the States, where it was launched to great fanfare in Spring 2020 so dive in and check it out, there’s literally nothing to lose!
Get excited, Mulan is streaming on Disney Plus next month.
Image credit: Quibi