5 months after scooping up the movies of now-defunct cell streaming service Quibi, Roku has set a date for his or her large—er, bigger—display screen debut as “Roku Originals” on The Roku Channel.
Roku says that 30 of the previous Quibi exhibits, now rebranded as “Roku Originals” and starring the likes of Kevin Hart, Anna Kendrick, Liam Hemsworth, Titus Burgess, Jennifer Lopez, and Keifer Sutherland, will start streaming on The Roku Channel beginning on Could 20, which simply so occurs to be Streaming Day.
All the Roku Originals exhibits will probably be free and ad-supported, with a few minute of promoting positioned between every 10-minute episode.
Viewers within the U.S., Canada, and U.Okay. will be capable of watch the exhibits anyplace that The Roku Channel is obtainable, together with on the net, on Roku gamers and TVs, Amazon Fireplace TVs, choose Samsung TVs, and on the cell Roku Channel app for iOS and Android, with no account or sign-in required.
Right here’s are all these Roku Originals exhibits that may start streaming on Could 20:
- About Face
- Dangerous Concepts with Adam Devine
- Massive Rad Wolf
- Chrissy’s Courtroom
- Cup of Joe
- Die Hart
- Combat Like a Lady
- The Fugitive
- Gayme Present
- Iron Sharpens Iron
- Final Seems
- Let’s Roll with Tony Greenhand
- Most Harmful Sport
- Homicide Home Flip
- Homicide Unboxed
- Reno 911!
- Form of Pasta
- Thanks a Million
- You Ain’t Bought These
Roku acquired Quibi’s library of greater than 75 short-form video titles in early 2021. Roku exec Sweta Patel instructed me that the streaming firm plans on releasing the remainder of the movies in waves later this 12 months.
To mark the debut of Roku Originals and Streaming Day, Roku will probably be providing reductions on a few of its hottest units, together with $10 off the Roku Streaming Stick+, $30 off the Streambar and Roku Ultra, and $5 off the Roku Express. These costs will probably be in impact from Could 16 to 29.
Quibi was, in fact, the high-profile, mobile-only streaming platform based by Jeffrey Katzenberg that debuted final 12 months, solely to crash and burn six months later after solely drawing a half-million subscribers.
Whereas Quibi had the backing of such big-name Hollywood studios as Disney, Sony, NBCUniversal, Time Warner, and Viacom, it had the unhealthy luck of taking off in 2020, the 12 months everybody stayed residence due to the pandemic. Roku, which has been pushing onerous to ramp up its personal library of streaming movies and “linear” TV channels, snapped up Quibi’s video library in January for (reportedly) less than $100 million.
Apart from its Quibi video acquisition, Roku made a splash in March when it made a deal with This Old House Ventures, which included a library of greater than 1,500 This Previous Home episodes.
Roku additionally simply bowed its first exclusive show, an FBI crime present referred to as Cypher.