Roku Buys Quibi Catalog, Will Stream It Free

Quibi will live on in 2021 - as part of Roku.

The company has purchased the short-lived streaming platform's catalog of shows and will stream them for free on The Roku Channel.

Quibi launched in April to great fanfare but last just six months, despite most streaming services enjoying a boom during the pandemic. 

Roku reportedly paid less than $100 million for the library of 75-plus shows featuring such stars as Idris Elba, Kevin Hart, Liam Hemsworth, Anna Kendrick, Nicole Richie, Chrissy Teigen and Lena Waithe.

"More than a dozen Quibi shows will debut on the Roku Channel for first time. Those include “The Now,” a suicide-themed comedy from Peter Farrelly, and “Slugfest,” a docuseries based on the story of Marvel vs DC comics from the Russo brothers. Another evidently will be “Spielberg’s After Dark,” a horror series from Steven Spielberg (which originally was designed to be viewed only after sunset on Quibi)." (Variety)