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Quibi has added AirPlay support, allowing iPhone users to stream content from the short-form mobile video service to Apple TV and AirPlay-compatible smart TVs.

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Quibi features "movie quality" original shows that are framed to fit phone screens and come in episodes of 10 minutes or less to cater for on-the-go lifestyles. The service first announced it would offer support for streaming protocols in May, but didn't specifically mention Apple's AirPlay.

Quibi chief producer Tom Conrad revealed the new feature in a tweet announcing Quibi version 1.3. Conrad said the company is "working hard" to bring Chromecast support to the service sometime in June.


Since its launch in early April, Quibi has accrued an impressive 1.3 million active users, but as The Verge points out, that's far short of the 10 million subscribers Disney Plus picked up on its first day.

Quibi for iPhone is available to download from the App Store [Direct Link] with a free 14-day trial.

Article Link: Quibi for iPhone Gains AirPlay Support for Streaming to the Big Screen
 
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Wait. They make videos in a portrait aspect ratio especially to watch on your phone and now let you stream that to your landscape TV? Doesn't sound like they take their idea seriously.
(Never heard of Quibi before so I might get it wrong)
 
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I watched anything I liked at launch, nothing interesting released since. It’s also stupid how it doesn’t take advantage of mobile at all. You can’t even share screenshots to make memes, you can’t comment on an episode. Not even pirates seem to care to leak episodes lol How about a live chat with friends or something? You can’t even interact with the story. Something like the Black Mirror movie on Netflix should have been a given and their shows aren’t really 10 min episodes either. It’s basically one big episode cut into little pieces like why? The whole service is just a union loophole so they do not have to pay the staff on set properly.

i hope it keeps on failing for this reason alone

Wait. They make videos in a portrait aspect ratio especially to watch on your phone and now let you stream that to your landscape TV? Doesn't sound like they take their idea seriously.
(Never heard of Quibi before so I might get it wrong)

you can watch their shows in either landscape or portrait mode and I don’t get what the big deal is. Most of their stuff isn’t really made for „portrait„ as they claim, only like text is centered so you can read it both ways. Portrait mode still cuts off too much of a scene (like other people or scenery) and should be offensive to any directors work
 
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Wait. They make videos in a portrait aspect ratio especially to watch on your phone and now let you stream that to your landscape TV? Doesn't sound like they take their idea seriously.
(Never heard of Quibi before so I might get it wrong)
Excellent point, should allow then for the opposite (somehow) better... stream “backwards” from usual Apple TV intended content, chop it smartly for 5 to 10mins digests, allow for social media (chat, text, comment, highlights, screenshot taking and markup, etc) for each section, have trivia for actors, songs detected say the artist - album - title, etc

I guess mission accomplished, didn’t know who or what Quibi is, but while checking often for WWDC and new iMacs rumors confirmations... now I do.

So, is this original content? Or along the lines of taking a show, say, Friends episode cropped and chopped? Because I love short films, some of them leave an everlasting taste and I don’t know of any service that only caters to that, was hoping for this to be that: the Netflix of short films.
 
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Wouldn't a tvOS version be most straight-forward?

they Never even wanted to include airplay but all the 1 star ratings at the AppStore changed their mind. Their business „idea“ was mobile ONLY to watch quick stuff on your „commute“. Too bad corona virus came along, which forced most people to stay at home or the business idea being stupid in the first place


Excellent point, should allow then for the opposite (somehow) better... stream “backwards” from usual Apple TV intended content, chop it smartly for 5 to 10mins digests, allow for social media (chat, text, comment, highlights, screenshot taking and markup, etc) for each section, have trivia for actors, songs detected say the artist - album - title, etc

I guess mission accomplished, didn’t know who or what Quibi is, but while checking often for WWDC and new iMacs rumors confirmations... now I do.

So, is this original content? Or along the lines of taking a show, say, Friends episode cropped and chopped? Because I love short films, some of them leave an everlasting taste and I don’t know of any service that only caters to that, was hoping for this to be that: the Netflix of short films.

All their shows are original but they are not really 10 Minute episodes as they like to claim. Most are basically just an hour Long episode cut into little ~12 episode pieces with a new one coming out every week day.

i am not sure who thought this was a good idea when people are in fact used to binging shows now.
it reminds me of back in the day when you watched episodes on YouTube with 1 of 20 parts 😅
 
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1.3 million is not impressive for the hype, money and Hollywood "talent" behind this project.

 
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ipponrg

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I got this for free from T-Mobile, but I think I've opened the app once. I should probably drop it so I stop inflating their subscriber numbers and they can fold sooner.

Because you got it for free and even if you drop it, marketing could still count as you as a subscriber. There is a lot of gray area in what a subscriber is.
 
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tivoboy

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I subscribed with the 90 day free promo, but frankly with no TV support or even IPAD support watched nothing. I get it, when people are out and about and on public transport they might want a. 5-10 minute video break, but couldn’t have been worse timing for that type of lack of functionality. I’ll at least watch some of the shows and see if it merits any extension.

I’m sort of surprised though that enabling Apple TV AirPlay or Chromecast integration is that difficult at this point in the worlds history. Android certainly isn’t trying to prohibit integration with their STB and devices, and with the API’s those platforms must have I don’t see why the engineering would take so much time. Maybe it’s the commercial agreements that take the time, who gets what split of what revenue or kickback per point of integration, maybe..
 
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I can't imagine the size of the pile of cash that will be incinerated by this platform that no one asked for. And yet, all the execs involved will walk away with millions and still be hired at new gigs at $M++ salaries. I will never understand why so many Silicon Valley CEOs keep repeatedly getting paid handsomely to fail so hard.
 
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it reminds me of back in the day when you watched episodes on YouTube with 1 of 20 parts 😅
it reminds me of back in the day when we used to watch broadcast TV, and you’d get it in 10 minute(ish) chunks, sandwiched between ads. They’re just relabeling the individual chunks, “episodes”.
 
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OMG you guys. Listen up. Quibi can’t be real. They spent $1.75 BILLION with a B dollars on this piece of garbage. Look up “The Girl with the Golden Arm”. It’s a video on Quibi about a girl whose arm is gold and she’s dying from the gold and it’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen. The lines are so stale and weird and the delivery—I just can’t take it seriously. I’m convinced that Quibi is some advanced money laundering scheme by the wealthy elites because it’s complete and utter trash and has a stupid name and vertical video is pretty much universally hated online. I just can’t imagine actual wealthy investors making this many mistakes. It’s definitely a scheme. It has to be. I can’t believe that it’s not.
 
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