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Less than a year after Quibi’s shutdown left its catalog of over 75 shows without a home, Roku has stepped in to give Quibi’s lineup of original series a new platform to shine. Select Quibi shows are now available to stream via the Roku Channel.
The catalog of former Quibi exclusives, now called Roku Originals, launched on May 20. The initial lineup features 30 titles and they’re all available to stream for free with commercial interruptions.
Roku Originals include a range of shows, like a reboot of “Punk’d” featuring Chance The Rapper, the thriller “Most Dangerous Game” starring Liam Hemsworth, and the docuseries “Last Looks” narrated by Dakota Fanning.
Current Roku Originals all originate from a now defunct streaming service called Quibi. The short-lived mobile streaming app shut down in December 2020. Roku announced it would pick up the former platform’s originals and stream them on The Roku Channel.
These former Quibi shows are now dubbed “Roku Originals.”
The Roku Channel made 30 Roku Originals available on May 20 and plans to add more to its lineup later in 2021. The current catalog features a variety of shows across many genres, including true crime docuseries, sports docuseries, musical comedies, thrillers, and more.
Quibi’s titles were limited to mobile devices, a rarity among streaming services. As such, Quibi produced its shows for two viewing formats: a horizontal and a vertical aspect ratio. This meant you could change the orientation of your phone to watch Quibi’s shows in full screen no matter how you held your device.
The Roku Channel‘s mobile app limits you to a horizontal view, however, even when you flip your phone vertically. It’s unclear if Roku plans to introduce a vertical format later this year but, as of May 20, Roku Originals are only available in a horizontal format.
Roku Originals are available to watch through
. The Roku Channel is ad-supported and free to use on a variety of mobile devices, web browsers, media players, and smart TVs.
Products with support for The Roku Channel app include Roku players, iOS and Android devices, Samsung TVs, Fire TV, computers, laptops, and more. You can see a full list of compatible devices here.