Flip your phone around a few times
Everything on Quibi has been shot and edited in such a way that, while watching on your phone, you can flip around from portrait to landscape and not lose out.
Sure, you8217;ll see slightly more if you watch in landscape, but rather than portrait mode just cutting the screen down to size as it does on some other platforms and channels, Quibi stays full screen and focuses in on the important part of any given shot.
The resulting effect feels like you have a choice of ways to watch each piece of content. Things only change slightly but it8217;s an attention to detail that means Quibi is tremendously well-suited to mobile viewing, at least on a technical level.
Simply tap and hold the title you8217;re interested in and hit 8216;Download8217;. While it8217;s not a major concern at the moment with so many people stuck at home, this is a great way to save your mobile data.
The episodes8217; short run-times mean they8217;re really quick to download too, so you won8217;t be waiting around. Download an episode or two using your broadband and then take them out with your for your daily walk or commute.
Right now, the content available on Quibi is very, very US-centric. Viewers based in the UK, Europe and elsewhere might recognise some faces, but the shows and stories on offer are unashamedly American, for now.
If Quibi is a success, we expect to see the platform branch out later in its lifespan. We saw this with Netflix, which now offers much more specialised content – both culturally and in terms of dubbing and subtitling – in each region it serves.
It8217;s a little hidden away, not appearing on Quibi8217;s polished homepage, but navigate a few menus, find the dedicated comedy section and you8217;ll be able to venture into the imaginatively named 8216;Memory Hole8217;. You will then receive the following warning8230;
It8217;s still funny though, as Canadian actor Will Arnett, goes 8220;rummaging bear-paw through the trash can of history8221;. He uncovers some pretty cringeworthy stuff, including American football teams attempting to rap and a thoroughly amusing insight into 8220;Canada8217;s answer to Lassie8221; – a TV show called The Littlest Hobo.
As cynical as it might sound, it8217;s worth making a note of when that free trial ends. 90 days is definitely long enough to figure out if you like Quibi or not. It8217;s also enough time to take in a wide variety of the platform8217;s shorts, especially given their short run-times.
At launch, some of Quibi8217;s content could pretty easily be replaced with YouTube videos. For example all of the feels is just an emotive puppy video and Daily Chill offers a narrated walk along a beach.
This isn8217;t likely to be the content that makes people fork our for a subscription, but some of the shows with big-name stars and high production values might do more to float your proverbial boat.