Director Stephen Spielberg has written about a half dozen episodes of a new horror series for his friend Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new Quibi streaming service, due to debut next year. But there’s a catch—Spielberg will only allow the series (tentatively titled “Spielberg After Dark’) to be viewed after midnight, according to Variety.
To accomplish this, the series will only be available on mobile phones, in which the GPS tracks the phone’s geographic location. A clock on the phone will count down until the sun sets in the viewer’s area. After the sun sets, the clock starts ticking until sunrise, after which the series won’t be viewable until the next evening.
Katzenberg’s plan for Quibi is to popularize short-form programming outside of the usual 30-60 minute programming tradition. Quibi has invested $1 billion in advance of an April 2020 launch.
Variety has the story.
Tom has covered the broadcast technology market for the past 25 years, including three years handling member communications for the National Association of Broadcasters followed by a year as editor of Video Technology News and DTV Business executive newsletters for Phillips Publishing. In 1999 he launched digitalbroadcasting.com for internet B2B portal Verticalnet. He is also a charter member of the CTA's Academy of Digital TV Pioneers. Since 2001, he has been editor-in-chief of TV Tech (www.tvtech.com), the leading source of news and information on broadcast and related media technology and is a frequent contributor and moderator to the brand’s Tech Leadership events.
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