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NBCUniversal to launch a streaming comedy channel ‘Seeso’ in January
MUMBAI: NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises has unveiled Seeso, a new streaming comedy channel, the first of its kind offering from the US media conglomerate. Set to debut in January 2016, the ad-free subscription service will be available at www.seeso.com, on streaming platforms, connected devices and other distribution partners for $3.99 per month.
Seeso strives to combine the immediacy of TV viewing with the best in OTT technology, creating a unique user experience. The streaming channel will offer a variety of SVOD innovations, including an autoplay function which provides immediate viewing satisfaction. Additionally, a hunt while you watch function will allow viewers to continue watching while they look for what to watch next; and the free-forever front porch, which enables viewers to enjoy a subset of Seeso content – no credit card required – by entering only an email address.
NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises executive VP Evan Shapiro said, “Big streaming services have created a paradox of choice – they’re great if you know exactly what to watch, but if you aren’t in the middle of a binge, the search can be near endless. By focusing on a specific, yet large niche, and providing a curated experience, we can help viewers find good stuff they might not or cannot find. Seeso is your neighbourhood comedy eatery, with daily specials from a chef you trust.”
Targeting comedy super fans, Seeso will offer subscribers a stream of comedy programming updated with new content every day, new episodes of exclusive, original comedy each and every week, live-streamed stand-up every month, and curated acquired series and films throughout the year. Additionally, Seeso staff and guest comedy nerds will handpick on demand playlists of recommended content each month.
Seeso will feature weekly programming including more than 20 exclusive, original series from comedy illuminati in the first year. Original shows include ‘HarmonQuest’ a comedy that combines live action and animation; ‘The UCB Show’; reality show spoof ‘Bajillion Dollar Propertie$’, workplace comedy ‘Thingstarter’, dating game improv show ‘Dave and Ethan: Lovemakers’ stand-up series ‘Night Train with Wyatt Cenac’ and the dark family comedy ‘Flowers’.
Beyond its originals, Seeso will curate an ‘artisanal selection’ of comedy, featuring for the first time ever on SVOD and exclusively on Seeso, ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’, re-mastered to HD for the first time, along with the Python films, and the complete collection of Python documentaries and specials.
Seeso’s curated library also includes the entire collection of ‘The Kids in the Hall’, also re-mastered to HD for the first time; complete collections of NBC late night shows ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’, ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ and ‘Saturday Night Live’ – including new episodes of each show available next day; and the entire series of ‘The Office’, the original BBC version of ‘The Office’, ‘Parks and Recreation’, ‘30 Rock’, ‘The Mighty Boosh’, ‘The IT Crowd’, ‘Nathan Barley’, ‘The Young Ones’ and hundreds of hours of television and films, specifically chosen to fit the Seeso filter of right brain comedy.