- Beto O’Rourke was ‘born’ to run for president, but what about actually governing? Today 7:30 AM
- How to stream the 2019 Stanley Cup for free Today 7:00 AM
- Swipe This! My needy coworker won’t stop texting me Today 7:00 AM
- How to watch ‘The Hot Zone’ for free Today 7:00 AM
- Witness the wholesome magic of inter-generational conversations on r/AskOldPeople Today 6:30 AM
- How to watch Paramount Network online for free Today 5:30 AM
- People are sharing how serving in the military has ruined their lives with #WhyIServe Sunday 5:31 PM
- Gillette ad showing a dad teaching his trans son how to shave has the internet in tears Sunday 4:34 PM
- 4chan’s new troll campaign aims to make the hashtag a white supremacist symbol Sunday 2:49 PM
- Here’s what that ‘cliff wife’ meme is all about Sunday 12:58 PM
- Artist suspended from Facebook, Instagram after posting anti-MAGA artwork Sunday 12:04 PM
- How to watch Serie A online for free Sunday 7:30 AM
- What does ‘uwu’ mean? Sunday 7:00 AM
- How to uninstall the Epic Games Launcher (for real) Sunday 6:30 AM
- How to watch the Indianapolis 500 online for free Sunday 6:00 AM
Seeso, NBC’s comedy streaming service, is shutting down for good
BY SAM GUTELLE
A boom of subscription video services his consumers in 2016, but one of those platforms has announced that it will be the first casualty of that competitive market. Seeso, launched in January 2016 by NBC Universal, on Wednesday revealed via Facebook that it will shut down before the end of the year.
Seeso, aimed at comedy fans, made a strong pitch to potential subscribers. It boasted an attractive price tag ($3.99 per month), access to the back catalogs of NBC shows like Saturday Night Live, and original programming from the likes of Dan Harmon, Cyanide & Happiness, and Paramount Digital.
As time wore on, however, it became clear that Seeso wasn’t catching on. In May 2017, the platform indicated it would move away from original programming. A month later, it announced a wave of layoffs. “We’re writing to let you know that later this year, Seeso will be shutting its comedy doors,” reads a post on the service’s Facebook page. “Though we will be departing, much of our comedy will live on—and some of your favorite Seeso Originals have already found a new home.”
For much of Seeso’s programming, that new home is VRV, a subscription service run by AT&T and the Chernin Group’s Ellation brand. Many Seeso originals, including HarmonQuest and The Cyanide & Happiness Show, can now be found there. VRV will also add new episodes of HarmonQuest on Sept. 15, making it the new home of Dan Harmon’s chatty role-playing show.
Given how many video services launched last year, it was inevitable that some of them would not make the cut. The demise of Seeso, which had a smart approach to content, is a shame, but fans can at least take solace in the fact that the platform’s clever shows will live on elsewhere.