Roku announced its plan to start streaming 30 “Roku Originals,” starting May 20. According to TechCrunch, the list of shows will include both scripted and reality programming previously only available on Quibi. While the shows are still available to view on mobile through the Roku Channel app, for the most part, the company expects viewers to tune in from a Roku streaming device attached to their TV.
It’s important to note that Roku originally acquired over 75 titles from Quibi when it purchased the mobile-based entertainment company earlier this year. Quibi announced it would be shutting down in October 2020. While Roku doesn’t have plans to incorporate any special features that Quibi used to market its content (like its signature “turnstile” feature that made shows look good in both landscape and portrait orientation), it will take advantage of the ad breaks already built into the content.