NBC to Launch Comedy SVOD Service15 Oct, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel
NBC Universal Oct. 15 unveiled plans to launch a $3.99 monthly comedy subscription streaming service called “Seeso.” The service will feature original, exclusive and classic content, including stand-up, late night and shows such as “30 Rock” and “The Office.”
A beta launch is planned for December for the service that will also feature episodes of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Saturday Night Live,” the latter streaming episodes the night after their original broadcast.
Original programming includes series such as “The UCB Show,” starring Amy Poehler, among others.
The service, which will also stream select movies, is intended to complement NBC network programming and not compete with Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video and Hulu Plus — the latter co-owned by NBC parent Comcast, according to Evan Shapiro, EVP of NBC Universal Digital Enterprises.
“This is not a replacement [service],” Shapiro told a media event.
Seeso follows in the footsteps of CBS All Access, the $4.99 monthly SVOD service launched last year featuring current and classic CBS programming.
It’s also the second OTT video service bow from Comcast, which last month beta-launched “Watchable,” an ad-supported video service that enables users to watch content from about 30 content partners, including AwesomenessTV, Buzzfeed, CelebTV, Vice, Machinima, Maker Studios and NBC Universal, among others.