NBCU Preps Streaming Comedy Service


NEW YORK: NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises is launching Seeso, a new streaming channel dedicated to comedy, set to debut in January 2016.

The ad-free SVOD service will be available for $3.99 per month. It will offer subscribers comedy programming, updated with new content each day, additional episodes of exclusives each week and fresh live-streamed stand-up every month. A curated selection of acquired series and films will launch throughout the year. Additionally, Seeso staff and guests will handpick on-demand playlists of recommended content each month.

The curated “artisanal selection” of comedy includes, for the first time ever on SVOD and exclusively on Seeso, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, remastered 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 remastered to HD for the first time; complete collections of NBC late-night hits The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers and Saturday Night Live; and the entire series of NBC’s hit The Office, the original BBC version of The Office, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, The Mighty Boosh, The IT Crowd and hundreds of hours of TV and films.

“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,” said Evan Shapiro, the executive VP of NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises. “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 neighborhood comedy eatery, with daily specials from a chef you trust.”