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Bell Media signs deal with mobile-focused streaming platform Quibi

Bell Media says it is has formed a Canadian partnership with the star-studded, mobile streaming platform Quibi that will roll out next month.

New streamer to offer programming from Steven Spielberg, Chrissy Teigen; daily shows from CTV News, TSN

Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg is seen demonstrating the platform at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in January. (Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Quibi)

Bell Media says it is has formed a Canadian partnership with the star-studded, mobile streaming platform Quibi that will roll out next month.

The telecommunications company says Quibi launches in Canada on April 6 with subscriptions priced at $6.99 per month or $9.99 per month for an ad-free version.

Bell Media says CTV News and TSN will produce two daily shows for the platform, which will also carry programming from Steven Spielberg, Idris Elba and Chrissy Teigen.

The Los Angeles-based Quibi bills itself as a mobile-first media platform that will deal in short-form video entertainment from marquee names that's meant to be watched only on smartphones.

Quibi CEO Meg Whitman, right, and founder Jeffrey Katzenberg discuss their upcoming short-form video streaming service at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January. (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)

Quibi, which is short for quick bites, will feature episodes of shows that clock in at 10 minutes or less. The platform comes from former Disney and DreamWorks exec Jeffrey Katzenberg and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman.

Quibi has raised more than $1 billion US in funding from Sony Pictures Entertainment, WarnerMedia, Disney, Viacom and NBC Universal.

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