NBC’s Seeso, the online service for comedy fans, is an early casualty of the increasingly competitive streaming business.
“We’re writing to let you know that later this year, Seeso will be shutting its comedy doors,” the comedy streamer said in a statement posted yesterday on its Facebook page.
The video on demand service, which costs $3.99 a month, features such shows as Parks & Recreation, Kids In the Hall and Monty Python, and stand-up specials from comedians such as Jay Pharoah.
However, since its debut in 2015, the streaming industry has exploded with new services from companies such as HBO, Discovery, Starz, Turner, Showtime, Hulu and numerous others. The fight for online viewers has become fiercely competitive, and more difficult for a small niche service to navigate.
Seeso said in its statement that some original shows such as My Brother, My Brother and Me, Hidden America With Jonah Ray and HarmonQuest will find a new home with the streaming servivce, VRV.
“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,” the service said.
— Phillip Swann