Seeso, the NBCUniversal’s comedy-focused SVOD service, will shut down later this year.
Seeso, a service that launched in January 2016 for $3.99 per month, noted that a handful of original programs, including HarmonQuest, My Brother, My Brother and Me and Hidden America with Jonah Ray and The Cyanide, and Happiness Show, will move over to VRV, the Ellation’s SVOD aggregation service.
Seeso has not announced subscriber numbers.
Speculation about the fate of Seeso emerged in May, when Evan Shapiro left the company, and Seeso reported into Maggie Suniewick, president of NBCU digital enterprises.
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Seeso announced the change on Twitter and directed consumers to its Facebook page for more detail.
Please visit us at https://t.co/XjgpyfPulL for info about the future of Seeso.
— Seeso (@SeesoTV) August 9, 2017
UPDATE: Seeso did not elaborate on the decision to shut down the service, but Colin Dixon, founder and chief analyst of nScreenMedia, suggested that the service suffered because it didn't have enough original content to gain and retain a large sub base and that too much of its other content was available from various other sources.
Here is the Seeso announcement in full:
We're writing to let you know that later this year, Seeso will be shutting its comedy doors.
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.
You can now find HarmonQuest, My Brother, My Brother and Me, Hidden America with Jonah Ray and The Cyanide and Happiness Show on VRV: https://www.vrv.co/watchnow We'll let you know as soon as we have further information, including where to find the exciting project "There's...Johnny!" and other Seeso Originals in the future (in the meantime, please note that There's...Johnny! will no longer premiere this month as previously announced. We love this show and can't wait for everyone to see it).
If you have questions, please visit https://www.seeso.com/faq
Stay tuned for more information!