Quibi launches with shiny short form content, Telcos get generous with data packages — Vertical Hold Episode 273

Quibi’s timing couldn’t be worse, but can a short-form subscription video service with Hollywood production values thrive anyway? And as we’re all stuck indoors, is there much value in getting excited about mobile data packages?

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We’re joined this week by Angus Kidman from Finder — yes, he’s related to me and we do sound somewhat alike, I’m sure you’ll figure it out — to talk through Quibi, the billion dollar subscription service that lives only on your mobile. Will folks pony up big dollars for exploding food shows and murder house renovations?

Meanwhile, mobile telcos are scrambling to keep customers as we’re all stuck indoors and mobile data inclusions become slightly less important for some. What are the good deals — and what should you do in terms of your own mobile plans?

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About the author

Alex Kidman is a multi-award winning Australian technology writer, former editor at Gizmodo, CNET, GameSpot, ZDNet, PC Mag, APC, Finder and as a contributor to the ABC, SMH, AFR, Courier Mail, GadgetGuy, PC & Tech Authority, Atomic and many more. He's been writing professionally since 1998, and his passions include technology, social issues, education, retro gaming and professional wrestling.

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