NBCU debuts beta OTT comedy destination ‘Seeso’

By Jim O'Neill on Dec 03 2015 at 7:15 AM
NBCU debuts beta (and bumpy) OTT comedy destination ‘Seeso’

The countdown to the weekend officially stands at two, and if you’re looking for a few giggles to help get you there, well, check out NBCUniversal’s new OTT comedy channel Seeso, which launched in (free) beta today.

You’ll need to register and – if you decide to stick around after the beta is wrapped in a month – you’ll need to pony up $4 a month, not to much to ask for the assortment of re-runs, occasional live stand up gigs and some original programming from the site.

As Peter Kafka at Re/code points out, NBCU is delivering content you can’t already find everywhere else on the Internet (OK, some of it is available elsewhere on the Web), a big change from Verizon’s Go90 and Comcast’s Watchable.

To sign up for the beta, you’ll need to enter a valid email address, and be an early riser… the beta isn’t going to be widely available, NBCU said. So, first-come, first-served. 

“It’s like the soft-opening of a restaurant,” said Evan Shapiro, EVP of NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises. “Everything is free, while you try out Seeso. We think our stuff can help you laugh better, and we want you to Seeso for yourself. But, just like the soft-opening of any new neighborhood club, space is limited and we might ask for your patience while we work out our service.”

There is that. Delivery of the animated The Cyanide & Happiness Show was flawless, but playback of a 30 Rock episode resulted in a low-quality, buffering uninspiring performance.

Just what betas are for, right?

Seeso’s beta audience will get access to a wide range of content, including first looks at Seeso’s exclusive original series: The UCB Show from hosts, creators and Upright Citizens Brigade founders Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts and Matt Besser; Dating/Sketch show Dave & Ethan: Lovemakers, from Broadway Video’s Above Average Productions; Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane, a musical comedy about mismatched housemates; Before the Morning After, featuring the world’s best comedians, drunk in a diner at 2 a.m. at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival; and animated sketch series The Cyanide & Happiness Show, based on the popular web comic.

Check out the (early) world of a la carte programming coming your way at www.seeso.com.

Stay tuned.

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