Seeso, the NBC comedy series streaming app, details a Beta trial
Earlier this year NBC announced a new Comedy-only streaming service called Seeso. The service will be a new ad-free streaming comedy channel from NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises, and today the network announced the start date for the month-long web-only, free Beta period.
Beta testing for the new service will begin December 3, 2015 with new details expected to be announced over the next few weeks. If you would like to sign-up for the beta, you can do so by visiting seeso.com and enter a valid email address, no credit card required. The number of Seeso Beta Memberships will be limited, and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
“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, sample our great classic comedy and get a taste of our exclusive original series. 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.”
Seeso’s Beta Members will preview 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 – one attorney, one puppet; “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.
Beta Members also will get a sampling of Seeso’s stand-up comedy, including an OTT first – the live stand-up special “The Guest List: Live From The Barrel House.” The show will be streamed live from San Francisco, exclusively on Seeso, Tuesday, December 8 at 10pm ET/7pm PT, featuring comics from the last season of “Last Comic Standing,” finalists Ian Bagg, Andy Erikson and Michael Palascak, and winner Clayton English.
During Beta, Seeso’s staff of comedy nerds also will unveil an exclusive slew of Monty Python, including the first batch of newly minted HD editions of “The Flying Circus” and Python classics “The Meaning of Life,” “Holy Grail,” and “Life of Brian.” Seeso’s Beta sampling also includes fan favorites like “30 Rock,” “Fawlty Towers,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Saved By the Bell,” “The IT Crowd,” “The Mighty Boosh,” both the US and UK versions of “The Office, ” and every season of “The Kids in the Hall,” remastered into HD. Additionally, next day, full length episodes of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and 40 plus years of “Saturday Night Live” will be available during the Beta preview.
While the bulk of Seeso’s Beta content will be live on December 3, numerous offerings will be added to the channel during December, including the December 8 live show, “The Guest List,” the December 17 premieres of “Dave & Ethan: Lovemakers” and “Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane,” and “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” each week of the month.
Seeso also will also introduce a wide range of user-friendly SVOD innovations, including an autoplay function, which provides immediate viewing satisfaction, and a “hunt while you watch” function, allowing members to continue viewing while they look for what to watch next. The channel, which strives to combine the immediacy of TV viewing with the best in OTT technology, will be available in full on streaming platforms, connected devices and other distribution partners for $3.99 per month beginning in January 2016.