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Quibi heads to TV (sort of)

Users will be able to cast from their smartphones to TV screen from next month

Quibi users will be able to cast the service from their smartphone to their TV from next month.

The new short-form mobile service has so far only allowed viewers to watch content via their phones. But it’s now been announced the company is fast-tracking a casting service which it expects to launch next month. although how it will work hasn’t been revealed.

Meanwhile, analytics company Sensor Tower said Quibi has been downloaded around 2.3 million times to date. The company itself said it hit 1.7 million downloads in the first week it was available.

According to analyst Randy Nelson, the updated figure “seems reasonable assuming they are counting all possible installs,” which may include re-downloads; installs on multiple devices with an Apple or Google account; or iPad downloads of the iPhone-only app.

Certain programmes have already proven popular with Quibi viewers. Around the World with BBC News is already one of the most-watched “Daily Essential” shows on the service.