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Quibi streaming platform hosting new Liam Hemsworth show shuts down just six months after launch

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Shut down: Liam Hemsworth’s show was one of the biggest draws on Quibi (Picture: Quibi)

The Quibi streaming platform, which hosted the Liam Hemsworth show Most Dangerous Game, has shut down just six months after launching.

The service launched by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman specialised in short-form video on mobile and tablet devices, with episodes that lasted no longer than ten minutes.

Quibi first launched in April with an investment of $2billion (£1.5billion), but shut down after failing to hit subscriber targets. While there were more than seven million subscribers in the early days of Quibi, there are currently just 500,000 paying customers using the service.

Hemsworth’s Dangerous Game was one of the biggest draws on the streaming platform, and was recently renewed for a second season.

The action thriller focuses on a man with a terminal illness who agrees to be hunted as part of a violent game to provide for his pregnant wife.

Christoph Waltz also stars in the show, which is based on Richard Connell’s 1924 short story The Most Dangerous Game. The series saw around two hours of action cut up into 15 episodes. Quibi is now looking for new hosts for the likes of Most Dangerous Game and other shows.

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Face off: Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz in Quibi’s Most Dangerous Game

CBS had also teamed up with Quibi to bring 60 Minutes to the service, aiming to bring the brand to younger audiences with a six-minute version of the news bulletin. The network will now look to find another partner for the show or produce it themselves.

Other shows on the platform included MTV’s Punk’d with Chance the Rapper, a remake of The Fugitive with Kiefer Sutherland and the Anna Kendrick comedy Dummy.

Katzenberg said: ‘The world has changed dramatically since Quibi launched and our standalone business model is no longer viable.

‘I am deeply grateful to our employees, investors, talent, studio partners, and advertisers for their partnership in bringing Quibi to millions of mobile devices.’

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