Cell video app Quibi, which simply launched in the present day, skilled a one-hour outage this afternoon, the corporate confirmed. Quibi first introduced on Twitter that there have been issues at 2:07PM ET and mentioned it was mounted at 3:07PM ET.
Whereas the outage was occurring, one Verge staffer noticed the beneath error display. I noticed this similar error display and couldn’t browse something within the app, however whereas scripting this story, movies began working once more. One other staffer was unable to make a Quibi account.
In a prelaunch interview, Quibi advised The Verge that it had load-tested the app to assist the group put together for potential outages. And though the service was designed for on-the-go viewing, Quibi anticipated extra folks is likely to be binge-watching the app as a substitute of in brief bursts now that extra individuals are staying residence throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Quibi CEO Meg Whitman additionally has expertise coping with outages — on her first day as CEO of eBay, the site crashed for eight hours.
(Disclosure: Vox Media, which owns The Verge, has a take care of Quibi to supply a Polygon Every day Important, and there have been talks a couple of Verge present.)
Quibi has raised almost $2 billion from traders to supply Hollywood-quality cellular reveals in “fast bites” that final 10 minutes or much less. The app’s distinctive method to cellular video is already a little bit of a tough promote, although, and an outage on its first day may steer potential new customers away from the service.
Quibi isn’t the primary app or service to crash on launch day — Disney Plus, which launched in November of final yr, had a collection of outages when it launched. And plenty of web providers have skilled outages in latest weeks as a result of elevated pressure on their networks due to folks at residence as a result of pandemic.