Seeso, NBC’s Comedy Streaming Service, Will Shut Down Later This Year

Some original series were sold to other platforms

Seeso, which streamed SNL's library of content and many original series, will close later this year.
Sources: Seeso

In a Facebook post today, Seeso announced it will be shutting down later this year. The NBC-owned streaming service, which launched in January 2016, was home to both original comedy series and libraries of content from NBCUniversal and Comcast. The SVOD’s future had been in question since earlier this year.

On the service’s Facebook page, Seeso reassured fans that some of its original series—including HarmonQuest and My Brother, My Brother, And Me—will continue streaming on a different platform, VRV, which bought the rights to some of Seeso’s shows. Other shows are currently in the process of finding new homes.

The company hopes to debut a new original series, There’s…Johnny!, set on Johnny Carson’s late-night show, on another platform in the near future. It premiered a trailer at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and stars Ian Nelson, Jane Levy and Tony Danza.

The news comes on the heels of Disney’s and CBS’ separate announcements of niche streaming services this week. Those services will consolidate proprietary content instead of using outside distributors, whereas NBC’s decision to close Seeso is an example of an SVOD experiment that didn’t work.

Evan Shapiro, who helped create Seeso when he was evp of NBCU digital enterprises, left the company in May. Maggie Suniewick, president of NBCU digital enterprises, took over the role.

“Evan has created a slate of remarkable comedy programming and put together an incredibly talented team,”  Suniewick said at the time. “We’re proud of the work we’ve done together and wish him all the best.”