Yahoo’s New Year’s resolution wasn’t to shed some pounds, but the company is starting 2016 a little lighter. Variety is reporting that Yahoo has officially pulled the plug on Yahoo Screen, its video streaming hub, which launched in 2013 with the goal of bringing original and syndicated content under one umbrella.
During its short lifespan, Yahoo Screen landed several notable wins for the company. A recent highlight for the video service was hosting the first-ever global live stream of an NFL game. The streaming platform was also responsible for resurrecting Community, a celebrated NBC sitcom that the network pulled the plug on in 2014. Yahoo Screen was also the home of other Yahoo originals like Sin City Saints and Paul Feig‘s Other Space.
While the end of Yahoo Screen may seem abrupt to some, it’s no secret that the troubled company’s multi-year turnaround effort has been relatively fruitless. The company is now looking into the sale of its core business.
Yahoo Screen has already been removed from both the Apple App Store and Google Play. In a statement issued on Monday, a Yahoo rep confirmed the demise of Yahoo Screen.
“At Yahoo, we’re constantly reviewing and iterating on our products as we strive to create the best user experience. With that in mind, video content from Yahoo as well as our partners has been transitioned from Yahoo Screen to our Digital Magazine properties so users can discover complementary content in one place.”
Yahoo Screen was launched in September 2013 with over 1,000 hours of content, including Saturday Night Live‘s back catalog and eight short-form original series’ of its own. Content from the video service will now be dispersed between the company’s various digital magazines. All comedy originals have been relocated to the TV Section of Yahoo’s website, while Katie Couric‘s daily news show will continue on Yahoo News.[Variety]
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