Streaming service Tidal may have arrived claiming to be “all about the music, man”, but the company recently acquired by Jay-Z is seemingly keen to diversify its offerings.
According to a report in Variety, Tidal has ordered the creation of two original TV series: a stand-up comedy show called No Small Talk and a second season of hitherto YouTube-based street life drama Money & Violence.
No Small Talk (which should arrive on Tidal today, according to the report) consists of five half-hour episodes, each showcasing a trio of up and coming stand-up stars performing at New York’s legendary Comedy Cellar club, while the season of Money & Violence comprises 12 episodes, all of which will be available exclusively on Tidal for one week before rolling out to other sources. It’s been scheduled for a January 2016 release.
And these are apparently just the beginning, with sport and music-related video content in Tidal’s pipeline. The service, which recently hit a million subscribers, already offers around 70 exclusive music videos and short films, as well as 36 million songs and 86,000 non-exclusive music videos, suggesting it sees video as one means of gaining ground on rival music services like Spotify and Apple Music.