In an already crowded marketplace with the likes of Netflix, Hulu & Brown Sugar; Qunicy Jones is launching a new Jazz centered streaming network. Coined as the “Netflix for jazz,” his new venture Qwest TV will launch on Dec 15.
The service offers “high-definition streams of jazz concerts and documentaries, which can’t be found on other streaming websites such as YouTube.” Members pay a small fee of $9 each month for standard access, or close to $12 per month for high-definition streaming. Yearly subscriptions are also available for a slight discount.
The idea for Qwest took hold in 2014, when Reza Ackbaraly, 39, a French TV producer, approached Jones. A Kickstarter campaign in 2017 raised around $160,000, nearly twice the target amount.
When Qwest goes live it will feature 50 videos, most 30 to 90 minutes long. The vast majority of Qwest’s content comes from European television
“It’s a niche market, for sure, but the beautiful thing about this music is that it’s international,” Mr. Ackbaraly said.
“You remember 10 percent of what you hear and 30 percent of what you see,” said Jones. “When you see it, it hits you twice as hard.”
Jones details his venture in a new interview with the New York Times.