By Evan DeSimone
NBC Universal is sweetening the deal for its upcoming comedy streaming channel SeeSo. Today, NBCU announced it will offer a month long, web-only free trial period for interested consumers to scope out its full range of content.
The free trial launches Dec. 3, along with the first of SeeSo’s originals. A second wave of original series will go live Dec. 17, which is still within the trial period.
Announced last month by NBCUnviersal Digital Enterprises, SeeSo is being touted as a subscription-based streaming channel that will be isolate and expand on the broadcaster’s popular comedy brand. The service will offer programming from NBC’s archive of iconic shows including “30 Rock,” “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office” and “Saturday Night Live,” as well as feature licensed comedy classics from outside the NBC family such as “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” and “Fawlty Towers.”
The free trial is a chance to get subscribers hooked on an impressive back catalog of comedy before the service’s $3.99 paywall goes up. It’s also a chance to introduce the world to SeeSo’s lineup of original programming targeted at cord-cutting comedy fans. The channels originals will feature comedy nerd darlings such as “Community” creator Dan Harmon and the founders of improv troupe The Upright Citizens Brigade, along with emerging digital and stand-up stars including Cameron Esposito.