Yahoo Shuts Down Yahoo Screen Service
January 9th, 2016 | by Kevin James Krotz
Not Even Community Could Save It
Yahoo has officially shut down Yahoo Screen, the company’s two-year-old video streaming service.
Yahoo Screen brought together syndicated programming alongside original shows. The streaming service was home to a variety of programming, with everything from licensed clips of “Saturday Night Live,” to a live streaming of an NFL game. Screen also included original shows, most notably was the former NBC comedy “Community” that was revived from cancelation for a sixth season. The service’s original programming led Yahoo to declare a $42 million writedown late last year.
Yahoo Screen Content Will Just Move Elsewhere Inside Yahoo
“At Yahoo, we’re constantly reviewing and iterating on our products as we strive to create the best user experience,” said a Yahoo rep Monday, who confirmed the brand was shuttered last week. “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.”
Content from Yahoo Screen will now be split among the company’s digital magazines, where like-minded content can coexist.
The news of Screen’s closure is yet another omen of trouble for Yahoo. Rumors have been swirling as of late that the Marissa Mayer-led company will be contemplating the sale of its core business. Mayer has struggled for years to turnaround the company, with little to show for her effort.