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Comedy streaming service Seeso launches free with NBC classics, original series

Ahead of Seeso’s wide launch in January, NBCUniversal’s new ad-free comedy streaming service will begin a web-only beta preview on December 3. This free beta version will give viewers a sampling of a variety of original shows, curated films, and classic stand-up from NBC’s unfortunately named new streaming platform. Beta memberships will be limited, and “offered on a first-come, first-served basis” according to the NBCU.

“It’s like the soft-opening of a restaurant,” said NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises EVP Evan Shapiro in a statement. “Everything is free, while you try out Seeso, sample our great classic comedy and get a taste of our exclusive original series. We think our stuff can help you laugh better, and we want you to Seeso for yourself. But, just like the soft-opening of any new neighborhood club, space is limited and we might ask for your patience while we work out our service.”

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The streamer highlighted several original series which will be available in the beta version including a comedy special called The Guest List: Live From a Barrel House airing live from San Francisco on December 8 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, tapings of a well-known weekly variety showcase called The UCB Show, and The Cyanide & Happiness Show based on the popular, dark-humored web comic.

The Beta will also feature a new exclusive HD edition of Monty Python’s The Flying Circus, other Python classics, and a slew of popular NBCUniversal TV shows including 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Saved By the Bell, The IT Crowd, The Mighty Boosh, Fawlty Towers, the U.S. and U.K. versions of The Office, and every season of Lorne Michael’s famed sketch series The Kids in the Hall remastered in HD.

On December 4, the Beta will also add full length episodes of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and 40 plus years of Saturday Night Live.

Those interested in the Beta preview can sign up here with just a valid email address for the chance at a free Seeso Beta Membership next month.

When Seeso officially launches in January, it will offer all the content listed above and more for a $4 monthly subscription.