● Free streaming
● Over 50,000 titles
● Easy-to-use interface
● No offline viewing capabilities
● No original content
Tubi TV is an over-the-top (OTT) streaming service that provides a free, ad-supported way to watch shows and movies on an on-demand basis —like Hulu or Netflix, but without a costly monthly payment. Tubi TV isn’t a cable replacement service, so it’s probably not the best option if you’re interested in cutting the cable TV cord. But it’s free, so there’s nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain, such as access to the service’s collection of classic and award-winning movies, which includes titles like AI. Artificial Intelligence, Carol, Cloud Atlas and Minority Report. Tubi TV ‘s library also includes TV shows like Duck Dynasty, Hoarders and Unsolved Mysteries. Just keep in mind, you’ll have to put up with lots of commercials.
What To Watch On Tubi TV
Tubi TV’s collection has more than 50,000 popular movies and shows. But since it is a free service, don’t expect to see original or exclusive content in its library. However, there are tons of recognizable titles from major studios like Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount and more.
Tubi TV content is organized into several categories, including Spotlight, Black Cinema, Recently Added, Most Popular, Family Movies, Faith, Horror, Comedy, Romance, Action, Documentary, Weekly Watchlist, Películas en Español, Sci-fi & Fantasy, Westerns, New Releases, Movie Night, Stand Up Comedy, Martial Arts, Sports Movies & Shows, LGBTQ, Preschool, Only Free on Tubi, Leaving Soon!, Not on Netflix, Thrillers, Foreign Language Films, Trending Now, Award Winners & Nominees, Indie Films, Cult Classics and Drama,
Tubi TV’s extensive collection of movies features titles such as: All Is Lost, Bandits, Blood Diamond, Edge of Darkness, Failure to Launch, Haywire, Hostel, Igor, Last Stand, Snitch, The Big Short, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Wild Card. When it comes to shows, you’ll find options like: 3rd Rock From the Sun, Anger Management, Bring It!, Chicken Girls, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Dog The Bounty Hunter, Escaping Polygamy, Intervention, Hell’s Kitchen, Highway to Heaven, Hunter, Merlin, Naruto and The Bachelor.
Tubi TV Costs And Plans
Is Tubi TV free? Yes. But you have to sit through ads to enjoy the service. Tubi TV doesn’t offer multiple service tiers.
Tubi TV Compatible Devices
Tubi streaming is supported by casting and mobile devices, game consoles, smart TVs and web browsers. There are Tubi TV apps for Amazon Fire TV, Android devices, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, PlayStation, Roku, Tivo, Xfinity X1 and Xbox.
If you’re someone who would prefer to stream Tubi TV from a web browser, you can do so via the service’s website.
Simultaneous Streams And Offline Viewing
Since Tubi TV is free, you and the other members of your household can all create personal accounts — it doesn’t offer multiple user profiles or simultaneous streaming. This differs from paid services, where the number of simultaneous streams is a huge factor. Disney+ and Netflix Premium, for example, both provide up to four simultaneous streams, but you have to pay for access.
Like pretty much every other free video-on-demand (VOD )streaming service out there, Tubi TV doesn’t have offline viewing capabilities. This means there are no DVR storage or downloading features. You need a strong internet connection to enjoy Tubi TV. So, if the ability to watch offline is important to you, you might consider a paid service such as Amazon Prime Video or Sling TV. The former lets you download content to watch when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi, and the later comes with 10 hours of cloud DVR storage space. Tubi TV, however, lets you save content you started watching or intend to view in a queue located on the homepage.
Streaming And Sound Quality
Tubi TV’s library contains both standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) content. Unfortunately, the service doesn’t provide more information than that. The quality of the picture depends on your internet bitrate speed. As long as you have 4 Mbps, you’ll have a decent Tubi TV experience.
Tubi TV User Interface
Tubi TV’s interface is sleek and intuitive. The service’s collections are displayed right on the homepage — there’s a dropdown menu located on the upper left-hand side. You can use the app’s search tool to locate content. Alternatively, you can find shows and movies by category — options include Popular, Genres, Collections and Channels. The Popular section has several sub-sections, such as Featured, Leaving Soon!, Recently Added and Trending. You can choose from Genres like Action, Adventure, Comedy, Documentaries and Dramas. Collections divides content into Cult Classics, Ganadores y Nominados, Get Fit, Good Eats and Weekly Watchlist. And you can find shows from A&E, Complex Networks, CONtv, Docurama and Shout! Factory TV in the Channels section.
From the upper-right of your screen, you can access Account Settings, the Help Center and more. When you tap on Account Settings, the app directs you to your account page where you can change your name, email address, gender and password. This is also where to go to delete your account.
Tubi TV comes with parental controls, which you can toggle from your account settings. You can restrict content by age and rating — options include Little Kids (G, TV-Y, TV-G), Older Kids (PG, TV-PG, TV-Y7), Teens (PG-13, TV-14) and Adults (R, TV-MA, NR, NC-17). Just keep in mind, you need your password to save your age configuration.
You can also adjust your Notifications and Watching History & Queue settings from the Account Settings menu. The service’s notifications don’t really amount to much other than a weekly newsletter, but the Watching History & Queue feature is useful if you like to keep track of the shows and movies you’ve already watched. This is also where you can delete your watch history.
Tubi TV provides tons of fun information about the movies in its catalog. When you click on a film, the app displays the movie’s poster, the year it premiered, its duration and plenty of other details. You’ll also see recommendations for similar films.
Can I Cut the Cable TV Cord With Tubi TV?
Tubi TV is a great streaming solution if you’re looking for a free way to enjoy classic and popular movies and TV shows on demand. But unlike Netflix or HBO Now, you’ll need to sit through numerous ads. And given its limited library and lack of live TV, it’s not a complete cable TV replacement. However, it works well when paired with a comprehensive streaming service like AT&T TV Now, fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV or Sling TV.
If you’re not interested in paying for programming, you can always pair Tubi TV with Pluto TV — a free service that offers news, sports and tons of recycled Viacom content. Serious sports fans might want to consider using Tubi TV for lifestyle content and an antenna to pick up local channels such as ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. Antenna technology has come a long way recently, and with the right device, you can enjoy HD local content for free — there are even products that let you stream directly to smartphones, tablets and other devices.
Current as of June 2020*
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