Most of us are versant with either subscription-based streaming services, such as ‘Netflix’, or illegal media download/streaming sites that constantly get thwarted, such as ‘The Pirate Bay’. However, amidst the swarm of the aforementioned services, exist legal, yet free online streaming services. Basically, you can enjoy the features of a paid platform without shelling out a single penny or worrying about being tracked down by the government. Could it be any more ideal?
Launched in 2014 by Adrise, TubiTV is one such brilliant, ad-supported streaming service that flaunts a sophisticated interface whilst offering an enormous library of content including full-length feature films and TV series, all for free. Despite being a fairly new entrant, the company has reached towering heights of success with reams of content partnership deals and investments in the kitty already. But is it worth adding TubiTV to your stockpile of media streaming subscriptions? Let’s find out!
Wealth of Movies
TubiTV is said to have the vastest library in the category of free streaming services. Within a short span of time, the company has managed to secure deals with as many as 200 content partners including MGM, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, Starz, Conde Nast, iTV, Sky, and the like.
As of today, you can relish over 50,000 titles, with new ones being added on a weekly basis.
Users can watch a bunch of movies across a slew of genres like comedy, horror, action, drama, romance, and sci-fi. Some of the most popular ones on the platform include ‘He’s On My Mind’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Gladiator’, ‘The Master’, ‘Revolutionary Road’, ‘True Grit’, and ‘The Silence of the Lambs’.
Alternatively, you could also use the cleverly created sub-categories such as ‘New Arrivals’, ‘Family Movies’, ‘Black Cinema’, and our personal favorite, ‘Not on Netflix’, to smoothen the browsing process.
The wealth of TV Shows
When it comes to TV series, Tubi TV is also a good website for watching series. TV series are carefully grouped under sub-genres like Crime TV, Korean Drama, Kids Shows, TV Dramas, TV Comedies, Reality TV, and Docuseries.
The most well-received ones include ‘The Shores’, ‘Michael Tuesdays and Thursdays’, ‘Drug Wars’, and ‘Mad Boys’.
Most of these titles are unheard of by the majority of the audience. A huge chunk of these titles are mere fillers, with no big names involved, whatsoever. And obviously, the quality of content cannot be compared to paid services like Hulu or Netflix.
Having said that, TubiTV does boast of a fairly decent collection of cult films, foreign flicks, indie movies, and documentaries. To be fair, it is a pretty new service with a limited budget. We can only hope that they add some big-budget titles to their library in the near future.
You’d think that free streaming services wouldn’t spring for expensive development in terms of apps or websites. Well, TubiTV took the plunge and have taken huge strides to offer their services on the web as well as on the app.
You can access TubiTV on a wide line of devices including Android and iOS devices, Xbox one, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, and even certain Samsung Smart TVs.
As far as availability is concerned, TubiTV currently only caters to the American audience. However, users residing in other countries like the UK, Italy, Canada, Australia, and Germany can get limited access to the platform.
It’s interesting to note that TubiTV is one of the highest rated streaming apps on both the platforms. On iOS, it has a rating of 4.5/5 (on basis of 60 ratings), while on Google Playstore, it has received a rating of 4.1/5 (on basis of 1,46,485 reviews).
Insights on Interface
If we had to choose only one high-spot of Tubi TV, it would definitely be the interface. The company has gone the whole nine yards in terms of design, layout, platform support, and functions, in order to augment the overall UX.
With an orange and black color scheme, the appearance of the platform is extremely appealing. In our opinion, the interface is incredibly snappy, clean, and easy to use. At the top of the homepage, you’ll find featured shows and movies displayed using sliders.
The best part about TubiTV is that despite being a free service, it enables users to watch a majority of the videos in HD, without painfully slow load-times or constant buffering. However, the quality may be affected in case your internet connection is not steady enough.
Tubi TV has made a commendable effort in making content available for free. As mentioned earlier, the interface is on par with esteemed services such as Netflix and the performance is quite smooth across platforms.
However, if you prefer watching highly rated movies and popular syndicated shows, Tubi TV may not be the service for you. Having said that, there’s no harm in checking it out cause, after all, you don’t have to pay anything.