All about Tubi
Free streaming service is available everywhere
Photowalks, my travel photography series, moved to Tubi this weekend in a new and expanded longer format, produced in association with Rugged Entertainment.
Watch here: https://bit.ly/2ZZ3Nmw, but better yet, please check it out on the TV, where it looks awesome.
As I want each and every one of you to watch, if you don’t know Tubi, I’d love to tell you all about it today, and let you know how to get it. And if you do have Tubi, please do a simple search for my name, and 6 episodes of Photowalks will be awaiting you.
Tubi is one of a handful of popular ad-supported streaming services that competes with the likes of Pluto, Xumo, the Roku Channel and Amazon’s IMDB TV in showcasing movies, TV shows, documentaries and more for free, with ads.
It was purchased in 2020 by Fox for $440 million, a year that also saw Comcast buy Xumo and Amazon and Roku beef up their ad-supported channels. Viacom purchased Pluto in 2019.
Why all the activity? Two words: subscription overload.
How many of these services can we subscribe to? The rule of thumb used to be 2.5. I don’t believe people can handle more now, but certainly big media does.
The landscape is dominated by Netflix, Hulu and Disney+, and Warner Media is doing everything it can to get you to pay for HBO Max by debuting first-run films on streaming day and date with theaters in 2021. Thursday, CBS All-Access gets a new name, as Paramount Plus, as Viacom, which owns CBS, looks to expand its appeal with programming from Nickelodeon, MTV, BET, Comedy Central, and the Paramount movie library.
Thankfully Tubi doesn’t cost a dime to watch. It’s modus operandi is similar to Pluto, Xumo and the others in the so-called “AVOD” space (ad-supported video on demand) that people who grew up watching TV with ads are in no hurry to give it up. Free TV is a great thing.
So what’s on Tubi, besides Photowalks?
Tubi calls itself “the world’s largest ad-supported video on demand service” with over 20,000 movies and television shows from nearly every major Hollywood studio. “Tubi gives millions of viewers an easy way to discover new content, which is all available completely free.”
Think of Tubi as a place to watch stuff you used to see on local TV, which there’s always room for. Classic TV shows (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Beverly Hillbillies) and movies (Guys and Dolls, Some Like it Hot), more recent films (American Hustle, the Annie remake) and great concerts from the likes of Whitney Houston, Pink Floyd and the Doobie Bros.
Since the Fox acquisition, Tubi has added local news from many top markets, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Austin and San Francisco. This is a nice addition that makes it easier for the cutting the cord crowd to live without cable. Now they get local news too, and news channels like Cheddar and Bloomberg.
There’s a lot to keep you busy there.
How to get Tubi
You can see Tubi pretty much anywhere you stream TV, on Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV and Google Chromecast devices, as well as popular smart TVs from Samsung, Sony and Vizio, Comcast and Cox cable systems, and video game systems from Sony and Microsoft.
In many cases you’ll need to download the app for the streaming players.
Fire TV: In the Home menu, click to the left and go to search. Type in Tubi and you’ll get the app.
Apple TV and Roku: go to the Apple App Store and Roku Streaming Channels store to download the app.
Android TV: From the home screen, select the Google Play Store app, select 'Search' at the top of the screen and search for the Tubi app.
I hope you’ll watch on whichever service you use and let me know what you think.
Come join me on a Photowalk to Catalina Island, Portugal, Big Island Hawaii, Los Angeles, Oregon Coast and Morro Bay and let me know what you think!
P.S.: Remember earlier in the week when I had 5 invites to the Clubhouse audio social network to give out? Those did indeed get handed out, right away, and now my supply has replenished. I have 6 more available invites, but you need to have an iPhone, as Clubhouse only works on iOS devices.
Just drop me a line, and your phone number, and you’ll be able to see what the fuss is all about.
Meanwhile, thanks for reading everyone, and have a great Sunday.