Pluto TV: The must have FREE TV service

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Pluto TV Review

Pluto TV is one of the more unique OTT services available today. It’s a free ad-supported service and it uses a live TV channel model, like Sling TV or PlayStation Vue. But Pluto TV’s “channels” are not familiar cable properties like the ones that populate Sling TV. Instead, they’re mostly curated channels assembled by Pluto TV employees from online videos and licensed content.

User Experience

Pluto TV is easy to use on all platforms, and particularly nice to work with on the web app.

The idea of Pluto TV is very simple. It sorts a wide variety of content into a cable-style channels and get it organized on a familiar looking TV guide. This make it easy to flip through channels and see programming is showing, like if you where using a traditional cable box.



Content

Currently Pluto TV has around 77 channels plus video on demand.

Pluto TV relies largely on free online videos to fill their “channels.” You will see familiar brands, and most of these are news channels: Bloomberg Television, MSNBC, and RT America, among others.

That makes Pluto TV’s content a pretty mixed bag.

Here are some examples of the covered categories:

News

  • Today’s Top Story
  • News 24/7
  • CBSN 2
  • NBC News & MSNBC
  • CNBC
  • Cheddar
  • TYT Network
  • NewsmaxTV
  • Newsy
  • RT America
  • Sky News
  • Business News 24/7
  • Bloomberg TV

Sports

  • Pluto TV Sports
  • FOX Sports
  • MPACT Wrestling
  • Fight
  • Stadium
  • Sports News
  • World Poker Tour
  • GLORY Kickboxing
  • Big Sky Conference
  • Portland State
  • Sacramento State

Comedy

  • Funny AF
  • JASH
  • Stand-up TV
  • MST3K
  • RiffTrax
  • FailArmy
  • Cats 24/7
  • The Onion
  • CRACKED

Chill Out

  • Internet Gold
  • Vibes
  • Monstercat TV
  • THC
  • Eye Candy
  • NatureVision TV
  • Slow TV
  • 4K TV

Movies

  • Pluto TV Movies
  • Pluto TV Movies 2
  • Action Movies
  • Flicks of Fury
  • Horror 24/7
  • Classic Movies Channel
  • Black Cinema
  • Gravitas Movies
  • The Asylum

It also have plenty of video on demand content like movies. The are not the latest movies releases or the catalog cannot compare to premium services like Netflix, but again, this is all for free!


Streaming Quality

When tested, streaming was smooth. The video quality was good in general. remember the content on Pluto TV comes from different sources around the web, so each one will have a different video quality. There is no HD content, but, for a free service, it is ok.

Platforms

In my opinion, this is one of the good thing about Pluto TV, and one that set it aside from other free services.

It is available in all the major and popular devices:

  • Roku
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Android TV
  • Chromecast
  • Sony TV’s
  • Samsung TV’s
  • Vizio TV’s
  • Mac
  • PC
  • Android
  • Iphone

And the best part is that if your device is not on this list, and there is no native app available for it, you can still watch it using the browser version (as long as you can open a web browser window on your device).

It is important to mention that, even the user experience is very similar, the channel line up change a little bit from device to device. Due to licensing constrains, some channels are not available on some device. Roku is the device with the less channels available. To experience the full channel line up, the browser version is the recommended option to use.

Price

Like mentioned already on several places on this article, Pluto TV is totally free. You have to see ads on their channels, but that is also true for cable channels and you have to pay for them!

Verdict

Pluto TV is a nice free service that is worth giving it shot. It will never compare to a premium paid service, but it is a lot better to just having over the air TV with an antenna attached to the TV. And the best again, it is totally free. For that price it is a must have on every streaming box setup.

You can find more information about their service by visiting their website:

pluto.tv

We will be posting son more articles with information on configuring Pluto TV on different platforms.

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