Pluto TV: app, channels, guide and how to activate it

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Free TV is here to watch on Pluto TV. Yes, completely, 100% free! If your budget can’t handle another monthly subscription, Pluto TV is one of the best free streaming services. The ad-supported service offers more than 250 live channels, plus on-demand movies and TV shows. New channels are added all the time, like Black Throwbacks, Fuse Beat and Real Madrid TV.

Pluto TV, owned by ViacomCBS, launched in 2014 and has grown rapidly since, with over 54 monthly active users. The service works in the United States, as well as parts of Europe, Latin America, and Brazil. Unlike live TV streaming services like Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, and YouTube TV, Pluto curates free content already available on the web.

What is Pluto TV?

Pluto TV is an “over-the-top” (OTT) service, meaning it runs over the internet (like Netflix) rather than dedicated lines or over the air. It is also an advertiser supported video on demand (or AVOD) service. That puts it in the same basket as streaming services like Crackle, Tubi, and Sling Free.

To use Pluto TV, you can stream it on the Pluto website or download the app on one of the many devices supported by the service.

So what makes Pluto TV one of the best free streaming services? Learn more below.

Free Pluto TV package (with ads)

Yes, seriously: Pluto TV is absolutely free. You don’t even have to sign up with an email address, and you don’t have to enter any credit card information. Just launch Pluto’s website or app, and you can start watching shows and movies right away.

You can choose to sign up for a Pluto TV account, which gives you special features such as the ability to designate favorite channels and resume watching a program on another device.

This is all made possible by Pluto running ads during shows. Generally, the experience is similar to watching cable TV. A half-hour show typically has about four commercial breaks, with each break consisting of several 20-30 second commercials.

Pluto TV Channels and Shows

Pluto TV’s channels are divided into sections such as Featured, Entertainment, Movies, Sports, Comedy, Kids, Latino, and Tech + Geek.

There are versions of top cable networks like MTV, but generally Pluto TV channels aren’t what you’ll find in a standard cable or satellite package.

News channels are names you know – CNN, NBC News, CBS News, etc. – but most of the time they play pre-recorded and curated clips instead of a live stream from the network.

Likewise, sports channels are the ones you’ve heard of, like Fox Sports, NFL Channel, PGA Tour, and Major League Soccer. However, you can’t really watch live sports on Pluto; these channels broadcast past games, highlights or analysis.

Pluto’s TV shows are mostly older sitcoms and reality shows typically found on other free streaming services, like Hell’s Kitchen, Roseanne, and The First 48.

Recently Pluto added a huge new addition: Pluto TV 007. This channel will not show anything from the James Bond movies, as Pluto says, “24/7”. Specifically, Pluto has 19 Bond movies starring Connery, Moore, Lazenby, Dalton, and Brosnan, so don’t expect Daniel Craig to star when you tune in. We are waiting for the complete list.

Pluto has also added Pluto TV Pranks and British Comedy channels.

Pluto TV Sports Channels

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Pluto TV app and supported devices

The Pluto TV app is available on devices, including web browsers, as well as many smart TVs, smartphones, and streaming boxes and sticks.

  • Android mobile and tablet
  • Apple iPhones and iPads
  • Apple TV (4th generation)
  • Amazon Kindle/Fire tablets
  • Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
  • Roku devices and Roku TVs
  • Google Chromecast
  • TiVo 4K streams
  • Android TV (various)
  • web browsers

Pluto TV reviews

While there aren’t a ton of Pluto TV reviews, the ones that do exist are mostly positive about the free TV streaming service.

PCMag says, “Pluto TV is a potentially viable solution for people who don’t want to close the door to cable entirely, but more importantly, who don’t want to pay for the privilege.” Their review warns potential users, “Anyone looking for a viable cable replacement with a live Internet TV service may be disappointed with Pluto TV.” They think the service could also use a bit of an overhaul, saying, “Pluto TV needs to tweak its interfaces and channel guides. The omission of DVR functionality is also notable, but not surprising given that it’s free.

clark.com says, “If you’ve decided to stop paying for cable TV and subscription streaming services, I think Pluto TV should be seriously considered as part of your free streaming content mix. There is a strong selection of cable-worthy content on this platform and the barrier to giving it a try is extremely low.”

Pluto TV movies on demand

Yes, Pluto offers thousands of movies on demand and streaming live on themed movie channels, ranging from genres (drama, romance, horror) to 80s rewind and cinema noir.

The Pluto TV movies are made up of older titles that were moderate hits in their time. Recent selections have included Shaft, Addams Family Values, The Rainmaker, Airplane, Clue, Road to Perdition and First Wives Club.

Pluto TV on demand

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Pluto TV Internet Speed ​​Requirements

Pluto TV does not provide specific internet speed guidelines for its service. In its help section, the company says, “Having a fast connection (faster than 5MB) is definitely important, but having a ‘stable’ connection can be just as important, so super fast Wi-Fi pauses for 1/2 second. and it will cause playback problems.”

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Can Pluto TV replace cable?

You might be wondering, “Can I use Pluto TV to replace the cable?” The answer is: sort of. Pluto TV has programs you can enjoy if you’re happy with older movies and shows. But if you want a true cable TV replacement, you’ll need to supplement Pluto TV with other streaming services.

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