Pluto TV: App, channels, guide and how to activate
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By Kelly Woo
Everything you need to know about the Pluto TV free live TV streaming service
Want to TV for free? Then, fly over to Pluto TV. If you're tired of paying another monthly streaming bill, Pluto TV is one of the best free streaming services out there. The ad-supported service offers more than 250 live channels, as well as on-demand movies and TV shows. New channels are added all the time, like 007 with the James Bond movies.
The ViacomCBS-owned Pluto TV launched in 2014 and has grown quickly since. As of November 2020, the service has more than 28 million monthly active users in the U.S. It also operates in Europe and has plans to roll out in Latin America soon. Unlike live TV streaming services such as Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV, Pluto curates free content that's already available on the web.
What is Pluto TV?
Pluto TV is an "over-the-top" (OTT) service, which means it comes through the internet (like Netflix) rather than on dedicated lines or over the air. It's also an advertiser-supported video on demand service (or AVOD). That puts it in the same bucket 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 to any of the many devices supported by the service.
So, what makes Pluto TV one of the best free streaming services? Read more below.
Pluto TV free package (with ads)
Yes, seriously: Pluto TV is absolutely free. You don't even need to register with an email address and you don't have to input any credit card information. Just fire up Pluto's website or the app, and you can start watching shows and movies immediately.
You can opt to register for a Pluto TV account, which gives you special features like the ability to designate favorite channels and resume watching a program on a different device.
This is all made possible by Pluto airing commercials 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 ads.
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 the ones you'd find in a standard cable or satellite package.
The News channels are names that you know — CNN, NBC News, CBS News, etc. — but mostly, they play curated, pre-recorded clips instead of a live stream of the network.
Similarly, the Sports channels are 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; those channels play past games, highlights or analysis.
Pluto's TV shows are mostly older sitcoms and reality shows that are generally 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 stream nothing by James Bond movies, as Pluto says, "24 hours a day, 007 days a week." Specifically, Pluto has 19 Bond movies starring Connery, Moore, Lazenby, Dalton and Brosnan, so don't expect Daniel Craig's run when you tune in. We're waiting for the full list.
Pluto also added Pluto TV Pranks and British Comedy channels.
Pluto TV app and supported devices
The Pluto TV app is available on devices including web browsers as well as many major smart TVs, smartphones and streaming boxes and sticks.
- Android mobile and tablet
- Apple iPhone and iPad
- Apple TV (4th Generation)
- Amazon Kindle/Fire Tablets
- Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
- Roku devices and Roku TVs
- Google Chromecast
- TiVo Stream 4K
- Android TV (various)
- web browsers
Pluto TV reviews
While there aren't a ton of Pluto TV reviews out there, the ones that exist are mostly positive about the free TV streaming service.
PC Mag says, "Pluto TV is a potentially viable solution for people who don't want to completely close the door on cable, but more importantly, don't want to pay for the privilege." Their review cautions potential users, "Anyone looking for a viable replacement to cable with an internet-based live TV service may be underwhelmed by Pluto TV." They think the service could use a bit of a redesign, too, saying, "Pluto TV needs to polish its interfaces and channel guides. The omission of DVR features is notable too, but not surprising given that it is free."
Clark.com says, "If you have decided that you’re going to quit paying for cable TV and subscription streaming services, I think Pluto TV needs serious consideration as a 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 trial run is extremely low."
Pluto TV movies on demand
Yes, Pluto has thousands of movies on-demand and airing live on themed Movies channels, ranging from genres (Drama, Romance, Horror) to '80s Rewind and Black Cinema.
Pluto TV movies made up of older titles that were moderate hits back in their day. Recent selections included Shaft, Addams Family Values, The Rainmaker, Airplane, Clue, Road to Perdition and First Wives Club.
Pluto TV internet speed requirements
Pluto TV doesn't provide specific guidelines about internet speed for its service. In its help section, the company says, "Having a fast connection (faster than 5mb) is certainly important, but having a 'stable' connection can be just as important, so that super fast WiFi connection drops out for a 1/2 second and that will cause playback issues."
MORE: How Much Internet Speed Should You Really Pay For?
Can Pluto TV replace cable?
You may be wondering, "Can I use Pluto TV to replace cable?" The answer is: Sort of. Pluto TV provides some programming you may enjoy, if you're satisfied with older movies and shows. But if you want a true cable TV replacement, you will need to supplement Pluto TV with other streaming services.
Kelly covers streaming media for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.
If you’re looking to get in the Halloween mood, Pluto TV has just what you need with their 31 Nights of Horror. You can watch a different scary movie every night at 10 pm ET during October on the Pluto TV Horror Channel 68. From classics like Day of the Dead to more recent titles including You’re Next, Pluto TV will have you spooked in no time.
The Pluto TV app is completely free and features more than 200 channels that are always changing. Pluto TV is currently available on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, iOS, and Android. You can find our full review of Pluto TV HERE.
Pluto has been adding many new channels to its lineup lately. The free streaming service now has over 200 channels, with more being added nearly every week. When Viacom bought Pluto TV, the company added Viacom content, along with building partnerships with major networks. You can now watch content from channels including Nick, Nick Jr., MTV, and Comedy Central for free, along with curated channels from CNN, NBC News, CBSN, the NFL, and more.
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On Pluto TV, you can take a journey through the European countryside via train without ever leaving your couch. You can discover a little-known indie movie from one of its many film channels. Or, you can binge Mystery Science Theater 3000 through all hours of the day.
If you’re lucky, like Nikki Grenoble, your Mystery Science Theater 3000 obsession could even land you a job programming some of the free streaming TV platform’s many channels. Grenoble schedules some of the platform’s niche channels.
Pluto TV, which was acquired by Viacom in January, offers more than 200 live channels and thousands of on-demand movies on an ad-supported platform. Some of the channels are genre-specific, with a focus on reality TV, news, or sports. Other channels are more program-specific, such as the ones dedicated to Minecraft and Doctor Who. Since Pluto TV became a Viacom company, channels featuring classic library content—like the Comedy Central Stand-Up, Cribs, and AwesomenessTV channels—populate the platform. And, ahead of the merger between Viacom and CBS, it recently added three CBS Interactive channels: ET Live, CBSN New York, and CBSN Los Angeles, adding to CBSN and CNET, which were already on the platform. It launched several holiday-themed channels recently, one of which is just video of a fireplace, as well as a Tween channel called Pluto TV Tween.
“Pluto TV literally has something for everyone. If you love wrestling, we have a fight channel. If you love cats and just want to watch cats doing cat things, we have a cat channel. And if you want to watch the news, we have a ton of providers that should satisfy liberals and conservatives alike,” says Brian Rodriguez, Pluto TV’s a.m. news editor.
To program these niche channels, Pluto TV hires experts. For example, it hired former mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Andrew “The Squid” Montanez to figure out what content would live best on the platform’s MMA channel, and put a veteran reporter at the helm of its news channel. Viacom spoke with some of its in-house content curators to get an idea of how they work their curatorial magic.
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Horror Films on PlutoTV
One thing I have learned during this pandemic. I really don’t need cable. I don’t think I have used more than 2 channels on my cable since March. I have been using all the different streaming services. However, the one I use the most is PlutoTV. It has practically everything I need. Movies, TV, News, and if I miss TV so much, I can go to Live stream, and choose from 100 different channels streaming everything in real-time from cooking shows to 24/7 classic cartoons. And it is all for free. Don’t worry they have 3 streaming channels of horror movies. You will always have something to watch. But sometimes you want a specific movie. Well, they also have On Demand.
That is why we are here. 10 horror films on PlutoTV you can stream right now. I could easily make a top 50 list. Naturally, these are in no way or shape in any order. So let's explore Horror On Demand.
Gunned down by Detective Mike Norris, dying murderer Charles Lee Ray uses black magic to put his soul inside a doll named Chucky -- which Karen Barclay then buys for her young son, Andy.
A year after severe emotional trauma, Sarah goes to North Carolina to spend some time exploring caves with her friends; after descending underground, the women find strange cave paintings and evidence of an earlier expedition, then learn they are not alone:
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