Tubi TV - Free Movies & TV
- Last update: 2 years ago
- Version: 2.9.5
- Size: 16.15M
- Compatibility: 4.1 and up
- Author: Tubi TV
- Content rating: Rated for 12+
- Package name: com.tubitv
Tubi TV review
The idea of Tubi TV is making videos free legally. Yes, actually free, with no explicit or hidden fees from you. But how will it work, in terms of content and embodiment? Tubi team has brought out its solution that makes video content available at no cost at all.
The app is just the frontend part of the whole service that includes content storage and processing. And here’s something to discuss, as the way Tubi solves this problem also has its risks.
You don’t have to store all the videos you’d like to watch in your local memory. Besides that, there are many movies and shows you simply never hear of, and if you do, you may like them, right?
When watching a video, you can select its bitrate. The optimal selection depends on your connection quality and your screen resolution. Full HD or bigger resolution requires maximum quality, and if it’s lower, you can save your traffic or CPU/GPU power.
Unfortunately, with Tubi TV download is banned. You can only stream movies in real time, so enjoy the moments you’re online. If the connection is poor, you can, again, select a lower quality.
The menu features movies sorted by genre as well as new arrivals. You can select the category you prefer: drama, comedy, sci-fi, action, and so on. You can queue the videos you'd like to watch and then just watch them all in a line with no need to switch manually.
The app is compatible with Chromecast and Apple TV, let alone generic solutions like DLNA and Miracast. So if you wish, you can stream your Tubi videos up to your TV screen and enjoy the full-size picture. This free TV app can enhance your TV experience greatly.
When you’re here to watch shows and movies, you want all of your screen (or most of it) for the content. Right? So interface elements are designed to take as little space as possible. There is a thin search line at the top and a menu hidden behind the left edge of the screen.
The rest of the screen is taken by advertised content. You only have to tap the banner to start downstreaming the video you like. In case you don’t know what you exactly want but this proposition doesn’t seem interesting enough, you can select more suitable featured proposition simply by swiping horizontally.
When watching the movie, you see nothing distracting. You may have your screen position locked, and all the controls are hidden. You have to tap the screen to activate the menu. There’s nothing but scroll bar with a Play/Pause button. If you dropped your séance, you can resume it later from the position you have left.
The app has different skins for tablets and phones. No matter if you use your iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet; you’ll always get the optimized interface.
So Tubi TV app is made for the most comfortable watching, it helps searching when you’re active and it doesn’t interfere when you’re already watching your video.
Even the first steps demonstrate certain friendliness towards the user. You don’t even have to create a Tubi account as Facebook can be used instead. Having once authorized the app, you can use this login later with no limitations.
The app settings include push notifications about new arrivals, captions and locking landscape mode for uninterrupted video viewing.
If the original movies are not in English, they come with English subtitles. Even if you’re no native speaker but eager to master real spoken English, Tubi will be both your entertainment and education source.
The menu is also available in English only, but if you don’t know it well enough, Tubi won’t be of any use to you anyway.
Users report almost no crashes or other issues both with the app wand with streaming service, so the stability should also be rated as high as can be.
Cross-platform use 7/10
This app is available both for Android and for iOS. These two platforms cover most smartphone and tablet users. So chances are the “small team” of the project will never reach Windows Phone or BlackBerry. Another reason to switch as soon as possible, as if you had too few by now. Unfortunately, there’s no desktop version of this app as well, but that’s the situation when web version will save the day. And yes, web version and the app can be integrated seamlessly under the same account.
Completely free! No kidding. The movies present in Tubi’s base are here for free and you can watch as many of them as you like.
But still, there are restrictions. You won’t find cinema blockbusters here. Tubi mostly offers B-class movies, TV shows (not top-tier, again), movies that only IMDB knows of and many films made in not-so-cinematographic countries.
Another underwater stone is about those commercials. No banners in the app; the commercials are integrated into the movies themselves. So don’t get surprised when the most dramatic plot twist is suddenly shadowed by an ad popping out. There’s nothing to do about that; this is the way Tubi gets its free content.
The idea of freeing the movies, TV shows and anime series is undoubtedly great, both for users and for developers. But the realization was doomed to run into some limitations. Being honest, missing blockbusters and sudden ads within the movies are not the highest price to pay, possibly.
So if you don't mind watching videos in English (or with English subtitles) and see ads as if you were watching air TV, Tubi will always provide you with something new. These new videos won’t always be that new, but it’s all relative, and there’s much to watch.
If you like to explore new videos and don’t mind getting a bit away from mainstream, if you know English so well that you don’t need any translations, if you can abstract from sudden ads across the movies, and if you’re into anime, then Tubi TV is exactly what you need with no extra dollar to spend.
Pros : Absolutely free content. No kidding;
Much off-mainstream content to discover;
Flexible design and hardware compatibility.
Cons : Content available only in English;
Ads integrated into movies;
Almost no cinema hits present among the offers.
Cross-platform use 3.5