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Tubi Review 2022

Tubi has an amazingly massive library of movies and shows for free but no simultaneous streams, offline viewing—or age checks.

Tubi

Price: Free
Library size: 38,000+ titles, 200+ live channels
Free trial: N/A

Is Tubi good?

Tubi is a free, ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) service where you can watch 38,000+ movies and shows—and around 200 live TV channels—for nothing. That’s a pretty good deal.

You can watch Tubi with or without an account, but signing up lets you create a watchlist, get recommendations, and use parental controls. Unfortunately, the latter works only when a parent knows about an account, and Tubi has no age checks—but tons of sex and violence.

Tubi also lacks features like simultaneous streams (no reason for that with a free service) and offline viewing (can’t serve ads on downloads). So all that content is the main attraction, and it’s priced right—at only four to six minutes of ads per hour.

Tubi pros and cons

Pros

  • Free
  • Massive library
  • Reasonable ad breaks
  • Parental controls

Cons

  • Ads
  • No offline viewing
  • Some NC-17 content
  • No age checks

Tubi deals and promotions

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Tubi plans and pricing

Plan Price Library size Streams Resolution Offline viewing Details
Tubi Free 38,000+ movies and shows, 200+ live channels N/A 720p View plan

Data effective as of post date.

Simplicity is a huge selling point for streaming TV services, and Tubi keeps it extra simple: One plan, one “price,” 38,000+ movies and shows, and 200+ live channels.

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Tubi vs. the competition

Service Monthly price Live channels Library size Streams Cloud DVR Details
Tubi Free 200* 38,000+ movies and shows N/A View plan
YouTube TV $64.99/mo. 85+ Thousands of hours 3 Unlimited View plan

Read YouTube TV review
Hulu + Live TV $69.99–$75.99/mo. 75+ 40,000+ movies and shows 2 Unlimited View plan

Read Hulu Live review
Philo $25.00/mo. 60+ 60,000 movies and shows 3 Unlimited View plan

Read Philo review
Sling TV $35.00–$50.00/mo. 50+ 10,000 hrs. 1–4 50 hrs. View plan

Read Sling TV review
fuboTV $69.99–$99.99/mo. 230+ 6,700 movies and shows 10 1,000 hrs. View plan

Read fuboTV review
Netflix $9.99–$19.99/mo. N/A 5,000+ movies and shows 1–4 N/A View plan

Read Netflix review
Amazon Prime Video $8.99–$14.99/mo. N/A 25,000+ movies and shows 3 N/A View plan

Read Amazon Prime Video review
Hulu $7.99–$14.99/mo. N/A 40,000 movies and shows 2 N/A View plan

Read Hulu review

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

* CableTV.com’s count (Sept. 16, 2022)

Count from JustWatch.com (Sept. 16, 2022)

Is it fair to compare a free streaming service to paid ones? Well, again, Tubi’s biggest selling point is that it offers so much for so little. While the other services might have better content and more features, you just can’t beat free. If you’re on a budget and you don’t care about keeping up with popular Netflix or Hulu exclusives, Tubi is all the TV you need.

But if you’re shopping for an inexpensive streaming TV service, Philo ($25 a month, 60+ channels) and Sling TV ($35–$50 a month, 53+ channels) are both solid bets.

Parental vigilance is advised

Tubi doesn’t censor its content—and there’s a lot of sex and violence on the service. Also, using Tubi requires only a valid email address, a compatible device, and an internet connection, so it’s easy for kids to access. Tubi’s parental controls (under “Settings”) can help—but only when used alongside parental vigilance.

Tubi movies and shows

Yes, you won’t find Netflix’s Squid Game or Hulu’s The Bear—or most newer titles—on Tubi. You will find content from many major studios, including MGM, Lionsgate, Paramount, WB, and more. And, with 38,000+ titles and 200+ live TV channels covering 69 categories (see below), you’ll always be able to find something to watch.

31 days of horror movie recommendations for Tubi.

Categories and genres on Tubi

  • Action
  • Adult Comedy
  • Anime
  • Arthouse Films
  • Award Winners & Nominees
  • Back-to-School BingeFest
  • Based on True Events
  • Based on a Book
  • Black Cinema
  • Bollywood Dreams
  • British TV
  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Classics
  • Comedy
  • Crime TV
  • Critically Acclaimed Documentary
  • Cult Classics
  • Documentary
  • Docuseries
  • Drafthouse Films
  • Drama
  • Faith
  • Family Movies
  • Family Series
  • First Time on Tubi
  • Foreign Language Films
  • Foreign Language TV
  • Ganadores y Nominados
  • Good Eats
  • Highly Rated on Rotten Tomatoes
  • Home & Garden
  • Horror
  • Indie Films
  • K-Drama+
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Leaving Soon!
  • Lifestyle
  • Martial Arts
  • Most Popular
  • Movie Night!
  • Music & Concerts
  • Mystery
  • New Releases
  • Nostalgia TV
  • Noteworthy World Cup Content
  • Only Free on Tubi
  • Para Familias
  • Películas En Español
  • Reality TV
  • Recently Added
  • Recommended TV
  • Romance
  • Sci-fi & Fantasy
  • Series Spotlight
  • Something Completely Different
  • Sports Movies & Shows
  • Stand-Up Comedy
  • Sword & Sorcery
  • TV Comedies
  • TV Dramas
  • Telenovelas y Series
  • Thrillers
  • Trending Now
  • Tubi Originals
  • Weekly Watchlist
  • Westerns
The Tubi home screen with left-hand menu visible.
The Tubi home screen with left-hand menu visible (viewed on a Samsung QN90A via the Roku Ultra).

Live TV on Tubi

Officially, Tubi has 55+ live channels—but our count is closer to 200 channels. Most are themed, curated channels like the ones on other FAST services like Pluto, Sling Free, and Xumo.

Most of Tubi’s live channels aren’t actual networks but 24-hour channels running a single show, type of show, news, prerecorded sports, or movies. There are, however, several FOX broadcast affiliates—because FOX owns Tubi.

The Tubi live channel guide viewed on mobile.
The Tubi live channel guide viewed on mobile.

Live entertainment channels on Tubi (partial list)

  • A&E
  • 21 Jump Street
  • Baywatch
  • The Bob Ross Channel
  • The Carol Burnett Show
  • Cinevault Classics
  • Cinevault 80’s
  • Comedy Dynamics
  • Complex
  • CONtv
  • Court TV
  • Cosmos
  • Deal or No Deal USA
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show
  • Docurama
  • Dove Channel
  • DUST
  • El Rey Network
  • Fear Factor USA
  • FilmRise
  • FilmRise Classic TV
  • FilmRise Forensic Files
  • FilmRise Western
  • FOX (17 local broadcast affiliates)
  • Full Moon Features
  • Game Show Central
  • Gordon Ramsay
  • TheGrio
  • Grit
  • Heartland
  • Hi-YAH!
  • ION
  • ION Plus
  • Lifetime
  • LOL! Network
  • The Masked Singer
  • Moviesphere
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000
  • Places and Spaces
  • Shout! Factory TV
  • So . . . Real
  • Supermarket Sweep
  • Tubi Originals
  • TV One
  • VICE

Live news on Tubi (partial list)

Among Tubi’s live TV channels are 88 news channels, including the FOX affiliates and nearly three dozen Hearst Television channels. Other news channels on Tubi include Bloomberg TV, Cheddar, and NBC News.

  • ABC Localish Bay Area
  • ABC News Live
  • Altice USA’s News 12
  • Black News Channel
  • Bloomberg TV
  • Boston 25 News
  • CBC
  • Cheddar News
  • Estrella News
  • Euronews
  • FOX (17 local broadcast affiliates)
  • FOX SOUL
  • KGW (Portland, OR)
  • KGTV (San Diego, CA)
  • KHOU (Houston, TX)
  • KING (Seattle, WA)
  • KNXV (Phoenix, AZ)
  • KXTV (Sacramento, CA)
  • LiveNOW from FOX
  • NBC News NOW
  • News 12 New York
  • Newsy
  • PeopleTV
  • Today All Day
  • USA Today News
  • WFTS (Tampa, FL)
  • WTAE (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • WTVF (Nashville, TN)
  • WMUR (Manchester, NH)
  • WUSA (DC, Maryland, Virginia)
  • WXYZ (Detroit, MI)
  • WeatherNation

Sports on Tubi (partial list)

We wouldn’t expect it on a free service, but Tubi has a surprising amount of sportsball news, documentaries, prerecorded games, and even live sports. Here is just a portion of the sports channels on Tubi:

  • ACC Digital Network
  • beIN SPORTS XTRA
  • beIN SPORTS XTRA en Español
  • Big Ten
  • Concacaf Soccer
  • FIFA World Cup
  • FOX (17 local broadcast affiliates)
  • FOX Sports
  • FOX Sports en Español
  • fubo Sports Network
  • MLB
  • NASCAR
  • NFL Channel
  • NHRA
  • Pac-12 Insider
  • PBA Bowling
  • PBC Boxing
  • Real Madrid TV
  • Stadium
  • USA TODAY SportsWire
  • Westminster Kennel Dog Show
  • . . . and more!

Tubi original movies and shows

Tubi recently unveiled 140 hours of all-new content, including Tubi Original movies and shows. It’s primarily B-movies and true crime and paranormal shows, but there are some cool shows like The Freak Brothers.

In the following content lists, Tubi originals and exclusives are indicated by an asterisk (*).

A scene from Rifftrax: Miami Connection viewed on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 via the Tubi app.
A scene from Rifftrax: Miami Connection viewed on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 via the Tubi app.

Movies on Tubi (partial list)

  • 300
  • 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up
  • 10 Truths About Love*
  • Akeelah and the Bee
  • Akira
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven
  • All That Jazz
  • Amores Perros
  • Apocalypto
  • Arizona
  • The Artist
  • Babe
  • Bad Boy Bubby
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • Blade trilogy
  • The Boondock Saints
  • Bone Tomahawk
  • Boyhood
  • Bridesmaids
  • Bulletproof Monk
  • Casper
  • Christian Mingle
  • Clambake
  • Dead Zone*
  • Destination Love
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • The Expendables (1, 2, and 3)
  • Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All
  • Fists of Fury
  • The Great Satan
  • Hackers
  • Half Baked
  • Hellblazers*
  • Holy Motors
  • How High
  • Howard’s End
  • I’m Not There
  • Igor
  • The Indian in the Cupboard
  • Judy
  • Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
  • Knock Knock
  • La Bamba
  • La Nalgada
  • Lean on Me
  • Left Behind
  • The Little Rascals
  • Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
  • Lost in Translation
  • The Love Witch
  • Mad Max
  • Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
  • Madea’s Family Reunion
  • Magnum Force
  • Martyrs (2008 and 2011)
  • Murphy’s Romance
  • My Girl
  • Ocean’s Eleven
  • Ocean’s Twelve
  • Ocean’s Thirteen
  • Pass the Mic: A Movement Generations in the Making*
  • The Passion of the Christ
  • Poolhall Junkies
  • Raw Deal
  • Riding with Sugar*
  • Santa Sangre
  • Saw
  • Set It Off
  • Showgirls
  • Somewhere in Time
  • Sophie’s Choice
  • Space Jam (1996)
  • The Stepmother*
  • Suspiria
  • Thank God It’s Friday
  • Time Pirates*
  • Turbo Kid
  • The Wash
  • The Waterboy
  • Who Killed Captain Alex?

* Tubi original

Horror on Tubi

Tubi has a fantastic selection of genre movies—especially horror films, whether it’s cheesy trash, classic horror, or even some newer titles. Learn more about horror on Tubi by reading our guides to the 13 Best Horror Movies on Tubi and the Nastiest Movies on Tubi. (Parental discretion is advised.)

A scene from What’s Happening!! viewed on the Samsung QN90A smart TV via the Roku Ultra.
A scene from What’s Happening!! viewed on the Samsung QN90A smart TV via the Roku Ultra.

Shows on Tubi (partial list)

  • 227
  • The A-Team
  • A Man Called Hawk**
  • The Addams Family
  • The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
  • Antiques Roadshow
  • Attack on Titan
  • Batman (1966)
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • The Bernie Mac Show
  • The Best of Fridays
  • The Big Comfy Couch
  • Blossom
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
  • Columbo
  • Cosmos: A SpacetIme Odyssey
  • Death Note
  • Degrassi: The Next Generation
  • Diff’rent Strokes
  • Everybody Hates Chris
  • The Freak Brothers*
  • Fantasy Island
  • Fast Vengeance
  • Firefly
  • Firestarter: Rekindled
  • The Flash (1990)
  • The Flintstones
  • Freakazoid!
  • Gary Busey: Pet Judge
  • Hell Den
  • Hell’s Kitchen
  • Hot Ones
  • I Can See Your Voice
  • I Survived
  • Iron Chef
  • The Jeffersons
  • Jem
  • The Kids in the Hall
  • Lego Masters
  • Lou Reed: Transformer
  • MXC: Most Extreme Elimination Challenge
  • Maggie and the Ferocious Beast
  • The Masked Singer
  • Mr. Show
  • My Two Dads
  • The Nanny
  • Naruto
  • Project Runway
  • Quantico
  • Queer Eye
  • The Real Housewives of Sydney
  • Rebel Without a Crew
  • Rifftrax episodes
  • Rome
  • Roots (1977)
  • Roswell
  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
  • So You Think You Can Dance?
  • Spaced
  • Stroker and Hoop
  • Sushi Sumo**
  • TJ Hooker
  • Transformers: Generation 1
  • Unsolved Mysteries
  • V
  • What’s Happening!!
  • Who’s the Boss?
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?
  • World Poker Tour
  • Yo Gabba Gabba!

* Tubi original
** Tubi exclusive

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Tubi specs and features

Tubi lacks two of the most popular features of streaming TV services: simultaneous streams and offline viewing. Also, the max resolution on Tubi is 720p, which isn’t great.

Tubi simultaneous streams

Tubi has none, ‘cause there’s no need for them when the service is free.

Tubi offline viewing

Tubi doesn’t have this, either. Offline viewing is incompatible with ad-supported TV services because there’s currently no way to serve ads on downloads.

Supported devices

Amazon Fire Cube, Stick, TV
Android phones, tablets
Android TV
Apple TV (4th gen.)
Apple TV 4K
Chromecast
Cox Contour
Echo Show
iPhone, iPad
Hisense smart TVs (select models)
LG smart TVs (select models)
Nintendo Switch
NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro
PC, Mac web browsers
PlayStation 3, 4, 5
Roku devices
Samsung TVs (select models)
Sony smart TVs (select models)
TiVo 4K Stream, TiVo+
VIZIO smart TVs (select models)
Wii
Xbox One
Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S
Xfinity Flex, X1

Data effective as of post date.

With so many supported devices, only Nintendo fans and LG smart TV owners will be disappointed.

Playback controls

Tubi has great playback controls on both Roku and the Android app. We think we prefer 10-second jumps (used by most streaming TV apps) to Tubi’s 30-second leaps, but that’s our only complaint.

* Mobile only.

  • Play/pause
  • Rewind/fast-forward
  • 30-second jumps (both directions)
  • Skip to previous/next title
  • Closed captioning
  • Status bar
  • Timecode (elapsed and remaining)
  • Chromecast icon*
  • Full-screen toggle*
  • Settings*
  • Close app*
  • Playback speed*
“I’ll [hold your hand] for $1,000,” says Bunny Lebowski to The Dude in The Big Lebowski. Viewed on the Samsung QN90A smart TV via the Roku Ultra.
“I’ll [hold your hand] for $1,000,” says Bunny Lebowski to The Dude in The Big Lebowski. Viewed on the Samsung QN90A smart TV via the Roku Ultra.

Tubi video and audio quality

We tested the Tubi app six different ways, using five screens (two smart TVs, a smartphone, and a laptop), two set-top streaming devices, and two internet connections. Video and audio quality was largely consistent, with one exception.

Tubi testing details at a glance

Screen (TV, phone, tablet, or laptop) Streaming device/app platform Internet connection Result
Test #1 Samsung QN90A smart TV (2021 model) Roku Ultra Google Fiber 1 Gbps Consistent 720p*
Test #2 Samsung QN90A smart TV (2021 model) Tubi app for Samsung smart TV Google Fiber 1 Gbps Consistent 720p*
Test #3 LG UH615A (2015) NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro Google Fiber 1 Gbps Consistent 720p*
Test #4 Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 smartphone Tubi app for Android Google Fiber 1 Gbps Consistent 720p*
Test #5 Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 smartphone (2021) Tubi app for Android T-Mobile 5G Near consistent 720p*
Test #6 Lenovo ThinkPad laptop (2021) Google Chrome browser (Windows 10 Pro) Google Fiber 1 Gbps Consistent 720p*

Data effective as of post date.
* Depending on source material

Five of our tests occurred at home on a Google Fiber 1 Gbps Wi-Fi connection. For the other test, we used the T-Mobile 5G mobile network while driving around town. On the home tests, we experienced no perceptible differences in video and audio quality. On the mobile test, we experienced a few dips in video quality, but not as many as we have with services that stream at 1080p or higher.

Note: video and audio quality starts with the source and then the internet speed. Many older movies and shows—Tubi has a lot of these—still stream at their original resolution (480–720p).

Final take: Is Tubi worth it?

Uh . . . Tubi’s 39,000 title library has tons of good stuff, and it’s free to watch, thanks to ads that you can ignore. It’s totally worth it.

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Tubi FAQ

What is Tubi?

Tubi is a free, ad-supported streaming TV service with 38,000 movies and shows—and 200+ live channels—available to stream for free.

Does Tubi have live channels?

Tubi has around 200 live TV channels. Many of them are themed channels like the ones found on other free streaming TV services—but 88 of them are live FOX affiliates or Hearst News channels. And there are dozens of sports channels.

Is there live news on Tubi?

Tubi has 88 news channels, including 17 FOX affiliates and 33 Hearst News channels.

How much is Tubi live TV?

Tubi is free. But, technically, you do pay for the service by watching ads.

Does Tubi have ABC live?

Tubi does not have ABC live, but it does carry ABC Local-ish and ABC News Live.

Does Tubi have CBS?

Tubi does not have CBS, but Paramount+ does.

How many live channels does Tubi have?

Officially, Tubi has 55+ live TV channels. But we counted around 200 channels.

What channels can I get on Tubi TV?

Tubi has mostly themed, curated channels like the ones on other free streaming services like Pluto, Sling Free, and Xumo. Here is a sampling of Tubi live channels:

  • A&E*
  • ABC News Live
  • 21 Jump Street
  • Baywatch
  • Big Ten
  • Black News Channel
  • Bloomberg TV
  • The Bob Ross Channel
  • The Carol Burnett Show
  • Cheddar News
  • Cinevault Classics
  • Cinevault 80’s
  • Comedy Dynamics
  • Complex*
  • CONtv*
  • Court TV
  • Cosmos
  • Deal or No Deal USA
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show
  • Docurama*
  • Dove Channel*
  • DUST*
  • El Rey Network
  • Estrella News
  • Fear Factor USA
  • FIFA World Cup
  • FilmRise*
  • FilmRise Classic TV
  • FilmRise Forensic Files
  • FilmRise Western
  • FOX (17 local broadcast affiliates)*
  • FOX Sports
  • FOX Sports en Español
  • Full Moon Features*
  • Game Show Central
  • Gordon Ramsay
  • TheGrio
  • Grit
  • Heartland
  • Hi-YAH!
  • ION
  • ION Plus
  • Lifetime*
  • LOL! Network*
  • The Masked Singer
  • MLB
  • Moviesphere
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000
  • NASCAR
  • NBC News NOW
  • NFL Channel
  • NHRA
  • Pac-12 Insider
  • PBA Bowling
  • PBC Boxing
  • Places and Spaces
  • Shout! Factory TV*
  • So . . . Real*
  • Stadium
  • Supermarket Sweep
  • Tubi Originals
  • TV One*
  • USA Today News
  • VICE
  • WeatherNation

Methodology

Our TV experts constantly research and test streaming TV services, including free ones like Tubi. For this article, we compared Tubi to paid streaming services based on overall value, content, features, and more to provide accurate, reliable recommendations to our readers. See the CableTV.com How We Rank page for more information about our process.

Endnotes

  1. JustWatch.com, “All Movies and Shows on Tubi.” Accessed September 13, 2022.

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