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Pluto TV review: What to know about this free streaming service

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A free streaming service that actually may be too good to be true.

While Pluto TV offers its streaming service of 100+ channels for free across various devices, but you’ll find mostly classics and old favorites.

Details

Service typeOn-demand streaming
Free trialNo
Pricing starts atVaries
Lock-in contractNo

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Free
  • Live TV and on-demand options
  • Original channels
  • Versatile device compatibility

Cons

  • Older TV shows and movies
  • No parental controls

What features does Pluto TV offer?

Aside from offering live TV, on-demand shows and movies for free, Pluto TV doesn’t offer many additional features except:

Closed Captioning

You have the ability to set up the closed-captioning option for live TV as well as on-demand programs. Setup depends on your device.

Airplay mirroring

Although the Apple Airplay feature doesn’t work with its app, you can use the Airplay feature from an iOS device to mirror the screen to another larger screen for a grander viewing experience — even if your current TV is incompatible with Pluto TV.

Account personalization

While you don’t need to enter any personal information before streaming with Pluto TV, you have the option to create an account to personalize your viewing experience by hiding unwanted channels and starring your favorites.

Note

At the time of writing, Pluto TV is working out the kinks with its account personalization feature. Though this is not available, it claims to update the feature soon.

What devices is Pluto TV compatible with?

Pluto TV is currently compatible with a range of devices that makes viewing simple, and plans to add more.

Smart TV devices:

  • Apple TV
  • Android TV
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick

Mobile devices:

  • iOS
  • Android

Desktop and laptop devices:

  • Windows
  • Mac

Other devices:

  • Roku
  • Chromecast

How much does Pluto TV cost?

Pluto TV is completely free to anyone who chooses to sign up, so there’s no free trial option.

What can I watch with Pluto TV?

Watch 100+ channels with Pluto TV including big names like BET, VH1 and CBS — with some Pluto TV originals. TV channels are grouped in categories like kids, comedy and entertainment to help you find your next show.

A selection of TV shows and movies you can expect to watch with Pluto TV include:

  • Roseanne
  • Unsolved Mysteries
  • Dick Van Dyke
  • Hell’s Kitchen
  • The Terminator
  • Zodiac
  • The Elephant Man

What Internet speed is required to watch Pluto TV?

To enjoy Pluto TV, you need to have a stable Internet connection of at least 5mb. It also helps to update your devices for smooth streaming.

How much data does Pluto TVuse?

You need an Internet connection to watch on Pluto TV, so you won’t use up your cellular data. If you’re using another device to stream Pluto TV, check with their data usage specifications since they vary from device to device.

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Alex Shea

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Alex Shea was a tech and telco writer for Finder.

Expert review

Pluto TV’s free content is good for reminiscing with old movies and washed-up series. But for most streamers, it can’t replace bigger names like Hulu and Netflix. However, with talks about adding a paid subscription option since the Viacom-CBS merger, there’s a chance Pluto TV’s content could change.

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