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Pluto TV Review
Pluto TV just might be the ultimate free cable replacement
Pluto TV is a free streaming service that’s owned by ViacomCBS. Why does that matter? ViacomCBS has been in the entertainment industry for a long time. They know how to handle a platform like Pluto TV—and judging by Pluto’s growth the last couple years, it shows.
You can already find popular shows like The Hunger Games and Charlie’s Angels on Pluto TV. And you can expect it to keep adding to the line up. This summer, you’ll see Minority Report, Shaft, Total Recall, and Forrest Gump join the streaming library.
If you like live TV, you can also get channels like Pluto Courtroom, Jersey Shore, and Bar Rescue.
Is Pluto TV right for you?
If you’re looking for that cable experience but not that cable bill, Pluto TV might be just what you need. While you won’t have access to the same premium channels as the best TV providers, you’ll be able to find similar content among Pluto’s 294 channels. Some popular channels on Pluto include:
- CBS News
- Comedy Central
- History Channel
- NBC News
- Nick Jr.
And if you prefer to watch on your own time, Pluto has several popular movies and TV shows in its on-demand library. You’ll need to sit through some ads while you marathon Naruto, but your wallet will thank you.
Keep in mind that you won’t have access to Originals exclusive to paid platforms like Netflix, and Pluto TV’s selection of new or original content is a little slim.
How does Pluto TV compare to the competition?
It’s hard to beat free, but is Pluto TV enough to fill all your TV needs? If you watch a lot of sports, enjoy premium live TV channels, or want to talk about Squid Game with your friends, you’ll likely need to crack open your wallet a little.
Sports fans will love all 50 of fuboTV’s sports channels while Hulu + Live TV will appeal to lovers of original and on-demand content. And we recommend YouTube TV if you like lots of variety and want unlimited DVR storage. For comparison, Pluto TV doesn’t have any DVR functionality.
If you’re on a strict budget, you can supplement Pluto TV with other free streaming services.
How do I watch Pluto TV?
The simplest way to watch Pluto TV is to access its website from your laptop. You can also download the Pluto TV app on your smart device.
If you want a premium experience, you can get the Pluto TV app on a streaming platform like Roku or Amazon Fire. We tested Pluto TV on Roku, but you can compare all our favorite streaming devices below.
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