Free streaming service 'Tubi TV' launches in Australia

Free streaming service 'Tubi TV' launches in Australia - August 29, 2019


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Customers in Australia will be able to access Tubi via Telstra TV, Tubi.TV, or through nearly any internet-connected screen.


By Sarah Keoghan

New streaming service Tubi will officially launch in Australia on Saturday, offering up 7000 movies and television series at no cost.

The service is ad-supported and is currently on "soft launch" meaning that b-grade movies, such as Straight Outta Oakland and Curse of the Nun, sit at the top of the 'most popular' list.

Tubi chief executive Farhad Massoudi says the range of titles is expected to "expand rapidly in the coming months" and will "eventually grow" to the US library size of 15,000 titles.

"We’re excited to offer Tubi in Australia, as the first of many launch initiatives to advance our global footprint," he said. "We look forward to further activating new audiences who will discover the growing value of free video-on-demand."

Titles coming soon include 3:10 to Yuma, The Blair Witch Project, Kickboxer and Stranger Than Fiction, with additional titles to be made available over the next six months, including Dirty Dancing, The Grudge, Requiem for a Dream, Reservoir Dogs, Saw, Traffic and Young Guns.

The service also carries b-grade children's titles such as Funny Pets 2 – not to be confused with The Secret Life of Pets 2, of course. And Titanic II, a movie not at all related to the James Cameron original but considered an independent thriller sequel to the film.

The San Francisco-based streaming service, which launched in 2014, is the largest independently-owned video service in the US and has also launched in Canada since the start of the year.

Coming to Australia just two months ahead of the arrival of Disney+ on November 19, Tubi hopes to be part of a booming local market for streaming services.

Tubi has more than 20 million users across the US and Canada, streaming 94 million hours worth of content in the month of May alone.

(The Sydney Morning Herald)