What is Pluto TV? The free streaming TV service explained – Pocket-lint

Pluto TV is the home of Star Trek: Discovery outside the US. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

The Pluto TV streaming service has been operating for many years now, specifically in the US where it has grown to include more than 200 channels of free live TV and on demand content.

It is perhaps lesser known outside of the States, although it is available in several other major countries, including the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Austria, Switzerland and Latin America.

So, what is Pluto TV and what does it offer. Here we explain all.

Pluto TV is a completely free internet television service that offers hundreds of live channels of content gleaned from partners and ‘net sources.

In the US, there are well over 200 channels, while other regions have fewer. The UK has around half that, for example.

There are channels across many subjects, such as entertainment, movies, news, and sport. There are also many partner channels, such as My5 in the UK – featuring content from Channel 5.

Pluto TV is generally available through a smart TV or set-top-box application.

Accessibility is dependent on region, but Pluto TV apps are generally available for the following:

You do not need to log into the Pluto TV app. Just start it and away you go.

As well as multiple live streaming channels which show programming like a traditional terrestrial TV service, there is an extensive library of on demand series and films available to stream.

All of it is free.

There are a ton of conventional style live channels on Pluto TV, including MTV content and Channel 5 stations (in the UK). However, the vast majority of channels are based on the shows themselves, such as a Starsky and Hutch channel, and one for Mad Men.

The extensive quantity of streamable content includes movies and archive TV series. That includes a great selection of classic films you might not find elsewhere.
Rik is Pocket-lint’s senior news editor and has been a tech and games journalist since the 80s. He has seen and covered just about every console, mobile phone, gadget and home cinema device launched in the last 35+ years.

Prior to Pocket-lint, Rik worked on and edited Home Cinema Choice and various videogames magazines, such as Your Commodore and Amstrad Computer User. His TV and radio career has also seen him produce and/or present on many shows, including GamesMaster, Sky One’s Games World, Sky News Swipe, BBC Radio Humberside, The Apprentice and Channel 5’s Greatest Christmas TV Ads. When he’s not playing games, he is a football (soccer) nut and has a comic book and action figure collection the size of a small house.


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