Tubi TV - Stream Free Movies & TV Shows! Watch Anime, Drama, Comedy, and Horror videos
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Tubi is a movie- and TV-streaming site. The site often places ads at the start of occasionally once or twice during viewing selections, but it doesn't generally feel like you're constantly pausing to watch one. Users don't have to register to view titles, which range from kid-friendly to NR and R-rated. Many feature swearing, sex, and other content of varying intensity that's not ideal for younger viewers. Users will have to make decisions based on the content to ensure that they're not exposed to inappropriate material.
What's it about?
TUBI offers a number of free widely released and lesser-known movies and shows. In addition to the usual topics, sections feature LGBT characters, shows that aren't available on Netflix, and award-nominated films. Categories also offer family movies, kids shows, programs for preschoolers, and development-oriented shows for babies. Kids will see some familiar characters, like Eloise and the Transformers -- and ads, which may briefly interrupt viewing. Registered users can save titles to a queue; closed-captioning is available for some items.
Is it any good?
This web-based entertainment service offers an impressive number of titles. Although you may not have heard of some of the shows and movies, there’s a good amount of foreign films and award-winning options, plus inspiring independent titles, music, and fitness selections that can broaden kids' horizons. You can’t purchase a subscription or otherwise pay to avoid the occasional commercials that are shown; however, they’re not too intrusive – kids may only see one before and one during an hour and a half movie.
It’s easy to watch things on the site – you can fast-forward or rewind movies and shows and save titles in a queue to watch later if you register. Determining which items would interest you most unfortunately isn’t as straightforward. Kids can type a title into a search field to see if it’s available, and a section that lists items that are ranked highly on the Rotten Tomatoes rating site can help users identify some potentially high-quality options; separate sections list the site’s most-watched movies and items that are currently trending. But there’s unfortunately no easy way to filter the selections in a category to, for example, see the most recent horror releases or items that are rated PG-13. If you’re willing to weed through the sections, there’s plenty of titles on hand to keep you and your family busy for a good while; the several kids-focused sections are the only places to reliably avoid R-rated films and mature TV series, though. Despite its shortcomings, Tubi can be a worthwhile free entertainment resource for adults; for kids under 17 who are viewing it independently, however, the potential exposure to mature content probably isn't worth the benefits.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why ratings exist. What makes a movie or TV show appropriate for a certain age? Do you think some kids can handle more than others? Why?
Talk about marketing. How do developers get paid for making free apps? Is there a difference in quality or user experience between the apps you pay for and those you don't?