Tubi TV - Stream Free Movies & TV Shows! Watch Anime, Drama, Comedy, and Horror videos

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Free streaming selection but no filters or parent controls.

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age 17+
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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Navigation straightforward, but expect small bugs such as incorrect images appearing in video descriptions. Key information missing from descriptions, including country of origin, language, and the presence of subtitles. 

Violence

With no parental controls available, kids have exposure to a range of R-rated content, including movies that include murder, torture, dismemberment, and more.

Sex

With no parental controls available, kids can browse to movies with full-frontal nudity, R-rated sex scenes, and so on. As of publication, the more mature sexual content (rated MA) is only available on the website, not via the app.

Language

As there are no parental controls available, kids can access movies with all manner of language from curse words to derogatory language.

Consumerism

Commercials often appear before movies with no option to skip them.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

As there are no parental controls available, kids have access to R-rated movies with significant drug, tobacco, and alcohol use, including the glorification of these as lifestyle choices.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tubi TV - Stream Free Movies & TV Shows! Watch Anime, Drama, Comedy, and Horror videos is a free streamer for movie and television content. With an interface similar to the subscription-based Netflix, it has no parental controls whatsoever but does require a login to access material. Once logged in via the app, you are free to explore all the content. It offers a "Kids and Family" section of movies, along with many of the other genres you might expect including horror, romance, adventure, and so on. Movies are often preceded by commercials, and the commercials appearing in the Kids and Family section are age-appropriate to the content, although parents may want to monitor this with their kids. Parents should expect to find movies with graphic violence, nudity, drug and alcohol use, swearing, and sex, though movies with an MA rating were only available on the website at the time of review. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

TUBI TV - STREAM FREE MOVIES & TV SHOWS! WATCH ANIME, DRAMA, COMEDY, AND HORROR VIDEOS includes a wide range of television shows and movies but nothing particularly current. You can find the main genres available from horror and adventure to musicals and fitness. There are also foreign films, faith-based movies, and documentaries. The Kids and Family section includes a wide range of titles suited for an equally wide range of ages. For really little ones, you'll find toddler programs such as Teletubbies and Bananas in Pyjamas, and there are old-school classics such as G.I. JoeBeetle Bailey, The Yearling, and The Secret of NIMH. A basic "Queue" feature allows you to collect all the movies that interest you on one screen, but there are no filters, parent gates, or separate logins.

Is it any good?

While it may do in a pinch, a lack of parental controls paired with mature content make this a dubious choice for family movie night. While it provides a decent service for adults with free access to thousands of movies in a wide range of categories, it lacks features. The interface is simple enough to use, but it lacks basic information about movies, in particular which ones are in English. It's easy to find yourself in the middle of a subtitled foreign film without planning on it. The pre-movie commercials aren't as tedious as movie theater ads, but with so many inexpensive subscription models out there, it may be more appealing to choose those rather than spend time waiting to watch older movies. Still, it's free, and you may find some gems that aren't readily available to stream elsewhere, though the lack of filters and settings makes this one best for adults or families to watch together -- with the device staying in adult control. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in movies and, if appropriate, sexual content in media. Why are some movies OK for your family while others aren't? Are there things that make you uncomfortable to watch? How do you feel about violence in movies? What should you do if a movie or TV show makes you uncomfortable?

  • 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? 

App details

For kids who love streaming video

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