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Everything You Need to Know About Pluto TV

For cord cutters, live TV streaming services are our bread and butter. Services like Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and so many others all provide this functionality at reduced prices compared to what you’d pay for a cable subscription.

But what if you could get a pretty nice channel streaming package for free?

Well, with Pluto TV, you can. Here’s everything you need to know about this service!

What Is Pluto TV?

Pluto TV is a free online TV broadcasting service that currently offers 75 channels, which range from bigger channels like CNBC or NBC News all the way to lesser-known, “Geek-centric” channels like Geek & Sundry, Hive, and more.

Pluto TV is by no means the most comprehensive TV streaming package out there, but if you’re already a fan of some of the channels in their line-up, why not get access to them for free – in one place?

Are There Any Hidden Costs?

Nope. Pluto TV is completely and totally free – and it will likely remain that way for the foreseeable future.

I assume the major reasons for this is that Pluto TV is not currently offering any major “Premium” channels, such as HBO – rather, it currently gives you quite a few niche channels that aren’t seen in other major streaming TV packages.

What Channels Are Available?

You can download or view the full channel lineup here or on the official website.

Here’s Pluto TV’s current channel offering:

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  • News 24/7
  • NBC News ( & MSNBC)
  • CNBC
  • TYT Network
  • Newsmax TV
  • Newsy
  • RT America
  • Sky News
  • The Weather Network
  • Business News 24/7
  • Bloomberg TV
  • Cheddar
  • Fear Factor
  • Pro-Wrestling
  • Fight
  • Glory Kickboxing
  • Xtreme Sports Channel
  • Sports News
  • World Poker Tour
  • Funny AF
  • Stand-up TV
  • MST3K
  • Fail TV
  • The Onion
  • Cracked
  • The Feed
  • Hive
  • Anime All Day
  • Minecraftv
  • IGN
  • CNET
  • Geek & Sundry
  • Nerdist
  • Internet Gold
  • THC
  • Man Up
  • Eye Candy
  • NatureVision TV
  • SLOW TV
  • 4K TV
  • Crime Network
  • Shout! Factory TV
  • Classic TV
  • Live Music Replay
  • Kids TV
  • RocketJump
  • After School Cartoons
  • Classic Toons TV
  • Awesomeness TV
  • What?!
  • POPSUGAR
  • Xive TV
  • Science TV
  • DocuTV
  • NASA TV
  • Drive-In Movies
  • Horror 24/7
  • Classic Movies Channel

As you can see, quite a few of these channels aren’t exactly “proper” TV channels, at least in the sense that you wouldn’t see them with a normal cable subscription (Or any other online TV streaming subscription, for that matter) – I’m referring to the likes of IGN, Nerdist, Cracked, among others.

More than Just Video Curation

If you enjoy the content those groups produce online, you now have a quick and easy way to access them from various devices!

However, you might be wondering how exactly that works – why are YouTube channels like Nerdist or IGN even showing up on Pluto TV? Well, they’re grabbing content from places like YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, and plenty of other locations. That’s why you see content of the kind that I just mentioned.

Naturally, though, that’s not all that Pluto TV offers. Obviously, they’ve worked out streaming deals with other companies, producers, and channels to offer more traditional live TV as well.

In addition to TV channels, Pluto TV also offers a whole host of music & radio options, as well. Here they are:

  • Main Stage
  • Pop 20
  • The City
  • Red Cup
  • The Cross
  • Fuego
  • 70’s
  • 80’s
  • 90’s
  • Y2K
  • Dash 1
  • LOUD
  • Dash Indie
  • Doggystyle
  • Dash Alternative
  • Discover
  • Electric City
  • Monstercat
  • The Lab
  • Space Bass
  • Subdustrial
  • Euphoria
  • The Strip
  • 11
  • The Oldies
  • Ratpack
  • Los Anarchy
  • What The Funk
  • The Bridge
  • Moonlight
  • Pure Soul
  • Love Songs
  • La Isla
  • Reggae King

…and that’s about it so far.

Getting Started With Pluto TV

 If you want to set up a free account with Pluto TV, it’s a pretty simple process! All you have to do is visit their official website, and download the free Pluto TV installer.

Follow the simple instructions, set up a free account, and you’re good to go. Just remember to look closely at the last page of the installer, as it has check boxes for starting up with Windows and sending you notifications that you may or may not want.

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If you want to watch Pluto TV from other devices (Other than your Mac or Windows machine), here’s a list of all the devices that are currently supported by the service:

Pluto TV – Supported Devices

For a relatively new and novel TV service, Pluto TV is supported on a growing number of devices.

TV Streaming Devices

 Note: Channel availability for TV devices may vary due to streaming rights.

  • Roku TV
  • Apple TV
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android TV
  • Chromecast

Smart TVs

  • Vizio
  • Samsung
  • Sony

Mobile Devices

Most modern smartphones (Running either Android or iOS) will have no trouble accessing the Pluto TV app.

  • Apple App Store
  • Google Play Store

These are all the devices currently supported by Pluto TV (And vice versa), but if their official “Supported devices” page is anything to go by, they have plans to support more devices in the future.

Is There Video On Demand?

Yes, to a degree. Pluto TV has recently added 1000’s of popular movies and TV shows that you can binge on at your leisure, on demand.

According to an official company blog post, they’ve partnered with “over 90 premium content providers”, such as Lionsgate, MGM, and Warner Brothers. This means you’ll get access to movies like Silence of the Lambs for free.

Are There Ads?

Yup – this is how Pluto TV monetizes itself. Much like other cord-cutting services like Hulu or even YouTube, viewers get access to free content in exchange for watching ads. These range from short, 15-second commercials, to longer, cable-TV length ads.

Conclusion

Although Pluto TV is definitely one of the newer services out there, it’s also one of the most promising – the idea of combining traditional cord-cutting TV streaming with free entertainment (Supported by ads, of course) is an enticing one, and certainly a win-win for everyone.

It will be exciting to see how Pluto TV expands and changes over time, and I’m certain that their best offerings are yet to come.