The world’s largest ad-supported video-on-demand (VOD) company Tubi announced today it will launch its service in Australia. The San Francisco-based company says Tubi will be available from September 1 and will have nearly 7000 movies and TV series in its library, "which will rapidly expand in the near future".
"It will eventually grow to our current library size in the US of 15,000 titles – and beyond," Farhad Massoudi CEO of Tubi said in a statement.
But unlike Netflix, Disney+ and Stan, the service is free. Instead of a monthly fee, it works like free-to-air TV by being supported by commercials; users will need to sit through at least 11 ads per hour.
It launches with films such as 3:10 to Yuma, The Blair Witch Project, Kickboxer and Stranger Than Fiction, and over the next six months, films such as Dirty Dancing, The Grudge, Requiem for a Dream, Reservoir Dogs, Saw, Traffic and Young Guns. There's not much information around the rest of the catalogue, though.
You'll be able to watch Tubi via Telstra TV, Tubi.TV or through nearly any internet-connected screen including Samsung TVs, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast and Apple iOS, as well as Android tablets and smartphones. The service will also be available via game consoles, including PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
In the US Tubi draws its almost 15,000 movies from more than 200 content partners such as major studios Warner Bros, NBCUniversal, MGM and Lionsgate. Tubi is available in Canada and the US at the moment but plans to rapidly expand. It's financially backed by Foundation Capital, Cota Capital, Jump Capital and Danhua Capital, as well as strategic investors MGM, Lionsgate and TEGNA Ventures.
Tubi launches on Sunday September 1.