Chicago – Good news for anyone who loves free movies and TV shows (that’s pretty much everyone): Tubi has over 100 of them waiting.
At Tubi’s NewFront/Upfront 2022 presentation – an annual event where streaming platforms and broadcast networks address advertisers for the coming year – host Vivica A. Fox and DJ Nick Cannon (“The Masked Singer”) took the stage to celebrate FOX’s free streaming service.
Big news to come out of the event is that Tubi plans to release over 100 original titles over the next 12 months. Tubi’s new lineup will include entries in the Black Cinema, Thriller, Horror, Sci-Fi, Romance, Documentary and Adult Animation genres. These originals will join the more than 40,000 premium movie and TV titles that make Tubi’s library the largest in ad-supported free streaming.
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The other big theme of Tubi’s NewFront presentation: the exponential growth the streamer has enjoyed recently.
In terms of the numbers, Tubi highlighted its reported 51 million active users last quarter and a record 3.6 billion hours watched in 2021. According to a press release, “With an average viewer of 16+ younger than non-broadcasters, Tubi’s audience is nationally representative across geographic, economic and educational segments, and includes a large multicultural audience, comprising 40% of its user base.” Tubi has also touted its place as the fastest growing AVOD (Ad-Based Video On Demand) service in terms of consumer awareness.
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“Tubi’s personalization approach delivers content to every community, and our record growth shows it works,” said Mark Rotblat, chief revenue officer at Tubi. “We are doubling down on this approach while providing our brand partners with transparency and an opportunity to reach additional, diverse and highly engaged consumers.”
Tubi’s other plans include continuing to “maximize synergy across the entire FOX portfolio – including co-productions with Emmy Award-winning animation studio Bento Box Entertainment and MarVista Entertainment, as well as monthly documentaries and TV shows. specials from FOX Alternative Entertainment and TMZ, respectively.”
Tubi will also “expand its linear offerings to complement the platform’s current lineup of more than 100 local sports and news channels.” Users can expect channels from FOX Entertainment’s “The Masked Singer”, TMZ and Studio Ramsay Global’s Gordon Ramsay to join Tubi Originals and Tubi en Español, which will soon be available on the platform.
Tubi Originals, stream for free
The Monster Brothers (2021): Smoke them if you have them! Pete Davidson, Woody Harrelson and John Goodman lead the cast in this animated adult comedy based on Gilbert Shelton’s cult comic, ‘The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers’. The series follows three 1960s hippie stoners who smoke a magical strain of weed, only to fall into a 50-year slumber and wake up in the 2020s. As time (and weed culture) has perhaps be changed, the Freak Brothers are still sweet. “The Freak Brothers” is a Tubi-Original. Rated TV-MA. One season, 8 episodes. Also featuring the voices of Tiffany Haddish, La La Anthony, Adam Devin, Blake Anderson.
10 truths about love (2022): Camilla Belle stars as Carina Franklin, a thriving romance columnist who has totally figured out her own love life — at least until her longtime boyfriend dumps her. Worse still, his editor insists on giving his column a “male perspective” and hires a writer named Liam (David Lafontain) to balance it out. When the two new colleagues clash, Liam sets out to demonstrate that his tactic works by helping Carina win back her ex. Of course, in trying to prove themselves wrong, Liam and Carina might just realize how right they really are for each other. “10 Truths About Love” is a Tubi-Original. Rated TV-14. 90 minutes. Real: Brian K. Roberts. With: Camille Belle, David Lafontaine, Jennifer DeLucia, Karn Kalra, Paula Rivera, David Keley.
Howard High (2022): A modern-day “Bring It On,” “Howard High” is an energetic teen musical that follows a high school performance band that must compete with a rival school in order to save its arts program. The audience-pleasing film from “You Got Served” director Chris Stokes is inspired by his 2020 TV miniseries of the same name, which is also streaming on Tubi. With its talented cast of up-and-coming actors, “Howard High” shines a light on the challenges facing school arts programs in underfunded neighborhoods, all through the power of song and dance. “Howard High” is a Tubi-Original. Rated TV-14. 102 minutes. Real: Chris Stokes. With: Chrissy Stokes, Veronika Bozeman, Lindsay Diann, Jarell Houston, Dylan Mooney.
About Tubi: Tubi offers over 35,000 movies and TV series from over 250 content partners, including all major studios, in addition to the largest offering of free live local and national news channels to stream. The platform offers fans of entertainment, news and sports an easy way to discover new content available completely free of charge.
Tubi is available on Android and iOS mobile devices, Amazon Echo Show, Google Nest Hub Max, Comcast Xfinity X1, Cox Contour and on OTT devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Vizio TVs, Sony TVs, Samsung TVs, Roku , Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X | S, and coming soon to Hisense TVs globally. Consumers can also watch Tubi content on the web at http://www.tubi.tv/.
Both Tubi and this TV station are owned by the FOX Corporation.