It is evident that in recent years the way we consume television content has changed. Now the viewer can decide at any time what to watch and when to watch it, and can also choose to pay a subscription to avoid having to see any type of advertisement.
We are talking about platforms such as Netflix, HBO or Amazon Prime Video, all of them work with a paid subscription system that allows you unlimited access to their catalogs of streaming series and movies.
In this area, a new competitor has recently appeared in Europe. This is Pluto TV, a way of watching TV that differs from the aforementioned platforms for one thing in particular: it’s completely free.
What exactly is Pluto TV?
Pluto TV is an on-demand streaming content and live channels platform. If we use the technical name, we would refer to Pluto TV as the first AVOD platform, a name that comes from its acronym in English Advertising Based Video On Demand (content on demand with advertising).
So in conclusion, you can keep that Pluto TV allows you to watch TV for free on any device you want. You can download content to watch later.
What can I watch on Pluto TV?
Pluto TV offers you a wide range of TV programs, movies or series to watch in streaming. Viacom CBS Networks (company owning the platform), has confirmed that Pluto TV will offer 40 exclusive channels in Europe, all cataloged by different themes: the gamechildish realities or sport, among others.
Pluto TV divides its content into what you can watch live (live channels) and what you can watch on demand, i.e. streaming.
How can I watch Pluto TV?
Starting to watch Pluto TV is very easy as you will not need to create an account or register. Just visit their Pluto.tv website and when you enter you can start browsing to discover all of their content.
The next step is to decide whether you want to watch “Live TV” or “On Demand”. You can view the menu by clicking the three bar icon at the top left to choose the option you want.
If you want to watch live TV, scroll down to see all available channels. Pluto TV has divided them by category, to make it easier for you to find the channel you want.
On the other hand, if you prefer to watch streaming content, you will have to click on “On demand”. You’ll also see the different categories of content so you can choose what you want.
For now, Pluto TV’s catalog is less comprehensive than that of other services like Netflix or HBO, but that will surely change in the future as the platform adds new content.
How to watch Pluto TV Europe from abroad
If you are abroad and have entered the Pluto TV site, you will have seen that the content it offers is that of the country where you are located. If you want to view Pluto TV content in Europe, you will need to use a VPN service to be able to change your IP address.
By changing your IP address, you can choose to connect to the internet as if you were in Europe, then the content corresponding to the desired country will be loaded.
There are free VPNs available, but sometimes it is advisable to pay a subscription to get more tools and the full service. If you want, you can check out our recommendations for the best VPNs of 2021.
Why is Pluto TV free?
You may be asking yourself: where is the catch? Why does Pluto TV offer all of its content for free? The answer is very simple: for the same reason that you don’t pay to watch TV from your couch, that is, for commercials.
Unlike platforms that require paid subscriptions, Pluto TV will cut the movie or series you’re watching to show you commercials, which doesn’t happen on Netflix or HBO, for example.
Yes, it can be boring, but it’s also boring having to pay every month to watch your favorite series. However, we like that both systems exist so that we can choose which one works best for us.