In First International Expansion, Tubi is Bringing Their Free TV & Movie Streaming Service to Australia on September 1st
In May, Tubi announced that it surpassed 20 million monthly active users, with customers watching over 94 million hours of content. With their growth over the past year, the company claims that they have become the largest free movie and television service — and now they are going international.
Launching on September 1, customers in Australia can enjoy the largest free library in the country with an initial offering of nearly 7,000 movies and television series. At launch, streamers will be able to watch 3:10 to Yuma, The Blair Witch Project, Kickboxer, and Stranger Than Fiction. In the next six months, films like Dirty Dancing, The Grudge, Requiem for a Dream, Reservoir Dogs, Saw, Traffic and Young Guns will join the service.
“We’re excited to offer Tubi in Australia, as the first of many launch initiatives to advance our global footprint,” said Farhad Massoudi, CEO of Tubi. “Our library size in Australia will expand rapidly in the coming months and eventually grow to our current library size in the US of 15,000 titles – and beyond. We look forward to further activating new audiences who will discover the growing value of free video on demand.”
Customers in Australia will be able to access Tubi via Telstra TV, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, iOS, Android, PS4, and Xbox.
Tubi isn’t the only free ad-supported streaming service looking International for growth. Pluto TV, which was acquired by Viacom in January for $340 million, is already available internationally in UK, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, but the company has major international expansion plans. The service, which has 18 million monthly actives, debuted Pluto TV Latino in July, featuring 11 linear Spanish and Portuguese-language channels for U.S. customer — and expects to expand to Latin America in 2020.
Another, Xumo, which has 5.5 million monthly actives, is planning to bring their service to Europe later this year. In the U.S., Tubi has seen more and more competition enter the market — including Amazon’s IMDb TV, Roku’s The Roku Channel, and Sinclair’s STIRR. But, by expanding internationally the company hopes they can take advantage of a world-wide user base.