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Published on March 1st, 2019 | by Kirk Hiner


Tubi to add vintage NBC programming for free streaming

If you haven’t yet downloaded Tubi for Apple TV, NBCUniversal is about to give you about 400 more reasons to do so. Deadline reported yesterday that the two companies have signed a deal to provide nearly 400 vintage TV episodes and films to Tubi viewers, and they’ll all be available for free.

The news follows Viacom’s recent buyout of Pluto TV, which is an ad-supported streaming service along the lines of Tubi. That deal sees Viacom making more of its content (and ads) available to Pluto TV’s large audience. The deal with Tubi allows NBCUniversal to make its vintage content available to streamers before the company launches its own service in 2020.

Tubi is an ad-based streaming service, meaning you’ll be watching commercials instead of subscribing via monthly or yearly payments. It’s worth noting, however, that viewers aren’t served as many ads as we’re used to seeing through OTA or even most cable programming. Tubi’s library currently comprises about 12,000 movies and TV shows, including popular comedies, dramas, and children’s entertainment from studios such as Paramount, Lionsgate, and MGM. They also have plenty of programming for fans of niche genres, including Korean dramas, anime, and British entertainment.

And now, NBCUniversal will be adding to the mix. Titles that will be appearing through the deal include Xena: Warrior Princess, The A-Team, Punky Brewster, and The Incredible Hulk, Quantum Leap, as well as the original versions of Magnum, P.I. and Battlestar Galactica.

Additional Tubi features include the ability to:

  • Browse unique categories, including our “Not on Netflix” section
  • Create and manage your own personal video queue
  • Pick up watching where you left off
  • Check out new videos added every week
  • Sync your account between online devices such as your iPhone or Mac

Tubi for Apple TV is available now for free in the App Store. For more information on Tubi, visit

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About the Author

has been writing for the Apple web since 1997, having served as editor of Applelinks and the Technology Tell Apple Channel. In addition to his work with BEST Apple TV, Kirk currently contributes to Mac Gamer HQ and Pure Nintendo. He lives with his wife and three children in small-town Ohio where the land is cheap and the air is (relatively) clean.

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