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Tubi TV is launching with 3,000 movies and TV show episodes on Amazons Fire TV as well as Roku’s set-top box and Microsoft’s Xbox 360.

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Watch out, Crackle, there’s a new kid in town: Sony’s ad-supported streaming service got some competition this week from Tubi TV, a new streaming app from the San Francisco-based connected TV startup adRise. Tubi TV is already available on Amazon’s new Fire TV, and plans to launch on Roku and Xbox 360 in the coming days.

Tubi TV’s ambitious goal is to become the largest library of free movies and TV shows, adRise  founder and CEO Farhad Massoudi said during an interview earlier this week. At launch, Tubi TV will have more than 3,000 titles licensed from partners like the U.K.’s iTV, Endemol, Hasbro and Cinedigm. In the next six months, the company plans to grow Tubi’s catalog to 20,000 titles.

Netflix subscribers will recognize some of the titles, while others haven’t been available on other streaming services yet. adRise Head of Bizdev Thomas Ahn Hicks told me that Tubi isn’t in the business of licensing exclusive content, but that the company’s existing relationships with content providers — adRise has been building connected TV apps for Starz, Hasbro and others — has helped to get access to a wide library of content.

So why would a studio or production company that has its own apps also want to distribute its content through Tubi TV’s app? Massoudi said that the connected TV space is increasingly getting crowded, with hundreds of apps competing for a viewer’s attention. Bundling all the free and ad-supported content in one app, while also promoting the content of each studio, could help to solve that issue, he argued, adding that Tubi wanted to become the “first stop after Netflix.”

Hicks agreed, and said that Tubi could be another option for users who already have Netflix. “This is really a complement to what’s out there,” in regard to existing subscription offerings, he said.

  1. Love the idea… Cable has the advantage in this respect- All the content is available in a guide view, together, and in the same basic format from channel to channel.

    The experiences of Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, Crackle can differ from app to app on each of these devices, and sometimes you have to really think in order to remember or find out which service your show or movie is on.

    Roku has alleviated some of this with universal search, but I look forward to another free service (even with ads) to bring even more content.

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