Pluto TV vs XUMO: Two Free Streaming Services Compared




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Woman watching TV

Woman watching TVWhile we’ve been hearing about a slew of new paid streaming services lately, there are many free streaming services offering great content, new channels, and old favorites without an additional monthly subscription fee. Today, we’re looking at two of these services – Pluto TV and XUMO.

Pluto TV

PlutoTV has a large collection of curated channels, offering sports, movies, news, and entertainment. Now owned by ViacomCBS, the free streaming service has even more content than ever, with new curated and branded channels popping up regularly.

Pluto TV has a grid guide that makes it easy to see what’s playing live for the 3.5 hours, along with on-demand content to watch any time. Recently, Pluto TV has added channels including a dedicated PGA Tour channel, Tosh.O, RT America, and more.

The Pluto TV channel guide is broken down into the following sections:

  • Movies
  • New on Pluto TV
  • News
  • Sports
  • Comedy
  • Geek + Gaming
  • Chill Out
  • Entertainment
  • Life + Style
  • Curiosity
  • Music + Radio

Watch Pluto on Roku TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast; Vizio, Samsung, and Sony smart TVs; Windows and Mac; and iOS and Android mobile devices.


XUMO is a free streaming service with over 160 live channels and an on-demand library. Canadian cord cutters can also enjoy the free content from XUMO on Channel Plus.

XUMO has been consistently adding new channels, including Chive TV, a channel dedicated to K-Pop, NBC News Now, and GoTraveler all since the beginning of 2020.

XUMO has a grid guide that shows what’s currently airing and what’s coming up next. View all of the channels on the guide at once or sort by the following categories:

  • News
  • TV & Movies
  • Sports
  • Kids & Family
  • Food, Drink, & Travel
  • Comedy
  • Entertainment
  • Lifestyle
  • Pop Culture
  • Music
  • Science & Tech
  • Fashion

Watch XUMO on Hisense, Sharp, Magnavox, Panasonic, Philips, Sanyo, or VIZIO smart TVs, your Channel Plus enabled LG smart TV, your iPhone or iPad, your Android device, Android TV, or on your Roku. You can also cast XUMO from your mobile devices to your TVs via AirPlay (AppleTV), Chromecast, Miracast or Screencast.

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