XUMO vs Pluto TV: Two Great 100% Free Cord Cutting Options




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dad and daughters watching tvXUMO and Pluto TV are each free streaming services with live and on-demand content including sports, news, entertainment, movies, and more. In this post, we’re breaking down these two services to help you decide which makes the best addition to your cord cutting setup.


XUMO is a subscription-free service, offering over 160 channels on live content and an on-demand library, all for free. (Channel Plus is also powered by XUMO and is available for Canadian cord cutters!)

This free service is available on Hisense, Sharp, Magnavox, Panasonic, Philips, Sanyo, or VIZIO smart TV, your Channel Plus enabled LG smart TV, your iPhone or iPad, your Android device, or on your Roku. You can also cast XUMO from your mobile devices to your TVs via AirPlay (AppleTV), Chromecast, Miracast or Screencast. Most recently, XUMO expanded support to include Android TV.

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

Pluto TV

Another streaming service with a grid guide, Pluto TV has a layout that works well for many former cable subscribers. On the guide, you’ll find what’s coming up for the next 3.5 hours for all of the live TV channels.

Pluto has been adding many new channels to its lineup lately. The free streaming service now has over 200 channels, with more being added nearly every week. When Viacom bought Pluto TV, the company added Viacom content, along with building partnerships with major networks. You can now watch content from channels including Nick, Nick Jr., MTV, and Comedy Central for free, along with curated channels from CNN, NBC News, CBSN, the NFL, and more.

Pluto TV works with nearly all streaming devices, including 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.

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

Which free streaming service is right for you? Both offer quality content, update channels frequently, and cost absolutely nothing. With a deal like that, why not try them both?

Which of these two free services do you prefer? Let us know in the comments!

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