How To Search Through Pluto TV
Television is moving to the internet at an unbelievable speed, as people can usually find whatever they want to watch online much more easily than they would on linear broadcast TV.
This is why streaming TV services have grown in popularity so much over the last several years. People can watch whatever they want for less than they would pay for cable television. To view content on services like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, and HBO Now, you need to pay a monthly subscription.
On the other hand, there are also completely free online TV services. Pluto TV is among the more popular ones. The platform offers an On-Demand service with a plethora of movies, series, and even live TV. For a free service, it has a lot of great content and it’s legal. Finding your shows or movies on Pluto TV is an entirely different matter.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at this service, find out which devices it supports, and how you can scroll through channels in Pluto TV.
What Is Pluto TV?
- What Is Pluto TV?
- How to Search for Content
- Supported Devices
- Searching Through Channels
- Should You Use Pluto TV?
In case you haven’t heard of it before, Pluto TV is a free online TV service. It manages to stay free due to the ads it shows, which might annoy some users, but these ads are still much shorter and appear less frequently than they do on broadcast TV. The main difference between Pluto and the likes of Netflix and Hulu is that it is not focused on watching specific shows, but rather on channel surfing, just like your everyday cable television.
Unfortunately, it mimics old fashioned TV in that there isn’t a search option. Instead, you can channel surf just like you do with basic cable television.
How to Search for Content
The platform is available on a wide array of supported devices that we’ll list below. But, to make it easier for you to find something to watch, we’ll first jump into how Pluto TV works with finding content.
Visit the channel list
One of the best things you can do to search content is understand which number is associated with your favorite channel. Check out this website to locate the content you’re interested in.
Open Pluto TV on your web browser or in the app
Select your Genre
On the left-hand side of the web browser, you’ll see your genres. You can use this to find Comedy, Sitcoms, New Movies, etc.
Access On-Demand Content
At the top of the screen, you can access both Live TV and On-Demand content
Access Live TV
If you’re looking for something on Live TV, tap “Live TV” at the top.
Click on the genres to the right to narrow down your search or scroll through the TV Guide just like Basic Cable to see what’s playing.
Keep in mind, all of Pluto TV’s content is organized by genre. It isn’t alphabetical and can’t be tweaked or searched to be any other way. As stated previously, Pluto TV is an excellent source of free media so even without the search option we’ve become so accustomed to, it’s definitely worth the search.
It is worth mentioning that Pluto TV works on a lot of devices. It works on all current iOS and Android devices, multiple Android TV models, fourth-generation Apple TV, Chrome Web App, Google Chromecast, Roku devices, Roku TV, Xbox One, and most Amazon devices. These include the Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Kindle, and Kindle Fire tablets.
Note that, while all Android, Google, and iOS devices are supported, not all Roku devices are. Only those with Firmware 7 or higher are supported, whereas those below Firmware 7 aren’t. The Roku channel can be downloaded from here.
If you would like to watch Pluto TV directly from a browser, all you need to do is visit this link. You don’t even need to register.
Searching Through Channels
If you want to access Pluto TV on your computer or you’re watching Pluto TV via the web, open the Channel Guide and click on a channel. Other methods of changing the channel on the web version include scrolling with your mouse and using the arrow keys on your keyboard.
If you’re using a mobile device, tap the channel you want to watch. You’ll be taken to the fullscreen mode. To change the channel, you need to get to the channel options, which you can open up by just tapping the screen.
Devices such as Apple TV and Roku have their own remotes you can change the channel with.
You can also use your smartphone as a remote, but only on an activated device. According to the official Pluto TV website, the only devices that can access the activation process are the Sony PS4, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku devices. The activation steps are as follows:
- On the guide, go to Channel 2, or just click Activate.
- A 6-digit activation code should appear.
- If you’re logged in, you should take your phone and look for MyPluto, find the activation option, and finally enter the activation code. If you’re not logged in, or you don’t even have an account, you can always go to the activation page and follow further instructions.
If you want to get code for another device or a new one for your current device, all you need to do is visit channel 2. If you want to unpair a device, do the following:
- Go to MyPluto.
- Find “Activate”.
- From there, go to “Select Device”.
- Tap the X to unpair your device.
Should You Use Pluto TV?
All in all, Pluto TV is great for cord-cutters who miss the ritual of watching linear cable TV. Pluto TV will grant you the same experience while allowing you to save money along the way. It actually offers a lot of great content from popular channels.
Do you love old TV? Then yes, Pluto TV is definitely worth it, but it offers a lot of new content too. If you’d like more information on the value of Pluto TV, check out our review here.
Can I get local news with Pluto TV?
No. Local tv stations seem to be an issue for a lot of cord-cutting services. Pluto TV is no exception.
Do I have to create an account?
No. Pluto TV offers the content without asking for any personal information or payment info. Simply download the app or go to the browser and hit play. That’s all there is to it.
Is there a channel list somewhere?
Yes. Pluto TV updates their channel list on this website. Check it out to make your search easier.
Do you plan on giving Pluto TV a try? If you’re already using it, what are your favorite channels? Let us know in the comments below!