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. 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?
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.
This does mean that you cannot search for a specific show, but you can search through channels in a manner similar to television in multiple ways. Before we explain, let us just briefly go over the supported devices.
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 Chromescast, Roku devices, Roku TV, 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 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 may not have a lot of popular channels, but the fact that it’s completely free makes cutting the cord a tempting offer.
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!