Pluto.tv launched early last year and is really starting to pick up steam. Pluto.tv takes various online video streaming services and brings them together in a TV grid like experience. You can surf channels, watch live and they even added “DVR” type functionality to allow you to pause and rewind live sources. They have a really great interface that really does make it feel like you are surfing channels from your cable provider. But don’t expect to find cable channels as this is only for online video such as YouTube. But that’s OK and I only mention this because when I first stumbled on it, my first reaction was to try and find my favorite channels.
Pluto.tv has recently made a deal with Hulu and some of their content is now be available to watch as well. However, they currently do not stream subscriber type content. They do have plans to add streaming of paid content and I for one would love to see a Netflix and Amazon Prime channel for their subscribers.
One thing missing that jumps out quickly is a search function. You can browse channels from a list, but I don’t see any way of searching for content. Maybe it’s there and I just don’t see, in which case it’s not very intuitive. Considering how much content is out there, this is one thing that should be available and easy to find.
Technically speaking, other than the interface, the delivery of content doesn’t seem that different than that of Roku and similar devices, but with a much prettier interface. Maybe Roku should consider buying them and using that interface. It would be pretty cool to get the Roku experience with a TV like format.
Wherever their roadmap takes them, there is no reason not to check it out. It’s free and easy to sign-up at Pluto.tv.