Free streaming video service Tubi TV has secured an agreement with Paramount Pictures that brings more than 50 of its films to the library of the San Francisco-based company.
The films included under the deal include "Basic Instinct," "Top Gun," "Star Trek: The Final Frontier," "Total Recall," the "Friday the 13th" franchise and a number of Stephen King films.
Dina Vangelisti, the senior VP of domestic television licensing and distribution at Paramount Pictures, said: "We are pleased to be entering into this agreement, which will deliver many of the most popular and exciting movies in film history to Tubi TV's growing user base."
"We are bringing amazing films to what is already the largest catalog of free streaming TV shows and movies," added Farhad Massoudi, founder and CEO of adRise, Tubi TV's parent company.
It was also announced on Wednesday by Tubi TV that Sandy Grushow, CEO of Phase 2 Media and former Chairman of Fox TV, is joining their advisory board. “I’m thrilled to have the support and guidance of Sandy in the growth phase of our company. He has deep knowledge of the media industry and a clear vision for its future,” said Massoudi.
Tubi TV is a free, advertiser-supported service whose video application is available on the web and mobile as well as through a large number of connected devices, including Roku, XBox 360 and Amazon FireTV.
Aside from the movies included under the terms of the Paramount deal, TubiTv includes an interesting and eclectic mix of content, some of it not seen on other streaming services. In fact, TubiTV has a section of content entitled "Not on Netflix."
For instance, the "Kids and Family" section includes some films as well as animated Transformer episodes and collections of game shows that had previously aired on the Hasbro/Discovery channel The Hub (such as "Family Game Night"). The TV selection is still sparse in comparison to rival streaming services. But it does include a fair number of British shows, including "Black Books," "The Ghost Squad" and "Queer As Folk"