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Can You Download Movies from Tubi?

Last Updated Dec 3, 2022
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If you’re a fan of films created by major studios such as Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount, and more, then Tubi is the ideal streaming service for you. But what if you want to be able to watch these movies whenever you want without Tubi? Is downloading them from the streaming service an option?

Tubi does not offer a method for users to directly download its content from the streaming service to their device. However, there are ways you can download a Tubi movie using third-party streaming digital video recorder (DVR) applications.

In this article, we will list your options for downloading a movie from Tubi to your device of choice. We’ll also answer questions regarding how much storage this will require and what happens to the Tubi ads when you download their movies.

How to Download Movies From Tubi

As convenient as it would be for Tubi to allow users to not only access their content for free but also download it directly from the streaming service, the company wouldn’t survive being so charitable.

However, this does not mean that downloading movies from Tubi can’t be done; you’ll need to go through a few extra steps.

The easiest way to download movies from Tubi onto your smartphone, tablet, or laptop/computer is to download and use a third-party DVR application, such as:

  • PlayOn Cloud
  • VidMate
  • InsTube
  • Allavsoft

While these are all viable options, they are not created equal. Some applications are much safer and more efficient than others and can be limited to specific devices.

You’ll want to make sure you use the right one to guarantee a successful download that doesn’t also put your device at risk.

Our top recommendation is PlayOn Cloud. While its services come at a cost, it is equal to or less than the cost of purchasing one movie.

So, if you’re intent on downloading multiple movies a month, then the investment is well worth it. Otherwise, you can opt for one of the free options listed above.

Downloading Movies from Tubi with PlayOn Cloud

PlayOn Cloud is a cloud-based streaming and recording application that allows you to record any show or movie from over 100 streaming services, including Tubi.

Once recorded, your download will be stored on the cloud so you can access it anytime with no expiration date.

This app can be accessed on a range of devices, including your PC, Mac, Android, and iOS devices, and does not require an online connection to play your content.

All you have to do is download the application, choose Tubi from the list of streaming services, and select the film you want to download.

PlayOn Cloud will then record the film in real-time in HD quality and then download it to your device for offline use.

Downloads do cost credits that you can either purchase in 50, 250, or 500 bundles separately for 13-15 cents per credit, or you can pay a monthly subscription of $4.99 for 30 recording credits.

PlayOn Cloud also offers a free trial that comes with 7 free recordings so you can test the application before committing.

Will These Download the Tubi Ads?

The answer to this question largely depends on where you are downloading your movies from. If you are using a PlayOn Cloud, then no.

Another perk of investing in this service is that it will ensure your movie is recorded and downloaded without any ads or commercials.

However, if you download a Tubi film using a free and/or less-renowned third-party DVR application, then it is likely that the app will include the ads because it doesn’t have the resources or programming required to remove them.

Most content on Tubi will contain 4-6 minutes’ worth of ads per every hour of viewing, so you’ll likely watch anywhere from 6-14 minutes’ worth of ads during the average film.

If this doesn’t bother you, then you won’t have to worry as much about which third-party DVR application you use.

How Much Space Will a Downloaded Tubi Movie Require?

After looking at the available space left on your smartphone, tablet, or computer, you might be wondering if downloading a Tubi movie onto your device is possible, and, if so, how much space will it require?

This largely depends on the movie file size. Tubi TV offers both SD and HD content, so if you want to download movies in HD quality, you’ll need more storage space.

The file size of an HD movie can range from 1 to 4 GB, while an SD movie is usually around 700 MB.

On average, if you are downloading the Tubi film directly to your device, you’ll want to have 1-2 gigabytes of space for a standard film and 2-4 GB for an HD film.

Additionally, expect longer films, particularly those that creep towards 2.5-3 hours long, will require more space than a 1.5-hour Disney film.

Final Thoughts

Although Tubi does not currently allow you to download their movies directly onto your device, you can still achieve this with the help of third-party DVR applications, like PlayOn Cloud.

Just make sure before that you have enough space on your device before you start recording, and confirm that the application you’re using is safe.