Free, ad-supported service Tubi set to launch in Oz

Streaming service Tubi launches in Australia on September 1, initially offering nearly 7,000 movies and TV series for free for anyone who is prepared to watch 2-4 minutes of ads per hour.

Australia is the Us-owned VOD platform’s first market outside North America. Tubi CEO Farhad Massoudi tells If he chose Australia because it has among the highest penetration rates of Netflix subscribers outside the Us and is a mature advertising market.

The San Francisco-based company has secured Australian rights to a raft of movies including 3:10 to Yuma, The Blair Witch Project, Kickboxer and Stranger Than Fiction, with such titles as Dirty Dancing, The Grudge, Requiem for a Dream, Reservoir Dogs, Saw, Traffic and Young Guns to roll out over the next six months.

“We see Tubi as complementary to other streaming services as linear TV viewing continues to decline and on-demand viewing grows,” he says.

“We have the far
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