If you’re a cinephile, then give Mubi TV a shot, you might find it the ultimate arthouse cinema centre on the Internet. Hi and welcome to FlickZee blogs, where we keep you updated with the latest happenings of the Digital Media World. In today’s blog, you’ll get to know everything about Mubi TV and why we said that you might find it the ultimate arthouse cinema centre on the Internet.
What is Mubi?
Mubi is an online video streaming service just like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hotstar. But the content catalogue of Mubi focusses on the arthouse cinema, the one in which serious and artistic movies are made by mostly Indie and sometimes studios as well. The catalogue consists of hundreds of such award-winning movies throughout the decades.
Mubi was launched in February 2007 as a social media for cinephiles. At that time, users could make their profiles on the platform and connect & discuss movies with other cinephiles. But with time it evolved into a full-fledged movie website with a huge movie database and thereafter, Mubi started its own streaming & rental services for movies.
What Content is Available on Mubi?
Mubi is currently focussing on arthouse cinema industry which makes some serious, artistic and niche movies. All content viewing is ad-free and movies can be downloaded to mobile devices for offline viewing. Students of certain film schools with a university email can view Mubi for free for the duration of their course. But the concept of watching and browsing movies on Mubi is quite different from that of other VOS services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hotstar. It’s so different that we’ll need a separate subsection for it.
How to Watch Movies on Mubi?
Mubi features only 30 movies every day for you to choose from. So you have a reel of 30 movies that you can stream everyday. Once a movie completes its 30th day, Mubi replaces it with a new movie. So you’ll have a new movie every day with a catalogue of a total of 30 movies. You can access the movies from the ‘Now Showing’ section in the top menu. Moreover, You’ll see the number of days left to watch a particular movie as shown in the image below.
As we told you, you won’t find any Interstellar or Pulp Fiction on Mubi, but you will definitely find the highly appreciated and awarded Indie and arthouse movies. Movies like Half-Life in Fukushima, Peace, Swirl, and Four Eyed Monsters are available for a watch on Mubi TV. As they update their library every day, after 30 days, you’ll have a whole new catalogue of movies to watch the whole month than 30 days ago.
Popular Movies on Mubi TV
Some of the popular movies that featured on Mubi are:
- Art History
- The Son of Joseph
- A Bucket of Blood
- Alexander The Last
Apart from the every day featured movies, if you’re feeling extra, you can always rent movies from Mubi. The rentals are available under the title ‘Rentals’ in the menu. you’ll find popular titles like Oldboy in this section. For the Indian audience, the rent is fixed for Rs 299 per movie. Once you’ve rented a movie, you’ll have 30 days to start watching it and once you’ve started watching the movie then you’ll have 48 hours to complete it before the rental gets expired.
Popular Mubi Rentals
- The Parrot and the Swan
- Mysterious Skin
Mubi plays 1 movie live every day for its viewers. You can tap or click on the ‘live’ option in the menu which will redirect you to the live streaming page of Mubi. To watch the live movie on Mubi, you don’t need any subscription or any account on their platform. Just an Internet connection would be sufficient.
Apart from the movies, if you want something to read on Mubi, then you can do so with Mubi’s own online magazine which they call, Notebook. You’ll find articles about reviews, news, and video essays on popular topics. Mubi Notebook is available for free and you can even read it without creating an account on Mubi.
Does Mubi Offer a Free Trial?
Yes, you can enjoy all the Mubi content without paying anything in 7 days of free trial. However, once the trial gets over, you’ll be charged the subscription fee. Note that Mubi doesn’t notify you before the expiration of trial period as Netflix does. So you gotta remember the free trial expiration date if you don’t want to get charged.
How Much Does Mubi Cost?
To watch any of the 30 featured movies on Mubi, you’ll need to buy the subscription plan. Currently, Mubi offers 2 subscription plans as listed below:
- Rs 500 per month.
- Rs 4200 per year (Rs 350 per month).
How to Subscribe to Mubi?
Subscribing to Mubi is actually easy. Just follow the below steps and you’ll be all set.
- Visit the Mubi TV website on any browser.
- Click on the green ‘Start your Free Trial’ button.
- Choose the subscription plan you wish to continue with once the trial period gets over.
- Fill in the billing information and proceed.
Voila! you can enjoy the handpick collection of some awesome movies. Enjoy!
What are the Features of Mubi?
Along with the handpicked selection of good movies, you can also enjoy the other benefits that come with the Mubi TV subscription. Check them out below.
You can download the movies temporarily only in the Mubi app for Android or iOS to stream them even without an active Internet connection. However, you won’t be able to download the movies on the desktop or laptop.
Multiple Device Support & Streaming
You can watch Mubi movies on up to 5 devices with a single account. Moreover, you can stream the movies on 2 screens at the same time. To know the list of supported devices, please read the following section.
HD Picture Quality and Subtitles
Some of the movies are available in High Definition picture quality for better visual experience. Additionally, you can also turn on or off the subtitles for some of the movies.
A Huge Community of Cinephiles
Being a social network as well, you can connect with people of similar interests on Mubi TV. With such a massive community, you get to know the different views and opinions of people on a variety of movie topics. You can also rate, review and curate your own lists of movies for people to see them.
Who are the Competitors of Mubi?
While Mubi has its own niche in the content front among other online video streaming services, but it still faces competition from other VOD platforms. We have prepared a comprehensive comparison table that will help you understand Mubi’s features and subscription plans with respect to other services. Take a look.
|Subscription Plan Details||Mubi Subscription||TubiTV Subscription||Hooq Subscription||Netflix Subscription||PrimeVideo Subscription|
|Free Trial or
|7 Days Free Trial||Free||30-day free trial on adding a recurring payment method||1 month||No|
|Monthly Plan||INR 500||–||INR 89||INR 500 (1 User)
INR 600 (2 Users)
|Yearly Plan||INR 4200||INR 450||–||INR 999|
|Simultaneous Streaming||2 Users||5 Devices||1 to 4 Users||Unlimited|
|Premium Features||Access to movies, Offline Download, HD Picture Quality & Subtitles, Social Network of Cinephiles||Unlimited Access, Download & Offline Viewing, Few Rental Movies Only||Unlimited Access, HD & UHD Streaming||Unlimited Access to PrimeVideo, PrimeMusic & Kindle e-Books,
|Offers||N/A||First 90 days for INR 89 for recurring payment method, 1 free movie rental ticket per month||Free subscription for selected Airtel & Vodafone Users||Free for selected users of BSNL, Airtel & Vodafone|
|Service & Content Type||Handpicked Arthouse Cinema Movies||On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows||On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Kids, Originals||On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Kids, Originals|
|Data Usage per Hour||3.3 GB (HD)||900 MB (HD)||1.65 GB (HD)||750 MB (HD)||925 MB (SD), 2.2 GB (HD), 6 GB (4K/UHD)|
Which Devices Support Mubi?
You can enjoy Mubi TV on a plethora of devices. The complete list of supported devices for Mubi TV is as follows:
- Desktop/laptops via Website.
- Smartphones & Tablets: Apple and Android.
- Streaming Media Players: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku TV, Google Chromecast.
- Smart TV & Blu-Ray Players: Sony, Samsung, LG, Android TV.
- Gaming Consoles: PS3, PS4, Nvidia Shield
Mubi: Is It Really Popular?
Play Store: Installs- 500,000+ | Rating- 3.7 by 3,263 Users
App Store: Installs- N/A | Rating- 4.6 by 1.4K Users
Content Availability in English, French, Norwegian, German, Italian, Turkish, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Brazillian Portuguese
Awards Won by Mubi
- Mubi won a Webby Award for Best Movie and Film Website in 2010.
- Mubi has been praised by public figures like the critic Roger Elbert.
Mubi: What’s Good and What’s Bad?
Mubi has its own perfections and imperfections. Some people may find it the most suitable platform for streaming movies, for others it might be flawed in certain aspects.
- You’ll find only the handpicked movies from the experts.
- A big community for discussion and sharing your own ideas.
- No overwhelming content.
- There are no TV shows on Mubi.
- Once the movie is gone, you won’t be able to stream it again.
- You won’t find a lot of blockbuster movies on Mubi.
Mubi Subscription: Is It Worth the Bucks?
As we said earlier, Mubi TV is not your everyday online video streaming service like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video; it’s different and unique in its own way. While it might not appeal to the TV show lovers and blockbuster movie watchers, but for some people, it might be a suitable platform to stream some movies. You would love to spend time and money on Mubi TV if:
- You absolutely love watching Arthouse Cinema.
- You are fed up with the mainstream blockbuster movies, and looking for some offbeat films.
- You want only the best-handpicked movies from the experts.
- You want to connect with a huge cinephile community.