Mubi: What It Is and How to Watch It

The true cinophile's streaming service

Mubi is a subscription-based streaming service that focuses on 30 feature titles at a time. While that might sound boring at first, what makes it interesting is that one title is added and another is removed every day.

If you have cut the cord and love the freedom (and savings) of streaming content but find yourself tired of sifting through the same old content on Netflix, Prime Video, or Hulu, the hand-picked movies offered on Mubi could be just the ticket.

What Is Mubi?

Mubi refers to itself as a streaming service, a video content curator, a publisher, a distributor, and a cinema lover. Every day, Mubi introduces a new film of the day. By the same token, they take one away every day. There are always 30 curated films for subscribers to watch, including cult classics, box office hits, festival favorites, and more.

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Within the collection of 30 films are smaller curations, such as special features like film festival spotlights or filmmaker interviews as well as double features.

Don't be put off by the number 30, though. While this is the number of specially-picked titles, Mubi also has a database of 150,000 films to choose from, as well. And while many of the titles available are older movies, there are also fresh new films released. In particular, Mubi seeks out exciting independent titles via an array of film festivals.

In addition, "Notebook" is Mubi's daily online publication. The zine includes everything from festival coverage to regular columns to news and interviews.

How You Can Watch Mubi

You can stream films from Mubi on your mobile device using either the iOS or Android app. With the mobile apps, you have the option to download films in HD and watch offline. You will also receive "Film of the Day" notifications.

You can watch Mubi on up to five devices, streaming on up to two screens at the same time. Mubi is available on numerous streaming devices, including the following:

Mac or PCs using the following browsers, and neither Flash nor Silverlight are required:

  • Safari 9 and above
  • Chrome 68 and above
  • Firefox 59 and above
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Microsoft Edge

Although you can temporarily download films for offline viewing with either the iOS or Android app, you cannot currently download them to your computer.

Smart TVs and Blu-ray players by the following brands are also supported:

  • Sony
  • Samsung
  • AndroidTV
  • LG

Using the iOS app, you can stream films to 4th generation Apple TVs using AirPlay, and with the Android app, you can stream films via Chromecast to other televisions.

Available Mubi Plans

Mubi offers a free basic membership as well as a premium membership.

With the Basic membership, you have access to the 150,000-film database. You can rate and review the films in the database, create your own film lists, discuss film reviews with other users, and access in-depth content about the films in the database. In addition, you can read the Notebook, Mubi's daily film publication.

The Premium membership is $10.99 a month or $95.88 a year. With it, you get access to all of the perks of a Basic membership as well as the following:

  • Watch films from the dynamic collection of 30 titles.
  • Access all Mubi specials.
  • Access all exclusive films.
  • Download films on mobile apps.
  • Access to rentals not found on other platforms.
  • Watch different collections of curated films if you use Mubi abroad.

Along with major credit and debit cards, Mubi accepts PayPal. You can change or cancel your membership at any time in your subscription settings. In addition, there is a 7-day free trial membership.

How to Sign Up for Mubi

Whether you decide to stream with a free account or want to access a paid account, you must create an account. When you sign up for the free version of Mubi, you get access to the 7-day free trial.

After the trial, you can go to your account settings, select Change Plan and choose the basic plan or cancel your subscription if you decide Mubi is not right for your streaming needs.

  1. Go to the Mubi membership page and select the Pick a Plan button.

    Screenshot of Mubi Memberships page
  2. Select the Start Free Trial button.

    Screenshot of Start Free Trial in Mubi
  3. Enter your email address and a password or select the Continue with Facebook button.

    Screenshot of email and password page on Mubi signup
  4. Enter your credit card details or select Pay with PayPal, after which you will be asked to log in to your PayPal account and confirm the subscription purchase.

    Remember that you will not be billed until your free trial is over.

    Screenshot of payment information in Mubi signup process
  5. Select Start Watching once your subscription is confirmed and complete.

    Screenshot of subscription confirmation in Mubi signup process

How to Watch Movies on Mubi

Once your account is set up, you can begin streaming films right away.

  1. Go to Mubi.com and select Now Showing. Alternatively, download the Mubi mobile app and open it or add the Mubi app or channel to your streaming device and access it.

    Screenshot of Now Showing on Mubi
  2. Select More Info on a title to read a synopsis, review, and details, including awards and festivals, cast, related titles and more.

    Screenshot of movie details on Mubi
  3. When you are ready to begin watching a film, select the Play button on the thumbnail of the movie you want to watch. The film will open and begin playing in the current window if using a web browser or on the screen of the device you are currently using.

    Screenshot of play button on films in Mubi
  4. You can use the on-screen options to pause, rewind, enable subtitles or go back and find another film to stream.

    Screenshot of film on Mubi in web browser

Cancel a Mubi Membership

If you decide Mubi isn't right for you, you can cancel your subscription at any time.

  1. Log into your Mubi account and go to the Mubi subscription page.

    Screenshot of Mubi subscription page
  2. Select Cancel Subscription at the bottom of the page. A "Before you go" page will open.

  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select Cancel Subscription.

    Screenshot of Cancel Subscription
  4. A "Special Offer" page might open at this point. If so, and if you still want to cancel, select Cancel Subscription.

    Screenshot of Cancel Subscription
  5. Enter your reason for unsubscribing and select Confirm to complete the cancellation.

    Screenshot of cancellation confirmation
  6. A confirmation page will appear letting you know that you have successfully canceled your subscription.

    Screenshot of confirmation screen

If you subscribed through iTunes or Google Play and wish to cancel your subscription, you will need to unsubscribe from iTunes or unsubscribe from Google Play through the subscription settings for each device.