FuboTV is an American over the top (OTT) streaming service that gives customers the ability to access a wide range of sports channels. As an OTT service, they can focus on sports without the need for hundreds of off-topic channels. In other words, if you are keeping your cable or satellite subscription because you want to enjoy sports, there is an alternative. You can watch the service online for a fraction of the cost. In our review of FuboTV, we’ll go into the pricing, channel line up, and features to help give you a full picture of the service.
The FuboTV over the top service acts as a virtual programming distributor for popular sports channels. One of the biggest benefits of the service being virtual is portability. You can watch FuboTV from anywhere, as long as you have access to the internet. Because of the increased speed of internet connections, services like Fubo TV become a good option to stream your favorite sport. If you want to get started, we suggest using their 7-day free trial to get started.
FuboTV launched on January 1st of 2015. Since then, the service has become popular because of its focus on sports. Fortunately, it does have a few other channels included with the service because you can’t watch sports all the time. Well, you could, but others might object.
Subscribers to FuboTV pay a monthly subscription fee. The amount you pay is based on the package you choose. At the time of this review, the premium channel packages that may be added are sports based. FuboTV is only available in the United States and Canada. If you plan to travel outside either one of these countries, you will need to use a VPN to access the service.
FuboTV Packages and Channel List
Prices for FuboTV start at $34.99 a month for their Fubo Premier package. For that amount, you get streaming access to more than 60 channels. As with competing services, you get a large number of channels for a fraction of the cost of a cable or satellite subscription. There is a single primary package available plus several add-on channel packages that we mentioned earlier. By signing up for their 7-day free trial you can test the streaming service for a week at no charge.
Here is the main FuboTV Package:
- Fubo Premier ($34.99) – As the largest package available, this is the one that many primary users have. With it, you get many sports channels and more for $34.99 a month. The website claims you get 70+ channels, but we have not seen evidence of that. The channel lineup includes Fox Prime Ticket, Fox West, Fox San Diego, NBC, Telemundo, Fox, NBCSN, FS1, FS2, beIN Sports, beIN Sports ñ, Univision, Univision tdn, Universo, Bravo, FX, National Geographic, USA, CNBC, CNBC World, BTN, Fox Soccer Plus, beIN Sports 2-10, FXX, FXMovies, Viceland, Golf, Fox News, Fox Business, MSNBC, E!, The Weather Channel, Local Now, SyFy, HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, A&E, History, Lifetime, LMN, Olympic Channel, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, Chiller, Sprout, Nat Geo Wild, Unimas, El Rey, Fuse, Revolt, FYI, Oxygen, Eleven Sports, Fusion, Football Report TV, FuboTV Network, Cozi TV, and Telexitos.
- Fubo Latino add-on ($14.99) – For $14.99 extra, you can get the Fubo Latino add-on. Channels for this one include Baby TV Spanish, Cine Sony Television, Fox Deportes, Fox Live, Galavision, GolTV Spanish, Nat Geo Mundo, and TyC Sports.
- Fubo Português add-on ($19.99) – The Português add-on includes the channels of Benfica TV, Liga Portugal, and RTP Internacional.
- Entrenimiento Plus add-on ($4.99) – This one provides you with the nonsports channels of Antena 3, El rey, DP, DP Clasico, Tlnovelas / Univision, ForoTV, NTN24, Bandamax, Telehit, and Ritmoson.
Those are the packages available to the US market. There is a cycling channel available if you are a Canadian subscriber. As you can see, there are a number of different channels you can get that are not sports centric. If you are primarily focused on sports but want some limited extra channels, you’ll want to check this one out.
DVR – The service will allow you to record anything on it’s network. There are 10 DVR slots available to record. Shows are available 30 minutes after the show airs, and will expire 10 days after the record date. DVR is free with your account. We are glad to see there are no restrictions on what you can and can’t record.
Lookback – Though it does not have a true on demand feature, you can use the Lookback option to watch a show that aired in the last 72 hours. That is great if you missed your favorite sports event. If you fail to record it or just miss it, this is a very nice option.
As far as other features go, FuboTV is relatively limited in what it has to offer. We would like to see more than 2 simultaneous streams and some other features added.
Devices Supported by FuboTV
The FuboTV streaming service offers a number of different ways to enjoy your subscription. Those include logging in to the website along with Android smartphones, Android tablets, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV (4th Generation only), Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Chromecast. Though they suggest using the Chrome browser, it does not appear to be a requirement. At this time, those seem to be the only supported devices. However, that does not mean we won’t see more compatible options later.
As we wrap up our review of FuboTV, we have seen that the service is quite specific. If you are a sports fan and have a small family, you have many different options to enjoy. In that case, the service is ideal. If you are looking for a replacement so you can get rid of your cable or satellite service, FuboTV may not be the best option.
Let’s take a look at the good and bad points of this service.
- Large number of sports channels
- Rewind or rewatch TV from the last 72 hours
- 10 DVR slots included
- 2 simultaneous streams
- Limited number of supported devices
- Service is missing ESPN
- No on demand service for other channels
And there you have it. If you are looking for a sports centric streaming service, then FuboTV is a good choice. If you are not, there are other options you may want to consider. We suggest using FuboTV to meet all your live sporting needs as long as the lack of ESPN isn’t a deal breaker. Sign up for a 7 day free trial of fuboTV and let us know what you think.