- FuboTV started life as a streaming service geared toward sports fans, but now offers much more, with more than 100 channels in its baseline package.
- Fubo brought a slate of 20 new channels on board in August. Disney Media channels arriving include ESPN, ESPN2, the Disney Channel (and ABC in select markets). This directly addresses one of the main cons on the “Should I get Fubo?” pros-and-cons worksheet.
- Fubo starts at $59.99 a month for its Standard Package, with added screens in its Fubo Family and extra channels in its Fubo Elite upgrade. There’s also a Fubo Español package for Spanish-speaking and bilingual households.
- Fubo also features some original sports programming to augment its already-solid package of channels. The $6.99 a month Sports Plus package ensures you have them all.
- FuboTV also offers a variety of cloud DVR options.
If you’re a soccer fan, you may have been in the first group of people to hear about FuboTV. The service, which launched in 2015, has grown impressively from its sports-streaming origins to become one of the best streaming values on the market, especially considering the channels you get in even its baseline package. While its competitors still have better multiple screen situations, and while it might lean toward the pricier end of the streaming spectrum, Fubo’s made itself a solid streaming service on the whole.
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How much is FuboTV? Plans, channels, and cost
FuboTV keeps its plans simple, offering three basic packages that start at $54.99 per month.
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- Channels: 96 (or more, depending on market)
- Cloud DVR: 30 hours of space
- Simultaneous screens: 2
Your FuboTV channel lineup may differ slightly from what you see below based on your local listings, but you do have the potential to get ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC among your cable staples. The addition of more than 20 channels from the Disney Media agreement brought welcome additions like ESPN and the Disney Channel to the lineup.
That did, however, get offset a bit by Fubo shedding some Turner channels the month before. You’ll need to venture elsewhere for CNN, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, and several other Turner entities.
Note that its more than 100 channels are fattened with eight BeIN Sports channels and 11 spillover TUDN channels, which you’ll likely only use if you’re deep into a soccer tournament, but Fubo still offers a big selection compared to like-priced streaming services.
It’s also worth noting that NFL Network is included in the standard package. FuboTV also has the Viacom networks, which means you can watch channels like MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and VH1.
- Cost: $64.99 per month (with 7-day free trial)
- Channels: 101
- Cloud DVR: 250 hours of space
- Simultaneous screens: 3
For $5 per month more, you can upgrade to Fubo Family which has the same channels as the standard package, but dramatically increases your DVR capacity and adds an additional screen. You can also get a version
- $79.99 per month (with 7-day free trial)
- Channels: Standard Package, plus 30+ news and entertainment channels (or more, depending on market)
- Cloud DVR: 1000 hours of space
- Simultaneous screens: 5
Fubo Elite is the revamp of Fubo Ultra. While you now have to pay additionally for Showtime ($10.99 a month) and Sports Extra ($6.99 a month), you get 1000 hours of Cloud DVR and five simultaneous screens. Those are both upgrades from what Fubo Ultra offered.
Here’s what it looks like if you go all in on Elite plus Showtime and Sports Plus.
|ACC Network||American Heroes Channel||BBC World News|
|BET her||BET Jams||BET Soul|
|CNBC World||Cooking Channel||Destination America|
|Discovery Family||Discovery Life||DIY|
|Game Show Network||GINX Esports TV||GolTV USA (English)|
|GolTV USA (Español)||Great American Country||Insp|
|Law & Crime||Logo||MLB Network|
|MLB Strike Zone||MTV2||MTV Classic|
|MTV Live||MTVU||Nat Geo Wild|
|NBA TV||Newsy||NFL RedZone|
|Pac-12 Network (6 channels)||People TV||Revolt|
|Science||Showtime (9 Channels)||Sony Movie Channel|
Cost: $29.99 per month
For Latino customers, this package gives you more than 30 Spanish language channels. Formerly known as Fubo Latino Quarterly, it now bills monthly rather than quarterly, but the price has gone up $10 a month. Some of these channels are included in Fubo Standard and Fubo Ultra, but most are exclusive to the package. A slimmed-down, nine-channel version of this FuboTV channel package is also available for $12.99 as the Fubo Latino add-on. Channels include:
|Baby TV||BeIn Sports (2 channels)||Cine Sony|
|Discovery en Español||El Gourmet||ESPN Deportes|
|Familia Discovery||Fox Deportes||Fox Life|
|Galavision||GolTV USA (Español)||Más Chíc|
|Nat Geo Mundo||Nuestra Tele International||Telefe|
|Tr3s||TUDN (and 11 TUDN
What else is on FuboTV?
While Fubo still features some of the best international sports options on the market, it has evolved into a wonderfully full-featured service. You’ll get basically every channel you could ever want out of a cable package. There are movies, on-demand content, MTV, VH1, MSNBC, and local channels, all in easy-to-understand packages—and the Disney media suite is onboarding in Summer 2020.
FuboTV launched a few sports shows in the fall of 2019 to break into the originals game, including two with sports TV personality-turned-comedian Julie Stewart-Binks (“Call It a Night with Julie Stewart-Binks” and “Drinks with Binks”), one with two comedians-turned-sports personalities (“The Cooligans”), and another with two former athletes (“The Players Lounge with Cobi Jones and PJ Harrison”).
Also, FuboTV is the only service currently offering 4K sporting events on streaming TV. They have a limited number of 4K sports streams each month, but the variety is impressive. In the coming months, subscribers will get everything from NCAA Men’s Basketball to Super Bowl LIV in 4K at no added charge. It’s covered in your subscription if your device supports 4k.
FuboTV Local Channels
Local TV fans owe it to themselves to check out FuboTV. FuboTV offers ABC, FOX, NBC, and CBS to most users who sign up. There are exceptions depending on contracts in different parts of the country. However, FuboTV has made support of local TV stations a massive part of its business model. For the vast majority of the country, FuboTV is a reliable home for local channels.
One area where FuboTV packages really shine is in the add-on channels. In addition to the aforementioned Fubo Latino add-on, FuboTV offers seven additional add-on packages geared towards specific interests. One thing to keep in mind however is how many of these add-on channels come with the Fubo Ultra package. If you’re interested in more than one, it might be worth going ahead an upgrading your package to save some money.
Sports Plus with NFL RedZone
Cost: $6.99 per month
I don’t even think of this as an add-on; it’s essential. You get one of the best ways to stream NFL RedZone line and all the college sports you can handle.
FuboTV Sports Plus with NFL RedZone channels:
- Fight Network
- Fox College Sports Atlantic
- Fox College Sports Central
- Fox College Sports Pacific
- Game+ Network
- GolTV English
- GolTV Spanish
- MLB Strike Zone
- NFL RedZone
- NHL Network
- Pac-12 Arizona
- Pac-12 Bay Area
- Pac-12 Los Angeles
- Pac-12 Mountain
- Pac-12 Oregon
- Pac-12 Washington
- Sports Illustrated
- Stadium (four channels)
- Tennis Channel
- TyC Sports
- Zona Futbol
International Sports Plus
Cost: $5.99 per month
FuboTV International Sports Plus channels:
- Eleven Sports Network
- Fox Soccer Plus
- Gol TV English
- Gol TV Spanish
- TyC Sports
- Zona Futbol
Cost: $11.99 per month
This package is the same as the International Sports Package, adding the Fubo Cycling channel for an extra $6 per month.
- Eleven Sports Network
- Fox Soccer Plus
- Fubo Cycling
- Gol TV English
- Gol TV Spanish
- TyC Sports
- Zona Futbol
Cost: $4.99 per month
A solid addition if you’re the type of person who prefers to catch their dinner or pitch a tent instead of staying in a hotel.
Adventure Plus channels:
- Outdoor Channel
- Sportsman Channel
- World Fishing Network
- MAV TV
For $7.99 per month, Spanish-speaking households can add the Latino Plus package. Here’s what comes with the subscription.
- Baby TV Español
- Cine Sony Television
- CNN en Español
- Discovery en Español
- Discovery Familia
- El Gourmet
- GolTV USA (Spanish)
- Mas Chic
- Nat Geo Mundo
- Nuestra Tele
- Zona Futbol
FuboTV Premium Channels
FuboTV offers two Premium Channel packages to its subscribers.
You won’t get access to Showtime Anytime, the channel’s standalone app. But you get the next best thing: Nine channels of live Showtime action, including on-demand access within the app.
- Showtime 2
- Showtime Beyond
- Showtime East
- Showtime Extreme
- Showtime Family
- Showtime Next
- Showtime Showcase
- Showtime West
- Showtime Women
For $4.99, AMC Premiere subscribers get new episodes of shows without ads. The package also includes instant access to watch full seasons of shows, extended episodes, bonus content, and a curated selection of movies and original series.
FuboTV Streaming Devices
FuboTV can be used on a range of devices. Here’s what you can stream FuboTV on. (Note that if you’re viewing via a web browser, there’s a mini video player allowing you to watch Fubo while you’re otherwise engaging Fubo on your browser.)
FuboTV DVR and multiple screens
Every FuboTV account comes with 30 hours of free cloud DVR as part of membership. There are add-ons to build up your storage capabilities beyond that. Cloud DVR 250 (at $9.99 per month) or Cloud DVR 1000 (at $16.99 per month) provides 250 and 1000 hours of storage respectively.
As for Unlimited Screens, sadly, FuboTV isn’t there just yet. But at five screens at the Elite level, you’ll likely have what you need. At lower tiers, you can add screens via Family Share ($5.99 per month for 3 streams) and Family Share Max ($9.99 per month for 5 streams on home internet, 2 streams on the go). Getting both allows a subscriber an additional to-go stream.
FuboTV on-demand and offline viewing
FuboTV has poured a ton of effort into its on-demand options, making it easy for viewers to quickly find content based on genre or theme. Shows and movies are sorted by genre, in an easy to navigate menu. This organization is great because FuboTV doesn’t own its on-demand content, it simply streams what the networks provide. Still it’s nice that they put the user interface first when some other streaming TV services treat on-demand like an afterthought.
At the moment, FuboTV is purely a streaming TV service and does not offer any methods for watching content offline.
FuboTV vs. the Competition
FuboTV vs. Hulu with Live TV
In a head-to-head match up the battle between Hulu and FuboTV comes down to channels and ESPN. Each service costs $54.99 per month and offers roughly the same experience with multiple screens and DVR. FuboTV offers far more channels, with 110+ compared to Hulu Live TV’s 60+, but Hulu with Live TV has ESPN, where FuboTV does not. Hulu with Live TV also includes a Hulu streaming membership, giving it effectively the largest on-demand library of any service. It’s a difficult choice. We’d say for major soccer fans or anyone who wants to watch the Super Bowl in 4K, FuboTV is a no-brainer. But this is a close tie.
FuboTV vs. Sling TV
FuboTV and Sling are essentially polar opposites. Sling TV is a budget-minded streaming service with small packages of channels. FuboTV has one of the largest packages of channels in the industry. The one area that Sling TV bests FuboTV is in carrying ESPN, which you can get from Sling TV for $30 per month in the Orange package. Outside of that one channel and Sling’s lower start-up cost, FuboTV beats Sling TV in every regard. Unless your budget is tight, we’re on FuboTV’s side here.
FuboTV vs. AT&T TV Now
There are too many good streaming TV services on the market to recommend AT&T Now to anyone. For the last two years, this writer has subscribed to DirecTV Now, a relationship that recently ended due to AT&T effectively ruining the service. Since the switch, this writer has experienced fewer channels, higher costs, worse apps, and terrible communication. FuboTV is an easy winner here.
FuboTV vs. YouTube TV
Of all the services, FuboTV needs to worry about, YouTube TV may be its biggest and least expected threat. YouTube TV lets viewers have unlimited DVR for every family member who uses the account. The one area where FuboTV really beats YouTube TV is sports and 4K. FuboTV is the only place to watch the Super Bowl in 4K on streaming TV right now. FuboTV, with its ESPN addition, edges YouTube TV in amounts of sports offered, though you have to pay slightly more to get all of it. Ultimately it’s a matter of where your priorities lay. Each service is well worth your time; it just comes down to your needs.
Is FuboTV worth it?
When it launched, FuboTV was a promising yet flawed product. Originally, the service was largely focused on streaming sports, meaning it often had more sports than entertainment. That’s dramatically changed in the years since. FuboTV now offers one of the largest packages of channels and features of any streaming TV service, while maintaining its original focus on sports. From international to American leagues, Fubo TV is a sports fan’s dream with one minor exception. The service doesn’t have ESPN. While that will limit some of the games you can see, it’s a minor complaint in the scheme of things.
On the entertainment front, FuboTV’s growth is incredible. You get everything from Comedy Central and Cartoon Network to MTV and History. There are over 100 channels on the standard plan, far more than anyone else is offering for the same cost. If you’re looking to keep the sports fans in your family just as happy as everyone else, FuboTV is a smart idea. But even if you don’t care about sports, this is a great service. We highly recommend FuboTV for large families with varied tastes, 4K sports fans, and anyone who loves soccer.
How to Sign Up for FuboTV
Signing up for FuboTV is incredibly easy, whether you’re on a computer or using a Roku streaming player.
Sign up for FuboTV online
- Visit FuboTV.
- Select the “Start Your Free Trial” option.
- Sign up with your email and password.
- Select your plan and add-ons.
- Enter your payment information.
- Start watching.
Sign up for FuboTV on Roku
- Install the FuboTV app on your Roku device.
- When you open the app you’ll see an option for “Start Your Trial.” Select it and hit “Enter.”
- FuboTV can create an account for you using your Roku email and logins. If you’d like to save time on set up, hit “Allow.” Otherwise, select “Cancel” and enter the information you’d like to use.
- Enter your personal information on the next page and continue.
- Select and confirm your subscription and add-ons and continue.
- Enter your Roku pin and select “Subscribe.”
- You’re now ready to watch FuboTV on Roku. You can use your logins to access any of the other FuboTV apps and the website. Keep an eye out for emails from Roku, as your bill will be paid through your Roku account each month.
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