FuboTV doesn’t have the name recognition of other streaming bundles, but it’s been quietly building up a service to take on the likes of Dish’s Sling TV, AT&T’s DirecTV Now, and Sony’s PlayStation Vue.
Although FuboTV originally launched in 2015 as a streaming service for soccer fans, it later pivoted to a broader mix of streaming cable channels, and has been flying under the radar as a public beta for most of this year. Over the past couple weeks, though, the company has made lots of noise, announcing plans to add channels from CBS and Scripps Networks, and closing a $55 million investment round.
If you’re planning to cut the cord and haven’t considered FuboTV, now might be the time to give it a look. Here’s everything you need to know:
FuboTV channels at a glance
FuboTV’s Premiere package currently costs $35 per month, but that’s an introductory rate that will eventually rise to $50 per month. (It’s unclear when the price will go up.) The plan places a heavy emphasis on sports, with regional coverage from Fox Sports and Comcast SportsNet, along with national sports channels such as Fox Soccer Plus, Golf Channel, beIN Sports, and NBA TV. FuboTV also includes a mix of general entertainment channels in its main plan, and it sells some add-on packages that largely consist of Spanish-language channels.
There are, however, a few major omissions for sports fans: Disney isn’t on board with FuboTV, which means no ESPN channels or ABC broadcasts, and there are no Turner networks such as TNT and TBS, which provide lots of NBA coverage. Fubo also lacks the NFL Network. On the entertainment side, Fubo doesn’t include AMC Networks, Discovery Networks, Viacom, or Turner channels.
See the full FuboTV channel list at the bottom of this story for more specifics.
Regional sports and local broadcasts
The best way to see what regional sports channels FuboTV offers in your area is to visit the sign-up page, which should attempt to find your location automatically. You can also view a list of regional networks on Fubo’s support site.
FuboTV includes live broadcasts of Fox and NBC channels in a small number of markets, with CBS coming soon. But unlike other bundles, Fubo doesn’t include on-demand programming from these channels in markets where the live feed isn’t available. Head to Fubo’s sign-up page or visit this support page to see which ones are available to you.
How FuboTV DVR works
FuboTV offers DVR service at no extra charge, but it’s a bit convoluted compared to other streaming bundles. Instead of providing a certain amount of recording time, FuboTV provides 10 DVR slots into which you can store any sporting event or TV show. The number of events you can record at once corresponds to the number of free slots you have remaining.
FuboTV’s DVR has a couple other limitations: Recordings only become available 30 minutes after the live telecast is over, so you can’t start watching an event from the beginning while the recording is still in progress. Those recordings also expire after 72 hours. On the plus side, if you decide to record a program midway through the live telecast, Fubo will save the entire thing from start to finish.