Everything you need to know about fuboTV

Joe Supan
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Joe Supan
Sep 20, 2019
ProsConsVerdict
✔ Excellent all-around channel lineup ✔ Great for fans of international sports ✔Exceptional user experience✘ Most expensive live TV streaming service ✘ Missing ABC and ESPNFuboTV isn’t a good option for fans of American sports, but it has the best overall channel selection of any service.

FuboTV review summary:

  • Only one available plan for $55/mo.
  • Includes over 95 channels — more than any other live TV streaming service
  • Comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR storage that stores indefinitely
  • Two simultaneous streams
  • Not compatible with any game consoles

FuboTV channels

From top to bottom, fuboTV has one of the largest, most well-rounded channel selections of any live TV streaming service. There are a few major omissions — more on that below — but if you’re looking for a streaming service that will replicate the all-encompassing feel of cable or satellite TV, fubo is your best option.

Here are the major channels included in the base plan:

LocalsCBS Fox NBC The CW
SportsbeIN Sports Big Ten Network CBS Sports Fox Soccer Plus FS1 Golf Channel NBA TV NBC Sports NFL Network Pac-12 Network TUDN TVG Network
ComedyCartoon Network Comedy Central TBS TV Land
DramaAMC BBC America FX FXX Hallmark Channel Paramount Network SyfyLifetime TCM TNT USA
NewsCNBC CNN Fox News MSNBC The Weather Channel
FamilyNickelodeon Nick Jr.
EducationalAnimal Planet Discovery Channel History National Geographic
Reality/MusicA&E BET Bravo CMT E! Food Network HGTV MTV TLC Travel Channel VH1
CrimeInvestigation Discovery Oxygen TruTV

What channels is fuboTV missing?

Overall, there aren’t many popular channels that fuboTV doesn’t include. However, the ones it is missing could be deal-breakers for some. Here are some of the biggest names that aren’t available in fuboTV’s base plan or any of its add-ons:

  • ABC
  • Cinemax
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Jr.
  • ESPN
  • Freeform
  • HBO
  • ION
  • MLB Network
  • Music Choice
  • PBS
  • Starz

That might seem like a long list, but there are a few caveats. HBO, Starz and Cinemax are all premium networks that typically cost extra to add to a live TV streaming plan, and you can subscribe to HBO and Starz directly from the networks. ABC and PBS can also be accessed for free through a TV antenna or Locast, although this disjointed channel-surfing experience isn’t for everyone.

For sports fans and families with kids in the house, ESPN and Disney Channel might be the only unforgivable omissions on the list. If these are both must-haves, Hulu + Live TV, Sling, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV and AT&T TV NOW all carry them both.

FuboTV vs. other live TV streaming services

Live TV streaming services generally fall into one of two categories: “skinny bundles” like Philo and Sling that offer super-pared down channel lineups for around $20/mo., and cable replacements with channel numbers and prices more like traditional cable or satellite TV. fuboTV falls firmly in the latter category.

It has more channels — and a higher starting price — than any other service. But those aren’t just empty calories. To gauge the quality of each streaming service’s channel lineup, we turned to a recent survey from TiVo in order to evaluate each service on a level playing field. 3,330 adults were asked, “Which channels would you be interested in including in your TV package?”

The more people wanted a channel included, the higher it ranked. No service fared better than fuboTV when we compared the results.

It has more channels in the top 25, 50 and 100 than any other live TV streaming service, and the gap is not particularly close. If you’re looking to keep the volume of channels cable and satellite provide, fuboTV is by far the best option.

That said, there is a lot of overlap between the channels that these services offer. Determining which one is best for you might come down to a few key differences. Here is how they each compare for some of the most popular channels:

fuboTVHulu + Live TVPlayStation VueYouTube TVSling Orange + BlueAT&T TV NOW
Cartoon Network CNN Fox FX Nat Geo NBC SyFy TNT TBS USA
ABC
CBS
Discovery Food Network HGTV TLC
HBO
A&E History Lifetime
AMC
Disney Channel ESPN Freeform
Comedy Central
Animal Planet

High-value add-ons

Most live TV streaming services give you some options for customizing their base packages, but we were particularly impressed with the add-ons fuboTV offers. Here is a complete list of what’s available:

  • Sports Plus ($10.99/mo.): NBC Universo, NFL RedZone, Stadium, Tennis Channel, GOL TV English, GOL TV Spanish, Pac-12 Arizona, Pac-12 Bay Area, Pac-12 Los Angeles, Pac-12 Mountain, Pac-12 Oregon, Pac-12 Washington, Fox College Sports Atlantic, Fox College Sports Central, Fox College Sports Pacific, VSiN, Game+, Fight Network, TVG 2, TyC Sports, Stadium 1, Stadium 2, Stadium 3
  • fubo Cycling ($11.99/mo.): fubo Cycling, Fox Soccer Plus, GOL TV English, GOL TV Spanish, TyC Sports, Eleven Sports
  • fubo Extra ($5.99/mo.): Cooking Channel, DIY Network, Game Show Network, BBC World News, Sony Movie Channel, People TV, Stadium, INSP, Revolt, Boomerang, CNN International, GINX Esports TV, CNBC World, Newsy, Stadium 1, Stadium 2, Stadium 3, Tennis Channel, Baby TV, Teen Nick, Nicktoons, Nick Music, MTV 2, Logo, BET Jams, MTVU, MTV Live, MTV Classic, BET Soul, BET Her, Destination America, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, Science, American Heroes Channel
  • International Sports Plus ($5.99/mo.): Fox Soccer Plus, GOL TV English, GOL TV Spanish, TyC Sports, Eleven Sports
  • Adventure Plus ($4.99/mo.): Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, World Fishing Network, Outside TV, MAVTV
  • Latino Plus ($7.99/mo.): Fox Deportes, GOL TV Spanish, TyC Sports, CNN en Español, Baby TV, Cine Sony, Fox Life, El Gourmet, Más Chic, Nat Geo Mundo, RCN Nuestra Tele Internacional, Telefe, MTV Tr3s, Discovery en Español, Discovery Familia
  • Portuguese Plus ($14.99/mo.): GOL TV Spanish, Benfica TV, RTP Internacional
  • Showtime ($10.99/mo.)
  • AMC Premiere ($4.99/mo.)
  • NBA League Pass ($28.99/mo.)
  • RAI Italia ($7.99/mo.)

The fubo Extra add-on is an especially good deal. It increases the number of top 100 channels in TiVo’s survey from 61 to 70 for only $5.99/mo. The rest of the add-ons are fairly niche, but they do offer channels you can’t find on any other streaming services.

Is fuboTV good for sports?

According to its website, “fuboTV is the world’s only sports-focused live TV streaming service.” And the sheer number of sports channels it offers is jaw-dropping. It has almost 30 in its core package dedicated entirely to various sports, plus a dizzying array of add-ons for niche audiences like esports and horse racing.

But despite those big numbers, fuboTV is not the best streaming service for sports – particularly American sports. In fact, it’s one of the worst.

That’s because it’s missing two of the most important channels for live sports in the U.S.: ABC and ESPN. Without them, you’d miss Monday Night Football from the NFL, the College Football Playoffs, some of the MLB playoffs and almost every marquee NBA game, including the Finals.

Missing ABC is easily remedied — the network can be had for free through a TV antenna or Locast — but ESPN isn’t quite so simple. The channel adds an estimated $9/mo. to every TV bill, and with broadcast rights to every major American sport, it’s essential for most sports fans. That’s why it can get away with charging carriers so much: You’ll miss some of the biggest games of the year in every sport without ESPN.

LeagueWhat fuboTV hasWhat fuboTV’s missing
NFLFox, NBC, CBS, NFL NetworkESPN
MLBFox, FS1, TBSESPN, ESPN2, MLB Network
NBATNT, NBA TVABC, ESPN
NHLNBC, NBC Sports, USA, CNBCNHL Network
NCAA sportsFox, CBS, Big Ten Network, Pac-12 NetworkABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ACC Network, SEC Network

What fuboTV is best for is soccer fans. It has eight different versions of beIN Sports, a network of channels that airs matches from around the world, including the Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Champions League, Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana. No other live TV streaming service carries these channels, and they’re the best way for Americans to keep up with soccer around the globe.

Regional sports networks

While fuboTV is missing a ton of channels that air national games in the U.S., you’ll have better luck catching your local MLB, NBA and NHL team’s games. These air on regional sports networks (RSNs), and fuboTV has as good of a collection of them as any service. In fact, it’s only missing a few American teams from each league:

LeagueTeams not covered
MLBBaltimore Orioles L.A. Dodgers Seattle Mariners Washington Nationals
NBADenver Nuggets L.A. Lakers Utah Jazz
NHLColorado Avalanche Pittsburgh Penguins Vegas Golden Knights

FuboTV is a particularly good option for New York sports fans. Along with AT&T TV NOW, it’s the only live TV streaming service that carries every local team in the tri-state area.

Will fuboTV actually save you money?

At $55/mo., fuboTV is the most expensive live TV streaming service around — and unlikely to shave much off your monthly TV bill. And because most internet providers offer significant discounts when you bundle internet and TV service, you might even pay more for fuboTV.

Here’s how it compares to some common packages:

fuboTVSling OrangeXFINITY (Starter Pro Double Play)Spectrum (TV Select + Internet)AT&T Internet + DIRECTV
Monthly TV + internet cost$55 (TV) + $60* (internet)$25 (TV) + $60* (internet)$90$90$75 year one, $121 year two
Installation feeNoneNoneUp to $60Up to $200Up to $99
Equipment rental feeNoneNone$13/mo.$5/mo.None
Contract lengthOne monthOne monthOne yearOne yearTwo years
Estimated year one costs$1,380$1,020$1,296$1,340$999 ($1,452 year two)
Number of channels9933140+125+155+

As you can see, fuboTV is one of the pricier TV options you can choose. But it does come with benefits you wouldn’t get with traditional cable and satellite.

For one, you’re not locked into any long-term contracts. Unlike most TV providers, if fuboTV raises prices, you can cancel anytime you want.

You don’t have to rent or install any complicated equipment, either. Like all live TV streaming services, all fuboTV requires is a reliable internet connection and a way to connect it to your TV.

Consumers on the whole prefer streaming to cable and satellite, too. According to the most recent American Customer Satisfaction Index, streaming services scored 76/100 as an industry, right in between hotels and internet search engines. Cable and satellite, on the other hand, were the lowest rated industries in the index at 62/100.

Exceptional user experience

To get a feel for what it was like using fuboTV every day, we watched TV on it for about a week using an Amazon Fire TV Stick, a Roku Streaming Stick and a MacBook Pro. No matter what device we used, fuboTV provided one of the best user experiences of any service we tested.

The guide doesn’t stray too far from the classic design: about five channels are shown at once on the left, with the upcoming two hours of time slots on the right. Our only complaint was that when you choose something to watch, you have to completely exit it again to go back to the guide. Most services keep the program playing on a reduced screen or in the background while you channel-surf.

Where fuboTV really impressed was with its targeted navigations. It has an entire sports section that shows every game on for the entire day, so you don’t have to go hunting for them in the guide. You can further break them down into specific sports, too. If we wanted to see the college football slate for Saturday, for example, it was all right there in one place.

FuboTV’s on-demand library was similarly easy to navigate. It’s categorized into shows and movies, then broken into a variety of genres within those. It was nothing groundbreaking, but on many live streaming services we’ve tested, it was hard to even find on-demand titles to begin with. We liked fuboTV’s thoughtfulness and simplicity at every turn.

Mobile app

We had a positive experience testing the fuboTV mobile app as well. It essentially replicates the design of the TV app and web browser, with sections for sports, TV and movies. We also found it simple to add programs to the DVR on-the-go — a lifesaver for anyone who’s running late but doesn’t want to miss the beginning of the game. Customers have largely been satisfied with the app’s performance: It received a 4.6 rating on nearly 60K reviews in the App Store and 4.4 on over 9K from Google Play.

Mediocre extra perks

While the user experience overall is fantastic on fuboTV, the streaming service skimps on some of the extras. Along with AT&T TV NOW, it offers the lowest DVR storage and simultaneous streams of any live TV streaming service.

fuboTVAT&T TV NOWHulu + Live TVPlayStation VueYouTube TVSling Orange + Blue
DVR storage30 hours20 hours (stores for 30 days)50 hoursUnlimited (stores for 28 days)Unlimited (stores for nine months)50 hours ($5 extra)
Simultaneous streamsTwoTwoTwoFiveThreeFour

30 hours of DVR storage

FuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR storage — higher than AT&T TV NOW and Sling, but lower than Hulu + Live TV, PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV. On the plus side, while recordings on many of those DVRs expire after about a month, fuboTV’s stores indefinitely, so you won’t ever have to rush to catch up on your shows.

If you need more than 30 hours, fuboTV also lets you upgrade to 500 hours for an extra $10/mo.

Two simultaneous streams

FuboTV allows you to stream on two devices at one time using the same account — tied for the lowest number of any of the major live streaming services. If that’s not enough, you can add a third stream for an extra $5/mo.

FuboTV FAQs

Which streaming devices are compatible with fuboTV?

FuboTV is compatible with the four major streaming devices, but outside of those, it doesn’t work with a lot of popular options. Here is the complete list of devices you can stream fuboTV on:

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android TV
  • Apple TV
  • Google Chromecast
  • Roku
  • Samsung smart TVs (2015-19 models)

That list is notably missing any game consoles like Xbox One and PlayStation Four, and its smart TV options are limited as well. If you plan on signing up for fuboTV, you’ll probably need a streaming device to use it.

What internet speed do I need for fuboTV?

FuboTV suggests around 10 Mbps download speeds for most people, but requirements vary depending on the type of streaming you’ll be doing. Here’s what it recommends:

ResolutionSpeed RequiredDevice
480p3+ MbpsSmartphones and small tablets
720p5+ MbpsLarger tablets
1080p10+ MbpsStreaming devices (Roku, Apple TV, etc.)
4K25+ Mbps4K devices

Those numbers will need to go up if you’re streaming on multiple devices as well. Generally speaking, you’ll have to double the speed required for each additional device using the connection at once. Not sure what kind of speed you’re currently getting? Use our speedtest below to find out.

Does fuboTV stream in 4K?

Yes. FuboTV is currently the only live TV streaming service that offers streaming in 4K resolution, and it’s currently limited to NFL, MLB and NCAA games. You’ll see a “4K” logo next to programs in fuboTV’s guide, or you can check out its events page to see upcoming programs broadcasting in 4K.

The bottom line

FuboTV is a great live streaming service — maybe the best — but not for the reason it claims. While it’s a great option for fans of international sports, it’s missing two of the most important channels for American sports fans: ABC and ESPN. That means you’ll miss some of the biggest games of the year from the NFL, MLB, NBA and college football and basketball.

Sports excluded, fuboTV offers the best channel lineup of any service by a mile. You’ll pay a premium for it — fuboTV is a full $10/mo. more than runner-up Hulu + Live TV — but it will probably have every channel you want to watch.

If you want the best of the best, in both channels offered and cutting-edge technology, fuboTV is a head above the rest.

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