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Our FOX Sports GO review for 2020


Feb 17, 2020 — 5 min read

Fox Sports Go

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  • Free with subscription to participating TV provider
  • Live MLB, NBA, NHL and NCAA college sports coverage
  • Access to your local FOX Sports regional sports network

FOX Sports GO allows you to watch your favorite sports, well, on the go. So whether you’re killing time before a doctor’s appointment or relaxing in the park, you can pop open the app and pick up in the middle of must-see games, catch the highlights or watch an interview with your favorite player.

Compare FOX Sports GO plans

Unlike Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV or fuboTV, FOX Sports GO isn’t a stand-alone streaming service. Instead, it’s a free app that’s accessible through your existing TV provider. This means that to access the app, you’ll need a subscription to a qualifying cable package or streaming service — something like AT&T TV, fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV or YouTube TV.

The good news? This also means that FOX Sports GO is free to use when you sign in with your TV provider credentials.

Keep in mind that because FOX Sports GO is technically an add-on available through certain existing services, the number of profiles and people who can stream content simultaneously will depend on your provider. For instance, Hulu + Live TV allows up to four simultaneous streams while fuboTV only allows two to three, depending on your plan.

What sports are on FOX Sports GO?

Think of FOX Sports GO as the streaming app for your FOX Sports regional sports network. Programming includes pregame and postgame shows, documentaries, press conferences and most importantly, coverage of live games from local teams in the following leagues:

  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • NCAA college football, basketball, baseball, soccer

To catch popular shows on FS1 like Skip & Shannon, First Things First with Cris Carter & Nick Wright, and The Herd with Colin Cowherd, you’ll have to switch to the FOX Sports app, which covers national programming as opposed to FOX Sports GO’s local.

As the FOX Sports GO help page puts it, “Programs on FOX, FS1, FS2, Deportes and BTN can be streamed in the FOX Sports App or on foxsports.com.” In other words, these programs aren’t currently available on FOX Sports GO.

Like all live TV, ads are baked into FOX Sports GO’s content. Additionally, it’s important to note that the service may not include programming from every FOX regional sports channel in your cable or satellite lineup, which could be problematic if you’re a close follower of your regional teams.

According to the FOX Sports GO FAQ page, “Not all channels are available in FOX Sports GO for subscribers of every TV provider or on every platform … Some content may be unavailable due to licensing restrictions. We’re working with our league partners to provide all the content we can to you — anywhere and at any time.”

User experience

At first pass, FOX Sports GO’s web interface tends to feel clunky, overwhelming and confusing.

As previously mentioned, some titles will redirect you to the FOX Sports website when selected. This becomes a bit confusing when navigating the desktop version of the FOX Sports GO app. For instance, when we clicked on several of the thumbnails in the “Live Now” section of the FOX Sports GO web interface, the app redirected us to FOXSports.com to watch the actual broadcast.

The overall experience leaves a lot to be desired in terms of its navigation, which feels disjointed until you’ve spent some time getting the hang of things. 

The navigation bar at the top of the home page gives you several categories to browse through. Choose from options like “Live TV,” “Replays” and “Highlights.” Go to “Settings” to adjust your video replay preferences, including whether you want to watch broadcasts from the beginning or join the live broadcast. You can also adjust your closed captioning settings, check out FAQs, give feedback and more.

While FOX Sports GO’s web interface doesn’t feature a masthead like Netflix, HBO Now or Hulu, at the top of the home page is the “Live Now” category, which shows you what games are in progress. Below that is a “Featured” category with the service’s most popular games, press conferences and more to browse through.

At the bottom of the page is the “Upcoming” category, with a list of games and events scheduled to air over the next several days.

You can also click on the search bar in the top right corner of the page, which gives you the option to search for content by team, event name and more.

Clicking any of these items brings up a scrollable menu that includes live programs broadcasting now, featured replays and upcoming shows for that channel.

The FOX Sports GO mobile app is relatively easy to use and navigate. However, it feels somewhat cramped with all of the text and details, which might feel overwhelming when you’re just getting your bearings.

In the FOX Sports GO mobile app, the screen automatically flips to landscape view as soon as you start playing a video. While information like the broadcast’s title and its original air date are available on and below the title’s thumbnail. 

There isn’t a details page with additional information on the web interface or the app. Additionally, the app doesn’t appear to offer the option to download content for offline viewing. 

Compatible devices

According to FOX Sports GO, the app is compatible with the following devices and web browsers:

  • Android (includes Amazon Fire OS for Kindle and FireTV) devices
  • Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch
  • Apple Mac devices
  • Apple Safari version 10
  • Apple TV 4th generation or newer running
  • Google Cast for Android TV
  • Google Chrome version 49
  • Google Chromecast 
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Roku streaming devices
  • Windows PCs and tablets
  • Xbox One

What internet speed do I need to stream FOX Sports GO?

Since FOX Sports GO is an add-on service, the internet speed required to stream your favorite teams and events may vary slightly from provider to provider. One best practice we talked about in a previous article is to keep in mind “that most streaming providers recommend an internet connection with speeds of at least 3 to 10 Mbps.” Not sure what kind of speed you’re getting? Use our speed test below to find out.

The bottom line

While its web and mobile interfaces feel clunky, FOX Sports GO offers a decent variety of national, regional and college sports to view. However, if you’ve scanned the online reviews, you’ve probably noticed some people complaining that regional sports events in their area are not available through the service and that the app itself is glitchy, confusing and hard to work (according to some Google Play Store reviewers).

Given that it’s an over-the-top service “offered at no additional cost to customers of participating TV providers,” there’s no harm in giving it a spin to see if it offers you a satisfying variety of content.

Speaking of free, if you’re a sports junkie who wants even more ways to watch your favorite teams without shelling out tons of cash, check out our full guide to streaming live sports.