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Our FuboTV review for 2020: Is it worth it?

Joe Supan

Jun 9, 2020 — 11 min read

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ProsConsVerdict
✔ Excellent all-around channel lineup

✔ Great for fans of international sports

✔ Exceptional user experience
✘ More expensive than other services

✘ Missing ABC and ESPN
FuboTV isn’t a great option for fans of American sports, but it has one of the best overall channel selection of any service.

FuboTV review summary:

  • Plans start at $55/mo.
  • Includes over 100 channels, but missing many popular ones
  • Comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR storage that stores indefinitely
  • Two simultaneous streams
  • Not compatible with any game consoles

Starting price: $54.99

  • Live TV packages available

  • 100+ channels with 30 hours of DVR storage

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 channel lineups of cable or satellite TV, fubo is your best option.

Here are the major channels included in its base plan:

CategoryChannels
Locals
  • CBS
  • FOX
  • NBC
  • The CW
  • Sports
  • beIN Sports
  • Big Ten Network
  • CBS Sports
  • FOX Soccer
  • Plus
  • FS1
  • Golf Channel
  • NBA TV
  • NBC Sports
  • NFL Network
  • Pac-12 Network
  • TUDN
  • TVG Network
  • Comedy
  • Cartoon Network
  • Comedy Central
  • TBS
  • TV Land
  • Drama
  • AMC
  • BBC America
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Lifetime
  • Paramount Network
  • Syfy
  • TCM
  • TNT
  • USA
  • News
  • CNBC
  • CNN
  • FOX News
  • MSNBC
  • The Weather Channel
  • Family
  • Nickelodeon
  • Nick Jr.
  • Educational
  • Animal Planet
  • Discovery Channel
  • History
  • Lifestyle
  • A&E
  • BET
  • Bravo
  • CMT
  • E!
  • Food Network
  • HGTV
  • MTV
  • TLC
  • Travel Channel
  • VH1
  • Crime
  • Investigation 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
    • FX
    • FXX
    • HBO
    • ION
    • MLB Network
    • Music Choice
    • National Geographic
    • 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, YouTube TV, AT&T TV and AT&T TV NOW all carry them both.

    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 ($11/mo.): NFL RedZone, NBA TV, NHL Network, Stadium, Tennis Channel, Zona Futbol, 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, VSiN, Game+, Fight Network, TVG 2, TyC Sports, Stadium 1, Stadium 2, Stadium 3
    • fubo Cycling ($12/mo.): fubo Cycling, FOX Deportes, Zona Futbol, FOX Soccer Plus, GOL TV English, GOL TV Spanish, TyC Sports, Eleven Sports
    • fubo Extra ($6/mo.): Cooking Channel, DIY Network, Game Show Network, BBC World News, NBA TV, NHL Network, Sony Movie Channel, People TV, Stadium, Zona Futbol, INSP, Revolt, Boomerang, CNN International, GINX Esports TV, CNBC World, Newsy, Stadium 1, Stadium 2, Stadium 3, Tennis Channel, Fuse, 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, Great American Country, Law & Crime
    • International Sports Plus ($6/mo.): FOX Deportes, Zona Futbol, GOL TV English, GOL TV Spanish, TyC Sports, FOX Soccer Plus, Eleven Sports
    • Adventure Plus ($5/mo.): Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, World Fishing Network, Outside TV, MAVTV, Insight TV
    • Latino Plus ($8/mo.): FOX Deportes, Zona Futbol, GOL TV Spanish, TyC Sports, CNN en Español, Cine Sony, El Gourmet, Más Chic, RCN Nuestra Tele Internacional, Telefe, MTV Tr3s, Discovery en Español, Discovery Familia
    • Portuguese Plus ($15/mo.): GOL TV Spanish, Benfica TV, RTP Internacional
    • Entretenimiento Plus ($5/mo.): Antena 3, Bandamax, De Película, De Película Clásico, FOROtv, NTN24, Telehit, Telehit Urbano, Tlnovelas
    • Showtime ($11/mo.)
    • AMC Premiere ($5/mo.)
    • RAI Italia ($8/mo.)
    • TV5 Monde ($10/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.

    FuboTV vs. other 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. Fubo 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.

    After AT&T TV and YouTube TV, fuboTV has more channels in the top 25, 50 and 100 than any other live TV streaming service, and it costs $10 less per month. If you’re looking to keep the volume of channels cable and satellite provide, fuboTV is a great 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 TVYouTube TVSling Orange + BlueAT&T TV NOWAT&T TV
    Cartoon Network
    CNN
    FOX
    NBC
    SyFy
    TNT
    TBS
    USA
    CBS
    The CW
    Discovery
    Food Network
    HGTV
    TLC
    A&E
    History
    Lifetime
    AMC
    Animal Planet
    ABC
    Disney Channel
    ESPN
    Freeform
    FX
    Nat Geo
    Comedy Central
    PBS


    For a more in-depth explanation of how we evaluated streaming services, check here for our full methodology.

    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 impressive. 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 Playoff, some of the MLB playoffs and almost every marquee NBA game, including the Finals. Fubo is also missing FOX Sports regional networks, so many fans will miss out on their local team’s games.

    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 it hasWhat it’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
    SoccerbeIN Sports, FS1, NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC, USAABC, ESPN, ESPN2


    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

    FuboTV is also a poor option for catching your local MLB, NBA and NHL team’s games. These games air on regional sports networks (RSNs), and fuboTV has as one of the worst collections of RSNs in the business. Here’s how it compares to the other services:

    fuboTVAT&T TVAT&T TV NOWHulu + Live TVSlingYouTube TV
    Lowest plan with RSNs$55/mo.$87.50/mo.*$80/mo.$55/mo.$30/mo.$65/mo.
    FOX Sports
    MSG Network
    NBC Sports✔**✔**
    NESN
    SNY
    Spectrum SportsNet
    YES Network

    Most notably, fuboTV is missing FOX Sports RSNs, which cover 46 MLB, NBA and NHL teams around the country. If you live in one of these markets, both AT&T services, Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV all carry FOX Sports.

    Will fuboTV actually save you money?

    At $55/mo., fuboTV is one of the more 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)$30 (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$1,080$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 more than 60K reviews in the App Store and 3.8 on around 14K from Google Play.

    Mediocre extra perks

    While the user experience overall is fantastic on fuboTV, the streaming service skimps on some of the extras. Aside from Sling and AT&T Watch TV, it has the lowest DVR storage and simultaneous streams of any live TV streaming service.

    fuboTVAT&T TV NOWHulu + Live TVYouTube TVSling Orange + Blue
    DVR storage30 hours500 hours (stores for 90 days)50 hoursUnlimited (stores for nine months)10 hours (stores indefinitely)
    Simultaneous streams22234


    30 hours of DVR storage

    FuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR storage — higher than AT&T Watch TV and Sling, but lower than AT&T TV NOW, Hulu + Live TV 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)
    • Xbox One

    You won’t be able to watch fuboTV on PlayStation 4, and its smart TV options are limited as well. If you plan on signing up, you’ll probably need a dedicated streaming device.

    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, but 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.

    Our other live TV streaming service reviews

    We’ve written extensively about every live TV streaming service around. For more detailed information, you can check out our full reviews below:

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    The bottom line

    FuboTV is a great live streaming service — maybe the best — but not for the reason it claims. While it’s a terrific 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 one of the best channel lineups of any service. You’ll pay a premium for it — fuboTV is $5/mo. more than runner-up YouTube 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.

    Joe Supan Joe Supan
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    Sr. Staff Writer

    @allconnect

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    Joe oversees all things wireless and streaming for Allconnect, from music services to live TV sites. His streaming service reviews are among the most popular articles on the entire site. … Read more