FuboTV review: higher picture quality than competitors, with popular sports and cable TV channels
While many are awaiting live TV subscriptions bundled over the Internet from Hulu and YouTube, FuboTV has quietly sneaked onto the scene with a high quality channel lineup, cloud DVR and 1080p resolution.
What is FuboTV?
For a while now, when people wanted to watch live soccer games online, they would turn to fuboTV.
Subscribing the service is certainly cheaper than heading out to the local pub every time your favorite Futbol team was playing.
But fuboTV is now vying to be much more than just a platform to watch live sports.
In some respects, fuboTV is already beating the competition.
That’s a feat that none of its competitors can currently claim.
Like other live streaming services there’s no annual contract. fuboTV does offer an annual plan that’s a one-time payment at a discounted price, or a monthly payment option. But subscribers can easily cancel anytime online without any penalty or fees.
If your TV watching primarily consists of a wide variety of sports teams based in the U.S. and internationally, fuboTV is the best streaming service around.
The bonus is this: If you’ve been wanting a live TV streaming options but needed a channels like Bravo or Oxygen network for your girlfriend or wife, fuboTV now has you covered.
You can officially kick cable TV to the curb.
What channels does fuboTV have?
fuboTV offers 70+ channels total, but the entry level subscription is a 46 channel lineup. Similar to Sling TV, fuboTV also has add-on channel packages at various price points.
Before delving into the seven add-on subscriptions offered to U.S. customers, here’s a list of what’s included in the 46 channel lineup.
beIN Sports (English & Spanish)
Big Ten Network
Fox Soccer Plus
The Weather Channel
Lifetime Movie Network
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Nat Geo Wild
El Rey Network
One World Sports
Football Report TV
fubo TV Network
Does fuboTV have ESPN?
No. It’s one of the few holes in the fuboTV’s channel lineup. But it might not be that way forever. fuboTV is currently in a beta stage of its latest rollout. So it’s possible that you could see ESPN in the future.
Can I watch NBA basketball, NHL hockey on fuboTV?
Yes, dude. Relax. It’s not all about soccer on fuboTV anymore.
In fact, if you go the main page of the fuboTV site and scroll down, you can easily peruse their schedule of games for today and tomorrow.
It includes all NBA games, NHL, NCAA College Basketball, NASCAR, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Premier League, LaLiga, SERIE A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Primeira Liga, Liga MX, and Copa Libertadores.
If you see a game or two you want to check out, fuboTV offers a 7-day free trial. That should give you plenty of time to decide if the service is a good fit for you.
How many devices can I simultaneously stream with fuboTV?
A fuboTV account will allow customers to stream from two devices at a time. fuboTV doesn’t discriminate whether you are streaming content at home or elsewhere.
Does fuboTV have on-demand content?
Yes, fuboTV does offer on-demand content. So if you miss a program or game, you can easily play catch up.
What do I need to stream fuboTV?
Just about any streaming device on the market works with fuboTV.
That includes Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast, iOS, Android phones and tablets, and PCs and Macs. I’m personally a big fan on the Amazon Fire TV, and it’s what I use most at home. As mentioned in my review, it’s the best device for streaming live TV over the Internet, especially when it’s connected via Ethernet.
Based on our product reviews done here at The Cord Cutting Report, here are a few of the best streaming devices for live streaming TV.
Can fuboTV authenticate apps?
At the moment, app authentication does work with many TV Everywhere applications for NBC. A fuboTV representative told me that this is a work in progress. The company is awaiting word for more approvals from NBC, NBC Sports and Golf apps. Fox and the A&E channel are also expected to authenticate through a fuboTV subscription soon. This is a big plus.
One of the great values of PlayStation Vue is its widespread app authentication. Sling TV also has a growing list of apps that can be authenticated through a subscription.
How much is fuboTV?
The entry-level channel lineup called fubo Premiere gives you 46 channels for $34.99. This current price is actually a limited time promotion that is a 30 percent markdown from the usual price of $49.99 per month.
Similar to Sling TV, fuboTV offers add-on subscriptions priced between $2.99 and $14.99 per month.
The add-ons are not nearly as robust as ones you see on Sling TV. For example, the Entertainment Plus gives you Chiller and Universal HD Channel for $5.99 per month. The News Plus add-on only has CNBC World for $5.99. Not exactly a great bargain there. Hopefully, those add-ons will grow in value as fuboTV cuts more deals with networks.
fuboTV vs Sling TV, PlayStation Vue
One clear advantage Sling TV has over fuboTV is that its baseline package Sling Orange gives you ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3 as part of a 30+ channel lineup for $20.
For another $5 per month, Sling TV offers the Sports Extra. That would give you: NFL Red Zone, NBA TV, Pac-12, NHL Network, Golf Channel, beIN Sports, Campus Insiders, Outside TV, Motors TV North Am, and Univision Deportes.
That’s a pretty good deal.
Sling TV also offers soccer fans some options too.
Sling World Sports has 10 channels that will get you live international sports from around the world. Watch La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A, Bundesliga and English Premier League Soccer on beIN SPORTS, and beIN SPORTS en Espanol. The World Sports add on is $10 per month or $80 per year. Sling TV offers a free 7-day trial.
For more details on these packages, you can check out Sling TV: the definitive guide with everything you need to know.
Sling TV is in the process of rolling out its beta DVR system wide, but it hasn’t happened yet.
fuboTV already has a cloud DVR feature. But picture quality is where fuboTV really outshines competitors.
Anyone who has watched sports over live streaming TV will notice how frame rates become noticeable during the fast-paced action of games like soccer and basketball.
fuboTV is running at about 60fps and 1080p resolution. Sling TV and PlayStation Vue run at about 720p resolution and lower frame rates.
fuboTV also offers some marquee events like the summer and winter Olympics. Such events can usually send cord cutters either on the hunt for apps they can authenticate, or local OTA channels.
FuboTV free trial
Check out fuboTV youself with its 7-day free trial if you’re interested. Have you used fuboTV before? Tell your fellow cord cutters about what your experiences with fuboTV in the comments below.