fuboTV Review: The Definitive Guide with Everything you Need to Know

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What is fuboTV?

If you’re a soccer fan, fuboTV is a no-brainer as an alternative to cable TV.

FOX Soccer Plus, Eleven Sports, and up to 10 beIN Sports feeds are part of fuboTV’s 80-plus channel lineup.

fubo has the second highest number of FOX stations in the nation behind Hulu with Live TV. FS1 and Telemundo comes with the entry-level channel lineup, too. Those three channels are essential for soccer coverage.

Soccer aside, fuboTV has been nudging its way into another crucial segment of sports programming: regional sports networks. fuboTV says it now has 80 percent of RSN’s offered in the U.S. (See chart below.)

For New Englanders, that means you can live stream NESN and watch home games of the Red Sox and Boston Bruins. Yankees fans in the New York region can watch YES Network. College football is covered with PAC-12 Networks.

For NFL coverage, fuboTV relies on CBS, FOX, NBC and NFL Network.

But that’s where some NFL fans put on the brakes. There’s no ESPN, a crucial channel for Monday night football and professional sports. There’s no ABC either.

Even without ESPN, fuboTV’s is expanding its entertainment and news channels and pitching itself as an alternative to Comcast, Spectrum and traditional cable companies. And it’s doing it while offering streaming in 4K HDR10, a first for a live TV streaming service. 

With a mix of sports coverage, including MMA fighting, NASCAR racing, golf and rugby, fuboTV is hoping to attract a cross section of somewhat unrepresented sports fans willing to pay $44.99 per month instead of a cable TV.

For entertainment channels, there’s AMC, home of “The Walking Dead” and “Better Call Saul”. A&E, History, BBC America, HGTV, National Geographic and Travel Channel. (All fuboTV channels are below in chart.)

5 facts about fuboTV

  1. Two simultaneous streams in 4K HDR10
  2. Cloud DVR included
  3. Login to 39 TV Everywhere apps
  4. Covers 80 percent of RSNs in U.S.
  5. Widespread coverage of CBS, FOX, NBC

What are the best fuboTV channels?

I subscribed to fuboTV through most of 2017 and the first half of 2018, so I got a pretty decent idea of what was useful to me and what channels I could live without.

A&E has been a key channel for my wife and I to watch Live PD, and the Leah Remini Scientology series. My wife loved having Viceland, both National Geographic channels, HGTV and the Travel Channel. For news, there’s MSNBC and FOX News, so from a political front – there’s a little something for everybody. FS1 and FS2 came in handy for baseball and soccer coverage.

The addition of AMC, Sundance TV, IFC and BBC America were all useful. I watch the Red Sox so having NESN was a big deal, and Celtics coverage on NBCSN was great too.

Overall, fuboTV proved to be a decent asset for cord cutting , especially when paired with a TV antenna for local channels.

I didn’t miss CNN. Not having TNT for NBA coverage was a bummer. But honestly, I didn’t miss ESPN. I’ve never been a SportsCenter guy or a fan of ESPN’s morning programming. Call me crazy, but apparently I’m not alone with my feelings.

What channels does fuboTV have?

fuboTV offers 80+ channels total in its entry-level channel bundle. Similar to Sling TV, fuboTV also has add-on channel packages at various price points. They offer a free 7-day trial

Below is an expandable list that you can click on to see a breakdown of national networks including sports and entertainment channels in the regular fuboTV package.

> fuboTV Channels List 2018 <

fuboTV National Networks
A&E Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
AMC HGTV
BBC America History
beIN Connect IFC
beIN Sports Lifetime
beIN Sports Español LMN
Big Ten Network Local Now
Bravo MSNBC
CBS News Nat Geo Wild
CBS Sports Network National Geographic
CNBC NBA TV
CNBC World NBC Universo
Cozi NBCSN
E! NFL Network
El Rey Network Olympic Channel
Eleven Sports Network Oxygen
Food Network Pac-12 Network
FOX Business Network Pop
FOX Deportes Sundance TV
FOX News Channel Syfy
FOX Sports 1 TeleXitos
FOX Sports 2 The Weather Channel
fuboTV Network Travel Channel
Fuse Unimas
Fusion Universal Kids
FX Univision
FXM Univision Deportes Network
FXX USA
FYI Viceland
Galavision WE TV
Golf Channel XITE
Hallmark Channel Smithsonian Channel
Cheddar

Fubo Extra is a new channel tier that adds another 11 channels for $49.99 per month. The channels are BabyTV, BBC World News, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, Game Show Network, INSP, PeopleTV, REVOLT, Sony Movie Channel, Stadium, XITExROCK and XITExVIBE.

What devices can stream fuboTV?

Apple TV, Roku, Android TV devices and Amazon Fire TV all have fuboTV apps that you can live stream channels with. You can stream fuboTV on a PC, iPhone and Android smartphone. Chromecast also works. The channel guide and user interface is pretty easy to navigate no matter what you’re using.

Fubo released a major overhaul to its user interface in 2018 for Roku, Apple TV and Android mobile devices. I liked the mobile app for Android the best, but the Roku upgrade was a huge improvement from beta.

Just before the 2018 FIFA World Cup, fubo announced a new home page.

fuboTV announced a new home page in June 2018.

The company said that its goal is to showcase the 30,000 sports events per year alongside general entertainment and news. The new interface will show broadcast networks CBS, FOX, NBC and The CW and dozens of cable channels, including AMC, Bravo, Food Network, History, USA Network, Fox News, MSNBC and The Weather Channel.

fubotv RSNs: What’s available?

fuboTV currently has 80 percent of the regional sports networks (RSNs) that used to be exclusive to cable or satellite TV services like DIRECTV. So there’s a pretty good chance that fuboTV has the RSN that you’re looking for. Compared with DirecTV Now, you’ll have to subscribe to the $50 per month plan or higher to get RSNs in your channel lineup. You might be better off checking Sling TV’s RSN coverage if you want a cheaper alternative.

> fuboTV RSNs List 2018 <

Regional Sports Networks
FOX Sports Arizona
FOX Sports Carolinas
FOX Sports Cincinnati
FOX Sports Detroit
FOX Sports Florida
FOX Sports Indiana
FOX Sports Kansas City
FOX Sports Midwest
FOX Sports New Orleans
FOX Sports North
FOX Sports Ohio
FOX Sports Oklahoma
FOX Sports Prime Ticket
FOX Sports San Diego
FOX Sports South
FOX Sports Southeast
FOX Sports Southwest
FOX Sports Sun
FOX Sports Tennessee
FOX Sports West
FOX Sports Wisconsin
MSG
MSG +
NBC Sports Bay Area
NBC Sports Boston
NBC Sports California
NBC Sports Chicago
NBC Sports Northwest
NBC Sports Philadelphia
NBC Sports Washington
NESN
SportsTime Ohio
YES Network
SNY

Does fubo have Cloud DVR?

Subscribers get 30 hours of Cloud DVR, which isn’t a lot. But I found if I was judicious with cleaning out my queue, it was enough to get by. If you’re too lazy to do that, then you can upgrade to 500 hours of Cloud DVR for $9.99 per month.

You might not really need that much Cloud DVR anyway because fuboTV has a “lookback” option. Lookback works like an on-demand menu of all games that aired within the last 72 hours. It’s a reliable way to catch up on soccer, baseball and other sports. fuboTV also has a robust on-demand section for favorite entertainment shows on channels like FOX and HGTV. There are plenty of movies on-demand too.

What if I forget to record a show on fuboTV?

Let’s say you missed an episode of “Empire” on FOX. You forgot to set the Cloud DVR to pick up on all the episodes of the show. You need your Terrence Howard fix for the week. You’re still covered with fuboTV. That’s because fuboTV has widespread app support on streaming devices. So you can use your fuboTV account to log into apps for FOX for live streams and all on-demand shows and movies.

At the moment, fuboTV gets you access to 39 channels through TV Everywhere support. And in many cases, the apps to these channels carry live feeds that are not available in your live TV subscription. Using apps like FXNOW and even AMC are going to give you a bigger selection of movies as well.

> fuboTV's TV Everywhere support 2018 <

fuboTV: TV Everywhere Apps
A&E Network
beIN SPORTS* (beIN Sports Connect)
beIN SPORTS en Español (beIN Sports Connect)
BTN (BTN2Go)
Bravo (Bravo Now)
CBS
CBSN
CNBC
E! (E! Now)
Esquire TV Now
FOX (FOX NOW)
Fox Sports** (FOX Sports GO)
FX (FXNOW)
FXX (FXNOW)
FXM (FXNOW)
FYI
Galavision
Golf Channel (NBC Sports)
Hallmark Channel (Hallmark Channel Everywhere)
HISTORY
Lifetime
MSG Go
MSNBC
National Geographic (Nat Geo TV)
Nat Geo WILD (Nat Geo TV)
NBC
NBC Sports*** (NBC Sports)
NBCSN (NBC Sports)
Olympic Channel (NBC Sports)
Oxygen (Oxygen Now)
Pac12
Sprout (Sprout Now)
Syfy (Syfy Now)
UDN
UniMás
Univision
USA Network (USA Now)
VICELAND
UNIVERSO (Universo Now)

fuboTV add-ons: Cycling, Soccer and more PAC-12

I’ve never been much of an “add-on” guy. But with the rise of popular live TV streaming bundles, there’s a lot you can do with add-ons, especially if you’re into something really specific, yet has limited coverage in the U.S. like Cycling.

fuboTV has 8 add-on channel bundles, including all 9 channels of Showtime for $10.99 per month. The best add-on for most people is the Sports Plus package for an additional $8.99 per month.

You’ll get 17 more channels including Fight Network, six region-specific Pac-12 channels, three FOX College Sports channels and Gol TV. Below is a further breakdown of Sports Plus and all other add-on channel packages.

> fuboTV's add-on packages 2018 <

Sports Plus: $8.99
Fantasy Sports Network
Fight Network
FOX College Sports Atlantic
FOX College Sports Central
FOX College Sports Pacfic
Gol TV English
Gol TV Spanish
NBC Universo
NFL RedZone
Pac-12 Arizona
Pac-12 Bay Area
Pac-12 Los Angeles
Pac-12 Mountain
Pac-12 Oregon
Pac-12 Washington
SI TV
TyC Sports
Cycling Plus: $11.99
fubo Cycling
Chelsea TV
FOX Soccer Plus
GolTV (English)
GolTV (Spanish)
TyC Sports
International Sports Plus: $5.99
Chelsea TV
FOX Soccer Plus
GolTV (English)
GolTV (Spanish)
TyC Sports
Portuguese Plus: $14.99
Benfica TV
GolTV Spanish
RTP International
Mundo Plus: $5.99
Cine Sony Television
FOX Deportes (For Outside Top 20 Hispanic DMAs)
FOX Life
Gol TV Spanish
Nat Geo Mundo
TyC Sports
fubo Latino: $12.99
Baby TV Español
Cine Sony Television
El Gourmet
FOX Deportes (For Outside Top 20 Hispanic DMAs)
FOX Life
Gol TV Spanish
Mas Chic
Nat Geo Mundo
TyC Sports
SHOWTIME: $10.99
Showtime East
Showtime West
Showtime 2
Showtime Showcase
Showtime Extreme
Showtime Beyond
Showtime Next
Showtime Women
Showtime Family
Adventure Plus: $4.99
Outdoor Channel
Sportsman Channel
World Fishing Network
Mav TV
Motorsport.tv
Outside TV

fuboTV vs Sling vs Hulu with Live TV vs Vue

So how does fuboTV stack up against competitors? It really comes down to the channels you want, and your price point. Soccer fans and even people who watch a lot of NASCAR and MMA fighting have a solid option with fuboTV. I wasn’t crazy about the recent price increase to $44.99 per month, but you do get a lot for your money.

fuboTV has made efforts to improve its user interface and Cloud DVR. It’s much better than it was in beta, especially on Roku, but it’s not as polished as YouTube TV or PlayStation Vue.

There are never any contracts or long term commitments required with a fuboTV subscription. But you’re better off doing a free 7-day trial to see if the service works for you.

Here’s a quick comparison of fuboTV competitors.

  • Hulu with Live TV offers a great overall value that’s hard to argue with. You’re getting many of the same channels as fuboTV, plus missing ones like ESPN and ABC for $40 per month. Hulu with Live TV comes with 60+ channels, 50 hours of Cloud DVR and unlimited access to its on-demand library. That’s the same on-demand library that people pay $7.99 and up for. There’s no beIN Soccer, but there’s FOX, FS1 and Telemundo for soccer coverage. Hulu with Live TV also has a free trial for a week.
  • YouTube TV has a slick interface and gets you more than 50+ channel for $40 per month. It has a strong lineup of local networks like FOX, NBC and CBS. Regional sports networks like NESN are there too. And you get unlimited Cloud DVR. There’s a free 7-day trial with YouTube TV.
  • Sling TV is still a great budget option. Getting 30 channels for $20 per month, or 47 channels for $25 is one of the best deals in streaming live TV. Again, you can pick a channel bundle and watch Sling TV free for a week. There are add-on bundles for networks like beIN Sports if you choose to subscribe.
  • DirecTV Now offers bundles of channels similar to cable TV or its sibling satellite service DIRECTV. The entry-level bundle is $35 per month, but for RSNs you’ll need to bump up to the $50 per month plan. No beIN Sports, but soccer coverage is available with FOX and FS1. DirecTV Now has a free 7-day trial.
  • PlayStation Vue has a reliable user interface and unlimited Cloud DVR. Subscriptions start at $40 per month, and go up to $75 per month. Vue subscribers have access to a mix of sports channels and entertainments channels like AMC. New subscribers can get a 5-day free trial.

What if I don’t like fuboTV and want to cancel?

Here’s what I suggest: if you do a free 7-day trial, set a reminder on your smartphone or calendar for when your trial expires. That way, if you don’t like the service, you can easily cancel online. The easiest way to cancel is by logging into your account on your computer, and go under “My Account” to change your subscription status.

Is fuboTV worth it?

fuboTV can be a real value if you’re a sports fan that requires a specific mix of sports channels like beIN Sports or regional sports networks, and some general entertainment and news. Look over fuboTV’s channels and the screen should automatically show what’s available in your area.

It will be interesting to see what fuboTV does next. The company has secured more than $150 million in funding so far from investors that include 21st Century Fox, AMC Networks, Sky and Scripps Networks Interactive. Every month, there’s some minor upgrade or addition of local and niche channels.

Sign up for fuboTV’s free 7-day trial if you want to see how it streams on your Roku, Apple TV or streaming device of choice. If you think you really need ESPN, then consider free trials from Hulu with Live TV or Sling TV as a budget option.

Have you tried fuboTV? What do you think of its channel selection and service? Tell fellow readers in the comments below.

* Note: This review was originally written Feb. 14, 2017, and has since been updated to cover app upgrades and fuboTV channel expansion.

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28 Comments on fuboTV Review: The Definitive Guide with Everything you Need to Know

  1. Had the service all of about 20 minutes, channels cut in and out, app crashed once on the PC that actually had a choppy picture, that was mostly frozen, although decent audio. One of my PCs never got anything – no picture, no sound. Not sure what their issue is but it seems they are running on toy servers, a cheap product. Unwatchable on two different PCs 1 wired 1 WiFi both 100MBITs up and down, both new i7 machines.

  2. Fubo is a joke. I am on the 2nd day of ‘free trial’ period and am locked out of account because of login failures that are on their end. The email they say they’ve sent to unlock never arrived. No answer on phone. No reply on email. ROKU app is unusable. Soccer fans should STEER CLEAR of this service. At least Comcast answers the phone.

  3. Sadly, the service just doesn’t work and there is not any way to get a problem solved. I love the concept of a sports-centric live streaming service but it does no good if you’re not getting the channels that you’re paying for.

    Other than cheesy emails promising everything and delivering nothing, I have been ignored on three separate requests to escalate this matter and get a solution.

    I don’t know enough about this company to be certain, but they appear to be one of those little Fly by Night companies being run out of somebody’s apartment.

    I have made numerous attempts to reach someone via phone with no success, and their reply to email requests are merely canned blank promises.

    Please don’t waste your hard earned money like I did!

  4. After reading the comments here I was doubtful but gave it a shot anyway. I’m glad I did – fubo actually works amazingly well for me. I’ve yet to have a single signal issue and the picture quality is noticeable superior to what I was getting with Sling.

    The regional coverage is also a major plus. The issue with the other providers is their weak sports coverage. The fact that fubo focuses on sports makes all the difference for me, since that’s all I care about.

    • I have the same problem. They will not respond to any of my support request to refund. I tried canceling before they charged me but was getting an error message then was able to cancel after they charged me.

  5. Great for World football fans. But paying $50 (without promotion price) without ESPN is not a good deal. THIS SERVICE IS DEFINITELY NOT FO BIG GAMES LIKE EL CLASSICO. server are slow and frequently reloading. I watch last classico streaming online form other website while I paid $35(promo price).

  6. I had it for about 2 months. Constantly freezing or stopping to buffer. You’d get about half way through a dvr episode and it would just perma freeze and you’d have to start it from the very beginning with no rewind capability… worse when I reached out to their customer support after trying across 3 different devices they kept telling me to clear my cache and closing my tickets. Not a good service.

  7. I pretty much have to question a lot of these services. Most of the cable tv services have near zero of the kind of slow opening, buffering, stuttering etc. The prices are more but you may not have to be adding on an expensive net with more data to get your media. I am just not really seeing it. The prices are too high, lack of channels, sometimes no networks and once again no a la carte at all and we are still getting gouged. Just like I thought the delay getting any of these has just been delayed by the providers finding a way to still make billions, while adding to the ISP’s profits.

  8. Sling is faster and has better interface and the way you can surf and change the channels.
    Fubotv is not friendly. You have to leave the channel and spend too much time scrolling up and down to find what you need in Amazon fire TV. In the Windows Fubo is more friendly to use.
    Also, is not true that Fubo streams at 1080p. Except few channels, the rest is 720 and the stream is not as smooth as Sling.

  9. Fubo sucks, almost no channels, half of which are mystery sports stations with almost nothing, literally, on them. Watched a 2nd week preseason game on a Saturday night, couldn’t be too many viewers clogging the bandwidth, yet after the 20th download hang, half of those important, non repeated plays, I gave up. Too pour salt on the injury, they refuse to honor their 7-day free trial cancel at no cost policy!

  10. I am enjoying my Fubo free trial. No isdues…superior to Sling..eadier to find sports programming desired and free dvr.I also get ALL the chenneks I want including FOX news. And so far no every 10 min. Buffering like on sling. Seriously check your connections…our ROKU works fine…a happy streamer

  11. Love the idea of Fubo, but as of lately, i haven’t been able to speak to a live representative or manager about billing and or technical help! They’re quick to take your money, but when an issue arises they’re not there, nor respond to emails! Contact numbers disconnect you without speaking with anyone! So frustrating! Like dealing with cable, but at least cable answers calls!

  12. I gave it a 2 month trial to see if I would use it after being with Directv for 15 years. I was paying $35/month and I could not justify the value. Yes, it has some soccer that I watched, but the other channels were not enough to justify the price.

  13. I honestly haven’t had too many issues with Fubotv. I use the app through my AppleTV and it works great! There are a few buffer issues here and there but I like that I’m only paying $35 for channels vs. over $100 for DirecTV. This is exactly what I needed, for sports, in order to cut the cord. Thank you!

  14. Their biggest failure was the WCQ for USMNT, but other than that, it’s been pretty fantastic. The lookback feature of matches or shows you missed is amazing. You don’t have to DVR a game, you can simply go back to it in the schedule and press play. I’m really surprised how well they’ve improved over the years. I didn’t know that they would have all these options, but overall much better than Playstation Vue’s streaming service (and interface). Happy customer for a couple years running now.

  15. The channels themselves are a great deal at $39.95, IMHO. Cut cable and am saving almost $90/mo. What I loathe is the interface. Cannot search anything. If you want to find a show (The Big Bang Theory, for example), you have to go to Entertainment > Series > Series on Demand > T (for “The”) and then scroll through all the “T” listings. Even doing a screen search of “Big Bang” only shows you that it exists but doesn’t scroll you to it.

    And the process I’ve just described is only doable through my PC. On the Roku where I watch it, I would have to scroll through the entire listing of shows starting at “A.” Don’t even have the miserable “choose a letter” option.

  16. Fubo TV is a disaster!!!!

    I’ve had Fubo TV app on my Roku for about a year. There is not a SINGLE time where I’ve tried to watch a game that does not cut off completely and/or looks like its at SUPER LOW QUALITY.

    They are basically stealing your money away. The only reason why i’ve had it for so long its because I could not afford to have cable tv. But id rather save my money than watch crappy streamings. Every time I play a game i can watch about 25% of it because its quality is a disaster or it simply does not load up. beware, they will take your money and not provide a clear signal. UNACCEPTABLE!

  17. Movie locks at 22 minutes every time I tried. Have to reboot and start over. After three times I cannot find anything on the internet showing a fix. Cancelling on day three of free trial.

  18. I had Fubo for a year or two, until about a year ago, to watch beIN Sports (La Liga, Ligue 1). It seemed to get worse over time, not better (all of the buffering and non-response issues noted above). So when I got Verizon, which had good versions of BeIN Sports, I was happy to let FuboTV go. (I figured I was going to have to cancel my credit card, but somehow I did eventually get FuboTV to stop billing me.)

    Well, you know where I am going with this… BeIN Sports has divorced with Verizon, Comcast, La Liga and Ligue 1 are starting back up…. I had been reading some good reviews of Fubo, and I was kind of hoping that maybe they had upped their game. But the comments suggest not.

    Why are the reviews as good as they are?

  19. Most of the reviews here are old especially as technology goes. I’m at day 7 of my free trial and I’m keeping fubo TV. Dropping Spectrum which wouldn’t even offer to put me on a six month “special” like they used to. The first day I had trouble with low quality video but adding an old spare access point closer to tv corrected that. I don’t need ESPN and I can catch my favorite abc programs on another service when they become available. Saving a bunch dropping Spectrum cable and DVR….

  20. I have fuboTV and stream off Roku Ultra and runs flawlessly. I am replacing Spectrum streaming which was very expensive without all the channels. FuboTV has everything I want and then some.

  21. I’ve had fuboTV for about two months now. Using it with a Android TV box, and a fast wired connection to a 300 MB cable internet router and switch. It’s a little expensive, but it just works. I was concerned when I forst turned it up – every channel first displays at a ridiculously bad resolution, but it changes over to HD at 1080p between 10 and 12 seconds, every time.

    i missed my NYJets 1:00 PM games with Jacksonville yesterday – forgot about it, actually! – but at 8:00 PM I sat down, “looked back” to the game and watched it in glorious HD from beginning to horrible end (we lose again!). That look back is great for when you forget to schedule a recording. I think the price point is about $10 too high, but I think I’ll live with it. With fubo and an over-the-air antenna, I’m happy and my wife is happy.

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