Fubo TV Plans and pricing (Review)
fuboTV has been known as an underdog in the streaming world, but it’s ideal for watching live sports, news and entertainment networks.
Competitors like Sling TV may have a larger number of customers, but fuboTV is the only live TV streaming service now offering a number of live sporting events in 4K HDR10.
So if you’re the type of sports fan that needs a regional sports network and can live without ESPN, then you may want to check fuboTV out with its free 7-day trial. At $54.99 per month, the fuboTV basic plan costs about as much as competitors, but has a huge channel lineup.
Fubo has two main plans. Fubo basic and fubo extra.
The “Fubo basic” plan comes with 100+ channels, 30 hours of Cloud DVR and its on-demand style “look back” feature for $54.99 per month. Look back has all live sporting events that aired in the last 72 hours.
FOX Soccer Plus, Eleven Sports, FS1, FS2 and up to 10 beIN Sports feeds are part of fubo basic. FOX, Telemundo are also there for committed soccer fans.
fuboTV says it now has 80 percent of regional sports networks offered in the U.S. (See chart below.) Nine Viacom channels are on basic too: BET, CMT, COMEDY CENTRAL, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Paramount Network, TV Land and VH1. You can look over the channel lineup to see what regional sports networks and locals are available in your area.
What is fubo extra?
The “Fubo Extra” plan costs $59.99 per month, and comes with 110+ channels. Extra subscribers get all the networks in the basic plan along with Baby TV, BBC World News, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, Game Show Network, INSP, People TV, REVOLT, Sony Movie Channel, Stadium (and Stadium Plus channels), XITExVIBE, and XITExROCK.
There are more Viacom networks on Extra too. Those networks are: BET Her, BET Jams, BET Soul, Logo, MTV2, MTV Classic, MTV Live, mtvU, Nick Music, Nicktoons, and TeenNick.
There are 11 add-on bundles that can be paired with a fubo basic or fubo extra plan.
FuboTV channel lineup
Here is a breakdown of fuboTV’s national channel lineup in its basic plan, which costs $54.99 per month. In many parts of the country, fuboTV basic may come with local NBC, CBS and FOX stations as well. fubo says that its channel lineup is essentially a replacement of your cable TV package.
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|fuboTV National Networks (2019)|
|beIN Sports Español||Local Now|
|Big Ten Network||MSNBC|
|Bravo||Nat Geo Wild|
|Cartoon Network/Adult Swim||National Geographic|
|CBS News||NBA TV|
|CBS Sports Network||NBC Universo|
|CNBC World||Olympic Channel|
|Eleven Sports Network||Smithsonian Channel|
|Food Network||Sundance TV|
|FOX Business Network||Syfy|
|FOX News Channel||TeleXitos|
|FOX Sports 1||The Weather Channel|
|FOX Sports 2||TNT|
|fuboTV Network||Travel Channel|
|FX||Turner Classic Movies|
|Galavision||Univision Deportes Network|
|Hallmark Movies & Mysteries||WE TV|
What regional sports channels are on fubo TV?
Most of the RSNs on fuboTV are regional FOX Sports channels and NBC Sports (local NBCSN) networks. But you’ll also notice a few more networks outside of these two groups.
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. There is also SportsNet New York, Sports Time Ohio, MSG and MSG+.
fuboTV currently has 80 percent of the regional sports networks (RSNs) that used to be exclusive to cable or satellite TV services like DIRECTV. Just remember, if you want NESN and live in Florida, you’re out of luck. These regional sports channels are only available in the network’s usual coverage area.
To get RSNs on DirecTV Now, you’ll have to subscribe to the $70 per month plan or higher to get RSNs in your channel lineup. YouTube TV has RSNs in its channel lineup for $50 per month. Hulu with Live TV has some RSNs in its Live TV plan that costs $44.99 per month. If you’re on a budget, you might be better off checking Sling TV’s RSN coverage if you want a cheaper alternative.
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|Regional Sports Networks|
|AT&T Sports Net|
|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|
|NBC Sports Bay Area|
|NBC Sports Boston|
|NBC Sports California|
|NBC Sports Chicago|
|NBC Sports Northwest|
|NBC Sports Philadelphia|
|NBC Sports Washington|
|SNY – SportsNet New York|
What are the best fuboTV channels?
I subscribed to fuboTV through more than a year, 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. When the Turner networks were added, CNN was added along with TNT, TBS and truTV, which was key for NBA coverage.
Overall, fuboTV was great for local channels because I got FOX, NBC and CBS. But I had to use my TV antenna to get ABC. The picture clarity was excellent, but I generally like to use an Ethernet connection to my streaming device on my main television. so I can have the most stable connection possible. I also own my own router and cable modem instead of using some unpredictable rental from a cable provider.
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.
fuboTV streaming in 4K/HDR
fuboTV is currently the only live TV streaming service offering 4K picture resolution.
There are only a select number of sporting events being aired in 4K/HDR. So far, NBCSN, NBC, FS1, and BTN are offering some live sports in 4K. fuboTV says its 4K streaming remains in BETA, but the company suggested recently that it would expand its 4K streaming to entertainment networks as well.
You’ll need to have a 4K television that supports HDR10 and a compatible 4K streaming device. fubo suggests a minimum Internet speed of 25+ Mbps. You current cannot record 4K content in Cloud DVR.
fuboTV maintains an updated schedule of events that will be streamed in 4K.
Does fubo have Cloud DVR?
Subscribers get 30 hours of Cloud DVR, which isn’t a lot. It was enough to get by if I was judicious with cleaning out my queue. 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 is 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 can use your fuboTV account to activate the FOX app on your streaming device and catch up on that episode that you forgot to record.
At the moment, you can activate 41 apps (known as TV Everywhere apps) using your fuboTV account. (That number doesn’t include soon-to-be added Viacom networks.)
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.
[expand title=”>TV Everywhere apps <“]
|beIN SPORTS* (beIN Sports Connect)|
|beIN SPORTS en Español (beIN Sports Connect)|
|Bravo (Bravo Now)|
|E! (E! Now)|
|Esquire TV Now|
|FOX (FOX NOW)|
|Fox Sports** (FOX Sports GO)|
|Golf Channel (NBC Sports)|
|Hallmark Channel (Hallmark Channel Everywhere)|
|National Geographic (Nat Geo TV)|
|Nat Geo WILD (Nat Geo TV)|
|NBC Sports*** (NBC Sports)|
|NBCSN (NBC Sports)|
|Olympic Channel (NBC Sports)|
|Oxygen (Oxygen Now)|
|Sprout (Sprout Now)|
|Syfy (Syfy Now)|
|USA Network (USA Now)|
|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 11 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.
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|NBA League Pass — $28.99|
|30 Team Channels|
|Out of Market Only|
|SHOWTIME — $10.99|
|AMC Premiere — $4.99|
|FX+ — $5.99|
|fubo Cycling — $8.99|
|FOX Soccer Plus|
|International Sports Plus — $5.99|
|FOX Soccer Plus|
|Sports Plus — $8.99|
|Fantasy Sports Network|
|FOX College Sports Atlantic|
|FOX College Sports Central|
|FOX College Sports Pacfic|
|Gol TV (English)|
|Gol TV (Spanish)|
|NBC Universo (For Outside Top 50 Hispanic DMAs)|
|Pac-12 Bay Area|
|Pac-12 Los Angeles|
|Stadium Overflow (1, 2, 3)|
|Adventure Plus — $4.99|
|World Fishing Network|
|RAI Italia — $7.99|
|Portuguese Plus — $14.99|
|Mundo Plus — $5.99|
|Cine Sony Television|
|Gol TV Spanish|
|Nat Geo Mundo|
|Latino Plus — $7.99|
|Baby TV Español|
|Cine Sony Television|
|Gol TV Spanish|
|Nat Geo Mundo|
fuboTV vs Sling vs Hulu with Live TV
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.
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. The same is true if you just want to do 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 for its on-demand library and Live TV lineup. You’re getting many of the same channels as fuboTV, plus missing ones like ESPN and ABC for $44.99 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 $5.99 and up for. There’s no beIN Soccer, but there’s FOX, FS1 and Telemundo for soccer coverage.
- YouTube TV has a slick interface and gets you more than 70+ channel for $50 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 $25 per month with Sling Orange, or 47 channels for $25 per month on Sling Blue. Sports fans will be more interested in Sling Blue because of regional sports networks. Sling TV is one of the best deals in streaming live TV, but Cloud DVR costs another $5 per month. And add-ons channel bundles costs between $5 and $10 more per month. So if you want a network like beIN Sports, you’ll need an add-on bundle. Sling TV offers a free 7-day trial.
What if I don’t like fuboTV and want to cancel?
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. I’ve done it, and it’s pretty easy.
Is fuboTV worth it?
fuboTV can be a real value if you’re a sports fan that requires a specific mix of sports channels, entertainment and news. Look over fuboTV’s channels and the screen should automatically show what’s available in your area.
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 checking out 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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Yes, beware of the free trail bait! Husband signed up for the FREE TRIAL in an attempt to get a golf event in June which Spectrum had blocked over some dispute with one of the sports channels. Well, the event was NOT available on Fubo either. We never got an email confirming the subscription or one telling us the billing was going to start. Got billed $54.99 for two months and neither Fubo or our Chase credit card will budge on a refund. Pisses me off because we NEVER used the service for anything. Finally cancelled Fubo, cancelling Chase and ready to cancel the husband for this stupid-ass move.
I signed up for the 7day free trial to only watch the Champions League final game. When I missed the 7day free trial to cancel, I got charged $59.99 for next two months even though I haven’t watched a second for the time period. The problem was whenever I tried to cancel on their website, I only got the page “Reactivate Subscription” and couldn’t navigate any other page to cancel. They don’t allow you to go any other places than reactivate subscription.
When I spoke with their customer service, the rep didn’t care about your situation and just told me that was their policy.
Not to mention the quality of picture was very poor and lagging, they made you pay if you don’t cancel the free trial.
Beware of the free trial bait!!!
Not happy says
Was recording NCAA basketball game which went into overtime, and the last five mins was cut off. I also had all of the buffering and non-response issues noted above.
If you sign up for Fubo with their two months for $70 special you get the second tier of channels, lifetime free DVR 500 hours and lifetime free third concurrent user. After the 2 months it goes to the normal price of $50/month. I have had no trouble with the shows streaming without interruption. I have to have the local sports networks, so cord cutting without Fubo was not an option for me. Not only doe sit stream in 1080P, but some stations such as NBCSports streams in 4K with HDR. I watched the Bruins/Blackhawks yesterday in glorious 4K. Hockey never looked so good. I don’t miss ESPN at all, if my team is on Monday night Football the local ABC station carries it and I can watch it on the local ABC station on my antenna. I peer this with the Hulu on demand for $6/month and have everything I need.
Steve Verbil says
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.
Frank Tobar says
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.
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….
Biggie F says
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?
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.
fubo is not a good option for watching the Giro. Recording stops before the bicycle stage is finished.
Paul Rosales says
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!
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.
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.
Cristian Valbuena (@cvalbuena80) says
FuboTV is the worst service. Everytime there is an important game the service seems not to work. Sports are meant to be watched live. So downtime is not an excuse.
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!
R boyle says
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.
Lionel T Alvarez says
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!
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
Will McNamee says
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!
Samir Lopez says
Ever since Playstation F*ck up with the soccer channels, FuboTv has been my #1 sports choice and I never Vue back again ?
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.
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.
Michael Aldrich (@mikeathome87) says
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.
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).
Arturo Reyes says
Charged me on my free trail don’t answer phone or email I rather stick with sling TV.
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.
Simon Kelly says
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.
Simon can please tell me if Fubotv has already added GOLTVHD and how good stable it is.?
Simon Kelly says
It has been added, working good for me.
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!
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.
Tomas Romano says
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.