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 eventsthat 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.
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|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.
Founder and Editor of The Cord Cutting Report. Before launching the site in 2016, he worked for more than two decades as a staff writer or correspondent for a number of daily newspapers, including The Boston Globe. His enthusiasm for tech began with the Atari 2600. Follow @james_kimble