fuboTV Review - Live TV Streaming Service

fuboTV

fuboTV is a live TV streaming service with ~65 channels for $45/month. This plan includes local channels (no ABC) and 16 of the top 35 cable channels.

It also includes regional sports networks (RSNs), NFL Network, NBA TV, and beIn (which is not available on most services). You can add Fox Soccer Plus as part of the International Sports add-on for $5.99 / month.

You can upgrade to the fuboTV Extra plan that adds ~10 channels including Cooking Channel, DIY, Game Show Network (GSN), BBC World News, Baby TV, and more.

If you don’t watch much ESPN, fuboTV is a great option for sports fans, especially those who watch soccer.

It is the least expensive option to get all New York RSNs (MSG, MSG+, SNY, and YES Network).

$45 fubo

  • 65 Channels
  • Local Channels
  • 16 of Top 35 Cable Channels
  • Sports Channels
    • Major Channels: 3
    • Includes RSNs
    • Pro Channels: 2
    • College Networks: 3

$50 fubo Extra

  • 80 Channels
  • Local Channels
  • 16 of Top 35 Cable Channels
  • Sports Channels
    • Major Channels: 3
    • Includes RSNs
    • Pro Channels: 2
    • College Networks: 3

Features

Cloud DVR

30 hrs

500 Hours (+$10)

2 Device Streams

Watch on up to 2 devices at the same time.

On Demand

Most channels have on demand content.

TV Everywhere Apps

App logins provided for up to 27 apps.

- No Parental Controls

Does not have any parental controls.

Tech Specs

HD Video

720p
30 fps / 60 fps
Stereo

Streaming Reliability

Below Average

On Demand Reliability

Average

Live Delay

15 seconds

Channel Switching

3.5 seconds

Optional Add-Ons

Showtime

$11

Sports Plus

$9

International Sports Plus

$6

Latino

$15

Português

$20

7-Day Free Trial

fuboTV offers a 7-day free trial. Your subscription is month-to-month and you can cancel at any time.

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Review

We tested fuboTV and five other live TV streaming services for more than 100 hours. fuboTV is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku TV devices; Android, iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch mobile devices; and computer browsers.

User Experience

  • The smartphone and tablet apps have PIP, allowing you to watch and browse the app simultaneously.
  • The standard channel guide is easy to browse through current and upcoming shows.
  • You can search on demand content on their mobile apps, but not on any of their TV apps.
  • There are inconsistencies and missing features across their apps on different platforms.

Home Screen

On most devices, fuboTV app launches unique sports page which shows currently live games. You can easily switch to a channel guide or to browse TV shows or movies.

TV Guide

The fuboTV standard channel guide is easy to browse. You can click on upcoming listings to record them to your DVR.

Search

They offer basic search for on demand content in their iOS and Apple TV apps. Unfortunately, search is not available elsewhere – so you will have to browse by channel.

Show Details

For on demand shows, they offered detailed information on the episodes available. If you select a live show, they will offer an option to either view the channel or record it.

Playback

Although you can pause live TV, you cannot rewind or fast-forward. On iOS devices, when you close live TV playback, the video will go into a picture-in-picture (PIP) window while you browse through the fuboTV app.


Features

30 hrs Cloud DVR

fuboTV includes a cloud DVR, but it can only store 30 hours (no expiration) — which is less than most services. You can only record individual episodes, not an entire series.

Even if you start recording something after it has started, fuboTV will helpfully include the entire episode. However, you cannot start watching recorded content until the show finishes. Generally, recordings will not auto-extend if the show runs past the scheduled time.

You can skip commercials on recorded shows.

You can upgrade to their Advanced DVR which includes 500 hours (never expiring) for $9.99 / month.

streams Simultaneous Viewing

This service allows for two simultaneous streams (among TV devices, smartphones, tablets, and computers).

You can add a third stream for $5.99 / month.

Good Selection On Demand

fuboTV offers a full range of on demand content from the channels they offer.

27 apps TV Everywhere

Similar to traditional cable and satellite subscriptions, fuboTV includes “TV Everywhere” logins for various channels’ apps (including NBC, Fox, Bravo, E!, Fox Sports, & NBC Sports).

All TV Everywhere Apps

Mind the Kids No Parental Controls

There are no parental controls for fuboTV. Only Hulu and Sling have parental controls.


fuboTV offers two unique features: “Lookback” and “beIn.”

Lookback

Lookback lets you to watch sports and entertainment shows that aired in the previous three days that aren’t available on demand. Some of these shows allow you to skip commercials.

beIn

With your fuboTV account you get access to beIn with support of their TV Everywhere app. Sling is the only other service that offers this channel, but for an additional $5-10 / month.


Tech Specs

  • High definition video is similar to other streaming services.
  • Live streaming is usually stable, with occasional buffering interruptions (especially on Amazon Fire devices).
  • Live content is about 15 seconds behind cable TV, which is the shortest lag of all the services.

720p / 60 FPS HD Video

Video streams were at least 720p and most were at 60 fps, which is the best to expect with live TV streaming services.

To reduce playback interruptions, fuboTV will adapt the stream quality to match your network connection.

Average Connection Reliability

fuboTV live streaming is usually stable, with occasional buffering interruptions (especially on Amazon Fire devices).

They have had a few outages that made the service inaccessible.

Stereo Audio

All live TV content has standard stereo audio.

15 SECS Live Delay

Live content is about 15 seconds behind cable TV, which is the shortest lag of all the services.

3.5 SECS Channel Switching

It takes about 3.5 seconds to switch between channels, which is slightly slower than average.


Devices and Apps

Device Compatibility

fuboTV is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, Android Phone/Tablet, iPhone/iPad, and Web Browser.
All Compatible Devices

fuboTV is not compatible with PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Switch.

TV App

The Apple TV and Roku apps are well designed and include an easy way to browse live sporting events, on demand TV shows and movies, and a standard channel guide.

Oddly, there is now way to search except on Apple TV (which is a bit slow). This limitation makes it clunky to find on demand content.

They have a more basic Fire TV app which matches their old interface of their mobile apps. It does allow you to watch all live, on demand, and recorded content. We expect them to update this to match the new interface.

Phone & Tablet Apps

The fuboTV mobile apps have various tabs:

  • Sports: a list of live and on demand sports events.
  • Entertainment: available channels and on demand content.
  • Guide: a standard channel guide that is easy to browse.
  • My DVR: all of your recorded content.

While you browse through the iOS app, a live PIP of your previous channel continues to play so you don’t miss anything. Unlike some of the other services, you always have to go back to the channel guide to switch channels, which makes it difficult to channel surf.

They recently updated their iOS and Android apps to match the new interface of their Apple TV and Roku apps.

Computer

You can watch fuboTV on Mac or Windows computers with any popular browser.


Channels

fuboTV offers two tiers: fubo ($45) and fubo Extra ($50).

fubo Extra includes all of fubo’s channel with the addition of Baby TV BBC World News, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, Game Show Network (GSN), INSP, PeopleTV, REVOLT, Sony Movie Channel, and Stadium.

fubo Extra does not include any additional locals, top 35 cable channels, national sports channels, or regional sports networks.

Local Channels

fuboTV offers local channels, including CBS, The CW, Fox, NBC, Telemundo, and Univision.

“fubo” “fubo Extra”
Free Trial Free Trial
$45 $50
ABC - -
CBS
Fox
NBC
Telemundo
The CW
Univision

Live local channels are available only in certain markets. However, on demand content is available in all areas the following day.

Local Channel Restrictions

Some local Fox stations may not be available while traveling outside your home city.

Popular Local Markets

These popular markets have live local channels on fuboTV.

For complete local availability, check the fuboTV Channel Lookup tool.

Top Cable Channels

fuboTV offers 16 of the top 35 cable channels, which is one of the weakest entertainment channel selections among the streaming services.

The top 35 cable channels are listed below.

“fubo” “fubo Extra”
Free Trial Free Trial
$45 $50
A&E
AMC
Animal Planet - -
BET - -
Bravo
Cartoon Network - -
CNN - -
Comedy Central - -
Discovery - -
Disney Channel - -
E!
ESPN - -
Food Network
Fox News
Fox Sports 1
Freeform - -
FX
FXX
Hallmark
HGTV
History
Investigation Discovery - -
Lifetime
MSNBC
MTV - -
Nickelodeon - -
OWN - -
Paramount Network - -
Syfy
TBS - -
TLC - -
TNT - -
truTV - -
USA Network
VH1 - -

View the fuboTV full channel lineup for a list of all channels.

Sports Channels

National Sports Channels

fuboTV includes some national sports channels like FS1 and NBCSN, but they’re one of the only services that doesn’t offer ESPN.

“fubo” “fubo Extra”
Free Trial Free Trial
$45 $50
ESPN - -
ESPN2 - -
Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2
NBC Sports Network
TBS - -
TNT - -

Regional Sports Networks (RSNs)

fuboTV gives access to regional sports networks (RSNs), which are generally from Fox Sports and NBC Sports.

They are the least expensive option to get all RSNs (MSG, MSG+, SNY, YES Network) in the New York area.

“fubo” “fubo Extra”
Free Trial Free Trial
$45 $50
Altitude - -
AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh - -
AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain - -
AT&T SportsNet Southwest - -
Fox Sports Arizona
Fox Sports Carolinas
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
Longhorn Network - -
MASN - -
MASN2 - -
MSG
MSG+
NBC Sports Bay Area
NBC Sports Boston
NBC Sports California
NBC Sports Chicago
NBC Sports Northwest
NBC Sports Philadelphia
NBC Sports Philadelphia+
NBC Sports Washington
NBC Sports Washington+
NESN
Root Sports Northwest - -
Spectrum SportsNet LA - -
SportsNet NY
SportsTime Ohio
YES Network

You should check the fuboTV RSN lookup tool before subscribing, to make sure it has the regional networks you need.

fuboTV also has a handy chart of sports teams showing if your favorite teams are available with the service.

Pro Sports

fuboTV includes NBA TV and NFL Network, but not include MLB Network or NHL Network.

“fubo” “fubo Extra”
Free Trial Free Trial
$45 $50
MLB Network - -
NBA TV
NFL Network
NFL RedZone ^ $9 ^ $9
NHL Network - -

College Sports

fuboTV includes Big 10 Network, Pac-12 Network, and CBS Sports Network. The service does not offer ESPNU or channels from other college conferences.

“fubo” “fubo Extra”
Free Trial Free Trial
$45 $50
ACC Network Extra - -
Big Ten Network
CBS Sports Network
ESPNU - -
Fox College Sports ^ $9 ^ $9
Longhorn Network - -
Pac-12 Network
SEC Network - -

Other Sports Channels

fuboTV includes beIN Sports, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel, and a wide variety of smaller soccer channels.

You’ll get UEFA Champions League matches on beIn Sports and spanish language programming on Fox Deportes and Univision Deportes.

You can add-on Fox Soccer Plus for $6 / month (normally $15 on other services) as part of the International Sports Add-on.

“fubo” “fubo Extra”
Free Trial Free Trial
$45 $50
beIN Sports
Eleven Sports
ESPNEWS - -
Fox Soccer Plus ^ $6 ^ $6
Golf Channel
Olympic Channel
Tennis Channel - -

Premium Channels

fuboTV offers Showtime, but does not offer HBO or Cinemax.

They do offer a Spanish-language add-on (13 channels, $15/month) and a Portuguese add-on (5 channels, $20/month).

“fubo” “fubo Extra”
Free Trial Free Trial
$45 $50
Cinemax - -
EPIX - -
HBO - -
Showtime ^ $11 ^ $11
Starz - -

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