fuboTV - Live TV Streaming Service Review

fuboTV

fuboTV is a live TV streaming service with more than 45 channels for $40/month. This plan includes local channels (no ABC) and 14 of the top 35 cable channels.

It also includes regional sports networks (RSNs), NFL Network, NBA TV, and Fox Soccer Plus (usually a $15/month upgrade on other services).

$40 Premier

  • 65 Channels
  • Local Channels
    • -
    • CBS
    • Fox
    • NBC
  • 14 of Top 35 Cable Channels
  • Sports Channels
    • Major Channels: 3
    • Includes RSNs
    • Pro Networks: 2
    • College Networks: 3

Features

⚫︎ Cloud DVR

30 hrs

⚫︎ 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 26 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

-

Live Delay

15 seconds

Channel Switching

3.5 seconds

Optional Add-Ons

fubo Latino

$15

fubo Português

$20

fubo Sports Plus

$9

7-Day Free Trial

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

50% Off

If you prepay for 2 months of fubo Premier, you get $20 off each of your first two months.

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 mobile and tablet apps. Unfortunately, search is not available in their TV apps – 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 mobile 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.

streams Simultaneous Viewing

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

Good Selection On Demand

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

26 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 “Fox Soccer Plus.”

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.

Fox Soccer Plus

With your fuboTV account you get access to Fox Soccer Plus. Other services usually charge $15/month for this access.


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

TV App

Their Apple TV is most advanced, followed by Fire TV, and a very basic Roku app.

The Apple TV and Fire TV 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 no way to search for shows in any of their TV apps. This limitation makes it clunky to find on demand content.

Their Roku app doesn’t support recording or watching DVR content. We expect that fuboTV will eventually update it to match their other apps.

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 fuboTV 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.

Computer

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

Device Compatibility

fuboTV is compatible with many smartphones, tablets, TV streaming devices, and computers. There is no support for Xbox or PlayStation video game consoles.
All Compatible Devices

TV Devices

  • Amazon Fire TV
    • Fire TV media player
    • Fire TV Stick
  • Apple TV
    • 4th generation
  • Chromecast
  • Roku

Phones & Tablets

  • Android 4.1 or newer
  • iOS 9.1 or newer
    • iPad 2 or newer
    • iPhone 4s or newer
    • iPod Touch (5th gen) or newer

Computers

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Safari

Computers may need Adobe Flash installed.


Channels

Local Channels

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

“Premier”
$40
ABC ⚪︎
CBS ⚫︎
The CW ⚫︎
Fox ⚫︎
NBC ⚫︎
Telemundo ⚫︎
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.

  • Albuquerque-Santa Fe, NM
    • Fox
  • Atlanta, GA
    • Fox
  • Austin, TX
    • Fox
  • Baltimore, MD
    • CBS
  • Birmingham-Anniston-Tuscaloosa, AL
    • Fox
  • Boise, ID
    • Fox
  • Boston-Manchester, MA
    • CBS
    • Fox
    • NBC
  • Charlotte, NC
    • Fox
  • Chicago, IL
    • CBS
    • Fox
    • NBC
  • Cincinnati, OH
    • Fox
  • Columbus, GA
    • Fox
  • Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX
    • CBS
    • Fox
    • NBC
  • Denver, CO
    • CBS
    • Fox
  • Detroit, MI
    • CBS
    • Fox
  • Gainsville-FL
    • Fox
  • Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, MI
    • Fox
  • Greensboro-High Point-Winston-Salem, NC
    • Fox
  • Harrisburg-Lancaster, PA
    • Fox
  • Hartford-New Haven, CT
    • Fox
    • NBC
  • Houston, TX
    • Fox
  • Indianapolis, IN
    • Fox
  • Kansas City, MO
    • Fox
  • Los Angeles, CA
    • CBS
    • Fox
    • NBC
  • Louisville, KY
    • CBS
    • Fox
  • Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    • CBS
    • Fox
    • NBC
  • Milwaukee, WI
    • Fox
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
    • CBS
    • Fox
  • Nashville, TN
    • CBS
  • New Orleans, LA
    • Fox
  • New York City, NY
    • CBS
    • Fox
    • NBC
  • Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA
    • Fox
  • Oklahoma City, OK
    • CBS
  • Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, FL
    • CBS
    • Fox
  • Philadelphia, PA
    • CBS
    • Fox
    • NBC
  • Phoenix-Prescott, AZ
    • Fox
  • Pittsburgh, PA
    • CBS
  • Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, CA
    • CBS
    • Fox
  • Salt Lake City, UT
    • Fox
  • San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA
    • CBS
    • Fox
    • NBC
  • Seattle-Tacoma, WA
    • CBS
    • Fox
  • St. Louis, MO
    • Fox
  • Tampa-St Petersburg-Sarasota, FL
    • Fox
  • Washington DC
    • Fox
    • NBC
  • West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, FL
    • Fox

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

Top Cable Channels

fuboTV offers 15 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. For a list of channels in each tier, look at fuboTV’s full channel lineup.

“Premier”
$40
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 ⚪︎
Spike ⚪︎
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.

“Premier”
$40
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 and NBC/Comcast. They are the only OTT service to offer MSG & MSG+.

“Premier”
$40
Altitude ⚪︎
AT&T SportsNet Northwest ⚪︎
AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh ⚪︎
AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain ⚪︎
AT&T SportsNet Southwest ⚪︎
AT&T SportsNet Utah ⚪︎
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 ⚫︎
MASN ⚪︎
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 ⚫︎
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.

“Premier”
$40
MLB Network ⚪︎
NBA TV ⚫︎
NFL Network ⚫︎
NFL RedZone $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.

“Premier”
$40
ACC Network Extra ⚪︎
Big Ten Network ⚫︎
CBS Sports Network ⚫︎
ESPNU ⚪︎
Fox College Sports $9
Longhorn Network ⚪︎
Pac-12 Network ⚫︎
SEC Network ⚪︎

Other Sports Channels

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

“Premier”
$40
beIN Sports ⚫︎
Eleven Sports ⚫︎
ESPNEWS ⚪︎
Fox Soccer Plus ⚫︎
Golf Channel ⚫︎
Olympic Channel ⚫︎
Tennis Channel ⚪︎

Premium Channels

fuboTV does not offer premium channels like Cinemax, HBO, or Showtime.

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

“Premier”
$40
Cinemax ⚪︎
EPIX ⚪︎
HBO ⚪︎
Showtime ⚪︎
Starz ⚪︎