fuboTV Review - Live TV Streaming Service
fuboTV is a live TV streaming service with ~65 channels for $45/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 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.
If you don’t watch much ESPN, fuboTV is a great option for sports fans, especially those who watch soccer. It is also the least expensive option to get all New York RSNs (MSG, MSG+, SNY, and YES Network).
7-Day Free Trial
fuboTV offers a 7-day free trial. Your subscription is month-to-month and you can cancel at any time.
Get your first month of fubo Premier for only $19.99 ($45 value).
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.
- 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.
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.
The fuboTV standard channel guide is easy to browse. You can click on upcoming listings to record them to your DVR.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2 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.
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).
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 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.
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.
- 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.
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
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 Android to match the new interface of their Apple TV and Roku apps. We expect their iOS to be updated to something similar soon.
You can watch fuboTV on Mac or Windows computers with any popular browser.
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
- Amazon Fire TV
- Fire TV media player
- Fire TV Stick
- Apple TV
- 4th generation
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
- Internet Explorer
Computers may need Adobe Flash installed.
fuboTV offers local channels, including CBS, The CW, Fox, NBC, Telemundo, and 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.
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View the fuboTV full channel lineup for a list of all 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.
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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.
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.
fuboTV includes NBA TV and NFL Network, but not include MLB Network or NHL Network.
fuboTV includes Big 10 Network, Pac-12 Network, and CBS Sports Network. The service does not offer ESPNU or channels from other college conferences.
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|Fox College Sports||^ $9|
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.
|Fox Soccer Plus||^ $6|
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).