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fuboTV Review: Plans, Pricing, and More

fuboTV has gained yardage as an all-inclusive live TV streaming service, but it’s still a mean sports machine (especially for soccer fans).

Best live TV streaming for sports

Price: $64.99–$79.99/mo.
Channels: 111158+
Features: 2501,000-hr. DVR, 310 simultaneous streams

Plan
Starter
Our pick
Elite
Price Live channels Cloud DVR storage Streams Details
$64.99/mo. 111+ 250 hrs. 3 View plan
$79.99/mo. 158+ 1,000 hrs. 10 View plan

What is fuboTV?

fuboTV offers up to 158 channels, a 1,000-hour cloud DVR, and a slick interface that neatly mirrors what you’re used to with cable or satellite service. It’s also just fun to say “fubo.”

We’ve also named fuboTV as the best streamer for sports in our Best Live TV and On-Demand Streaming Services 2021 rundown.

Is fuboTV good?

fuboTV launched in 2015 as “Netflix for soccer,” but has since set its sights on becoming a full-service TV streaming destination. Don’t worry, soccer fans, it still covers the world’s sport ridiculously well—fuboTV has far from abandoned its original goooaaalll!

In fact, the majority of fuboTV’s live TV streaming lineup is still made up of sports channels. So if you compare it to other streaming services that offer more balanced entertainment-to-sports programming ratios, fuboTV is still a few yards short.

But as a live TV streaming service with hundreds of live channels and a fat DVR, fuboTV is another enticing option for cable quitters to kick around. It’s a little more expensive than most, but there are plenty of features that are worth it here.

fuboTV pros and cons

Pros

  • Large channel lineups
  • Extensive soccer coverage

Cons

  • Expensive plans
  • No TBS, TNT, or CNN

fuboTV deals and promotions

fuboTV is currently offering a 40% off “Summer Sale,” dropping its monthly rate to just $19.99 for the first two months (not including the initial seven-day trial). That’s a savings of 70 bucks.

fuboTV plans and pricing

Plan
Starter
Elite
Price Live channels Streams Cloud DVR Details
$64.99/mo. 111+ 3 250 hrs. View plans
$79.99/mo. 158+ 10 1,000 hrs. View plans

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Most of fuboTV’s channels are sports-centric, but there are also entertainment and lifestyle networks like Comedy Central, FX, AMC, Bravo, Syfy, HGTV, and Nickelodeon, among many others.

But, there’s also the little matter of no WarnerMedia channels like TNT, TBS, or Cartoon Network. Kind of a big deal.

fuboTV vs. the competition

Price Channels Streams Cloud DVR Details
$64.99–$79.99/mo. 111–158+ 3–10 250–1,000 hrs. View plans
$64.99/mo. 100+ 3 Unlimited (9 mos.) View plans
$64.99–$70.99/mo. 70+ 2 50 hrs. View plans
$25.00/mo. 63+ 3 Unlimited (30 days) View plans
$35.00–$50.00/mo. 30–50+ 1–4 50 hrs. View plans
$69.99–$139.99/mo. 65–140+ 3 500 hrs. View plans

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

fuboTV channels

Cable entertainment staples like Syfy, HGTV, FX, AMC, Comedy Central, BBC America, IFC, and USA all stream live on fuboTV, with previously aired programming available on-demand.

If you like news, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, and Cheddar Business are also available.

But wait, to paraphrase late-night infomercials, there’s less: besides TBS and TNT, fuboTV is also missing a few entertainment channels that prospective cord-cutters might overlook at first glance. You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone from your channel lineup

Channels fuboTV doesn’t carry:

  • TBS
  • TNT
  • CNN
  • CNN International
  • CNN en Español
  • HLN
  • Cartoon Network/Adult Swim
  • Turner Classic Movies
  • truTV
  • Boomerang

Those are some heavy-hitters to do without—no Cartoon Network or truTV? Life with no Rick and Morty or Impractical Jokers is rough.

fuboTV sports channels

fuboTV carries sports, sports, and more sports—even ESPN channels (a recent development).

That put fuboTV over the top for us, as we’ve named it our best live TV streaming service for sports. You’ll see why when we list the channels below.

fuboTV live sports channels (partial list):

  • beIN Sports
  • Big Ten Network
  • CBS Sports
  • ELEVEN SPORTS
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • FOX College Sports
  • FOX Deportes
  • fubo Sports Network
  • Golf Channel
  • NBA TV
  • NBC Sports
  • NFL Network
  • NFL RedZone
  • Pac-12 Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • TUDN
  • Regional sports networks

Obviously, fuboTV’s jam is sports—and the above list doesn’t even include the optional sports-package add-ons available. If your sports tastes lean more varied and international (is there such a thing as a “sports hipster”?), fuboTV probably has it.

fuboTV local channels

fuboTV doesn’t carry local channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, The CW, and Telemundo in all areas, but does offer content on-demand from these networks.

Admit it: You don’t want to miss the new season of The Voice any more than we do, but it’s a possibility if NBC is missing from your fuboTV feed. If this is the case, you may want to buy a digital over-the-air antenna to pick up local TV stations for free.

fuboTV channel add-ons

fubo’s basic plans can get you well over 100 channels—but, if you need even more sports or some extended entertainment, you can drop a few more bucks to get them.

fuboTV add-on packages:

  • SHOWTIME ($10.99/mo.)
  • STARZ ($8.99/mo.)
  • EPIX ($5.99/mo.)
  • SHOWTIME + STARZ + EPIX ($19.99/mo.)
  • AMC Premiere ($4.99/mo.)
  • fubo Extra (30 channels; $5.99/mo.)
  • Sports Plus (23 channels; $10.99/mo.)
  • Adventure Plus (5 channels; $4.99/mo.)
  • Latino Plus (11 channels; $7.99/mo.)
  • RAI Italia ($7.99/mo.)
  • Portuguese Plus (3 channels; $14.99/mo.)
  • CONMEBOL & More (13 channels; $6.99/mo.)
  • TV5MONDE ($9.99/mo.)
  • Entretenimiento Plus (9 channels; $4.99/mo.)

Combine fuboTV with another streaming service

If fuboTV doesn’t give you everything you want, try pairing it with another streaming service to fill in the blanks—you’ll probably still save money over a cable or satellite subscription.

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$12.99/mo.
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$5.99–$9.99/mo.
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fuboTV specs and features

fuboTV DVR

Plan
Starter
Elite
Storage
250 hrs. included
1,000 hrs. included

fuboTV’s plans come with 250 (Starter) or 1,000 (Elite) hours of cloud DVR space included. Not bad, fubo.

That’s more than most other live TV streaming services offer. If you’re someone who likes to let those House Hunters episodes and Swiss Super League soccer matches accumulate, you’ll appreciate the extra space.

fuboTV simultaneous streams

Plan
Starter
Elite
Streams
3
10

fuboTV’s Starter plan allows for three simultaneous streams, which is the norm for most streaming services. The Elite plan, on the other hand, gives you 10 streams on the same home network.

fuboTV compatible devices

Device
Amazon Fire Cube, Stick, TV
Android phones, tablets
Android TV
Apple TV (4th gen.)
Apple TV 4K
Chromecast, Chromecast with Google TV
Echo Show
iPhone, iPad
LG TVs (select models)
Nintendo Switch
NVIDIA SHIELD Pro TV
PC, Mac web browsers
PlayStation 3, 4, 5
Roku Ultra, Express, Premiere, Stick, TV
Samsung TVs (select models)
TiVo Stream
Wii
Xbox One
fuboTV

Despite being an excellent service for watching games, fuboTV doesn’t play well—or at all—with most gaming devices: PlayStation, Nintendo, and NVIDIA aren’t fubo-compatible.

fuboTV video and audio quality

fuboTV streams at 720p/60 fps, which is currently the standard across all live TV streaming services, making its HD quality comparable to that of other services like YouTube TV and Sling TV.

One thing that fuboTV offers that the others don’t? It has 4K sports streaming, even though it’s limited to select events on NBC, FOX, FS1, and NBCSN.

fuboTV’s sound feed is standard 2.0 stereo audio; Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 Surround Sound isn’t yet available. You’re not missing out on much, though: streaming services often advertise Dolby 5.1 sound, but that claim applies to only a small amount of select programming.

Don’t underestimate 4K: Until you experience a soccer ball coming at your face in 4K, you don’t know what you’re missing. Check out CableTV.com’s take on 4K streaming.

Final take: Is fuboTV worth it?

For fans of soccer and international sports, fuboTV is a dream streamer. It’s CableTV.com’s no-brainer pick for best live TV streaming service for sports

For cord-cutters looking to replace cable or satellite service entirely, however, wake up: fuboTV has a few too many holes in its entertainment channel lineup for us to fully recommend it as a stand-alone cable substitute.

But if your regular live TV viewing needs are minimal and you’ve been meaning to get into Australian women’s cricket (who hasn’t?), fuboTV could open up a whole new world for you.

fuboTV FAQ

Is fuboTV free?

fuboTV isn’t free, but the streaming service does offer a seven-day free trial to take it for a test drive. Live TV streaming services YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, and Philo also have seven-day free trial periods.

How much does fuboTV cost?

fuboTV features two basic plans: Starter (111 channels) for $64.99 a month, and Elite (158 channels) for $79.99 a month. fuboTV also offers several add-on and upgrade options, including a SHOWTIME + STARZ + EPIX premium channel bundle for $19.99 a month.

What’s better, Hulu + Live or fuboTV?

For about the same price per month, fuboTV carries more live channels than Hulu + Live TV (Hulu + Live TV: 70+; fuboTV: up to 158). But, Hulu + Live TV also gives you access to Hulu’s large library of on-demand TV shows and movies, as well as original content—because of this, we think Hulu + Live TV is a better value than fuboTV.

Which is better, Sling TV or fuboTV?

Sling TV offers cheaper plans than fuboTV, but also fewer channels in its basic plans. Even though Sling TV features a wide array of add-on channels packages, we prefer fuboTV’s live TV streaming experience.

Is fuboTV better than YouTube TV?

YouTube TV and fuboTV are similar in price and channel counts, but YouTube TV has the advantage of carrying more local channels in most markets, as well as WarnerMedia channels like TBS, TNT, and CNN—not to mention an unlimited DVR. In this case, we’d give YouTube TV the edge over fuboTV.

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