fuboTV is making a play to become cord-cutters’ replacement for cable. But does it have enough content to justify shelling out $35 a month? In this review we’ll run you through the fuboTV channel list and help you decide if fuboTV is worth it.
Continue on to learn:
- The cost and features that come with a fuboTV Premier plan
- What fuboTV’s seven add-on plans have to offer
- The factors that affect whether or not you can get local TV channels
- Facts Canadians should know before they subscribe (Spoiler: Canadians are generally better off without fuboTV)
- 1 Subscribing to fuboTV
- 2 fuboTV Features
- 3 Channels You Get with fubo Premier
- 3.1 Sports channels
- 3.2 News channels
- 3.3 Entertainment channels
- 3.4 Reality and documentary networks
- 3.5 Spanish-language channels
- 4 fuboTV in Canada
- 5 Final Thoughts
Subscribing to fuboTV
fuboTV only offers one subscription plan – fubo Premier. The normal price is $34.99 per month, but at the time of this writing a promotion gives you the first two months for $19.99.
fubo Premier offers a sports-heavy lineup of seventy-two TV channels plus several streaming music channels.
The section below is a quick overview of the features that come with a fubo Premier subscription. For a more detailed look and walk-through, check out our detailed fuboTV review.
fuboTV has recently changed its recording approach and now it works more like a traditional DVR. With Cloud DVR, you get 30 hours of space to record programs. Even if you forget to set a recording, you can replay any show or event within three days of its original broadcast. You can also upgrade from 30 to a 500 hours of storage for an extra $9.99 per month.
Have you ever tried to use a TV network’s app only to run into a block because you don’t have a cable subscription? Well, fuboTV counts as a TV provider – at least for the networks it carries. The TV Everywhere subscription you get with fuboTV unlocks all of those apps.
You can watch fuboTV on just about any smartphone, tablet, or streaming media box.
Add-on plans expand your fuboTV channel list with premium sports channels and more diverse TV channels.
With all the sports programming you get with fubo Premier, you would think that would be enough. But the $8.99 monthly subscription for the Sports Plus add-on lets you cram even more sports into your TV-watching days.
Sports Plus gets you Fox Sports’ Atlantic, Central, and Pacific College Sports channels as well as the PAC12’s local channels. No matter which type of football you prefer, the NFL Red Zone, GolTV, and TyC give you as much football as you can take. FNTSY broadcasts e-sports tournaments in which people battle it out in computer or console games. The Fight Network airs mixed martial arts, kickboxing, and other sports involving two people pummeling each other.
Portuguese-speakers can catch up on what’s happening in Portugal via the Portuguese Plus add-on. The three-channel package is available for an extra $14.99 per month. With it, you get RTP Internacional – Portugal’s general news, sports, and entertainment network. You also get Benfica TV, which broadcasts matches and programming about the Benfica football club. GolTV Spanish isn’t Portuguese, but you get that channel too.
For $5.99-per-month you can round out fubo Premier’s Spanish-language channels with another five. You can get more sports with GolTV and TyC Sports or watch reruns of American TV shows on Fox Life. For nature documentaries, you can tune into Nat Geo Mundo. Finally, Cine Sony airs dubbed versions of Hollywood films.
This single-channel package gets you the Fox Network’s BabyTV, a channel targeting infants and toddlers. At $2.99-per-month, it is cheaper than a babysitter – but you can probably find better ways to keep your youngest kids occupied.
This one’s a mystery. You get all of the channels of the $5.99-per-month Mundo Plus package and the one BabyTV channel that comes with the $2.99-per-month Kids Plus package… for $12.99-per-month. Math is hard. This decision isn’t. Walk away.
The Blues add-on plan lets you watch live streams of Chelsea’s latest soccer matches. If you’re a Chelsea fan, this package is an excellent deal. If you’re not a Chelsea fan, move along. Nothing to see here.
If you’re a true cycling fan, you may want to give Cycling Plus a look. With this package, you get dozens of live streams from major races like the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de Romandie, and the Flanders Classic. The $8.99 monthly cost is a small price to pay for easy, legal access to your favorite sport.
Channels You Get with fubo Premier
FuboTV streams more than seventy national TV channels that span a wide range of interests from sports to hip-hop culture. You may also get local programming from the major networks. But as we’ll see, local TV is a hit-or-miss affair.
You can get as many as twenty-eight sports channels in the fubo Premier plan. Let’s take a look at the options.
National sports networks
National networks available via fuboTV include the Fox Sports channels, the NBC Sports Network and the CBS Sports Network. ESPN is the only major American sports network not available through fuboTV.
Regional sports networks
fuboTV carries regional sports channels from Fox and NBC. It will assign you to a particular region based on your home location. That assignment will not change when you travel, so you can keep up with your teams when you’re away from home.
Spanish-language sports networks
Fox Deportes, beIN Sports ń, and Univision tDN expand the number of soccer matches even further with coverage of Latin American and European leagues. But Spanish sports coverage doesn’t stop there. If you have a hankering for Lucha Libre (Mexico’s version of pro wrestling) then change channels to Univision tDN.
Fox Soccer Plus provides another way to get soccer via fubo, unless you splurge for the Sports Plus plan (more on that later).
If you think footballs aren’t round, you can tune into the NFL Network and the Football Report TV channels. You may also be able to watch your alma mater play – as long as your school is in the PAC12 or the Big Ten.
NBA TV, the Golf Channel, and the Olympic Channel round out the sports-only offerings on fuboTV.
Down the block, across the country and around the world you can watch as much news as you can stand on fuboTV’s eight-channel lineup of news and weather reporting.
You get the same Fox and NBC news channels that you’re familiar with from cable. Both MSNBC and Fox News are available. For a different take on national and world events, you can try CBS’s streaming-only news network CBSN.
For business news, Fox Business, CNBC, and CNBC World provide the latest reports from Wall Street.
The Weather Channel provides coverage of natural events and Local Now provides “hyper-local weather, traffic, news, and sports.”
Nineteen entertainment channels cover the latest in pop culture, geek culture, family programming and more.
Music and pop culture
For mainstream tastes, E! Entertainment Television gives you celebrity news, gossip and the Kardashians. Pop, Fuse, and Fusion target younger Millennial audiences with their fresh approaches to music and pop culture. Sean “Diddy” Combs created REVOLT to promote R&B and hip-hop music while getting Millennials and their replacements in Generation Z engaged in social causes.
Watch the latest episodes of popular science fiction and fantasy series like The Expanse, 12 Monkeys and Van Helsing on SyFy. The paranormal-centric network Chiller airs repeats of Ghost Hunters International, Lost Girl, and Haven. The El Rey Network reflects the grindhouse sensibilities of its creator, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Sin City, Machete) with shows like From Dusk till Dawn and Lucha Underground.
TV for women and families
Several networks use programming to attract female and LGBT viewers with unscripted shows like Bravo’s Top Chef, Lifetime’s Project Runway and Oxygen’s Cold Justice.
Universal Kids combines daytime programming for kids (Mash, The Bear) with evening programming for pre-teens (Top Chef Jr). The LMN Network, Hallmark Channel, and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries let you take your pick of family-oriented movies.
FX, FXX, and FXM are all Fox channels. FX is home to Fargo, American Horror Story, and The Americans. The lad-centric FXX adopted Archer and You’re the Worst from FX. With FXM, you can watch blockbuster movies like Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Bourne Legacy, and Rio.
fuboTV carries four variety networks that provide a range of entertainment, news and sports: NBC, Fox, CBS and USA.
All fuboTV subscribers can watch USA. The same isn’t true of NBC, Fox, or CBS.
Even though fuboTV’s deal with NBC, Fox and CBS allows it to stream local broadcasts, the catch is that each network only owns a dozen local stations. fuboTV has to work out deals with the owners of more than six hundred additional local affiliates separately.
The exact mix of local stations you get with fuboTV will vary from market to market. Subscribers in Los Angeles will get six local stations. People in Denver can’t watch NBC while those in Boston can’t watch Fox. No matter which state you live in, you won’t get any local stations in Portland.
Reality and documentary networks
fuboTV offers a variety of reality entertainment including shows about cooking, home renovations duck hunting and more. You can visit tiny houses on FYI, watch the gentrification of Waco on HGTV with Fixer Upper and place your bets on who gets Chopped on the Food Network. Or, stare in horror at the Hoarders on A&E and go Balls Deep with Viceland.
If you want more traditional takes on distant places and events, you can check out History, National Geographic, Nat Geo World, and the Travel Channel.
fuboTV has a solid lineup of Spanish-language sports and entertainment channels. A limited number of people can even get local Telemundo stations.
Univision tDN, Fox Deportes, and beIN ñ add dedicated sports programming for Hispanic Americans. Soccer plays a dominant role in the three channels’ programming with matches from across Europe and Central and South America. Univision tDN has more of a mix thanks to a content deal with Mexico’s Televisa Deportes Network which includes broadcasts of Lucha Libre wrestling and bullfighting.
Variety stations bring a mix of content, some of it domestically produced and some of it imported from Latin America. Galavisión, for example, uses a mix of original content and shows produced by Mexican network Televisa. UniMás targeting Spanish-speaking Millennials with shows like the Mexican telenovela Rosario Tijeras. NBC’s Universo is a bilingual channel with scripted and unscripted entertainment as well as sports.
Univision claims to be “the leading multimedia company serving Hispanic America.” Programs like Vino El Amor about immigrants pursuing the American Dream, El Chapo about Colombia’s drug cartels, and the Latin Grammys earn the network a commanding 60% share of Spanish-speaking Millennials and Gen-Xers.
fuboTV in Canada
The licensing deals fuboTV has signed limit most of its streaming to the United States and its territories. Canadians can subscribe to fuboTV, but they get a smaller channel lineup.
Plans for Canadians
Just like their neighbors to the south, Canadians get one option for subscribing. The fuboTV Canada plan costs $15.99 per month and gets them a fuboTV channel list with a grand total of eight channels:
- BeIN Sports
- BeIN Sports Canada
- BeIN Sports ñ
- Football Report TV
- Benfica TV
- Fight Network
Cycling Plus is the only add-on package. It costs $8.99 a month and only has one channel: fubo Cycling.
Recommendations for Canadians
It doesn’t make much sense to get fuboTV if you live in Canada. The cost of the fuboTV plan with its limited channel lineup approaches $200 a year – that’s forty dollars more than a subscription to streaming sports network DAZN.
fuboTV is similar to traditional cable, but less expensive. At the same time, there’s a Disney-ABC-ESPN sized hole in the fuboTV lineup you should consider before you join. Additionally, local coverage is spotty and varies depending on where you live.
If the extra sports coverage is what you’re looking for, then fuboTV is the service for you. The $43.99-per-month premium subscription is not a bad deal, considering all the channels you get.
Though fuboTV isn’t the cheapest deal around, the fuboTV channel list’s unique lineup of sports make this a service worth checking out – particularly if you’re a sports fan.