FuboTV Premier review: This service streams lots of sports channels, but not ESPN


Of all the streaming TV bundles available today, FuboTV is the most peculiar.

Ostensibly aimed at sports fans, Fubo’s $40-per-month package doesn’t include ESPN, which is the largest sports network of them all. A lot of the coverage sports fans expect, such as Monday Night Football and a wide swath of college football games, will therefore be absent. No other streaming bundle that offers sports programming dares to live without the Worldwide Leader, and Fubo also doesn’t include TNT or TBS, which are major sources of basketball and postseason baseball.

Editor’s note: This review, originally published on July 28, 2017, has been updated in its entirety, including its score. We’ve preserved the original content here if you’d like to revisit it. 

Still, omitting ESPN frees up FuboTV to pursue other sports programming, such as BeIN Sports and Fox Soccer Plus, at still-reasonable prices. Combine those channels with an increasingly-slick interface on phones, tablets, and TV devices, and FuboTV makes a strong case for sports fans who don’t have cable—or at least a subset of them.

FuboTV: What you get

FuboTV isn’t just a sports bundle. It also includes a slew of non-sports channels, such as FX, SyFy, A&E, and HGTV. FuboTV also offers local CBS, NBC, and Fox channels in select markets, with on-demand shows from those channels nationwide. But if those channels are all you care about, there are other ways to get them for less. (You’ll find FuboTV’s complete channel lineup at the bottom of this review.)

Where FuboTV really pays off is in its selection of sports channels that are either unavailable or much more expensive through other bundles. You can’t get Fox Soccer Plus or Eleven Sports through Sling TV, for example, and you can’t get BeIN Sports or Eleven Sports through DirecTV Now. PlayStation Vue would cost $70 per month with Eleven Sports and Fox Soccer Plus, and it still doesn’t include BeIN Sports. Hulu with Live TV doesn’t offer any of these channels. FuboTV also offers MSG in the New York metro area, though this raises the base price to $45 per month.

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Although sports are the focus, FuboTV has plenty of TV shows, movies, and non-sports channels as well.

The overall format of FuboTV is similar to other streaming bundles, in that subscribers get a batch of live streaming channels that mirror their cable counterparts. Many of these channels also offer a selection of on-demand video, and some support a replay feature that lets you watch a few days’ worth of past programming. Alternatively, you can login to nearly 30 TV Everywhere apps to watch on-demand video on many more devices, though this option isn’t available for every channel.

DVR is included at no extra cost, but it’s a bit skimpier than other bundle with just 30 hours of recording time. That said, you can upgrade to 500 hours of storage—more than any bundle that doesn’t put time limits on recordings—for an extra $10 per month. Simultaneous streams are capped at two, with no option to upgrade to more streams at a time.



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