If you want to cut the cord to save money, fuboTV is a sports-heavy live TV streaming service that you may want to consider.
fuboTV launched in 2015 with a focus on soccer, but it has since expanded to feature a mix of sports, live news and entertainment programming. Its base package offers more than 100 channels.
What Is fuboTV? Team Clark Reviews the Live TV Streaming Service
I’ve tested all of the major live TV streaming services for Team Clark, including fuboTV. A lot has changed since I first reviewed fuboTV back in 2018, so I signed up for the service again to see what’s new.
In this article, I’ll share more details about my experience and what you need to know before you sign up!
Table of Contents:
1. How Much Does fuboTV Cost?
The fubo Standard plan is $54.99 per month, but it wasn’t easy to find that information on fuboTV’s website. To get to it, I had to click “Browse all available plans” at the bottom of the screen shown below.
Clark.com has confirmed that the price of the Standard plan will increase by $5 starting in August 2020.
I signed up for the base package for the biggest savings compared to cable TV, but the other options may be a better selection if you want premium channels and features.
The plans come with a 7-day free trial, and there are no contracts or long-term commitments.
2. What Channels Do You Get With fuboTV?
fuboTV’s base plan features more than 100 channels, including about 40 that offer sports. The company tells me that it carries 43 of the top 50 Nielsen-rated networks in adults ages 18 to 49.
Here are some of the sports, news and entertainment networks in the channel lineup:
- Sports: beIN Sports, BTN, CBS Sports Network, FS1, FS2, fubo Sports Network, Golf Channel, NBCSN, NBC Sports RSNs, NFL Network, Pac-12 Network and more.
- News: CNBC, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, The Weather Channel and more.
- Entertainment: A&E, AMC, BET, Bravo, Food Network, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, History, Lifetime, Nickelodeon, TLC and more.
ESPN is noticeably absent from the channel lineup, but the popular sports channel and other Disney-owned networks are coming to the service in August. Turner networks were dropped in July 2020.
Local stations are available in many cities. Check fuboTV’s website for the full list of channels.
3. Does fuboTV Include Cloud DVR?
fuboTV’s cloud-based DVR allows users to record any live programs on most channels either before or during the program’s airing.
Up to 30 hours of recorded programming time is included with a base subscription and 500 hours is available for an additional $9.99 per month. Recordings can be saved for as long as you want.
To manage your DVR, navigate to the “Recordings” tab from the home screen.
What I like most about fuboTV’s cloud DVR is the ability to record an entire series. When this option is present, you can choose to record new episodes and reruns or new episodes only.
Fast-forwarding through commercials is allowed, so that’s another plus for the DVR.
4. How Do You Stream fuboTV?
You can stream fuboTV on your smartphone, computer or to your TV. To watch on the big screen, you may want to use a streaming media player like the Amazon Fire TV Stick that I used for my test.
In fact, you probably already own a device that supports fuboTV. Here’s the list:
- Android and iOS smartphones and
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android TV
- Android Smart TVs
- Apple TV
- Samsung Smart TVs
- Xbox One
A high-speed internet connection is required to stream fuboTV or any other live TV streaming service.
My home internet download speed averages around 60 Mbps, according to Speedtest.net. That was fast enough to stream fuboTV without experiencing buffering or error messages.
5. Can a Family Share fuboTV?
More than one member of a household can stream fuboTV at the same time. Two simultaneous streams are included with the base package or you can add a third stream for $5.99 per month.
In addition, up to six users can create a profile under a single fuboTV subscription.
When you open fuboTV, you’ll see a Netflix-style profile screen. Each user can select their own favorite channels, follow series and record the content that they want.
Pros and Cons
fuboTV offers more channels for about the same price as its main competitors, but you have to make sure that the channel lineup works for you.
fuboTV: Pros and Cons
|Lots and lots of sports channels||Turner networks (CNN, TBS, TNT, etc.) removed in July 2020|
|Good mix of live news and entertainment networks||Must upgrade to get more than 30 hours of cloud DVR|
|Up to 6 profiles per subscription||Only two streams at the same time; add a third for $5.99/month|
fuboTV has focused on improving the user experience. At first, I thought it might be overwhelming to navigate more than 100 channels in the guide when I only watch a few of them.
But favoriting a channel puts it front and center on the home screen and when you’re using the live guide.
I also thought the DVR was easy to use, but I only wish that more than 30 hours were included with the base plan. If you upgrade to get more DVR storage or additional streams, fuboTV can get pretty expensive.
Have you tried fuboTV? Add to our review and leave your thoughts in the comments section below!