5 Things to Know Before You Sign Up for fuboTV

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Things to Know Before You Sign Up for fuboTV
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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 in 2021.

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.

The company says its cheapest plan offers 43 of the top 50 Nielsen-ranked networks.

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 Family bundle is now the cheapest plan at $64.99 per month after the $59.99 fubo Standard plan was dropped in December 2020.

I signed up for the base package for the biggest savings compared to cable TV, but fuboTV offers add-on packages for additional channels and features that can substantially increase your bill.

Its streaming 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. ESPN is now included.

The service’s August 2020 price increase came after fuboTV added Disney-owned networks to its lineup. They include ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN, SEC Network, ACC Network, FX and more.

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Meanwhile, the service removed TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network and other Turner channels in July 2020.

The chart below lists the channels in the fubo Family plan. To see if local stations and regional sports networks are available where you live, check fuboTV’s website.

fuboTV Family:
$64.99/month
A&E
ABC (select markets)
ABC News Live
ACC Network (in-market)
AccuWeather
AMC
Animal Planet
BBC America
beIN Sports (multiple channels)
BET
Big Ten Network (BTN)
Bravo
CBS
CBSN
CBS Sports Network
Cheddar
CMT
CNBC
Comedy Central
Comet
Cozi TV
CW
Discovery Channel
Disney Channel
Disney Junior
Disney XD
E!
ESPN
ESPN2
ESPN3
Estrella TV
Food Network
FOX
Fox Business Network
Fox News Channel
Fox Sports 1 (FS1)
Fox Sports 2 (FS2)
Freeform
fubo Sports Network
FX
FXX
FYI
Galavision
GetTV
Golf Channel
Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Drama
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
HGTV
History Channel
IFC
Investigation Discovery (ID)
Lifetime
Lifetime Movies (LMN)
Local Now
MotorTrend
MSNBC
MTV
National Geographic
NBC
NBCLX
NBCSN
Newsmax
NFL Network
Nickelodeon
Nick Jr.
Olympic Channel
OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)
Oxygen
Paramount Network
Pop
SEC Network (in-market)
Smithsonian Channel
Sundance TV
SYFY
Tastemade
Telemundo
The Weather Channel
TLC
Travel Channel
TUDN
TUDNxtra (multiple channels)
TV Land
TVG
Unimas
Universal Kids
Universo
Univision
USA
VH1
Vice
WE tv

If you want to compare fuboTV’s channel lineup to other streaming TV services, see our side-by-side chart. YouTube TV also offers a lot of sports channels in its $65 a month plan.

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.

The Family bundle comes with 250 hours of cloud DVR storage space, but there is an option to upgrade to 1,000 hours for an additional monthly fee.

To manage your DVR, navigate to the “Recordings” tab from the home screen.

From the Recordings tab, fuboTV users can manage their DVR settings and monitor available storage space.

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.

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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 tablets
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android TV
  • Android Smart TVs
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • Roku
  • 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 100 Mbps, according to Speedtest.net. That was fast enough to stream fuboTV without experiencing buffering or error messages.

Learn more about internet speed requirements for fuboTV here.

5. Can a Family Share fuboTV?

More than one member of a household can stream fuboTV at the same time. Three simultaneous streams are included with the Family bundle or you can add more streams for an extra fee.

In addition, up to six users can create a profile under a single fuboTV subscription.

fuboTV Profiles

When you open fuboTV, you’ll see a Netflix-style profile screen. Users can select their own favorite channels, follow series and record the content that they want.

Pros and Cons 

fuboTV’s latest price hike makes it one of the more expensive live TV streaming options on the market, but it does offer more channels than its competitors.

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Before you sign up, review fuboTV’s channel lineup and compare it to YouTube TV, Hulu Live and Sling TV.

RELATED: YouTube TV vs. fuboTV: Which Streaming Service Is Better?

fuboTV: Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Lots and lots of sports channels; ESPN added in August 2020 Turner networks (CNN, TBS, TNT, etc.) removed in July 2020
Good mix of live news and entertainment networks Expensive add-ons for additional DVR storage and streams
Up to 6 profiles per subscription

fuboTV has focused on improving the user experience. At first, I thought it might be overwhelming to navigate 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.

Favorite a channel and it will be featured front and center on the home page and live TV guide on fuboTV.

I also thought the DVR was easy to use and think the 250 hours included with the Family bundle is enough for most households.

Overall, fuboTV may be worth a closer look if you’re not happy with YouTube TV for whatever reason. The two services aren’t the cheapest, but they’re the closest to a cable TV experience.

Have you tried fuboTV? Add to our review and leave your thoughts in the comments section below! 

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