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FuboTV Review: Is it Worth $65 A Month?

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FuboTV is a great option for cord-cutters looking for sports. Read our FuboTV review to see how they can save you money and get all your content needs.

Cutting the cord on cable doesn’t mean you need to give up live sports or your favorite shows. Many people stay in their high-priced contracts to catch the latest game, or watch the current hit show. Thanks to streaming services, like fuboTV, that’s not the case.

FuboTV is a growing player in the cable replacement space. At $65 per month, it’s on the more expensive end. However, if you’re paying the monthly average cable bill of $200, it offers significant savings. In this fuboTV review, we shed light on the service so you can decide if it’s worth the cost.

What is fuboTV?

 

FuboTV is a video streaming service that matches much of what you get through a cable subscription. The service launched in 2015, focusing largely on niche sports content, such as soccer.

It remains the best online streaming service for watching soccer games, but it offers significantly more today. While the service shines for sports content, you also get access to dozens of news, entertainment, and lifestyle channels.

It’s priced similarly to Hulu Live and YouTube TV. When you look at fuboTV vs. Hulu Live, the former shines for sports and added DVR storage.

Compared to YouTube TV, fubo doesn’t boast the same unlimited DVR space, but it has several dozen more channels. Either three are good cable replacements; you just need to know what’s important to you.

Packages

 

Channel availability is an essential player in choosing a cable alternative. The list of fuboTV channels doesn’t disappoint. Here in Omaha it offers 115 channels in its base Family package, so it will vary based on where you live.

You won’t find some Turner-backed channels, but the streaming provider claims to carry 43 of the top 50 Nielsen-ranked channels in its base package. In exchange for the loss of Turner networks, it did add many Disney-owned networks.

Here are the channels in the fubo Family plan.

Channel NameChannel2Channel3
A&EABCABC News Live
ACC NetworkAccuWeatherAMC
Animal PlanetBBC AmericabeIN Sports
BETBig Ten NetworkBravo
CBSCBSNCBS Sports Network
CheddarCMTCNBC
Comedy CentralCometCozi TV
CWDiscovery ChannelDisney Channel
Disney JuniorDisney XDE!
ESPNESPN2ESPN3
Estrella TVFood NetworkFOX
Fox Business NetworkFox News ChannelFox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2Freeformfubo Sports Network
FXFXXFYI
GalavisionGetTVGolf Channel
Hallmark ChannelHallmark DramaHallmark Movies & Mysteries
HGTVHistory ChannelIFC
Investigation DiscoveryLifetimeLifetime Movies
Local NowMotorTrendMSNBC
MTVNational GeographicNBC
NBCLXNBCSNNewsmax
NFL NetworkNickelodeonNick Jr.
Olympic ChannelOWNParamount Network
PopSEC NetworkSmithsonian Channel
Sundance TVSYFYTastemade
TelemundoThe Weather ChannelTLC
Travel ChannelTUDNTUDNxtra
TV LandTVGUnimas
Universal KidsUniversoUnivision
USAVH1Vice
WE tvWGN AmericaOxygen

 

Here are the channels in the fubo Elite plan.

Channelschannels2Channels3
American HeroesGinx eSports TVNicktoons
BBC World NewsGreat American CountryTeenick
BET HerINSPPeopleTV
BET JamsLaw & CrimeRevolt
BET SoulLogoSCI
Cooking ChannelMTV ClassicSony
CNBC WorldMTV LiveStadium
Destination AmericaMTV 2Stadium 1
Discovery FamilyMTV UStadium 2
Discovery LifeNBA TVStadium 3
DIYNewsyTennis Channel
FuseNHL NetworkZonaFutbol
Game Show NetworkNickMusicMLB Network
ACCNNat Geo WildPac-12 Networks
ESPNUESPN NewsFXM
SEC Network

 

The available channels compete well with what you’ll find at either Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV. If you want to upgrade from the Family plan, choose the fubo TV Elite plan for $79.99 per month.

Add-Ons

 

Streaming providers often offer add-on packages to expand your viewing choices. FuboTV is no different. Here are the add-ons you can couple with the fuboTV channels:

fubo_add-onPrice
Sports Plus with NFL RedZone $10.99/mo
fubo Extra$7.99/mo
International Sports Plus$6.99/mo
Adventure Plus$4.99/mo
Latino Plus$19.99/mo
RAI Italia$8.99/mo
TV5MONDE$9.99/mo
Portuguese Plus$14.99/mo
Entretenimiento Plus$4.99/mo

Depending on what you add to your service, it’s easy to spend $100, or more, per month with fubo. This gets you close to the average cost of cable.

You might find some of the offerings for a lower cost elsewhere, but this would not allow you to view everything within the same interface.

The offerings in each add-on does vary over time. It’s best to consult the fuboTV site for current offerings.

FuboTV Family Plan vs. Elite Plan

 

Like other popular streaming services, fuboTV offers a base package and an enhanced package. The former package is cheaper, but the latter provides some attractive features you may want. Here’s a breakdown of the two package options:

Family plan:

  • 115 channels, with 130+ in 4k (in Omaha)
  • 250 hours of cloud DVR space
  • Simultaneous streaming on three screens
  • $64.99 per month

Elite plan:

  • 161 channels, with 130+ in 4k, in Omaha
  • 1,000 hours of cloud DVR space
  • Simultaneous streaming on five screens
  • $79.99 per month

You can try either plan through their 7-day free trial. If you don’t like it, cancel and pay nothing.

Look and Feel

 

The fubo interface is intuitive and well-designed. It has a simple black, gray, and white color scheme, making it easy on the eyes.


interface

The menu is separated into several tabs. Your experience will differ depending on the device you use to view content. On a web-based device, the tabs are Home, Sports, Shows, Movies, Guide, and Recordings.

If you’re on a mobile device, they combine Shows and Movies into Entertainment. The Recordings tab will show as My Fubo.

Each main tab includes sub tabs. Home, for example, has Live TV, 4k on Demand, Live Sports, Popular Shows, and Popular Movies. On Sports, you can select games airing same day or future events.

The guide isn’t alphabetized, but you can create your own selection of favorite channels to help streamline searching.

guide

Lack of alphabetization aside, the fuboTV guide is simple to use and navigate.

Video Quality

 

FuboTV supports up to 1080p content, but that does depend on the channel and program you’re watching. The streaming service also offers some events in 4K. The site lists the current options as over 130.

To view content in 4K you must use a 4K supported device, like the Apple TV 4K, Fire Stick 4K, or Roku Premiere. You can’t record 4K content. It’s also important to remember that there isn’t a live TV streaming service that currently offers 4K ability.

Features

 

The cable replacement space is a competitive market. Streaming platforms augment their offerings to add features users demand.

Here are a few of the features that set fuboTV apart from the competition.

Cloud DVR

DVR capabilities are important for most cord-cutters. The fuboTV cloud DVR shouldn’t disappoint. The standard storage capacity is 250 hours in the Family plan.

The service used to charge an additional $9.99 per month if you wanted anything more than 30 hours. That is no longer the case. If you choose the Elite plan you receive 1,000 hours in storage capacity.

You can fast-forward through commercials with either one. And, you can keep recordings indefinitely.

Multiple Profiles

Multiple family members can stream fuboTV simultaneously. You get three streams with the Family plan or five with Elite. This makes it a good Hulu alternative as that service only offers two streams before requiring an upgrade.

profile

Like YouTube TV, you can have up to six different profiles under one fuboTV subscription.

Parental Controls

FuboTV does not currently offer parental controls, which is somewhat frustrating. Other streaming services, like YouTube TV and Sling do.

*Related: Can’t decide between Hulu Live and Sling TV? Check out our Hulu Live vs. Sling TV guide to see a side-by-side analysis.*

It would be nice to see fubo offer parental controls in the future, especially for its on-demand content.

Lookback and Startover

This is a helpful feature offered by fuboTV. The Lookback and Startover features allow users to go back up to 72 hours in the past to watch any sporting event they may have missed.

To get there, click on the calendar icon in the sports section and choose the original airtime. If you want to view the event, simply click the Watch Now button.

You can’t record this content, but it’s a cool feature to watch an event you missed or forgot to record.

Supported Devices

FuboTV works with most major platforms, including:

  • Amazon Fire TV or Stick (all models)
  • Android devices (5.0 and later)
  • AppleTV 4th and 5th generation (4K)
  • iPhones and iPds (iOS 10 and later)
  • Chromecast devices
  • Web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, and Safari)
  • Roku Streaming Stick (model 3600X and later)
  • Samsung Smart TVs
  • Vizio Smartcast TVs
  • Xbox consoles

You can also use the TV Anywhere app as it lets you watch fuboTV from anywhere on most devices.

Pros and Cons

 

There’s a lot to consider when choosing a streaming platform. Here are some things to think about.

Pros:

  • Lots of channels, more than any other service
  • Dozens of sports channels available in base package
  • Good mix of live news, entertainment, and lifestyle channels
  • Can have up to six profiles per account
  • Generous DVR storage
  • Intuitive interface
  • Some 4K content
  • Reliable streaming

Cons:

  • No Turner channels
  • Most live streams limited to 720p
  • On the expensive end of the tier

There is a lot to like about fubo. It is on the pricey side, but at the same cost as YouTube TV and Hulu Live. If you’re a sports fan who wants a more robust DVR, it’s worth considering.

 

Bottom Line

 

When it comes to sports, fuboTV won’t disappoint. Even if you’re not a sports fan, the service offers the most channels in the space in its base package, making it a good fit for most cord cutters.

It is on the pricier side, but compared to similar platforms, fubo holds its own. If DVR capability, 4K content, and multiple streams are important to you, try out the free 7-day trial now.

 

What do you look for in a cable replacement service? How much do you like to spend on streaming services each month?

 

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