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Fubo TV review

Fubo TV is expensive but comes with a ton of channels

Fubo TV
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Our Verdict

Fubo TV is pricey but worth it if you want a lot of channels (and sports).

For

  • Huge number of channels
  • Niche sports networks
  • Some 4K content

Against

  • More expensive than competitors
  • No Turner channels (CNN, TBS, TNT, etc)

Streaming services run the gamut from free to expensive, with Fubo TV at the upper end of the market. It's expensive, but it might be the right cord-cutting choice if you want a lot of channels and if you like to watch sports.

FuboTV Specs

Starting price: $65 per month
Supported devices: Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Vizio and Samsung Smart TVs, web browsers, iPhones and iPads, Android phones and tablets, Chromecast, Xbox
Cloud DVR: 250 hours
Simultaneous streams: 3

FuboTV launched in 2015 with a focus on soccer, but it has evolved since then into a great cable TV alternative. The lowest tier Family plan costs $65 and comes with 122 channels, including the major broadcast and cable networks, and supports 4K streaming for select content (some of its competitors do not). 

FuboTV's interface is slick and well-designed and comes with 250 hours of Cloud DVR. Ultimately, this FuboTV review concludes that it's right for you if you're willing to spend an extra few bucks a month to build a more complete channel guide.

FuboTV won a Highly Recommended award in the 2021 Tom's Guide Awards for Best Sports Streaming Service.

FuboTV review: Pricing

FuboTV offers a free, seven-day trial of its Family plan, which costs $64.99 a month for 122 channels, 250 hours of Cloud DVR storage and three simultaneous streams. 

That Family plan is now the default plan, as the $60 Standard plan just went the way of the dodo. The Ultra plan costs $84.99 and adds the Fubo Extra and Sports Plus packages on top of the Family plan.

All plans come with six profiles per account, so friends and family members can customize their preferences. 

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On top of one of the plans, Fubo users can pay for add-ons, like Showtime and Starz. There are also over a dozen add-on bundles and premium channels, which we outline below.

Fubo's plans are in line with or slightly more expensive than its competitors, which have been rising recently. Both YouTube TV ($64.99 per month for 80-plus channels) and Hulu with Live TV ($64.99 per month for 70-plus channels) both crept up to match Fubo TV recently. Both services stream local networks in most areas, as does Fubo. Other streaming services are cheaper, but their prices are also going up. Take for example Sling (which now costs $35 per month for new members) and Philo TV ($20 for 59 channels), though neither of which such an expansive channel lineup.

FuboTV review: Availability and platforms

FuboTV is available on most major platforms: 

  • Web browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox)
  • Most iPhones and iPads (iOS 10 and later)
  • Most Android phones and tablets (OS 5.0 and later)
  • Apple TV (4th gen and later)
  • Roku (model 3600X and later)
  • Samsung Smart TVs
  • Fire TV (all models)
  • Vizio Smartcast TVs
  • All Chromecast devices
  • Xbox consoles

The only typical streaming device missing is PlayStation 4 (which has Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV).

FuboTV review: Interface

Fubo's interface is slick and well-designed. The black, gray and white color palette is more attractive than YouTube's stark, utilitarian look, though not quite as pleasing as Philo's interface. 

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The menu is divided into a handful of tabs (which differ slightly between platforms). On the web, those tabs are Home, Sports, Shows, Movies, Guide and Recordings. On mobile, the Shows and Movies sections are combined into Entertainment, while Recordings is labeled My Fubo. 

The Home tab is broken down into sections, like Live TV, 4K on Demand, Live Sports, Popular Shows and Popular Movies. The Sports tab shows all the games that are airing that day or on future days. The Shows and Movies tab highlights popular titles and content on demand.

The Guide tab features the typical cable-like grid with a vertical list of networks and horizontal times. The networks are not alphabetized, so you may need to hunt for your preferred channels. But you can also favorite channels, so they always live at the top of the Guide.

The Recordings tab houses all the shows and movies you have recorded as well as a marker for how much Cloud DVR storage you've used.

FuboTV's search functionality is very fast, with results populating as you type, but it isn't as extensive as YouTube TV (which pulls in related video content from regular YouTube) or even Philo (which includes episodes as well as shows in results).

The show profile pages are fairly typical. They display upcoming episodes and give the option to record the series. (And you can choose to record all episodes or just new episodes.) And the playback window features the usual controls.

FuboTV review: Content and channels

Fubo's channel lineup is huge. The largest among the higher-priced streaming services, FuboTV includes almost all of the local networks as well as top cable brands. In summer 2020, they added Disney-owned channels like ABC and ESPN, but took away Turned-owned channels like CNN and TNT.

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Fubo does offer the Viacom-owned networks, like MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. For their full channel lineup, check here.

The add-ons include two premium channels and several packages geared toward different interests, primarily niche sports. The service recently added MLB Network + MLB StrikeZone and the NHL Network.

Here's a look at the add-on packages you can get from Fubo:

  • Showtime ($10.99)
  • AMC Premiere ($4.99)
  • $10.99 for Sports Plus (NFL Red Zone, NBA TV, Tennis Channel, GolTV)
  • $11.99 for Fubo Cycling
  • $5.99 for International Sports Plus (Zona Futbol, Fox Soccer Plus)
  • $4.99 for Adventure Plus (Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, Outside TV)
  • $7.99 for Latino Plus
  • $7.99 for Rai Italia
  • $14.99 for Portuguese Plus
  • $4.99 for Entretenimiento Plus
  • $5.99 for Fubo Extra (Cooking Channel, Game Show Network, Logo, TeenNick)

Fubo also lacks original programming, which two of its competitors — YouTube TV and Hulu With Live TV — have. Those services are similarly priced yet offer original shows (and in Hulu's case, award-winning titles like The Handmaid's Tale). Not to say Fubo should get in the originals game — honestly, there's too much stuff out there anyway — but it does make that high cost a bit less justifiable.

FuboTV review: DVR

One of the main knocks against Fubo used to be the low amount of Cloud DVR storage. But a recent package overhaul changed for several of the plans. Now, the Family Plan comes with 250 hours. But consider that YouTube TV and Philo both give unlimited storage. 

Like Sling, Fubo allows you to delete recordings, but it starts at only 50 hours, and makes you pay $5 per month for 200 hours. 

Fubo's Recordings tab has a handy tracker to gauge how much DVR space you are using.

FuboTV review: Video quality

FuboTV supports up to 1080p, depending on the channel and program. Most of the content I watched was only available up to 720p. 

Fubo also offers limited events in 4K (currently more than 130 of them) and only on devices that can stream 4K content such as the Apple TV 4K, Chromecast Ultra, FireTV Stick 4K, Roku Premiere and Android mobile phones with HDR10 displays. 

The 4K content is not available to be recorded. None of the other live TV services stream in 4K. Philo offers 720p streaming and 1080p on-demand content, while the other companies don't say.

FuboTV review: Verdict

Fubo is a decent option for cord cutters looking to get rid of cable television. And while it used to be one of the most expensive streaming services in the market, competitors have now risen in price to match that $65 a month family plan. None of the three streamers is the complete package; they all lack something, be it certain channels or enough DVR storage. Basketball fans will raise an eyebrow at the lack of TNT in Fubo, for example.

As this FuboTV review explains, it offers a ton of channels and storage with its Family plan and flexibility with add-ons. If you're looking for something cheaper, then go with Sling or Philo — just know that you won't have access to many networks. But if your preferred channels are only in Fubo's lineup, it may be the best cable replacement service for you. 

Kelly Woo

Kelly covers streaming media for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.

  • tamame
    Fubotv is a disgusting company that has:
    Designed their call service to discourage, frustrate, and prevent you from addressing issues ... and disconnecting.
    Designed their call center around 3rd world country non-native english speakers for the same reason above.
    Designed their answering service to discourage you modifying or cancelling service.
    Designed their answering service to have "no supervisors available". Which is a joke as anyone with a job can understand.Do NOT use the trial. They will do everything to waste your time and frustrate you to make you pay.
    Fubotv as a service:
    Does not deliver DVR capabilities on many channels. Which defeats the purpose. I recorded several episodes but could not play them back.
    Does not deliver an easy experience. The DVR when it works ... shows no preview so you have to guess where the ads stop.
    Does not deliver honest channel lineups. 10 or so channels in each package are junk and show nothing.
    Is expensive.

    I cannot believe this is recommended on Tom's Guide.
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