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What is FuboTV? Cost, channels, free trial and more

Fubo TV

Fubo TV might be the answer to your cable-cutting dreams if you don't want to miss a single game. Its entry-level package includes over two dozen sports channels — and with the recent addition of Disney-owned channels, that includes ESPN — and many other top entertainment networks. 

Fubo TV is a live TV streaming service that can help you get rid of your expensive cable package. It's got a cloud DVR and recently added to its picture-in-picture Multiview feature, so you can watch four streams at once! Perfect for game day.

(Image credit: fuboTV on iPhones. Credit: fuboTV)

Read our FuboTV review for a detailed breakdown of what we like and don't like about the streaming service.

But how does it compete with the best streaming services in the market, such as Sling TV, Hulu and YouTube TV? Here's everything you need to know about FuboTV.

How much does FuboTV cost?

Fubo starts at $65 for its Family bundle. That includes three simultaneous streams, over 122 channels and 500 hours of Cloud DVR. This is a whopping $35 more than Sling TV's Orange and Blue packages but the same amount as Hulu With Live TV and YouTube TV.

What devices support FuboTV?

FuboTV has a pretty wide network of supported hardware. Not only does it have apps on Android and iOS, but there are also apps for over-the-top boxes and sticks, such as Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku, as well as Samsung Smart TVs (though that's in beta).

MORE: Hulu Live vs. YouTube TV vs. Sling vs. Vue vs. DirecTV Now: Face-Off!

fuboTV on Apple TV. Credit: fuboTV

(Image credit: fuboTV on Apple TV. Credit: fuboTV)

Does FuboTV have DVR?

FuboTV offers a cloud-based DVR, and the service doesn't make you pay extra for that feature (unlike Sling). By default, FuboTV throws in 30 hours of DVR for free. That's 10 more hours than the $50-per-month DirecTV Now includes, 20 fewer hours than the $45-per-month Hulu + Live TV gives you and infinitely less than the $50-per-month YouTube TV provides with its unlimited cap on DVR.

If 30 hours doesn't sound like enough, you can upgrade to 500 hours for an extra $9.99 per month.

What are the FuboTV packages?

If the 120-plus channels in the Family Plan aren't enough for you, you can add more. Those start with the Sports Plus package, which includes 23 channels for $8.99 per month, the international sports package (with Fox Soccer Plus, GolTV English and Spanish, and TyC Sports); that package costs $5.99 per month.

Hoops addicts can add NBA League Pass, which has 30 channels, for $28.99 per month. There's also a six-pack of cycling channels for $11.99 per month. The $5.99 Fubo Extra package (which is mostly nonsports content) adds 30 channels, including Cooking Channel, DIY Network, PeopleTV, BBC World News and TeenNick.

The fuboTV guide. Credit: fuboTV

(Image credit: The fuboTV guide. Credit: fuboTV)

While there's a Showtime network package ($10.99 gets you nine variants of the premium channel), there is no HBO option.

What channels does FuboTV have?

FuboTV's Family Plan lineup of 120-plus channels is heavy on sports but packs other entertainment and news options as well. When you compare the service to YouTube TV, which is $5 less and packs around 30 fewer channels, the entry-level Fubo package isn't just competitive; it offers nonsports channels that YouTube lacks.

FuboTV's channels include:

  • A&E
  • ACC Network
  • Adult Swim
  • AMC
  • BBC America
  • beIn Sports (plus beIn Sports 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, La Liga and ñ)
  • BET
  • Big Ten Network
  • Bravo
  • CBSN
  • Cheddar News
  • CMT
  • Comedy Central
  • Eleven Sports
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPN3
  • Fox Soccer Plus
  • Fox Deportes
  • Fuse
  • FYI
  • Galavision
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Hallmark Drama
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • Lifetime
  • Lifetime Movies
  • MSG, MSG+
  • MSG2, MSG2+
  • MTV
  • NBCSN+
  • NFL Network
  • Nick Jr.
  • Nickelodeon
  • Oxygen
  • Pac-12
  • Paramount Network
  • SEC Network
  • Telexitos
  • The Weather Channel
  • TV Land
  • UniMás
  • Univision
  • Univision Deportes
  • VH1
  • Viceland
  • WLNY 1055

Check out our YouTube TV channels guide to see how that service's offerings stack up.

Does FuboTV have ESPN?

Yes! For some time, FuboTV did not have ESPN, which was strange for a live TV streaming service that touted its sports coverage. But as of August 1, FuboTV has a new deal with Disney giving them access to ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3 as well as the ACC Network and SEC Network. 

I don't understand why there is online interest in the legality of FuboTV, but we've noticed people are asking this question. Yes, FuboTV packs more sports than you can even think of, but you're still paying for it. So, yes, it's legal.

Henry T. Casey

Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past six-plus years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.