fuboTV Premier is a Streaming Service Dedicated to Live Sports and Entertainment
Ever since Sling TV burst out on to the scene, every digital media distributor has been itching to get a slice of the ever-expanding cord cutting market. In 2015 we got Sling TV. In 2016 we got PlayStation Vue. And in 2017 we get… fuboTV (free trial)?
A REAL SPORTS PACKAGE FOR REAL SPORTS FANS.
That’s right, one of the leading streaming sources of international soccer is taking a dip in the wider streaming market with a twist. Enter: fuboTV Premier.
The New FuboTV
What is FuboTV Premier?
How much does fuboTV cost
No longer in beta stage, fuboTV Premier aims to be your ultimate source for sports, movies, and news. Currently, a subscription to fuboTV Premier will run you $34.99 a month.
So what do get for that $35 a month? Let’s take a look.
fuboTV Hits the Ground Running
June 2017 was a big month for fuboTV as they closed their Series C funding round for 55 Million dollars. Investors included big names such as Northzone, 21st Century Fox, Scripps Networks Interactive, and Sky. Read more about the deal in TechCrunch.
With this great news, fuboTV launched a limited time, summer promotion. Details are in the above banner, but in short, they are offering FuboTV Premier for 19.99/mo for the first 2 months. This deal equates to over a 40% off discount. To take advantage of this offer use this link.
FuboTV Strikes Deal With CBS
FuboTV is stepping up to the plate by further expanding its service offering well beyond just sports. With a new partnership with CBS, they can now offer CBS and Showtime streaming. With this new deal, they are directly competing with streaming giants Sling TV and DirecTV Now. Read the full article here.
In total, your default subscription to fuboTV Premier will net you 63+ television channels. They are as follows:
NBC, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Bay Area, NBCSN, FS1, FS2, NBA TV, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Español, Univision, Univision Televisa Deportes Network, Bravo, National Geographic, USA, CNBC, Big Ten Network, Fox, Fox Soccer Plus, FX, FXX, FX Movie Channel, Viceland, Golf Channel, Fox News, Fox Business, MSNBC, E!, The Weather Channel, Syfy, A&E, History, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Sprout, Nat Geo Wild, Unimas, El Rey Network, Fuse, Revolt, fyi, Oxygen, One Wolrd Sports, fuboTV Network, Football Report TV.
- For us, Americans, bear in mind that Football Report TV refers to soccer, not the NFL.
Local Sports Team Coverage
fuboTV Premier Add-on Channels
In addition to these channels, fuboTV Premier also offer you a selection of add-ons channels for an additional monthly fee. Here’s what they are:
- Entertainment Plus – $5.99 Monthly
- Includes: Chiller, Universal Channel
- Portuguese Plus – $14.00 Monthly
- Includes: RTP Internacional, Liga Portugal, Benfica TV, GolTV Spanish
- Deportes Extra – $5.99 Monthly
- Includes: GolTV Spanish, GolTV English, NBC Universo, TyC Sports
- Mundo Plus – $5.99 Monthly
- Includes: Nat Geo Mundo, Fox Life, Fox Deportes, TyC Sports, GolTV Spanish
- Fubo Latino – $12.99 Monthly
- Includes: GolTV Spanish, Fox Deportes, TyC Sports, Galavision, Fox Life, Nat Geo Mundo, Cine Sony Television, BabyTV HD
- Kids Plus – $2.99 Monthly
- Includes: BabyTV HD
- News Plus – $5.99 Monthly
- Includes: CNBC World
fuboTV Premier Packages
As you might notice when you go to sign up for fuboTV Premier, there are other subscription options available to you; such as fuboTV Latino. While these options are still valid and available, they will slowly be phased out over time so you might be better off going with Premier.
It’s also worth mentioning that many of the stations included in the other packaged are also available with Premier.
Another thing you will notice about the content selection is that is very sports-oriented. Let no one make any mistakes: fuboTV was primarily a streaming service for and by soccer fans, but no longer. If you like baseball, can’t get enough baseball, obsess about baseball; this might not be for you.
Furthermore, if you hate soccer, or sports in general, then this is also not for you. Services like Sling TV or DirecTV Now (free trial) can more than handle your online streaming needs. fuboTV is meant to bridge that gap for the rest of us that want to cut the cord but can’t give up our sports.
That’s not to say it’s all about sports. As you might have seen, you still have access to networks like FX and MSNBC, so your entertainment and news needs are still met. You can also stream a fair amount of television and film on-demand; so it’s not completely bereft of non-sports entertainment.
fuboTV Premier Device Support
As far as device support goes, here’s what works with fuboTV Premier as of right now: iOS and Android, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV (gen 4+) boxes, Android TV, Chromecast, and your good old-fashioned web browser. Sadly, if you stream through a gaming console, you are out of luck.
Concerning multi-device support, fuboTV allows you to stream up to two devices simultaneously. I also heard from a friend that they are releasing very exciting features in the coming days and weeks (03.30.17). There is a press release coming out soon and I will update this post when I learn more.
So how does fuboTV Premier operate? The answer is surprisingly well. Regardless of whether you’re live-streaming or viewing on-demand, everything promptly loads with little wait time. The quality of the feed is, for the most part, pristine. I say for the most part because sometimes you will encounter frame rate issues and skipping from time to time.
However, the video quality issue can easily be explained by the internet connection itself, and not fuboTV (curse you Comcast!).
Because our history tells a great story about who we are today, let’s take a look at what they offered in years past.
fuboTV’s Previous Offering
Sometimes being a soccer fan in the United States can be a bit frustrating. Even with substantially large organizations like Major League Soccer (MLS), the sports gets little love from cable television.
What was fuboTV? A fantastic streaming service that would deliver to you more soccer than you could shake a stick at.
How Much did fuboTV Cost? Making its debut in January of 2015, fuboTV was a streaming service that opened up the wide world of soccer to American fans. For $6.99 a month, fuboTV gave us access to 12 live soccer channels from around the world.
There were no yearly contracts, no cancellation penalties, or any of the complicated garbage that comes with signing up for a cable subscription. You were billed month to month and could cancel your subscription at any time.
fuboTV previous Channel Selection
- Bein Sports (also available via Sling TV)
- Bein Sports Spanish
- Univision, Univision Deportes
- GolTV English
- GolTV Spanish
- Unimas, Galavision
- Benfica TV
- Football Report TV
- FuboTV Network
- El Rey Network
In addition, to live matches, you could also get access to club videos, series, documentaries, news, and more. fuboTV is/was compatible with both Android and iOS as well as Roku and Amazon Fire TV; which means you’ll stream directly to your television!
Unlike some services out there that don’t provide quality streams, fuboTV gave you all your favorite matches in 1080p HD. No more pixels, no more blurs.
Here are the leagues you would get when you subscribe to fuboTV:
You’ll also get access to several championships; such as the Copa America, Copa America Centenario, CONMEBOL, Football League Championship, English League Cup, and Swiss Super League.
FuboTV DVR and Apps
Afraid you’ll miss a match? Not to worry, fuboTV offered a DVR feature that allows you to record matches so you can watch them on-demand!
Great news for Apple and Amazon fans! The latest updates to the Fire TV and iOS applications came with some big changes. For the Fire TV app, you are able to make one-click purchase in-app purchases. You are also able to pause, rewind, and record live TV using a cloud-based DVR. The new iOS app also came with DVR features, as well as a few other goodies; such as chat features, picture-in-picture, and the ability to cast to your television using Chromecast.
The only bummer about fuboTV is that if you live outside of the United States you won’t be able to use fuboTV. But I’m just nitpicking here; fuboTV was/is still a stellar service.
Cord Cutting Soccer Fans Love fuboTV
If you’re a soccer fan in the United States, and you’re tired of being ignored by cable giants then fuboTV is exactly what you needed. If you want to learn more about how to watch Soccer without a Cable TV Subscription – make sure you read “Cut the Cord, but Keep Your Soccer”
No more missed matches, no more taped delays, no more blurry images; just non-stop soccer ready at a moment’s notice. Let’s see Comcast do that.
March 2016 Update: And they continued to make updates. Just last year fuboTV solidified some partnerships that greatly increased their reach. Read “Whats new with fuboTV” to learn more.
FuboTV Premier Overview
Overall, fuboTV Premier has a lot of promise packed into a little beta. For the soccer fans that sorely miss equal coverage in the US media, this is a golden opportunity to stay informed and up to date about the world’s most popular sports.
Ultimately, the biggest detraction from fuboTV is its price. If you ignore the early price discount ($34.99 monthly), then the prospect of paying $50 a month seems a little steep; especially when other services can offer wider coverage for a lower price.
If fuboTV Premier ever hopes of stealing subscribers away from Sling TV or PlayStation Vue, they are going to HAVE TO come down on the price. Otherwise, they’ll be stuck with a great service that’s priced itself out of the market.
That being said, for some this level of sports coverage is well worth it. If you are interested in learning more I suggest checking out their 7-day free trial.
What are your thoughts about fuboTV Premier? Is it worth it? Let us know in the comments below or reach out via your favorite social platform.