Streaming pay-TV service FuboTV is bulking up its channel lineup with affiliate agreements with Fox Networks Group, NBCUniversal, A+E Networks, NBA TV and more.
In all, FuboTV customers will have access to more than 70 channels – including national broadcast and cable networks, regional sports networks (RSNs), and local broadcast stations owned-and-operated by Fox and NBC. The deal includes access to select NFL, NBA and MLB games.
The sports focused bundle, still in beta, will include sports programming from Fox, NBC and Telemundo broadcast stations; Fox and NBC RSNs; along with networks including BTN, FS1, FS2, FOX College Sports, FOX Deportes, Golf Channel, NBA TV, NBCSN, NBC Universo, Universal HD, and more. FuboTV still has lots of live soccer as well as live boxing, cricket, cycling, golf, hockey, horse racing, mixed martial arts, motorsports, professional wrestling, rugby, and tennis.
“Today’s announcement underscores our commitment to our subscribers to deliver a robust line-up of premium sports and entertainment, from the finest media brands in the world,” said fuboTV CEO David Gandler, in a statement. “We are equally determined to drive significant value to our expanding list of media partners beyond licensing fees – leveraging our technical capabilities to meet the monetization challenges unique to live streaming.”
The expanded FuboTV offering will start at a discounted rate of $34.99 per month. Fubo can be streamed online, via mobile or internet-connected/OTT device and will include features such as cross-platform DVR, VOD, in-browser streaming and digital TV guide navigation. Fubo is promising to add more features in coming months, like programming look back and start over, access to more than 25 TV Everywhere authenticated apps, personalization and user profiles.
In scoring all the new live sports content, Fubo is also ending up with a lot of affiliate channels owned by those networks. Those channels include History, Lifetime, Viceland, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FX, National Geographic, Fuse, Bravo, CNBC, CNBC World, E!, Esquire, MSNBC, Oxygen, Sprout, Syfy, USA Network, and The Weather Channel.
At its $35 starting price, FuboTV costs more than competitors like Dish Network’s Sling TV. However, that price matches up exactly with the recently launched DirecTV Now and, by being able to show some NFL games, Fubo could have a bit of a leg up on DirecTV Now.