FuboTV touts livestream supremacy as rival vMVPDs Hulu and PlayStation Vue go down during Super Bowl

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FuboTV claims to have had the lowest buffering rate among vMVPDs during Sunday's Super Bowl LII telecast on NBC. (FuboTV)

Amid a perilous day for rival MVPDs PlayStation Vue and Hulu Live, startup FuboTV thumped its chest about its livestream execution.

“We continue to lead vMVPDs in latency with all services including YouTube TV, lagging behind us—notably, SlingTV exhibiting more than one minute in latency,” wrote FuboTV co-founder and CEO David Gandler in an internal memo obtained by FierceCable. 

“Video experience was consistent and smooth resulting in a record low buffer rate of 0.49% from 6 p.m to 11 p.m. [EST],” he added. 

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All in all, Gandler said 150,000 viewers tuned in to NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl LII on FuboTV, with the vMVPD delivering as many as 60,000 concurrent streams. 

Of course, this is just one vMVPD’s humble opinion. But livestreaming of high-volume events ain’t easy. Sony PlayStation Vue, for example, went down during the big game, as did Hulu Live, which saw NBC go dark from roughly 10 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.

“Last night, we experienced a technical issue that impacted the Super Bowl stream for some viewers on Hulu,” the company said in a statement. “While the issue affected only a small percentage of Hulu’s live TV subscribers, we know this is an unacceptable experience for those viewers, and we sincerely apologize for the interruption.”