U.S. streaming TV service FuboTV launching in Spain

The European launch marks the latest step in fuboTV’s evolution from its soccer programming-based launch product in 2015. (FuboTV)

FuboTV can check off another first among its virtual MVPD competitors: The U.S.-based streaming TV service is heading to Europe with the launch of fuboTV España in Spain.

With the launch, fuboTV says it will be the first vMVPD to offer service in both North America and Europe. FuboTV España is priced at 3.99 euros, or $4.51 per month, and includes 13 Spanish-language channels. Movistar Series, which broadcasts programming from U.S. television programmers including CBS, NBC, The CW, HBO, Hulu, Netflix, Showtime and Starz, is included in the bundle.

The full channel lineup includes 24H, Antena 3, Atreseries, CLAN, La 1, La 2, La Sexta, Mega, Neox, Nova, Teledeporte and Tve Catalunya.

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“2018 was a milestone year in fuboTV’s young life, with record revenues and subscriber growth,” said David Gandler, co-founder and CEO of fuboTV, in a statement. “With our position in the US solid and growing at an aggressive pace, our goal is to become the number one leading vMVPD in the world. Spain is one of the fastest-growing OTT markets and a natural fit for fubo’s  European entry. We’re excited to bring our premium viewing experience to Spain with additional markets to come in 2019.”

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Though fuboTV’s service in Spain offers significantly fewer channels that its U.S. counterpart, the launch is noteworthy considering fubo’s competition including DirecTV Now, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV have yet to make it into Europe.

Disney, which currently owns 30% of Hulu and will own 60% should its deal for 21st Century Fox go through, has plans to expand availability of Hulu in Europe. But it’s unclear what or if any live television programming would be part of that Hulu launch.

The European launch marks the latest step in fuboTV’s evolution from its soccer programming-based launch product in 2015. The service, which recently said it has nearly 250,000 subscribers, closed a funding round in April 2018 with 21st Century Fox, AMC Networks, Luminari Capital, Northzone, Sky and Scripps Networks Interactive all investing.

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