Soccer fans are familiar with FuboTV, an over the top streaming service that provided live games from all over the globe including La Liga, Liga MX, MLS, Serie A, CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers and NASL. Its networks included beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS Connect, Galavision, GolTV as well as UniMás, Univision, Univision Deportes and One World Sports. The cost to provide soccer games was $10/month.
Now, FuboTV plans to expand its streaming services to include sports networks from Fox and NBCUniversal, NBA TV as well as other general entertainment channels like A&E and Bravo. This service will cost $35/month and could go as high as $40/month.
But the new FuboTV service won’t have CBS and it won’t have ESPN which is the gold standard of sports networks.
This service will launch next few weeks and will enter a field that already has Dish’s Sling TV, Sony’s PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now and with Hulu and YouTube planning to launch their own OTT streaming services next year.
Fox and NBC are requiring Fubo to pick up not just their broadcast and sports channels, but all of their networks like FX, FXX, Fox News, Fox Business Channel, MSNBC, Oxygen, Syfy and USA. It’s one reason why the cost of the expanded service will cost at least $35/month.
DirecTV Now has a $35/month pricetag for 100 channels and includes ESPN, Fox, NBCUniversal, but not CBS.
Fubo’s soccer tier has 100,000 subscribers and is offered on Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Roku as well as iOS and Android devices. We’ll see how this new service with a hefty pricetage is embraced by subscribers who now have plenty of choices to pick from.