Earlier this week, we told you that emerging streaming service FuboTV picked up $55 million in funding from 21st Century Fox, Scripps Interactive Networks and UK’s Sky. Now the good news continues this week for Fubo with the development that CBS and its sister network Showtime will be joining the service later this summer.
This means that the CBS Television Network, CBS Sports Network, Pop, over the top CBSN, the CW as well as owned-and-operated affiliates in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia and other markets will be streaming live on Fubo. And Showtime will be available as an add-on network.
CBS will be added to the Premier tier which costs $34.99/month.
It’s a big pickup for Fubo as this brings not just CBS’ entertainment and news programming, but also sports which includes college sports, golf and the big feather in the cap, the National Football League. Showtime’s sports programming includes boxing, Insde the NFL and various sports documentaries.
Fubo’s competitors, i.e., DirecTV Now and Sling still don’t have CBS and probably won’t for the immediate future. For Fubo to have CBS while the other two twist in the wind makes it more attractive for those cutting the cord.
Fubo previously struck deals with NBCUniversal and Fox, but still doesn’t have one with Disney’s networks which include ABC and ESPN.
FuboTV can boast having CBS, Fox, NBC and the CW along with their cable channels and that makes it quite the attractive alternative in the expanding jungle of streaming services.