Is Fubo TV worth it? What to know about the live TV streaming service

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Thinking of cutting cable? You may have heard of an alternative called Fubo, which offers much of the same content offered by cable. Subscribers get access to a live feed of 186 channels — including local affiliates where available — to deliver a cable-like TV viewing experience without the hefty subscription price.

Yes, some streamers, like Paramount+ to Hulu, air some network content, but they won’t completely replace a cable subscription if you’re interested in catching local programming. That’s particularly important to sports fans wanting to catch games live.

One of just a few platforms offering a free, seven-day trial, Fubo lets you test drive the platform without paying for it. After seven days, pricing starts at $80 per month. Considering the average cable subscription costs about $217 per month, services like Fubo make watching your favorite sports and content far more affordable. 

But how does it compare with cheaper options like Sling TV? Keep reading to find out what’s included in a Fubo subscription, and whether the experts at CBS New Essentials think Fubo is worth the monthly pricing.

Note: CBS News and Paramount+ are both subsidiaries of Paramount.


What’s included in a monthly Fubo TV subscription?

Fubo gives subscribers access to the live feed of a minimum of 186 channels with its Pro Tier ($80 a month after seven-day free trial), with the ability to watch on up to 10 screens at the same time. Fubo’s Pro, Elite and Premier tiers come with 1,000 hours of cloud DVR storage. A standout feature of Fubo is its lookback feature, which allows subscribers to watch content up to 72 hours after it airs live.

You can start watching live TV on Fubo, including network-aired NFL, NBA and MLB games, by starting a seven-day free trial of Fubo. Begin watching immediately on your TV, phone, tablet or computer. 

What you’ll get with Fubo Pro Tier:

  • There are no contracts with Fubo — you can cancel at any time.
  • The Pro tier includes 186 channels, including NFL Network. (You’ll need to upgrade to the Ultimate tier for NFL RedZone.)
  • Fubo includes all the channels you’ll need to watch college and pro football, including CBS.
  • In addition to NFL football, Fubo offers MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS and international soccer games. 
  • All Fubo tiers come with 1,000 hours of cloud-based DVR recording.
  • Stream on your TV, phone and mobile devices.

Fubo TV  vs. Sling TV vs. Hulu + Live TV: What’s best?

If you’ve considered a subscription to Fubo TV, you’ve likely also researched a subscription to Sling TV and Hulu + Live TV, other leading live TV streaming platforms. While Fubo’s Pro Tier starts at $80 per month after the seven-day free trial, a subscription to Sling TV starts at $60 per month and Hulu + Live TV costs $77 per month. Sling TV is currently running a promotion giving subscribers 50% off the first month of service, making the first month $30.

There are two main differences between Fubo TV, Hulu + Live TV and Sling TV.  First, Sling TV  and Hulu + Live TV do not offer a free trial, which means you’ll have to pay $30 for your first month of Sling TV to see if it’s for you. Likewise, Hulu + Live TV doesn’t offer a free trial, which means you’ll shell out $77 just to try the platform.

Second, and most notable for sports fans, Sling TV does not give subscribers access to CBS-aired content. That means NFL fans subscribing to Sling TV won’t be able to watch visiting AFC games next season, nor will college football fans be able to catch CBS-aired SEC football games next fall. Sling TV subscribers would also need a Paramount+ with Showtime subscription ($11.99 per month)  to watch CBS-aired content. 

Number of channels offered:

  • Fubo Pro Tier: 186 channels
  • Sling TV Orange + Blue Tier bundle: 68 channels
  • Hulu + Live TV:  95 channels

Pricing:

  • Fubo Pro Tier: $80 after seven-day free trial
  • Sling TV Orange + Blue Tier bundle: $30 for first month, $60 per month after first month
  • Hulu + Live TV: $77 per month

Special features:

  • Fubo Pro Tier: Seven-day free trial
  • Sling TV Orange + Blue Tier bundle: Cost-effective, but does not include CBS-aired content
  • Hulu + Live TV: Pricing includes Hulu, ESPN+ and Disney +.

Is Fubo worth it?

In a word, yes. We’re big fans of saving money and cutting the cord with our cable company, but we still want access to our favorite network TV shows, as well as our favorite sports. A subscription to Fubo grants access to most network-aired programs and sports at a much cheaper price. With a minimum of 186 channels offered, Fubo delivers a lot of bang for your (80) bucks. The seven-day free trial is a big incentive to subscribe and the ability to cancel anytime make a Fubo subscription totally worth it. 

But, if you also have subscriptions to Disney +, Hulu and/or ESPN+, you’ll save money by subscribing to Hulu + Live TV and dropping your individual subscriptions to Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+, though you’ll get access to 95 channels with Hulu + Live TV as opposed to 186 channels with Fubo.


Which live TV streaming platform is best?

If you’re a diehard football fan, you’re going to want to watch those CBS games. We suggest a subscription to Fubo or Hulu + Live TV if your budget allows. If you’re looking for the least expensive way to watch live TV without a cable subscription, Sling TV is an inexpensive option. If you love to consume content on all the streaming platforms, including sports, movies and TV, Hulu + Live TV gives you access to Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+, which means you won’t need to pay for a separate subscription to those apps. 

Which live TV streaming platform is best:

  • For those on a budget:  Sling TV
  • For the most channels: Fubo 
  • For multiple streaming apps in one subscription:  Hulu + Live TV

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