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FuboTV Gets Viacom Channels, But What’s FuboTV?

Q. I saw today that fuboTV is adding a bunch of channels like MTV and Comedy Central. But I’ve never heard of Fubo. What is it? Is it a cable TV company? — Emma, San Diego.

Emma, you are right. fuboTV today announced that it will soon add nine Viacom-owned channels to its base package, including MTV, BET, CMT, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Paramount Network, TV Land and VH1. In addition, fubo will add the following channels to its ‘fubo Extra’ plan: BET Her, BET Jams, BET Soul, Logo, MTV2, MTV Classic, MTV Live, mtvU, Nick Music, Nicktoons, and TeenNick.

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The fuboTV base plan costs $44.99 a month while the Extra package goes for $50 a month.

But, you ask, what is fuboTV, and how do you get it?

Well, it’s not a cable TV company. fuboTV is a live streaming service that competes with DIRECTV Now, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and other Internet-based offerings for consumers looking for an alternative to traditional pay TV service from cable and satellite operators.

It’s available on Roku, Apple TV (4th and 5th generation devices), Amazon’s Fire TV and Android TV 4.4 or higher. You can also access fubo on computers at fubo.tv. The company recently said it has more than 250,000 paying subscribers.

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FuboTV offers more than 85 channels in that $44.99 a month base plan, and more than 100 channels in the $50 Extra package. (There is also a seven-day free trial.)

While fuboTV’s lineup features more sports channels than its rivals, it also includes such cable basics as the USA Network, the Food Network, National Geographic, FX, CNBC, Fox News and, coming soon, the Viacom channels.

The streamer also offers local broadcast affiliates and regional sports channels in most markets. The list of national sports channels includes NBA TV, the NFL Network, the Olympic Channel and the Big Ten Network. And for an extra $8.99 a month, you can add fubo’s ‘Sports Plus’ plan which has 15 more sports channels, including six feeds from the Pac 12 Network.

It’s also worth noting that fuboTV is the only live streaming service that offers live events in 4K.

Emma, hope that helps. Happy Viewing!
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2 Comments on FuboTV Gets Viacom Channels, But What’s FuboTV?

  1. UGH more junk channels I don’t watch and don’t want to pay for. Why can’t one of these streaming services give us a SPORTS only package???

  2. I hope stirr add more tv channels like betjams and bet hip hop new and betsoul and more….for free…

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