This is a personal review of the fuboTV Streaming Service
fuboTV is a new sports and entertainment live streaming service. If you are familiar with how Sling TV works, you will understand what they offer: some on-demand shows, but live streaming of all their channels. fuboTV hails itself as a sports-centric Internet TV streaming service with the world’s most popular live sports and entertainment content. The service offers access to national and regional networks via TVs, tablets, mobile devices, and desktop computers.
I clearly love my sports teams, so I was extremely happy to give this service a shot.
fuboTV Channels & Packages
- Sports: NBCSN, FS1, FS2, NBATV, BeIN Sports, Golf, Eleven Sports, Fox Soccer Plus, Big Ten Network, Football Report TV
- Entertainment: Bravo, FX, FXM, Fox News, Viceland, Fuse, National Geographic, USA, CNBC, SyFy, A&E, The Weather Channel, MSNBC, LMN, Lifetime, Fox Business, Oxygen, History, Hallmark, Sprout, Nat Geo Wild, Revolt, FYI, E!
- Español (Sports or Entainment): BeIN Sports Es, Telemundo, Univision, Univision TDN, Universo, El Rey Network, Unimas
fuboTV also has a couple addon packages where you can get premium channels. The $5.99 “Entertainment Plus” package gets you Chiller, CNBC World and Universal Channel. They have other language-specific channels where you essentially get any channels they have in those specific languages. Some of those are Latino, Portuguese and Deportes (extra Spanish sports)
I am going to be honest here… I had read a few Facebook comments talking about how the FuboTV streaming quality was sub-par, but I needed to see if for myself. My first inclination is that these people likely have less-than-broadband internet access at their home, in which case all streaming services would have quality issues.
I decided to watch Skip And Shannon: Undisputed on FS1 as my first test. This was done on my brand new HP 4k laptop connected to business-class broadband cable internet connection. At first, the picture was fantastic:
However, after about 5 minutes the buffering started. First it dropped down to below-standard-definition picture quality. Then it started pausing the picture and showing the “loading” circle a few times (not shown in screenshot below).
This went on for about the first 5 minutes, then it eventually settled down. I did not get the loading circle again, but the picture quality would occasionally go between stunning HD to below standard-definition. I’ve had this issue before with Hulu while on my DSL connection, but never since once we switched over to high-speed cable internet.
I went on later in the day (same computer, same ISP) and I watched 30 minutes of La Liga soccer without interuption. There were times where the picture was clearly not 4k HD, but it was certainly not bad to watch.
It is no surprise that I am a huge Roku fan, so I wanted to definitely try this out (coming soon).
I will continue my fuboTV 30-day free trial to take advantage of it, but I likely will not continue after it expires unless their service gets a major upgrade or more cahnnels I like. I am not a huge soccer fan, but for those that are and those that have no other choice when wanting to watch MLS, La Liga, Bundesliga or Premier League, fuboTV might be a good choice.