Top positive review
One of the best options for streaming TV
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2018
Let me start by saying that like many others I became a cordcutter due to frustration with ever-escalating cable bills. Plus I was already spending money on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime so literally thousands of shows and movies available but still wanted a decent option for viewing live broadcasts and cable channels when away from home, which the cable company didn't provide. Therefore, when I initially cut the cord and returned my cable box and TiVo cablecard, I spent several months with DirecTV NOW, and also trialed the live tv options from Hulu, Sling, YouTube and a few others as well and either had issues with the interface, the channel selection or the price.
fuboTV provides a robust assortment of channels and was the only option that provided access to local NBA coverage within the base package (which is priced at $45 and depending on which promo you get may be discounted for the first month or two). With the competitors, local NBA coverage was either unavailable or a paid upgrade.
The image quality is superb, sharper than any image I've seen before as they broadcast in 4K. However, perhaps due to the speed of my internet connection (20mB/sec), oftentimes the image will be pixelated for a second when a program is initially loaded. I love the fact that I can watch on my Firestick, my phone, my laptop from anywhere and DVR the programs I'm viewing.
In addition to viewing live tv, fuboTV provides an EXTENSIVE library of current and past TV shows (both from the major networks and cable channels) and movies that you can watch on demand, very similar to Hulu. Most of the TV shows are popular shows but some have are very good shows that I had never heard of before. Prior to last week, you couldn't type a title to search for a program or movies on the Amazon app, only browse alphabetically. Now that you can search on any device I'm a happy camper and I love being able to watch programs on any device. Also, if you need to login to an app such as CNN or SYFY, fuboTV is on the listing of supported cable providers.
I have two minor quibbles:
1. The standard DVR recording capacity is just 20 hours and it's $10 to upgrade, which gets you 500 hours of capacity. If they had an option in the middle for $5 I would go for it but as my objective is to save money versus having cable TV, I'm good for now.
2. When you first open the app it will feature sporting events playing currently or later in the day and you have to make a few extra clicks to get to the program guide. Typically they will feature soccer games and as I'm not a big soccer fan I could do without this and would prefer an option to load the guide by default.