A day after YouTube TV announced they are raising their prices to $65 per month, fuboTV also announced it’s own price increases and other changes.
Clearing up Price Hike Confusion
We’ve seen reports that fuboTV is raising the price of it’s Standard package $5 from $54.99 to $59.99. However, we’ve also seen reports that the cost of fuboTV’s standard package is increasing to $65. The truth is a mix of both reports.
fuboTV is moving current fuboTV Standard Subscribers to their Pro Plan. fuboTV is also raising the price of the Pro Plan from $59.99 to $64.99 per month. Also, more channels compared to the fuboTV Standard, Family offers the following upgrades:
- adds additional screen allowing for three simultaneous streams
- increases FuboTV DVR storage to 500 hours
Existing customers can opt-out of their subscription automatically upgrading by calling fuboTV support at 844-551-1005. The move is odd, considering fuboTV doesn’t seem to be getting rid of their Standard package, so new and existing customers can sign up for the Standard plan at a new rate of $59.99 per month.
These pricing changes will go into effect on August 1st, 2020.
The Channels are Changing
As of July 1st, stations owned by WarnerMedia will no longer be available on any fuboTV package. These channels include TNT, TBS, CNN, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, truTV, HLN, TCM, and CNN Español. This move may be to make room for channels the network will now be carrying as a result of a recent deal with Disney Company. While not currently available, fuboTV will soon be offering ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, ABC, ABC News Live, FX, FXX, Disney Channel, Freeform, and National Geographic. We can assume the Disney owned channels will be available in August to coincide with the price and plan changes.
With price increases, we can assume some cord-cutters will be looking around for more affordable streaming services. We’ve put together a few options below.
Hulu+Live TV: Hulu + Live TV is a very viable solution for those looking to leave fuboTV. Hulu gives you a way to watch local network channels in most markets. Furthermore, Hulu live TV includes the Hulu on-demand streaming library, which provides a considerable amount of on-demand programming and Hulu originals. Hulu + Live TV starts at $54.99 per month. You can learn more in our guide to Hulu+Live TV.
DIRECTV STREAM Now: DIRECTV STREAM Now also does a decent job of providing local TV starting at $55 per month. My only hesitation is that speculation has been rampant on how long DIRECTV STREAM Now will be around. The company has already closed AT&T Watch TV to new subscribers, and the company has seemed to stop advertising it’s DIRECTV STREAM Now Service. For these reasons, I’d look more to Hulu for a replacement for fuboTV. You can learn more about this service in our DIRECTV STREAM Now review.
Put Together your Own Solution: My best advice would be to move toward watching local channels with a TV Antenna or using the free local networks streaming service Locast. With free local channels, you can use a more affordable streaming service like Philo, Sling TV, or Vidgo to fill the gaps.
If you want to shop around for other live TV streaming services, I’ve linked the channel lineups of alternative services below: