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Viasat and fuboTV Announce Partnership That Gives Customers Access to Live TV While Flying

Stephanie Sengwe

Viasat — a global communications company — and fuboTV announced a new partnership that gives customers access to live TV while flying. The partnership will see the first time standards from the global technical association, the Streaming Video Alliance, are applied to in-flight connectivity. “These standards enable airlines that sign-up for the Viasat/fuboTV partnership to seamlessly make fuboTV’s live streaming premium over-the-top (OTT) and video on-demand (VOD) sports, entertainment and news programming available to all passengers — at no charge — on U.S. flights equipped with Viasat satellite internet,” a statement from the companies said.

Flights that opt to take on the fuboTV and Viasat partnership will be able to give their passengers free access to the fubo Sports Network, whether they are subscribed to the streaming service or not. Existing fuboTV subscribers, and those who sign-up for a free seven-day trial of fuboTV when in-flight, get access to live and on-demand content for the duration of their flight.

“We’re focused on delivering the best live TV and sports streaming service to our customers — anywhere, and now that includes at 35,000 feet. Streaming live television is complex, and fuboTV prides itself on our internally-built tech stack that allows us to bring a stable experience to our subscribers,” said Cristina Arango, director of strategic partnerships, fuboTV. “That’s why it was critical for us to work with a proven technology partner like Viasat to enable fuboTV to be one of the first live streaming services to expand distribution to the U.S. aviation market. We are excited to offer both fuboTV and fubo Sports Network without the need to purchase an in-flight Wi-Fi package, to millions of passengers every month — which is an untapped environment for us.”

Participating airlines will allow their customers to stream any of fuboTV’s 100-plus live channels, including NBCU, FOX, ViacomCBS, A&E Networks, AMC Networks, beIN Sports, Crown Media, Discovery Communications, NBA TV, NFL Network, Showtime, Turner, Univision and select regional sports networks. Customers will also have access to the streamer’s video on demand library featuring 30,000-plus TV shows and movies each month.