fuboTV Announces Carriage Agreement With Scripps Networks to Add ION, Court TV, More
The sports-centric live TV streaming service fuboTV is expanding its offerings. The service has announced a new carriage agreement with the E.W. Scripps Company. The deal means that ION, ION Mystery, ION Plus, Bounce, Grit, Newsy (becomes Scripps News on Jan. 1), and Court TV are now available to fuboTV customers.
The launch of these Scripps networks further expands fuboTV’s entertainment and news offerings.
“Today’s launch gives consumers a new streaming option to watch these top Scripps channels and further diversifies fuboTV’s growing programming line-up,” said Marisa Elizondo, VP at fuboTV. “Fubo’s mission is to aggregate and distribute a leading sports package, balanced with news and entertainment content, that appeals to every member of the household, all at an affordable price.”
The new channels now available to Fubo users are:
- ION: This channel features a lineup of popular off-network series, original and holiday movies, and more.
- ION Mystery: Home to television’s most binge-worthy, edge-of-your-seat thrillers, docuseries and originals.
- ION Plus: Offers such fan-favorite drama series as “Murdoch Mysteries” and “Saving Hope.”
- Bounce: Provides a programming mix of original series and movies, theatrical motion pictures, off-network series, specials, and events designed for African American audiences.
- Grit: Features classic western movies and series.
- Newsy: The nation’s only free 24/7 broadcast news network, serving viewers opinion-free national news from 14 news bureaus across the U.S.Becoming Scripps News on Jan. 1.
- Court TV: Devoted to live, gavel-to-gavel coverage, in-depth legal reporting, and expert analysis of the nation’s most important and compelling trials.
“We believe that our diversified portfolio of popular news and entertainment networks will help strengthen fuboTV as an alternative pay tv option for consumers,” Scripps chief distribution officer Jeffrey Wolf said.
The move to add Scripps channels now could pay dividends for Fubo in the future. Scripps has been exploring bids on media rights to local sports teams recently, and if it manages to snag a team or two in the future, its relationship with Fubo could bring those rights to streaming on the platform.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup should have been a big opportunity to gather new viewers for Fubo, but the service saw a cyber attack during France’s semifinal match with Morocco that made it unavailable to customers until after the match had concluded. In better news for Fubo, the service added five new sports channels at no extra cost to subscribers in November.
Fubo is a live TV streaming service with about 90 channels for $74.99/month. This plan includes local channels, 25 of the top 35 cable channels, and regional sports networks (RSNs). In total, you should expect to pay about $85.98/month, after adding in their RSN Fee. Fubo was previously known as “fuboTV.”
The streaming service does not carry channels from WarnerMedia-owned (CNN, TBS, and TNT), A+E (A&E, History Channel, and Lifetime), and AMC Networks (AMC, BBC America, and WE tv).
Fubo is a great option for sports fans, especially those who want to stream local sports. They recently announced added Bally Sports RSNs to their channel lineup.
It is the least expensive option to get RSNs in many markets like Altitude, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, AT&T SportsNet Southwest, Bally Sports Arizona, Bally Sports Carolinas, Bally Sports Detroit, Bally Sports Florida, Bally Sports Great Lakes, Bally Sports Indiana, Bally Sports Kansas City, Bally Sports Midwest, Bally Sports New Orleans, Bally Sports North, Bally Sports Ohio, Bally Sports Oklahoma, Bally Sports San Diego, Bally Sports SoCal, Bally Sports South, Bally Sports Southeast, Bally Sports Southwest, Bally Sports Sun, Bally Sports Tennessee, Bally Sports West, Bally Sports Wisconsin, Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports Florida, Fox Sports Indiana, Fox Sports Kansas City, Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports New Orleans, Fox Sports North, Fox Sports Ohio, Fox Sports Oklahoma, Fox Sports Prime Ticket, Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Sun, Fox Sports Tennessee, Fox Sports West, Fox Sports Wisconsin, Marquee Sports Network, MSG, MSG Sportsnet, NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Northwest, NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBC Sports Philadelphia+, NBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Washington+, NESN, Root Sports Northwest, and SportsNet NY.
Fubo also includes MLB Network, NBA TV, NFL Network, NFL RedZone , NHL Network, and beIN Sports (which is not available on most services). You can add Fox Soccer Plus as part of the International Sports Plus add-on for $6/month.
You can add the fubo Extra ($8) to add ~39 channels including Baby TV, Cooking Channel, DIY, and GSN.