fuboTV Extends Fubo Sports Network to Smart TV Platforms — Samsung TV Plus & LG Channels
Late last month, fuboTV launched their speculated ad-supported linear sports network called, Fubo Sports Network. The channel was first made available to fuboTV subscribers, as well as on free streaming service, XUMO. Today, the company announced that the channel has expanded to Samsung TV Plus and LG Channels powered by XUMO (starting tomorrow).
The channel is based on the existing FuboTV Network, which had previously been available to fuboTV subscribers. The channel will debut original studio shows in August, combined with sports films, original video podcasts, and sports highlights. Until then, the channels will be made up of existing content from their previous homegrown channels Fubo Cycling and fuboTV Network with shows like The Football Report and cycling highlights.
“It’s still early days for fubo Sports Network and I’m pleased partners like Samsung and XUMO are embracing the power of the network to reach sports fans,” said David Gandler, co-founder and CEO, fuboTV.”
While the channel will initially be available on XUMO, the company hopes to build the sports-version of business news network Cheddar — which was acquired by Altice in April for $200 million. It is likely that the channel could ultimately be made available on other free ad-supported streaming platforms like Pluto TV and STIRR.
“Our goals for fubo Sports Network are ambitious yet simple: We plan to deliver sports programming 24/7 that’s a bit edgy, always fun and with a clear point of view, and make it free to sports fans on multiple platforms and on every device.,” according to Gandler.
The company is not the only one going after that market. In August 2017, Sinclair launched Stadium as a joint-venture with Silver Chalice as both an OTA and streaming sports channel. The channel combines studio shows and live programming from smaller collegiate conferences like Conference USA and Mountain West. In February 2018, CBS launched CBS Sports HQ, a 24/7 network that leverages content from CBS Sports, their digital properties, and has live studio shows with debate and highlights.
While Stadium is available across free ad-supported streaming services like Pluto TV, Xumo, and Sinclair-owned STIRR — CBS Sports HQ is made available in their own mobile and connected television apps.