Free streaming sports channel Fubo Sports Network from virtual MVPD FuboTV has expanded distribution with a new launch on Amazon’s Freevee.
With Amazon as its latest partner the Fubo Sports Network is now available on more than 155 million devices across a variety of streaming platforms. The free live TV channel launched in September 2019 and is also available on free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) services including LG Channels, Samsung TV Plus, The Roku Channel, Vizio’s WatchFree+, Fox’s Tubi, Plex, and Comcast’s Xumo, as well as in podcast form.
Subscribers to Fubo’s subscription TV package also have access to the channel, which features athlete-focused content. Content from the network can also be found on social media platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, Twitch, Twitter, and YouTube.
According to the company, Fubo Sports Network ended September 2022 with its highest viewership to date – marking a 121% increase year over year.
Alongside growing distribution, Fubo has been adding more content to the sports streaming network. That includes two new series “Airing It Out with Housh and Scandrick” and “The Young Person Basketball Podcast with R.J. Hampton.” The channel also offers live streams of soccer, MMA, and documentaries.
“With the launch of Fubo Sports Network on Amazon Freevee, we’re bringing our athlete-driven programming and original series to more eyeballs than ever before,” said Pamela Duckworth, head of Fubo Networks and originals at FuboTV, in a statement. “There is a growing appetite for the voice of the athlete and our goal is to connect with fans wherever they choose to consume content. Platforms like Freevee allow us to do just that at no extra cost for our audiences. We’re delighted to join Freevee’s impressive lineup of premium channels.”
FuboTV in the third quarter reached a record high for its North American subscriber count, adding around 284,000 to end the period with 1.23 million paid streaming TV users. Fubo has also been looking to add FAST channels as a way to deliver as much content as possible and expand entertainment offerings on the sports-focused vMVPD, which touts more than 125 channels in its TV lineup. Fubo ended Q3 with 60 FAST channels, with the aim of 100 by year-end or early 2023.
As for Amazon, the company renamed its free streaming service from IMDb TV to Amazon Freevee in April, partly to differentiate it from the IMDb website, while also disclosing plans to increase original content by 70% this year.