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TIS17: NCTC Reaches Pact With FuboTV

Virtual MVPD service available to independent cable ops’ broadband subs 7/23/2017 3:46 PM Eastern Last updated at 7/24/2017 9:28 AM

INDIANAPOLIS -- National Cable Television Cooperative members will be able to offer fuboTV’s broadband and over-the-top streaming TV bundle as a result of a partnership reached ahead of the co-op’s annual conference, The Independent Show, here July 23-26.

“This partnership gives our members the ability to provide added value to their broadband customers, while also providing more content options for our members, who will now have access to a turnkey OTT video bundle that includes some of the most popular sports, news and entertainment channels on TV,” said NCTC’s vice president of product management John Childress in a statement.  “There is growing demand from certain consumer groups towards live streaming video services, and we feel these partnerships help provide members options to reach these different types of consumers.”

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Sports-first virtual multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) fuboTV’s entry-level “Fubo Premier” bundle includes 60-plus live channels – including 34 that carry sports; 80% of the country’s regional sports networks (RSNs); and seven of the top eight broadcast networks – and can be accessed on desktop or mobile web at fubo.tv; via Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick; Android and iOS devices; Apple TV; Chromecast; Kindle Fire; and Roku.  Additionally, subscribers can access a growing video on demand (VOD) library, and at no additional cost, can use their fuboTV ID and password to log in to dozens of networks’ authenticated TV Everywhere apps and websites.

Also as part of this agreement, NCTC members will have the ability to offer extended free 30-day trials of Premier twice annually on a company-by-company basis, with fuboTV providing materials that can be used by each member’s marketing teams. Fubo Premier is currently available at an introductory price of $34.99 per month, with a seven-day free trial.

“As the only independent live streaming TV service in the space, we are looking forward to partnering with hundreds of independent providers to help them level the playing field in an increasingly competitive marketplace,” said fuboTV co-founder and CEO David Gandler in a statement.  “I’m confident that this relationship will be mutually-beneficial, and am thrilled to be making this announcement in advance of fall TV premieres and the upcoming NFL, NBA, NHL, soccer and college football seasons, and the MLB pennant race.”

 

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