Having marketed itself as a virtual MVPD focused on sports programming, start-up fuboTV announced an important acquisition Wednesday, Turner Networks.
The deal with Turner’s corporate parent, AT&T and its newly christened WarnerMedia division, brings TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, TCM and HLN to fuboTV’s $45-a-month base package. Boomerang and CNN International are available in fubo’s $50-a-month Extra package, which includes more than 90 channels.
With the addition of TNT and TBS comes national coverage of the NBA, Major League Baseball, pro golf and NCAA March Madness.
The fuboTV base tier has now grown to include 75 channels. Still missing, of course, is a deal with Disney for the most expensive channel in the bundle, ESPN and its associated networks.
“With today’s launches, fuboTV is hands down the best choice for fans to stream the live sports, entertainment and news programming they demand,” said Ben Grad, fuboTV head of content strategy and acquisition. “Adding Turner Sports’ world-class programming builds upon our heritage in soccer while expanding our strong sports offering with more MLB, NBA, PGA and college sports. Plus, the addition of Turner’s iconic news, entertainment and kids brands will continue to drive engagement with viewers, while reinforcing our commitment to offering a premium, high quality cable replacement.”
FuboTV’s latest programming expansion comes after the start-up announced a $75 million funding round in April, led by AMC Networks and 21st Century Fox.