fuboTV Boots Up Next-Gen App on Fire TV

Adds Cloud DVR Capability, In-App Purchasing
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fuboTV, a “virtual” MVPD that offers a mix of sports and entertainment programming over-the-top, has picked the Amazon Fire TV to introduce a next-gen app that includes a cloud-based DVR as well as in-app purchasing capabilities.

The in-app purchasing component, also offered on the Fire TV Stick, will enable its subscribers to make buys using Amazon’s 1-Click settings, the programmer noted.

“Amazon customers now have even more ways to watch the best soccer and entertainment TV has to offer today,” said David Gandler, CEO fuboTV, in a statement. “With the introduction of fuboTV's DVR feature on Amazon Fire TV and Fire HDX tablets, Amazon customers can now watch and re-watch their favorite matches and shows on DVR.”

The new app arrives soon after fuboTV inked distribution deals with Univision Communications, Pivot and Revolt Media & TV that added 15 networks to its lineup. Earlier this month, fuboTV said it had about 40,000 subscribers, putting it behind only Sling TV among providers in the virtual MVPD category. fuboTV launched service in January 2015.  

fuboTV said it now broadcasts over 2,000 live sporting events from more than half of the major international soccer leagues and other sporting events from around the world, thanks to deals with networks such as beIN SPORTS, GolTV, Univision Deportes and Benfica TV. The service starts at $9.99 per month.

fuboTV also supports Web browsers, iOS and Android mobile devices, the Apple TV, Google Chromecast adapter, and Roku players and Roku TVs. It recently extended support to Binge On, T-Mobile’s optional bandwidth-optimization service that delivers video in 480p and exempts those streams from T-Mobile's cellular data caps.