fuboTV, the sports-focused virtual MVPD, is adding a key programmer to its OTT mix after striking a live TV streaming deal with CBS.
fuboTV said the deal includes OTT carriage of CBS (starting with 14 CBS owned-and-operated stations and via a set of independent stations), CBS Sports Network, The CW, Pop, and CBSN, CBS News’s 24/7 digital streaming news service, as well as premium network Showtime.
Networks tied to the deal will be available to fuboTV to stream live, along with access to certain VOD content, via the OTT TV provider’s flagship package, Fubo Premier, which is selling today for the discounted, introductory price of $34.99 per month. fuboTV will sell Showtime as a subscription add-on to customers who take the Fubo Premier package.
Update: CBS clarified that fuboTV will get access to the last five episodes in shows and series that are part of the carriage deal, and not access to CBS's entire VOD library.
fuboTV expects to add CBS to its programming lineup by early July.
The CBS deal comes on the heels of fuboTV’s $55 million series C round led by Northzone, along with participation from Scripps Networks Interactive and 21st Century Fox and Sky.
The carriage agreement adds an important programming partner to fuboTV’s OTT lineup. Among virtual MVPDs, YouTube TV has a deal with CBS, but Sling TV and DirecTV Now currently do not. CBS also sells a direct-to-consumer OTT subscription service called CBS All Access.
At launch, the following CBS stations will be offered on fuboTV: WCBS-TV, New York; KCBS-TV, Los Angeles; WBBM-TV, Chicago; KYW-TV, Philadelphia; KTVT-TV, Dallas-Ft. Worth; KPIX-TV, San Francisco; WBZ-TV, Boston; WWJ-TV, Detroit; WCCO-TV, Minneapolis; KCNC-TV, Denver; WFOR-TV, Miami; KOVR-TV, Sacramento; KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh; and WJZ-TV, Baltimore.
fuboTV is also in line to get CBS-owned affiliates of The CW in eight markets: WPSG-TV, Philadelphia; KBCW-TV, San Francisco; WUPA-TV, Atlanta; WKBD-TV, Detroit; KSTW-TV, Seattle; WTOG-TV, Tampa-St. Petersburg; KMAX-TV, Sacramento; and WPCW-TV, Pittsburgh.
Three CBS-owned independent stations will also be available via fuboTV at launch: KCAL-TV, Los Angeles; KTXA-TV, Dallas; and WLNY-TV, New York; as well as two MyNetwork affiliates: WSBK-TV, Boston and WBFS-TV, Miami.
“fuboTV is proving every day that it can compete in the big leagues, and we are pleased we can bring CBS Sports’ powerhouse big events and live television programming, plus America’s #1 network and other popular channels, to their customers whenever and wherever they want to watch it, while meeting our economic and strategic goals,” Ray Hopkins, president, television networks distribution at CBS Corp., said in a statement. “As these new players continue to come on the scene, it’s the must-have content that will thrive, and fuboTV clearly understands the value we bring to their service.”
“Adding CBS, the country’s most watched broadcast network, to our lineup underscores our commitment to delivering a robust line-up of sports and premium content to our subscribers,” added David Gandler, co-founder and CEO of fuboTV.
fuboTV is currently supported on desktop and mobile web browsers, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices, Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, Apple TV boxes, Chromecast, Kindle Fire tablets, Roku players and Roku TVs.