In the United States, fuboTV has seemingly come out of nowhere to offer a solid platform of online soccer streaming services that rivals or exceeds those offered by competing companies.
But where did fuboTV come from? What are their future plans, and what does their name mean? While in Miami recently at the Sportel America conference, I sat down with David Gandler, co-founder and CEO of fuboTV, to learn more.
The founders of fuboTV worked together at a company named Drama Fever, which was recently acquired by SoftBank. The online subscription was geared to TV series out of Asia and sub-titled in English for the US audience. The DNA for fuboTV comes from there.
After learning that the name “fubo” is short for football, Gandler filled in more details regarding the company and its vision.
“The platform was built for soccer fans,” said Gandler.
“We use the latest technology that many of our media partners have agreed that is best in class. We’re not trying to displace TV networks. The service is geared to cord cutters. We try to fit in the right way to an eco system that is complicated.”
fuboTV offers a wide variety of live and legal soccer matches from beIN SPORTS, GolTV, beIN SPORTS en Espańol and GolTV en Espanol as well as club TV channels including Benfica TV, Ajax TV, BVB World, Everton TV and more. That translates into La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Portuguese games, Copa America, Ligue Un and more.
fuboTV is not stopping there.
“fubo TV is currently producing its own [soccer] series in the fall which is tied to soccer in a real way, looking at football from a cultural lens,” he said. “Our goal is to create a service that is so vertically integrated that it’ll not only allow you to watch games each weekend but to provide an opportunity to get through the week with valuable content.
“There aren’t many companies that are around today that are producing shows about football. Almost like a Vice Sports, we’re entering that gap and producing series. The first series is a ten episode series that is based in Latin America with a host from the UK.
“We also have The Football Report, which comes out 7 days a week. We’ve done over 1,000 episodes. People tend to watch episodes from other months, so it’s interesting to see how people engage with the content.
“When you come to fubo TV, you’re getting a real soccer experience not just a pay TV service. We only care about one thing. We cater to football enthusiasts.”