Fubo Sports Network Expands Programming With Original Shows

Fubo Sports Networkthe live, free ad-supported TV network from FuboTV, Aug. 30 unveiled its fall 2022 schedule, including two new original series and two returning shows featuring athletes R.J. Hampton, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Orlando Scandrick, Gilbert Arenas and Terrell Owens.

Continuing its mission to bring the “voice of the athlete” to fans, Fubo Sports Network has greenlit several new series, including “Airing It Out With Housh and Scandrick,” a football-focused talk show hosted by former Pro Bowl wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh and 12-year NFL vet Orlando Scandrick.

The series will kick off with a preview episode on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. ET/PT followed by the official series premiere on Sept. 12 at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT. For the first time, Fubo Sports Network will stream episodes live on its YouTube channel every Monday, prior to airing them on Fubo Sports Network’s linear channel each Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Ahead of the 2022-23 NBA season this October, Fubo Sports Network will premiere a new series from Orlando Magic point guard R.J. Hampton. Starting Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, “The Young Person Basketball Podcast with R.J. Hampton” will give viewers an inside look at what it’s like to be a pro baller. Guests will include teammates Cole Anthony and number one overall pick in the NBA draft Paolo Banchero, plus former NBA champion turned sports agent Mike Miller.

Fubo Sports Network’s fall lineup also includes new seasons of returning original shows, “Getcha Popcorn Ready with T.O. and Hatch,” hosted by former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens and Matthew Hachette and “No Chill with Gilbert Arenas,” hosted by former NBA player Gilbert Arenas and former UCLA basketball player Josiah Johnson.

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“Our roster of Fubo Sports Network originals continues to grow as we bring the voice of the athlete to audiences wherever they consume content,” Pamela Duckworth, head of Fubo Sports Network and original programming for FuboTV, said in a statement.

Pamela Duckworth, head of original programming

Duckworth contends that as the line between athletes in the game and behind the mic blurs, Fubo is building a space for sports stars turned content creators to share their first-hand experiences and insights.

“I am grateful to have R.J., Housh and Orlando join us,” she said.

Fubo Sports Network said its viewership has increased 140% year-over-year (July 2021 through June 2022), generating more than 6.4 million hours viewed on YouTube, plus millions of podcast downloads and impressions across Instagram, TikTok, Twitch and Twitter.

The Fubo Sports Network is free on the network’s YouTube channel as well as on LG Channels, Samsung TV Plus, The Roku Channel, Vizio Channels, Sports on Tubi, Plex, Hisense Smart TVs, Xumo and anywhere podcasts are found. Fubo Sports Network is also available as part of FuboTV’s subscription packages featuring 100+ leading sports, news and entertainment channels.

In addition to the four original series fans can find live soccer, MMA and other sports, along with documentaries and more on Fubo Sports Network’s linear channel with even more fresh content on Instagram, TikTok, Twitch, Twitter and YouTube.

Fubo Sports Network Launches on Pluto TV

The fubo Sports Network, the live, free-to-consumer linear sports network, has launched on ViacomCBS-owned AVOD service Pluto TV.

The launch makes the fubo Sports Network available on more than 75 million devices through a distribution network that also includes free platforms LG Channels, Samsung TV Plus, The Roku Channel, Vizio Channels and Xumo, as well as fuboTV’s subscription service.

Launched last fall by live TV streaming platform fuboTV, the fubo Sports Network has launched original talent-driven programming produced by fuboTV and distribution of a fuboTV-owned channel off of its platform. In addition to its own original programming (“No Chill with Gilbert Arenas,” “Call It a Night with Julie Stewart-Binks,” “Drinks with Binks” and “The Cooligans”), the fubo Sports Network also carries live sports and original programming from partners including USA Today, FanDuel, The Players Tribune, Stadium, VSiN and CampusLore.

“We’re excited to bring fubo Sports Network to even more sports fans through Pluto TV, the largest free streaming distributor in the country,” said Min Kim, VP, business development, fuboTV, in a statement. “Since launching fubo Sports Network less than a year ago, we’ve built a differentiated offering for a dedicated audience who tune in for live games, original sports programming, sports docs and movies. We look forward to bringing Pluto TV fans 24/7 sports coverage on and off the field with a unique point of view.”

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“In challenging times like these, with many live sporting events on hold, our current channel lineup featuring classic live sporting events, news, documentaries/series and sports-themed movies, have proven to be a great alternative for fans in search of what to watch,” said Amy Kuessner, Pluto TV’s SVP, content strategy and global partnerships, in a statement. “We are incredibly excited to welcome the fubo Sports Network to Pluto TV as it brings even greater dimension to our sports programming and fanfare to all who revel in watching the competitive arena.”

Vizio Launches 30 New Free Linear Channels on SmartCast Home Screen

Vizio April 7 launched 30 new free linear TV channels on its SmartCast Home screen.

Channels include news and lifestyle content from USA Today and CBC News; sports information and action from USA Today Sportswire and the Fubo Sports Network; and celebrity and entertainment news from TMZ and Hollywire. Do-it-yourself channels include Hungry, Food52 and The Design Network.  Sci-Fi content is on Dust, documentaries on Magellan TVNow and Docurama, and cult classics on CONtv.

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The free streaming channels can be found under a “Free Channels” row on the SmartCast Home screen.

“The new wave of programming comes at a time when TV usage is surging,” according to a Vizio release. “Vizio SmartCast TV’s free ad supported apps and streaming TV services saw a 59% increase in viewing sessions over the last three weeks of March.”

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“More people are discovering our free content offerings and making them part of their daily routines right now,” said Mike O’Donnell, SVP of platform business. “We recognize the important role that TV plays in the home, especially when families are being asked to stay inside. It’s important for us to deliver popular content to consumers, and we are focused on continually expanding additional free and premium options for our Vizio SmartCast TV customers.”