FuboTV adds pricey MSG Networks to streaming lineup

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Adding a popular regional sports network (RSN) asset to its channel lineup, fuboTV announced a multiyear agreement to carry MSG Networks channels. 

It’s a key get for fuboTV, which is trying to establish itself as the leading sports platform in the hotly contested area of virtual MVPD providers. 

MSG Networks controls TV viewing access to no less than 10 New York-area pro sports teams, including the NBA’s New York Knicks and the NHL’s New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres. There’s also plenty of ancillary coverage for local NFL teams the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. 

The addition of MSG doesn’t come cheaply for fuboTV. The RSN charges an average of $4.10 per subscriber in the pay-TV ecosystem, according to SNL Kagan. Virtual pay-TV services, particularly those not connected to huge vertically integrated telecoms, typically pay more. 

The MSG channels will be added to the Fubo Premiere tier, which is being offered to New York-area subscribers for $19.99 for the first two months and $44.99 thereafter. 

“New York fans are passionate about their favorite teams, and fuboTV will make it easier than ever to catch every game on MSG and MSG+, just in time for the new NBA and NHL seasons,” said Ben Grad, fuboTV head of North American content strategy & acquisition.  “With MSG Networks on Fubo Premier, fans will be able to follow their teams—at home or on the go, across devices and screens.”