FuboTV streaming service has finally nabbed ESPN for its sports-focused package offerings, while also retrieving a slew of Disney entertainment channels, including FX and NatGeo, after they were dropped following The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets last year.
A new distribution pact between fuboTV and Disney Media Networks will see all ESPN networks launch on the streaming service this summer, along with ABC, Disney Channel, Freeform, FX, Nat Geo and other channels. Also returning to fuboTV is FXM, FXX, NatGeoWild, BabyTV, BabyTVEspanol, NatGeoMundo and FOXLife after they also left the streamer on Dec 31, 2019 following the completion of the Disney/Fox deal.
In April, fuboTV merged with FaceBank Group, a developer of technology IP, to to create a sports-first digital entertainment alternative online for cord-cutters and cord-nevers. The addition of ESPN to fuboTV has long been seen as a missing piece of the puzzle now put in place.
But to nab ESPN, fuboTV had to also take a Disney bundle of channels.