fuboTV subscribers have now lost access to a number of A&E Networks, including History Channel, Lifetime, and FYI. This is only the latest change to apply to the live TV streaming channel landscape, making it further difficult for consumers to find the service that offers exactly the channels they want at the right price.
While fuboTV comes with an emphasis on sports, it has been looking to offer a more balanced channel selection in recent times, in a bid to appeal to more users. However, as the channel lineup has expanded, the price has increased with fuboTV plans now starting at $64.99 per month, putting the base package in direct competition with Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV. While the different live TV services attempt to stay competitive on price, they have been occasionally dropping channels to help keep the cost as low as possible.
The latest fuboTV casualty is A&E Networks. fuboTV has confirmed that, as of June 30, six A&E channels were removed from the lineup. Similar to previous channel losses, fuboTV indicated that the decision to remove A&E Networks is based on “balancing value and keeping your costs as low as possible.”
Unlike some of the previous channel losses by other live TV streaming services, this does not appear to be the result of an ongoing dispute, but more of a permanent removal. In other words, fuboTV subscribers should not necessarily expect to see any of the following channels returning.
- FYI Channel
- History Channel
- Lifetime Movie Network
- Vice TV
Streaming A&E Networks without fuboTV
For those that are concerned about maintaining access to the dropped A&E networks, some of the other live TV streaming services do include many, if not all, of the channels in their lineup. The cheapest way to stream A&E, as well as the other dropped networks, is currently Philo. Priced at $25 per month Philo is an affordable option for live TV streaming. However, those considering switching from fuboTV should be aware that Philo doesn’t carry all of the other channels they already get with a fuboTV subscription.
Alternatively, Hulu Live TV comes with a more similar channel lineup to fuboTV, including the missing A&E Networks, and costs the same as fuboTV. Sling TV might also be another option worth considering, although some of the missing A&E Networks will need to be added to the base package through additional paid-for add-ons.