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Just after revealing that viewers watched over three billion minutes of programming during Q2 2019, fuboTV has expanded distribution of its fubo Sports Network, to Samsung TV Plus and LG Channels powered by XUMO smart TV platforms.
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The launch of fubo Sports Network marks the first time the live TV streaming service has developed a channel for distribution off its platform. The live, free-to-consumer TV network enables sports fans to watch event coverage, news, behind-the-scenes and exclusive programming. Talent-driven original sports programming - the first time fuboTV has produced content - will launch on fubo Sports Network in the coming weeks.

The network soft launched in June with distribution on XUMO-powered channels and in fuboTV’s standard base package while additional distribution partners will be announced in time.

“It’s still early days for fubo Sports Network and I’m pleased partners like Samsung and XUMO are embracing the power of the network to reach sports fans,” commented fuboTV co-founder and CEO David Gandler. “Our goals for fubo Sports Network are ambitious yet simple: We plan to deliver sports programming 24/7 that’s a bit edgy, always fun and with a clear point of view, and make it free to sports fans on multiple platforms and on every device.”

fuboTV’s second quarter viewing spike saw particular engagement across connected TVs as subscribers migrated to bigger screens and the company says that subscribers increasingly depend on fuboTV as a cable replacement product. Nearly 90% of hours watched were on connected TVs in June 2019 compared with 67% in June 2018. Hours spent on connected TVs by subscriber increased 195% in June over prior year.

“We’re thrilled to expand the reach of fubo Sports Network to LG Channels powered by XUMO and Samsung TV Plus so quickly after our soft launch just a few weeks ago,” added fuboTV president, business development Min Kim. “24/7 live networks are a natural fit on smart TVs and, with our viewers wanting sports content nonstop, we're excited to bring the fubo Sports Network free to consumers on two of the largest smart TV platforms.”