FOX’s Tubi Plans to Expand Sports Programming in the U.S.

FOX is introducing a sports content hub on its free streaming service Tubi. “Sports on Tubi” will add 10 live-streaming sports channels to its existing offerings, including FOX Sports, FOX Deportes, NFL, MLB, beIN Sports Xtra and beIN Sports Xtra en Español, Fubo Sports Network, Pac-12 Insider, Stadium and USA Today SportsWire, as well as channels for the ACC and Real Madrid later this year. The channels, which will only be available in the United States, will debut first on Amazon Fire TV and Roku and Android devices.

Variety reports that, “while the sports channels on Tubi are ‘live,’ in the sense that they are presented in a traditional linear TV fashion, not much of the content being splashed onto the ad-supported service will be live games or matches.”

Live sporting events will include the Pac-12 and Stadium channels, but the FOX Sports channel, for example, will include “highlights, daily studio content and original programming … [and] Tubi’s curated NFL channel will include ‘near-to-live’ in-season digital highlights plus replays of ‘some of the most memorable matchups in NFL history” and library content.”

Tubi’s sports offering will also include “nearly 700 hours of on-demand content at launch from the NFL, MLB, NASCAR, Big Ten, Concacaf soccer, PBC boxing, PBA bowling” as well as “FOX Sports Films’ ‘Magnify’ docu-series; the NASCAR and MLB archive documentaries, produced and curated by FOX Sports Films; the ‘100,000 Cameras’ franchise” and many other programs.

Tubi chief executive Farhad Massoudi said that Sports on Tubi “embraces our viewers’ passion for sports content across our vast library, and we are excited to be launching this offering with world-class brands.”

Tubi, which was acquired by FOX last year for $440 million, currently “has more than 35,000 movies and TV series from 250-plus content partners, including every major studio.” This fall, the platform “plans to launch more than 140 hours of new content, including Tubi original documentaries from FOX Alternative Entertainment; animated titles from FOX Entertainment’s animation studio, Bento Box Entertainment; and titles across the Black cinema, thriller, horror, sci-fi, romance and Western genres.”

Cord Cutters News reports that the ACC Digital Network (ACCDN) is “the official home for all the best highlights, game re-airs, originals, condensed games and daily coverage of the ACC.” Real Madrid TV is “a free digital television channel … dedicated to one of the most recognized brands in world sport.”

Sports on Tubi will show two to three matches per week “during the season of Real Madrid’s La Liga games, as well as their UEFA Champions League and Cup tournaments … [and] classic programing, exclusive club insight, breaking news and more.”

Pac-12 Networks Announces Addition of Free Streaming Channel Pac-12 Insider to Newly-Launched “Sports on Tubi” Lineup, Pac-12 Press Release, 8/24/21

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