FuboTV adds 8-channel ‘News Plus’ package, including 4 new channels to service – The Streamable

News junkies are about to have more options on fuboTV. Today, the service offered a “News Plus” plan for $2.99/month. It has eight channels:

This is the first time AfricaNews, Bloomberg TV+, euroNews and NewsNet are available to fuboTV subscribers. The News Plus channel package will be integrated into the Elite package for new subscribers at no additional cost.

Subscribers can also access BBC World, CNBC World and Law & Crime in the fuboTV Extra package.

For existing Starter or Pro tier subscribers, you’ll lose Cheddar and CNBC World, which were previously available. CNBC World was recently dropped by YouTube TV, as part of their new contract with NBCU.

This new package is a bit of a headache. Yes, some of these channels may appeal to internationally oriented viewers, but Cheddar is widely available for free on other platforms: Pluto TV, Local Now, Plex, Redbox, Roku Channel, Xumo, Stirr and others.

News is a major growth area for streaming. Players like Peacock are doubling down on local coverage with today’s news announcement from NBCU O&O stations. Services like Local Now and NewsON also provide local coverage from stations across the United States.

Bigger companies are also launching standalone streaming solutions Fox a Fox Nation and FOX Weather. WarnerMedia is preparing to launch CNN+ this year.

Tanya J. Hill