‘El Clásico’ Nets 62K Concurrent U.S. Views on fuboTV

fuboTV, the self-described “sports-first” virtual MVPD, said its feed of the Real Madrid-FC Barcelona match on Saturday (Dec. 1) netted 62,000 concurrent U.S. views across its platforms and CDNs.

fuboTV’s live feed – available through its carriage of beIN Sports – also compiled about 459,000 U.S. desktop and mobile site sessions. The service said that was a record for its live coverage of the game between the rival La Liga clubs  – called ‘El Clásico’ whenever it occurs, despite competition for it via other OTT-TV services, including Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and Verizon’s go90, which offered it for free.

fuboTV’s stream of the game appeared to perform better than the contest in April, when some subs complained about sign-on troubles and other streaming-related issues.

As noted in this week’s cover story in Multichannel News, fuboTV has been rebuilding its platform in-house rather than leaning on one that is largely based on outsourced products. The company expects to complete the rebuild by the end of 2017, if not earlier.

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“I think we’re a cross-breed between a Sling-type service and BAM Tech,” fuboTV cofounder and CEO David Gandler said.

fuboTV, which launched service in January 2015,  ended Q2 2016 with 71,170 subscribers.