fuboTV launches content studio; LiveRamp partnership
May 4, 2021
At 2021 IAB NewFronts, fuboTV, the sports-first live TV streaming platform in the US, announced the launch of a branded content studio for advertisers, and a partnership with LiveRamp to enhance its addressable advertising capabilities.
Through the new studio, advertisers can collaborate with fuboTV’s creative team to create custom branded content to air on Fubo Sports Network. Working with fuboTV, advertising partners have a full menu of creative options to choose from, including short and long form custom brand content and unique original integrations featuring Fubo Sports Network talent.
The launch comes as fuboTV and Fubo Sports Network are gearing up to exclusively stream the Qatar World Cup 2022 Qualifying matches of South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) beginning next month. In addition to CONMEBOL, fuboTV will stream many qualifying matches through its carriage of other channel partners.
To bolster its Qatar World Cup 2022 Qualifiers coverage, fuboTV will produce original programming, including pre, half-time and post match shows, to air throughout the season. fuboTV has signed football legends Pablo Zabaleta and Melissa Ortiz as hosts.
Additional hosts and programming details, including how consumers can stream all South American qualifying matches with fuboTV and Fubo Sports Network, will be announced.
Also during its IAB NewFronts presentation, fuboTV announced new original programming for Fubo Sports Network. Terrell Owens, a six-time NFL Pro Bowl selection and five-time first-team All-Pro wide receiver, and Matthew Hatchette, a veteran NFL wide receiver, will bring their Getcha Popcorn Ready podcast to TV for the first time when the show premieres as a vodcast on Fubo Sports Network this summer. Additionally, Fubo Sports Network will premiere the second season of its popular show, No Chill with Gilbert Arenas, hosted by the three-time NBA All-Star.
Getcha Popcorn Ready joins Fubo Sports Network’s growing line-up of original programming featuring, in addition to No Chill with Gilbert Arenas, the Julie Stewart-Binks hosted Drinks with Binks and The Cooligans from the self-proclaimed stand-up comedians.
On the business front, fuboTV’s partnership with LiveRamp will enhance its existing addressable targeting capabilities. fuboTV advertisers can now activate data and measure across all advanced connected TV campaign strategies through access to LiveRamp’s Advanced TV products. LiveRamp’s products include privacy-safe subscriber file matching, viewership and measurement with Data+Math.
“As advertising budgets continue to shift from TV to streaming video and CTVs, providing our clients with custom opportunities to engage their consumers further adds to the power of OTT platforms like ours,” said Diana Horowitz, senior vice president, advertising sales, fuboTV. “Through our new branded content studio, we can bring brands to life as only our fuboTV talent can, all while integrating them into some of the most sought-after live events on the sports calendar. And, aided by our new partnership with LiveRamp that enhances our existing advanced addressability capabilities, our advertising partners can ensure their campaigns are reaching highly engaged, targeted audiences.”
“I’m truly excited about the original programming opportunities fuboTV will be offering consumers and advertisers over the next year,” said Pamela Duckworth, head of fubo Sports Network and original programming. “From our exclusive streaming rights for South American Qatar World Cup 2022 Qualifying matches — and all of the shoulder programming we will produce with icons like Pablo Zabaleta and Melissa Ortiz — to our Fubo Sports Network original shows with Terrell Owens, Matthew Hatchette and Gilbert Arenas, there is no better platform to engage with all things sports.”
fuboTV continues to grow its leading position as a sports-first live TV streaming platform. The company closed 2020 with nearly 548,000 subscribers, an increase of 73% year-over-year. In addition to its growing subscription business, fuboTV’s ad sales operations also closed a record year. Advertising revenue grew 133% year-over-year to $29 million with advertising average revenue per user (ad ARPU) reaching $8.47, an increase of 52% year-over-year. Engagement was also strong with fuboTV users streaming 544.9 million hours of sports, news and entertainment content in 2020, and 7.2 hours per day.
Leveraging a powerful combination of live sports, premium video and custom executions, coupled with industry-leading advertising technology and targeting capabilities, fuboTV’s rapidly growing advertising business offers brands and marketers flexible solutions to reach a highly engaged audience, in a premium connected TV environment.