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Fubo adds indie TV channels to boost local sports programming

A banner with the logo of streaming service Fubo TV hangs outside the New York Stock Exchange.
A banner with the logo of streaming service Fubo TV hangs outside the New York Stock Exchange. (Photo courtesy Fubo TV via LinkedIn, Graphic by The Desk)

Streaming service Fubo is adding several independent stations in Phoenix and Salt Lake City to help bring more professional sports programming to its subscribers.

The channels include KTVK (Channel 3) and KPHE-LD (Channel 44), the Gray Television stations that serve as the new broadcast home of the Phoenix Suns basketball team under an arrangement with the newly-formed Arizona Sports Family Network broadcast home of the Arizona Family Sports Network, jointly owned with KPHO (Channel 5, CBS).

The Phoenix Suns basketball games previously aired on Diamond Sports Group’s Bally Sports Arizona, which shut down earlier this month. After a short legal battle, Gray Television secured the rights to the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury basketball games, bringing them to free over-the-air television.

While Fubo typically offers stations affiliated with ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, the addition of independent stations KTVK and KPHE-LD ensures basketball fans in the Phoenix area will continue to have access to the Suns and Mercury games.

In addition to adding the two Phoenix-area stations, Fubo will also be adding KJZZ (Channel 14), an independent outlet owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group and based in Salt Lake City, which will soon offer basketball games from the Utah Jazz.

The addition of the new channels was first reported by marketing blog Cord Cutters News.

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