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Fubo Launches Instant Highlights — How To Try The New Live Sports Feature

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Fubo has begun offering a new Instant Highlights feature on select devices that allows subscribers to watch important moments from a live sports event. If this sounds familiar, that’s because Fubo’s Instant Highlights is very similar to YouTube TV’s Key Plays.

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Before digging into the details, it is worth noting that Instant Highlights is currently in beta. In other words, Instant Highlights are not available on every supported device. At present, only subscribers with an Amazon Fire TV or Android TV will be able to access Instant Highlights.

In addition, Instant Highlights are also not available for every live event and sports yet. According to Fubo, they are currently only available for NBA Playoff games, and are mainly limited to 3-pointers, dunks, layups, and hook shots. Along with the actual event, each Instant Highlight includes the player’s name, quarter, and the game clock at the time.

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For those with a supported device, the new Instant Highlights feature can be found pinned to the top of the FanView Experience, which can be accessed by pressing up three times while watching a live game.

Fubo Instant Highlights playing Fanview
Instant Highlights FanView widget

Instant Highlights do require the current live game to be recording at the time. If this is not already the case, Fubo has added a Record shortcut to the Instant Highlights widget in the FanView experience.

Fubo Instant Highlights record
Instant Highlights record shortcut

Once clicked, Instant Highlights will then start to become available, but only from when the recording started.

For those that are already recording entire leagues or every game associated with a team, they won’t have to worry about manually starting recordings, and should see Instant Highlights are available for all eligible recorded games.

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Providing a live game is recording, and the viewer has activated the Instant Highlights widget, all available clips will be visible on the right side of the screen.

Fubo Instant Highlights playing
Fubo Instant Highlights selection

The most recent highlight will automatically begin playing, but the viewer can scroll through the list and select any of the other available clips at any time.

Once all caught up, viewers can exit Instant Highlights at any time by pressing the Back button. Otherwise, Instant Highlights will automatically close after the last available clip has finished playing.

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How Instant Highlights compares to Key Plays

In terms of usage, the route to accessing Instant Highlights requires more steps than YouTube TV’s Key Plays. For example, Key Plays on YouTube TV automatically display at the bottom of the screen, making them quicker to access from the playback menu.

YouTube TV sports features
YouTube TV Key Plays

In addition, they are also more accessible in general. For example, Key Plays don’t require a sports event to be recording at the time, and are even available when watching a live game on a delay.

Of course, Key Plays has been around a lot longer than Instant Highlights and Fubo does make it clear that this is not only a new feature, but one that’s currently in beta. As a result, it is likely that Instant Highlights will improve as time goes on.

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John Finn

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