By Mark Elezaj
DAZN (pronounced Da Zone) is a subscription video streaming service owned by Perform Group. It was founded in London on July 8, 2015. The service offers live and on demand streaming of different sporting events for a monthly fee of $9.99.
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DAZN offers its subscribers more than 8,000 sporting events a year, events like The Premier League, NBA, NFL, MLB, Formula One and Bellator MMA just to name a few. It is also the host broadcaster of Japan’s J.League and broadcasts every game of the season across all three divisions.
UEFA Champions League and Europa League will also be available from the 2018-19 seasons in Germany and Austria on DAZN. They will broadcast every Europa League match in Germany and Austria.
The streaming service first launched in August 2016 in Austria, Germany, Japan, and Switzerland. In 2017, the service was offered in Canada and it finally launched in the United States and Italy in 2018.
On 10 May 2018, DAZN announced a major broadcasting deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing. Under this new deal, DAZN will stream 32 fight cards per-year on the American version of the service. These cards will include 16 British Sky Sports PPV’s and 16 cards that will be held in the United States under the new Matchroom Boxing USA banner. Hearn stated that the deal will last for at least two years, with an option for a six-year extension. This deal can total $1 billion over the life of the contract and is truly a “groundbreaking deal in the history of boxing”
On 26 June 2018, DAZN announced a five-year streaming rights deal with Bellator, (this deal began with Bellator 206 on September 29, 2018) and includes the U.S. and all other regions currently streaming DAZN. The Bellator package will include fight cards, broadcast on television and 7 exclusive cards per year.
DAZN officially launched in September 2018, bringing us the World Boxing Super Series, the AFC Champions League, the Chilean Primera Division, J-League, and other content. DAZN’s broadcast team for its U.S. boxing events will have “Sugar” Ray Leonard and Brian Kenny doing the play by play and LZ Granderson as its ringside reporter. The first boxing event streamed was the Heavyweight fight between Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Povetkin on September 22, 2018.
DAZN will be available in 1080p HD quality on a wide variety of devices including computers, laptops, mobile phones, tablets, smart TVs and video game consoles. The DAZN app is available for Android mobile phones and tablets, the Google Play store and on iOS. It is also available on Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick and Android TV.
I personally recommend DAZN because not only does it bring you the best fights from around the world, it brings you the best sporting events as well. And at a reasonable price of $9.99 a month, you really can’t ask for more! Eddie Hearn, I thank you.
~The Fighting Voice~