The two major options for sports fans in the UK are currently Sky Sports via NOW TV, or BT Sports’ monthly pass. This May, however, streaming sports service “Dazn” is coming to the UK (and 200 other countries) – with an emphasis on boxing. But some say they’re eying Premier League rights for their future in the UK.
Dazn is a streaming-only sports platform that is currently available in nine countries – Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the United States.
The company, which is based in London, is owned by Ukrainian-born billionaire Sir Len Blavatnik.
While unknown in the UK yet, Dazn streams a variety of sporting events in the countries where it currently operates – from football to boxing.
In the UK, for now at least, Dazn will focus on boxing, but Premiere League rights are not off the table, according to The Guardian. While those rights are worth billions in the UK, and are currently held by Sky and BT (with Amazon Prime Video having aired 20 games last year), Dazn might try to join that fight.
Meanwhile, Dazn’s launch event in the UK is set to be Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez’s soon-to-be-announced fight during Cinco de Mayo Weekend, which will take place on Saturday, May 2.
DAZN currently holds international rights to many of the world’s top boxing promotional companies including Golden Boy Promotions, Matchroom Boxing USA and GGG Promotions.
Fighters such as Alvarez and Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin will be part of Dazn’s year-round portfolio of premium fights and original programming.
“Our roster of championship fighters represents some of the world’s most popular athletes”, said DAZN Group Executive Chairman John Skipper, “and we’ll be working with them to stage spectacular international events for years to come.”
Dazn’s service will be available to stream on “most internet-connected devices, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, PCs, and living room devices such as smart TVs, streaming sticks and game consoles” – so we can assume Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Chromecast support – though exact details haven’t been released yet.
UK pricing for the service hasn’t been announced yet either, but in Germany it costs 11.99 Euros (£10.4) per motnh, after a 30-days free trial.
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