DAZN Set To Launch In The UK This Year, Hoping To Get Premier League Rights
Sports streaming service DAZN is set to launch in the UK in May with the company hoping to secure Premier League rights in the future.
Sportsmail have revealed the popular service is expanding to more than 200 countries starting May 2 and the service could kick-off with Billy Joe Saunders vs Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
The service will reportedly cost £4.99 a month which is significantly cheaper than flat pay-per-view fees which can be up to £25.
:bangbang::tv: DAZN is reportedly going to launch in the UK this May as part of their new global streaming service. It's said the first fight will be Canelo vs Billy Joe Saunders/Callum Smith - platform will likely cost £4.99 per month in the UK. [According to @WSJ & @MailSport]
- Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) March 2, 2020
It's huge news for sports fans who have seen the market dominated by Sky Sports and BT Sport for the last few decades.
DAZN first launched in August 2016 and has been a resounding success in multiple countries.
The company are set to bid for the rights to broadcast Tyson Fury's trilogy bout with longtime rival Deontay Wilder which is reportedly set for July.
'The Gypsy King's' bouts are currently shown by BT Sport but DAZN could enter the running as they showed Fury's victory last month in five European countries.
Other fighters that will be available on the service include Gennadiy Golovkin and Mikey Garcia.
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Anthony Joshua's fights are currently shown on DAZN's international channels but 'AJ' has a deal with Sky Sports in the UK.
DAZN's entrance into the UK market will definitely excite football fans who've already welcomed Amazon Prime's coverage this season.
Sportsmail claim that the company are focused on breaking 'the stranglehold' of fight broadcasters as their first objective.
But expanding into Premier League football is on their agenda in the future.
The news comes a month after Premier League CEO Richard Masters admitted the league could create their own streaming service in the near future.
"During the last [rights bidding] process [for the 2019-22 seasons] we spent quite a lot of time and invested a lot of resources in building our expertise and capacity in 'direct-to-consumer," Masters revealed per The Guardian.
"We considered whether strategically it would be the right time to test a few markets then and decided not to. We were ready last time and we will be ready next time should the opportunity arise."
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