DAZN goes global: launches in 200 markets including UK

DAZN will roll out its streaming platform in a global launch to more than 200 markets, including the UK, for the December 5 clash between Ryan Garcia and Luke Campbell.

The self-styled ‘Netflix of sports’ had been due to launch globally May, but the COVID-19 pandemic scuppered that plan.

Now it will go global in December as lightweight sensation Garcia matches up with British star Campbell.

DAZN says the cost in new markets – the UK included – will be £1.99 per month or less.

Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev will also air in many DAZN markets – including the United States – on Saturday December 12. But it will not be available in the UK or Ireland with Joshua fighting instead on Sky Sports Box Office.

“From the UK to Mexico to Australia, we’ve seen an encouraging level of interest in our key events since first launching in 2016,” said DAZN EVP Joseph Markowski.

“We’re looking forward to introducing the DAZN platform around the world this December with an exciting schedule of fights.”

Boxing again key for DAZN

At launch, DAZN’s global platform will feature world championship boxing events, as well as an ever-growing archive of classic fights, athlete features and a slate of original programming including 40 DAYS, Saturday Fight Live and ONE NIGHT. Additional sports and programming will be added beginning in 2021.

The DAZN app will be available globally on most internet-connected devices, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, PCs, and living room devices such as smart TVs, streaming sticks and game consoles.

The planned global launch for DAZN was to have been May with Mexican megastar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez vs Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders. Alvarez has an 11-fight, $365million deal with DAZN.

But the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the sports calendar hard this year, and ‘Canelo’ has still to fight in 2020. He recently took legal action against his promoter Golden Boy and DAZN over contractual issues.