DAZN nets Uefa club rights in Canada

OTT service to show Champions League and Europa League for three years.

DAZN nets Uefa club rights in Canada

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DAZN, the OTT service operated by digital sports media company Perform, has acquired rights in Canada for European club soccer’s Uefa Champions League and Europa League.

The three-year deal will kick in next season and run until the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

The rights package includes coverage of 138 Champions League matches each year, along with an annual 205 Europa League fixtures. In addition, DAZN will show the Uefa Super Cup, which pits the winners of the Champions League and Europa League against each other at the start of each new season.

The rights are currently held by TSN and BeIN Sports Canada, which will show Saturday’s Champions League final between title-holders Real Madrid and English side Liverpool. DAZN broadcast some Champions League and Europa League games this season through an agreement with BeIN.

“Given its tremendous diversity, Canada is home to some of the biggest European soccer fans in the world, and we’re excited to revolutionise the way Canadians experience two of Uefa’s biggest global tournaments,” said DAZN chief executive James Rushton. “We pride ourselves on putting fans first, and we look forward to continuing to bring new rights and content to passionate Canadian fans, on the devices and in the ways they are consuming sport.”

DAZN subscriptions are available in Canada for C$20 (US$15) per month or C$150 (US$116) annually, and customers will be able to watch the streaming service’s coverage on smart TVs, tablets, smart phones and game consoles.