DAZN sub-licenses BeIN Sports rights package in Canada

Deal includes top European soccer, among other sports.

DAZN sub-licenses BeIN Sports rights package in Canada

Over-the-top (OTT) streaming service DAZN has acquired a multi-sport package of rights from North American broadcaster BeIN Sports, following its launch in Canada last week.

The sub-licensed package includes live and on-demand rights to a host of Europe’s top soccer competitions, as well as other sports such as rugby, tennis, motorcycling, ice hockey and darts.

Under the deal, Perform Group-owned DAZN will show BeIN Sports' highlights of Spain’s La Liga, France’s Ligue 1 and Italy’s Serie A, as well as live coverage of the Uefa Champions League, Europa League and Fifa World Cup qualifiers.

Additional properties covered in the deal include the English Football League and the Carabao Cup, Pro14 Rugby, MotoGP, WTA tournaments and ATP Tour 250 events, PDC darts, and the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

"There is no doubt that Canada is home to some of the biggest sports fans in the world," DAZN chief executive James Rushton said in a statement.

"Super fans want access to multiple sports and that's why we have made it a priority to expand our offerings in Canada on day one, and we will continue to do so over the coming months.”

Dubbed the ‘Netflix of sport’, DAZN launched in Canada - its fifth market worldwide - last week. As well as the properties included in the new BeIN Sports deal, the service has also picked up the exclusive rights to NFL Game Pass, the National Football League’s direct-to-consumer offering.

Access to DAZN, which is available via a host of IPTV services, initially costs CAD$20 per month or CAN$150 per year, with all subscribers able to get their first 30 days free-of-charge.