Perform’s DAZN pockets MLB rights

OTT service to show games in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Perform’s DAZN pockets MLB rights

Perform Group’s over-the-top (OTT) streaming service DAZN has picked up a package of live rights to Major League Baseball (MLB) in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The deal, which covers four seasons until 2020, will see DAZN broadcast regular season and post-season games, as well as the annual MLB All-Star Game. All told, DAZN plans to show more than 600 games each season.

DAZN’s live coverage begins with this Sunday’s Opening Day fixture between the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants.

Launched last August, DAZN already has the rights in its German-speaking territories to the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Hockey League (NHL).

“DAZN is already known as the home of US sports with our extensive live and on demand coverage of NFL, NBA and NHL and that’s why we’re delighted to add MLB to our portfolio,” said John Gleasure, the service’s chief commercial officer.

“Now fans can watch all the major US sports wherever and whenever they want, all for one affordable price.”