What is DAZN? Review of the Sports Streaming Service

 May 4, 2019 | Streaming Services

Cord-cutters have more and more options these days to watch the content they love. Even for sports fans, it’s getting a lot easier to keep up. A new startup streaming service aims to make it even easier to watch sports online. It’s called DAZN (pronounced “Da Zone”), and it just recently launched here in the US.

But what is DAZN? How much does it cost? What sports can you watch with it? Find out in our DAZN review below.

What is DAZN?

DAZN is an online streaming service that offers both live and on-demand content. It’s solely focused on sports. At this point, the main focus is on fighting sports, including boxing (they have exclusive deals with Canelo Alvarez and GGG at this point and are adding more fighters) and MMA. That said, the company has plans to expand into other realms of the sporting world, and has recently started taking steps adding things like a live MLB look-in show every evening (think of it as baseball’s equivalent to NFL RedZone).

Basically, DAZN is a way to watch MMA (mostly Bellator) and boxing matches live, some baseball, and also catch up on replays of past events. It even features many title fights that are normally exclusive to pay-per-view. Everything is included, so if you have a DAZN membership you’ll never be asked to pay for a PPV match.

Eventually, we expect DAZN to be one of the best ways to watch sports without cable. For now in the US, it’s mostly useful for MMA and boxing fans as well as MLB fans who want to keep up with action around the league but don’t need to watch full games. But for those fans, it offers a great value.

DAZN costs $19.99 per month or $99.99 for the annual plan (That works out to just over $8 a month) – and there’s a free month-long trial for new members!

How DAZN Works

DAZN works over the internet. You’ll need a solid internet connection, a DAZN subscription, and a compatible device (or a computer) to use it. Here are the basics:

Sign up for DAZN here. You’ll get your first month for free
After your free trial, you will pay $19.99 per month or get the annual plan for just $99.99 (a savings of over $10 a month)
You are free to cancel any time
Use DAZN on your computer, or download the DAZN app on your devices
Browse an extensive library of on-demand replays of fights
Check the schedule for upcoming MMA fights and boxing matches
Enjoy live access to over 100 Fight Nights per year

DAZN can be used right on your computer, through a web browser. Or, you can download the DAZN app on your smartphone. It also works on streaming players like Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast, and even on select smart TVs.

Once you’re signed up, the service is quite easy to use. Simply sign into your account, browse the available content, and choose something to watch!
 

DAZN Features

DAZN is a new service here in the US (just launched in September 2018), but the service has been live in other countries for the last few years. This also means that DAZN is a lot more established in terms of technical features, when compared to your average newly-launched service.

Some highlights of DAZN include:

Epic Combat Sports Coverage – DAZN is focused primarily on combat sports. They have deals with Bellator, Matchroom USA, Golden Boy Promotions, and more. DAZN is also the exclusive home to all of Canelo Alvarez’s and Gennady Golovkin (GGG) fights.

Live & On-Demand – Enjoy both live sporting events and an on-demand library of replays and other exclusive content. On the live front, DAZN plans to host at least 100 fight nights per year. For on-demand, there’s a wide selection of hundreds of past events.

All-in-One (No Pay-Per-View) – Fight fans know that most of the big title fights are locked behind expensive paywalls. But not with DAZN! For one low monthly fee ($9.99), you get full access to all the content on the service – including many fights that are normally pay-per-view!

Exclusive Fights – DAZN is a must-have for fight fans, simply because of all the exclusive rights they’ve secured. The most notable exclusive is ALL of Canelo Alvarez’s next 11 fights. As one of the biggest names in boxing, fight fans won’t want to miss any of Canelo’s fights – and now, the only place to see them is on DAZN.

Over 100 Fight Nights Each Year – DAZN will host at least 100 fight nights in the coming year. And that’s the entire fight night – from the undercard to the main event.

Expanding Selection – DAZN is currently focused on combat sports. However, in other countries, the service covers all sorts of sports from soccer to NFL and more. DAZN plans to rapidly expand their offerings for US customers as well, so we should soon see a LOT more options on the service.

No Contract – DAZN is non-contract. You pay month to month and are free to cancel at any time.

Device Compatibility – DAZN works on most of your favorite devices. Use it on Android and iOS phones/tablets, Amazon Fire devices, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast, select smart TVs, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and more. You can also use your computer.


DAZN Sports Coverage (in USA)

So, what is DAZN offering in terms of actual sports coverage?

In the USA, DAZN is almost exclusively hosting combat sports events, combining both MMA and boxing.

Right now, the franchises/events on DAZN include:

Canelo Alvarez’s fights (exclusive)
Bellator MMA
Matchroom USA
Combate Americas
Golden Boy Promotions
World Boxing Super Series
Select soccer content
Select cricket content
Some exclusive behind-the-scenes content (interviews, replays, etc.)

DAZN is likely to continually expand into other sports, as well. They’re even planning on original programming, like sports talk-shows and podcasts. It will be interesting to see what this service looks like in a year – we’ll keep this DAZN review updated as things progress.
 

DAZN Sports Coverage (International)

In addition to the USA, DAZN is also available in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Japan and Canada. They have plans to roll out in Brazil and other countries soon, as well.

In each country, it offers a different selection of sports. Soccer, American football (NFL), cricket, baseball, and others are all common. Wikipedia maintains a full list of all the sports available in each package for those that are curious.

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