DAZN unveils OTT boxing-centred streaming service

Super-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders in action

Media company DAZN’s over-the-top (OTT) streaming service has launched today, with Billy Joe Saunders’ super-middleweight bout against Martin Murray set to headline the platform on Friday.

The service, which is available in over 200 territories, went live at midday, GMT, with viewers able to purchase a subscription for the reduced price of £1.99 or less per month.

“We’re excited to launch our global platform with an action-packed opening month featuring boxing’s biggest stars and a suite of premium original programming,” Executive Vice-President at DAZN, Joseph Markowski, commented.

However, boxing enthusiasts in the UK and Ireland will not be able to watch the exhibition so as not to cause a conflict of interest with broadcaster Sky, which holds the rights to the bout in those countries. It will not be made available in Australia or New Zealand, either.

Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is set to take on Kubrat Pulev in December live on DAZN’s streaming platform, with the service also securing Gennady Golovkin’s middleweight title defence against Poland’s Kamil Szeremeta later in the month.

Additional content such as archived fights, athlete interviews and other programming, such as 40 Days, Saturday Fight Live and One Night, will be added to the package. The company will also look to expand their sports portfolio in 2021.

The platform is supported by internet-connected devices and at present, only available in English, although DAZN’s OTT streaming standalone service is in operation in Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland.