The sports OTT DAZN announced it will increase its presence in 2020, expanding to more than 200 countries and territories. As it has officially reported, the platform does not clarify whether the expansion includes Latin American countries, but the first global event to be broadcast will be Mexican Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez soon-to-be-announced fight, which will take place on Saturday, May 2nd.
This first phase of DAZN’s global expansion will be an English-language service focused on boxing. ‘Beginning this spring, most of the world will have access to DAZN and its unmatched schedule of boxing events’, said DAZN Group Executive Chairman, John Skipper. ‘Our roster of championship fighters represents some of the world’s most popular athletes and we will be working with them to stage spectacular international events for years to come’, he added.
‘Since our launch in 2016, we’ve seen an encouraging level of interest around our key events from both international fans and potential partners, which highlighted the opportunity to capitalize on our existing rights portfolio within boxing to fuel our expansion,’ said DAZN EVP Joseph Markowski’. Establishing DAZN as the global home of fight sports is just the first step and we couldn’t think of a better attraction for our inaugural event than Canelo’s fight’, he completed.
The platform also reported that the DAZN app will be available globally on most internet-connected devices, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, PCs, smart TVs, STBs and others. To date, DAZN has been launched in nine countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, the US and Brazil. There, it has the rights to broadcast several competitions, including the Copa Sudamericana.