DAZN 'in talks with Telefónica over carrying LaLiga and Champions League channels'
DAZN, the international OTT subscription streaming platform that is preparing to launch a service in Spain, is reported to have held talks with Telefónica, the Spanish telecoms giant, over carriage of Telefonica’s Movistar Partidazo and Movistar Liga de Campeones channels.
The two channels, carrying Spanish LaLiga and Uefa Champions League soccer coverage, respectively, must be made available to rivals under conditions set by the country’s competition watchdog.
DAZN is preparing to launch in Spain next month, armed with rights to English soccer’s Premier League from 2019-20 onwards, plus MotoGP and basketball’s EuroLeague.
DAZN has also acquired rights to motor racing’s World Rally Championship, with US motor racing’s IndyCar Series set to come on board in time for the start of the new season in March.
The operation is set to be officially launched in Madrid on 27 February, with an initial price point of €7.99 ($9.07) per month, and free access for the first month.
Last month, Mediapro, the Spain-based media rights and production company, said it has plans to launch a new over-the-top soccer service, which could include live matches from LaLiga.
However, the proposal also appears to be conditional on a deal being reached with Telefónica, the Spanish telecoms giant which has snapped up premium rights in Spain for the next few years.
DAZN was launched by Perform, the international digital sports content and media group, in Japan, Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 2016, and expanded to Canada in 2017 and to Italy and USA in the second half of last year.
On top of the Spanish arrival, it is set to launch in Brazil, its first move into Latin America, in March, with rights to soccer’s Copa Sudamericana, South America's second-tier clubs competition, France’s Ligue 1 and Italy’s Serie A.
Yesterday, it was announced that commercial broadcaster Rede TV! will be the Brazilian free-to-air home of live matches from the Copa Sudamericana, South American soccer’s secondary clubs competition, this year, and has also picked up rights to Italy’s Serie A, in sub-licensing deals with DAZN.
DAZN holds the rights to the Copa Sudamericana for the next four years, but given that it does not officially launch in the country until next month, has until now been streaming games from other competitions, including Italy’s Serie A and Coppa Italia, France’s Ligue 1 and England’s FA Cup, on its Facebook and YouTube pages on a free-to-view basis.Last September, Perform was rebranded as DAZN Group, which houses two distinct brands, in the consumer-facing DAZN and the business-to-business focused Perform Content.