If you’re one of the many people that bemoaned the introduction of online streaming of NFL games last season, this news will make you happy.
Billed by many as ‘Netflix for sports,’ DAZN had a rocky arrival to the Canadian marketplace last year.
Armed with the exclusive rights to the NFL package, online streaming service DAZN was the only place you could watch out-of-market NFL games, along with NFL RedZone, in Canada.
After intense criticism from fans, DAZN eventually caved in October, partnering with Shaw and Sasktel to allow games on cable.
— DAZN_CA (@DAZN_CA) October 7, 2017
For the rest of fans, internet streaming was still the only option as DAZN continued through growing pains.
That won’t be the case this season, as DAZN announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with Bell, Rogers, Shaw, Sasktel, and select additional cable/satellite providers to distribute NFL Sunday Ticket across Canada. Telus will sublicence directly from Bell.
“We are happy to be partnering with Canadian cable providers to give Canadian NFL fans more choice when it comes to their viewing experience,” said DAZN spokesperson Joseph Markowski.
“We are proud of the progress we’ve made since our launch last summer, including adding some top-notch sports properties to our offering and substantial platform improvements that fans will notice and enjoy. We are also excited to be adding even more sports programming in the coming weeks, all at the low-cost Canadians have come to expect from us.”
Available for $20 a month or $150 per year, despite the hiccups, DAZN continues to grow. Apart from Canada, it’s available in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, and Italy, and is expanding into the United States this fall.
DAZN’s Canadian rights also include the UEFA Champions League and the MLB Network.
Here’s a list of some of its properties: