DAZN is an over-the-top (OTT) streaming service that specializes in boxing and mixed martial arts content. Based in the United Kingdom, DAZN focuses on covering sporting events from across the world. But it’s real bread and butter is its coverage of professional fights — specifically boxing and mixed martial arts.
For a service that focuses primarily on sports content, you would hope its streaming quality would go beyond 720p, but unfortunately, that isn’t the case with DAZN. That said, you’ll have access to a wide range of fight nights, and during the breaks between bouts, you can jump back and watch past events that previously aired on the service. And the best part, all pay-per-view (PPV) costs are included in the subscription. It’s an excellent option for boxing and MMA fans interested in cutting the cable TV cord.
What To Watch On DAZN
Like ESPN+, DAZN is a niche service that focuses primarily on fights and European sporting events like cricket and darts as well as Japanese soccer leagues. But that’s probably not why you’re here. Even though DAZN offers a lot when it comes to fighting sports, a few big names are missing from its programming — you can’t watch Ultimate Fighting Championship action with DAZN. ESPN+ is the only way you can watch UFC bouts — and you’ll still need to pay the PPV cost on top of the monthly fee.
You’ll get over 100 fights over the course of the year with DAZN, including both undercards and main events. One of the best aspects of DAZN is you won’t need to pay extra for PPV. This is good to know since some high-profile PPV fights on other services often run upwards of $80. That said, on top of bringing you some of the biggest prizefights in boxing, the service also has partnerships with GGG Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions, Matchroom Boxing and World Boxing Super Series. Just don’t expect to find Top Rank Boxing. With MMA, you’ll be able to tune into Bellator, Combate Americas and KSW MMA bouts.
There are also sports shows exclusive to DAZN’s programming, including a Canelo Alvarez docuseries 40 Days, the MLB program Change Up, the fighting commentary Sweet Scientists: Ak and Barak and the sports podcast series The Pat McAfee Show. Unfortunately, DAZN seems to work better for people who live outside of the US. The DAZN app airs major sports from the NBA to the NHL for countries outside of America. But due to various agreements involving broadcasting rights, you won’t be able to enjoy any major American sporting leagues through the app.
DAZN Costs And Plans
DAZN costs $19.99/mo. or $99.99/yr., which can seem pricey, especially when compared to on-demand services like ESPN+ ($4.99/mo.) And sports add-ons tend to be rather costly. This is specifically the reason why the cable-alternative service Philo is able to keep its price relatively low at $20/mo. With its 59 channels, you won’t find one sports channel.
With DAZN, unlike some other sports-focused streaming services such as NFL Game Pass ($99.99/yr.), you’ll actually be able to watch games live. NBA League Pass, in comparison, costs $249.99/yr. for its premium plan. But there are far more basketball games than fights every year, so when you get right down to it, the pricing difference makes sense.
DAZN only offers a single plan. But for niche services like this, it’s not necessarily a letdown. However, it would be nice to have a premium option with better video resolution and offline features.
DAZN Device Compatibility
DAZN is compatible with a wide variety of casting and mobile devices, game consoles and smart TVs. More specifically, you’ll find that DAZN easily works with Android and iOS phones and tablets; casting devices like Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Roku; game consoles like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One; and web browsers along with Amazon Fire TV and all of its Fire devices.
If you’re someone who has one of Comcast’s Xfinity X1 cable boxes, you’ll now find an app through which you can access your DAZN account. The cable giant was the first traditional TV provider to reach a deal with DAZN.
Using the DAZN User Interface
DAZN’s web and mobile interface both come with a sleek black background, which is easy on the eyes. It’s accented with gray menu bars and white titles that pop out. The top menu features Home, Schedule and Sports categories, a menu dropdown and a search tool. If you need to access your Settings, just select the dropdown menu, which will reveal Settings, My Account and Help.
The interface is stacked with sideways scrollable video playlists with Featured, Don’t Miss, DAZN Presents and Classic Fights. If you’re seeking a particular sport, you can filter specifically for it or search through the DAZN schedule, which lists shows and events for up to two weeks into the future.
When it comes to customizing your account and other personalization features, you’ll be hard-pressed to find the same features you would with Disney+ or Netflix. But since watching prizefights already comes with a party connotation, when it’s time for the big event, it probably won’t be the same as watching a movie on Netflix.
Streaming Quality And Playback
When it comes to streaming quality, one would hope for a higher resolution than 720p for sports. Especially when other streaming services, like fuboTV and YouTube TV, both have 4K streaming. With that said, the service’s picture quality is reasonably good. According to DAZN, you’ll need at least 8 Mbps for optimal streaming.
You’ll find conventional playback options on the screen with rewind and fast-forward controls. Both features work well — you can pause, rewind and fast-forward, and the content will still play without delays. And you’re also able to access the service’s closed captioning feature. Although, not all of the content on DAZN comes with closed captioning. But for the programming that does, you can alter the background, color, font and size of the text on the screen.
DAZN Simultaneous Streams And Offline Viewing
You can stream on up to two devices simultaneously with your DAZN account. This is above average for streaming services. For example, Hulu only permits simultaneous streaming on up to two screens. Even if you don’t plan on streaming in different locations, sometimes there are two events scheduled for the same night. This feature lets you watch different events concurrently on multiple devices.
DAZN doesn’t offer any offline downloads, so you’ll need to be near an internet connection to enjoy the service. Suffice to say, there aren’t any DVR features included either. And the ability to stream offline would be useful. In comparison, ESPN+ lets you download exclusive shows, but not games or matches.
Can I Cut the Cable TV Cord With DAZN?
DAZN is a niche OTT streaming service. On its own, it’s absolutely not a viable cable replacement option. Think of it as something similar to what you’d get with ESPN+ or Sundance Now. It provides targeted specialty entertainment you won’t find elsewhere. With DAZN, you won’t get movies or traditional TV shows — instead, the service concentrates on bringing you the best in boxing and MMA.
DAZN is an outstanding complement to a live streaming service, such as Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV. If you already have Netflix and a live TV streaming provider, DAZN can round out your sporting needs for a relatively reasonable price. If you’re not interested in other American sports or mainstream news sources, then you can also pair DAZN with a relatively inexpensive TV provider like Philo. There are also free TV alternatives like Pluto TV, which is owned and operated by ViacomCBS — it offers an ad-supported experience with channels like Classic TV, Crime Network, Spike Pluto, NBC News and several other choices.
For a budget-friendly option, consider pairing a DAZN subscription with a setup that allows you to watch TV for free. With the right antenna, you can enjoy local channels such as ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC without a cable or streaming subscription. This is often the easiest way to watch local sports and news. Antenna technology has moved forward quickly over the last few years. Now, there are even models that permit you to stream over-the-air broadcasts directly to connected devices such as smart TVs.
Unfortunately, there’s no DAZN free trial at this time, so you’ll have to pay to give the service a try. But like most other streaming services, there are no contracts, and you can cancel at any time.
Current as of June 2020*
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