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Uefa has finalised a host of media-rights deals for its national-team properties around the world as the start of its new cycle draws near.

The Infront agency has already exceeded its guarantee to Fifa for rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups across Asia with rights to the 2022 tournament still to sell in all but its most-valuable market, China, TV Sports Markets understands.

Perform-owned OTT platform DAZN believes it is in position to drive growth in Japan’s pay-television sports market after a deal to acquire most of its former rival's rights.

Strong competition helped Uefa secure an increase of about 50 per cent for its club competition rights in Japan last month, as OTT platform DAZN added another premium property to its portfolio.

Striking a digital rights deal is thought to have helped Tennis Australia earn a large increase in Japan for the 2017 Australian Open.

The Japanese women’s football league will no longer be broadcasting Nadeshiko league Division 1 matches on the free streaming platform MyCujoo, and has, instead, agreed a four-year deal with the platform t…

International sports broadcaster Eleven Sports is launching in Japan - its 11th market - on Saturday.

Online-streaming platform DAZN has extended a rights deal in Asia for the Formula One motor-racing world championship, according to the Grand Prix 24/7 news service

Sports streaming service DAZN has announced details of its new MultiView feature, whereby viewers will be able to watch up to four live or on-demand events at the same time on one screen

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The Perform Group believes the profitability of DAZN, is a realistic aim within three years in Germany, despite a current outlay of more than €45m ($50.9m) per year on sports rights.

Interview with John Gleasure, chief commercial officer of DAZN, on the Peform-owned OTT platform's launch in Japan and Germany, Austria & Switzerland.

The Perform Group told TV Sports Markets its deal for Japan’s J-League represented “great value” compared to many domestic football leagues, despite a rights fee four times higher than the previous value.

Interview with Simon Denyer, chief executive of the Perform Group, on its acquisition of J-League rights for 10 years from 2017 to 2026.

Emerging competition in Japan’s digital sector helped the MP & Silva agency earn significant profit on its deals for England’s Premier League and Spain’s LaLiga.

The Perform Group will next year launch two OTT subscription services – one in Japan and one across Germany, Austria and Switzerland – as part of a move which could transform how live sport is delivered to consumers.

The value of exclusivity and a home Games in 2020 helped the International Paralympic Committee strike its biggest-ever deal, with Japanese state broadcaster NHK, late last month.

Fox International Channels’ decision to sublicense German Bundesliga rights in Japan to the MP & Silva agency surprised industry observers this week. Something seemed to be the wrong way round – agencies buy to sell to broadcasters, not vice versa.

Uefa earned a decent increase in the value of its club tournaments in Japan this month despite the minimal level of competition in the market.

MP & Silva has paid a significant increase for the rights in Japan to Euro 2016 in a deal finalised last month. The agency now faces a challenge to turn a profit on the deal.

Japanese pay-television operator SkyPerfecTV is in early talks over a renewal of its deal for the J-League domestic football competition, TV Sports Markets understands

The CAA Eleven agency completed a host of new deals for Uefa European Qualifiers rights at the end of July, with strong results in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

The International Olympic Committee and the Japan Consortium of broadcasters, which this month acquired exclusive Japanese rights to the Olympic Games from 2018 to 2024, are both likely to be happy with the deal, local experts say.

The world swimming federation earned a small fee increase in its renewal last week with Japanese commercial broadcaster TV Asahi.

Interview with Peter Hall, Fina’s head of marketing TV, on the federation’s new deal with commercial broadcaster TV Asahi in Japan.