DAZN lands Champions League rights in Japan

DAZN, the OTT service operated by digital sports media company Perform, has acquired exclusive rights in Japan to the Uefa Champions League and Europa League club football competitions.

The three-season deal runs across the 2018-19 to 2020-21 campaigns and also includes the Super Cup, the annual game between the victors of the previous season’s Champions League and Europa League.

The live sport streaming service will offer every match from the three competitions. DAZN will also offer full match replays immediately after the final whistle and match highlights.

The deal with European football’s governing body Uefa further enhances DAZN’s football portfolio, which already includes Japan’s domestic competition, the J.League. DAZN also provides Spain’s LaLiga, Germany’s Bundesliga, Italy’s Serie A, France’s Ligue 1, popular European cup competitions such as the English FA Cup and Spanish Copa del Rey, plus key international matches.

Guy-Laurent Epstein, Uefa director of marketing, said: “DAZN’s innovative streaming service represents an evolution in the way our club competitions will be made available, allowing fans in Japan to watch their favourite players and teams whenever and wherever they want.”