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TIM ‘in talks with DAZN’ to add Serie A games to VOD platform

Italian telecoms company TIM is in talks to carry live Serie A football content from the DAZN streaming service on its video-on-demand platform, it has been reported.

Italian business newspaper Il Sole 24 has reported that TIM is in discussions with DAZN to add its exclusive coverage of  three Serie A games per week to its TIMvision service.

The DAZN app is already available on TIM Box, the telecoms operator’s decoder. TIMvision’s offering already includes Eurosport Player, the Discovery-owned broadcaster’s OTT service.

Earlier this month, TIM reached an agreement with Sky Italia to offer the pay-television broadcaster’s ‘NowTV – Ticket Sport’ service, which includes seven televised Serie A matches per weekend, as well as Uefa Champions League and Europa League games and a host of other sports.

An agreement with DAZN would ensure that TIM can offer coverage of all matches from the Italian top flight.

DAZN is paying €193.3m ($212.3m) per season for its three live Serie A games per week, while Sky Italia pays €780m per season in deals that run from 2018-19 to 2020-21.

It has been reported that discussions between DAZN and TIM over a revenue-share agreement are ongoing, with “many aspects” still needing to be addressed and finalised.

DAZN has also been in talks with Sky Italia over the launch of a dedicated television channel for its sports coverage.

DAZN also holds rights in Italy to the second-tier Serie B, as well as top-tier leagues in the shape of the Spanish LaLiga, French Ligue 1 and North America’s Major League Soccer.

The 2019-20 Serie A season kicks off tomorrow.