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TIM nets full Serie A coverage with DAZN distribution deal

Italian telcomms operator TIM has secured full coverage of Serie A, the top division of domestic club football, after finalising a distribution agreement with subscription OTT platform DAZN.

The announcement of the deal comes after negotiations were first reported back in August. TIM’s live streaming and video-on-demand service, TIMvision, will offer customers the option to access DAZN for €9.99 ($11) per month.

In August, TIM reached an agreement with Sky Italia to offer the pay-television broadcaster’s ‘Now TV – 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.

The agreement with DAZN adds its exclusive coverage of three Serie A games per week, along with all matches from the second-tier Serie B. From today (Tuesday), TIM will also offer a combined DAZN and Now TV package priced at €29.99 per month.

DAZN is paying €193.3m 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 was claimed in August that discussions between DAZN and TIM over a revenue-share agreement were ongoing, with “many aspects” still needing to be addressed and finalised.

The DAZN app was already available on TIM Box, the telecoms operator’s decoder.

DAZN also holds rights to games from the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa, as well as the women’s Serie A. Further football content is provided through the likes of the Spanish LaLiga, French Ligue 1, English FA Cup and EFL Cup, Dutch Eredivisie and South America’s Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana.

DAZN also offers American football league the NFL, Major League Baseball, the World Rally Championship, rugby union’s Pro14, Champions Cup and Challenge Cup, and the European Volleyball Confederation’s (CEV) Champions League.

TIMvision’s offering already includes Eurosport Player, the Discovery-owned broadcaster’s OTT service.