Pac-12 Networks goes live in Canada on DAZN
Live content from Pac-12 Networks, the broadcaster responsible for media coverage of the prominent US college sports conference, will finally be available live in Canada through a multi-year rights deal with DAZN, the over-the-top streaming service owned by Perform.
Until now, fans in Canada had been largely denied access to live content from Pac-12 Networks as there was no distribution deal in place.
Under the new agreement, various live Pac-12 events, highlights and original programming will be available to DAZN subscribers in Canada.
Viewers will have access to live events from all 12 of the conference’s universities. The coverage will comprise American football, men’s and women’s basketball, Olympic sports, Pac-12 Championships, and a selection of games from the Pac-12 men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.
The DAZN service costs C$20 ($16) per month.
Pac-12 Networks has managed to reach a deal in Canada even though many viewers in USA do not have coverage, as the broadcaster has never been able to agree a carriage deal with DirecTV.
Pac-12 Networks does has agreements with US OTT platforms FuboTV and Sling TV.
Meanwhile, DAZN is set to add North America’s Major League Soccer to its platform offering in Canada.
DAZN has streamed some MLS pre-season games in recent weeks following the announcement that the league would be disbanding its own OTT service and transferring it to ESPN+, the US sports broadcaster’s soon-to-be-launched streaming platform.
The 2018 MLS season gets under way this weekend.
- ESPN has extended its exclusive rights deal with the Sun Belt Conference, the US college sports conference featuring schools from the south-east and south-west of the country, for a further eight years.
Under the long-term renewal, ESPN is to remain the exclusive media partner of the conference until the end of the 2027-28 season.
Over 500 conference-controlled events will be aired each season including all of the Sun Belt’s American football games and men’s and women’s basketball matches.
The majority of events will be aired on ESPN+, with the Football Conference Championship to go out on linear channels.
ESPN+ will be available for $4.99 per month, and is set to be launched this spring.