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DAZN acquires Asian Cup rights in US

Soccer fans in the United States wanting to watch the 2019 AFC Asian Cup can now watch the remainder of the tournament for free via the legal streaming service DAZN.

DAZN has acquired the U.S. rights to the competition for the quarterfinals to the final, which kick off on Thursday and Friday featuring Vietnam-Japan, China-Iran, South Korea-Qatar and UAE-Australia, which you can also stream to your TV.

You can start your subscription to DAZN, which also includes access to boxing (from Bellator to Matchroom Boxing to World Boxing Super Series to Combate Americas) as well as J-League, Liga Chilena and AFC Champions League.

Pronounced “Da Zone,” the new streaming service hired former ESPN President John Skipper last May. In the past few months, DAZN has been actively entering discussions to try to acquire more soccer rights, according to World Soccer Talk sources.

The addition of the Asian Cup rights could be the beginning of more rights deals being announced in the near future.

In addition to the U.S. rights to the Asian Cup, Canadian soccer fans can also start a subscription to DAZN Canada to watch the Asian Cup.

Here’s the 2019 Asian Cup streaming schedule (all kickoff times listed are in the Eastern United States timezone):

 

Thursday, January 24

Vietnam vs. Japan (Asian Cup quarterfinal), 8am, DAZN

China vs. Iran (Asian Cup quarterfinal), 11am, DAZN

 

Friday, January 25

South Korea vs. Qatar (Asian Cup quarterfinal), 8am, DAZN

United Arab Emirates vs. Australia (Asian Cup quarterfinal), 11am, DAZN

 

Monday, January 28

Japan vs. Iran (Asian Cup semifinal), 9am, DAZN

 

Tuesday, January 29

Qatar vs. UAE, 9am, DAZN

 

Friday, February 1

Japan vs. Qatar, 9am, DAZN

 

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20 Comments

20 Comments

  1. Scott

    August 24, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Hi Christopher. Do you know if U.S. viewers can watch Serie B matches on DAZN?

    • Christopher Harris

      August 24, 2019 at 10:46 am

      When it comes to soccer rights in the USA, DAZN only has the J-League from Japan. That’s it. DAZN Italia has Serie B rights but you have to live in Italy to access those.

      • Scott

        August 24, 2019 at 10:49 am

        Thanks. So no Serie B options at all in the U.S. I assume?

        • Christopher Harris

          August 24, 2019 at 11:19 am

          Correct

  2. Eddie

    January 27, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Dazn might get Bundesliga for next few years or fox sports might renew the rights

    • Daniel Ormsby

      January 29, 2019 at 11:59 pm

      DAZN can’t get the Bundesliga rights until 2020 earliest as the Fox deal was for 5 seasons. We’re only in season 4 of that deal.

    • CTBlues

      February 1, 2019 at 8:55 am

      I’m more worried about who is going to get La Liga. I wouldn’t mind ESPN getting it cuz I have the channels and ESPN+, but then beIN would be basically dead which I won’t have once I cancel the TV part of cable since I use PSVue.

  3. JP

    January 25, 2019 at 8:50 am

    With DAZN being a stand alone streaming option not backed by a major media company as ESPN+ and even B/R Live are, do you think they’re vulnerable to being bought out by such a company if they start to disrupt the status quo too much…..and their portfolio of properties folded into that empire?

    • Christopher Harris

      January 25, 2019 at 10:46 am

      DAZN is financed by billionaire Len Blavatnik, who has a net worth of $16 billion.

      • JP

        January 25, 2019 at 1:21 pm

        Impressive, perhaps the question should be reversed then…..will DAZN buy out the properties of the likes of an ESPN+or B/R Live if it becomes successful…

  4. joe

    January 25, 2019 at 6:04 am

    One World Sports had last Asian Cup, they’ve since been bought by Eleven Sports who show virtually no soccer.

  5. Man City MVP

    January 24, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    What tv network had previous rights of the AFC Asian Cup?

  6. DN10

    January 24, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Wonder what other competitions they’re going after

  7. Ivan

    January 23, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    There is an article in this week’s Bloomberg Businessweek about the fella who started DAZN. Interesting stuff…looks like the company could be a major player in acquiring tv football rights in the US and elsewhere…

  8. Jérémy

    January 23, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    A bit late because the first round was fun to watch

  9. JP

    January 23, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Is DAZN supported on a Fire Stick?

    • JP

      January 23, 2019 at 1:50 pm

      It is, nevermind

  10. Eddie

    January 23, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Dazn could get soccer rights in the near future

  11. SirFozzie

    January 23, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Does DAZN support On demand or just live?

    • Christopher Harris

      January 23, 2019 at 12:17 pm

      On-demand and live are supported.

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