Fanatiz, the soccer-specific streaming service, was dealt a blow last week with the news that beIN SPORTS have lost the rights to Spain’s LaLiga at the close of this season. But despite the news, there are many reasons to be optimistic according to Fanatiz CEO Matias Rivera who spoke exclusively to World Soccer Talk.
“beIN SPORTS lost LaLiga rights, not Fanatiz,” explained Rivera. “We define ourselves as an aggregator service, so we’re always looking to aggregate more content onto our platform, and we’re looking for as many partners as possible to do so. For sure, having LaLiga has been a great honor for us via beIN SPORTS. And obviously it’s a disappointment to lose it, but it’s an inevitable part of our industry. Sometimes you get new rights. Sometimes your partners lose rights.”
Looking ahead to the future, Rivera added that “We’re always having discussions with partners to aggregate new content.”
With the possibility of more rights being added in the future, Fanatiz still offers a wide range of soccer choices at a very affordable price ($7.99 per month). Fanatiz includes many top leagues and competitions from around the world including the Argentine league, Brasileirāo, Ligue 1, Portuguese league, Turkish league, Copa Libertadores, among others. Plus, Fanatiz opens the door for soccer fans to access not only all of the beIN SPORTS channels (including beIN SPORTS XTRA and all of the beIN SPORTS Connect channels), but also Real Madrid TV, GolTV, TyC Sports Internacional, Sevilla TV, Inter Milan TV, NuestraTele, For The Fans, Lazio TV, ATA Football and more.
This summer will be a busy one for Fanatiz. The U.S.-based streaming service has a steady flow of games from the Brasileirāo Serie A as well as all of the Argentine clubs in action. To top it off, there are the latest games from Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana in addition to the leagues from Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and more.
Later this summer will see the return of the French Ligue 1 and Portuguese Primera Liga to Fanatiz.
Evaluating the options that soccer fans have available to choose from, a combination of Fanatiz, Peacock Premium and ESPN+ (and/or Paramount+) offers consumers the ability to watch a vast amount of soccer from around the world at an affordable price. As of press time, you can get Fanatiz, Peacock Premium and ESPN+ for $18.97 per month combined — which is less than what FOX Soccer Match Pass was charging per month just over a year ago.
Meanwhile, Fanatiz has expanded its reach in Mexico to offer soccer fans in that country more soccer channels including FOX Sports Mexico, which offers Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League, Serie A and Liga MX games.
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