OTT & Digital

DAZN pockets Canada’s Six Nations rights until 2020

Online streaming service secures coverage of international rugby union tournament.

by Sam Carp

DAZN pockets Canada’s Six Nations rights until 2020

Over-the-top (OTT) streaming service DAZN has secured rights in Canada to rugby union’s Six Nations Championship until 2020.

The agreement means every match from the annual international rugby union tournament between England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales will be available on the platform, which charges CAD$20 per month for subscriptions.

Prior to the arrangement, Canadian fans had to leave their home to watch the Six Nations, after Premium Sports agreed a deal for the pay-per-view rights to the competition in pubs and restaurants. That agreement will still be in place, but DAZN’s deal will allow Canadians to watch the tournament on their own devices.

“We’ve been working very hard over the last year-and-a-half to acquire properties and sports that we think Canadians want to watch,” said Alex Rice, DAZN’s managing director for rights and strategic development. “The Six Nations is one where we’ve already been excited to bring to Canadians for a long time.”

DAZN’s coverage will begin this weekend with the game between Wales and Scotland at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.