Matchroom Sport is currently one of the leading sports organizations in the world. While its must-see Matchroom Boxing events are growing in popularity, a 2018 deal means that if you want to watch Matchroom Boxing without PPV or cable, you’ll need to sign up to the DAZN sports streaming service. This not only means DAZN is your top option for Matchroom Boxing in the US — it’s your only option!
Below, we’ll explore more about DAZN and its service, as well as more information regarding Matchroom Boxing events you may want to watch through DAZN.
What is DAZN?
Pronounced “da zone”, DAZN is a sports-only streaming service headquartered in the United Kingdom. Despite this, the service is actually unavailable in the UK and is currently available in just 8 countries, which include:
The service offers both live and on-demand sports events, and a few originally-produced shows geared toward the sports that it offers.
DAZN library at a glance
DAZN does not offer the same content everywhere, although it has a lot of consistency across the different regions where it’s available. In the US, for example, DAZN launched primarily as a fighting or combat sports streaming service. The company designed its US-based option to be a low-cost Pay-Per-View alternative.
As such, through DAZN US you’ll be able to watch fighting sports from exclusive partners that include Matchroom Boxing, Golden Boy Productions, Bellator MMA and UFC. DAZN US also carries a few other sports, including AFC Champions League, and Chilean Primera Division MLB live matches and highlights (starting in 2019).
In addition, during our testing, we’ve also seen both live and on-demand cycling events on DAZN US.
Outside of the US, DAZN offers a far wider range of sports, including MLB, NHL, motorsports, tennis, rugby, darts, and more. Interestingly, DAZN allows users to take their accounts with them when they travel, so anyone who signs up to DAZN can access the service in another country where it’s available and will get that country’s content library.
As far as Matchroom Boxing is concerned, DAZN offers these matches in every region where it’s available except for Spain.
How Much Does DAZN Cost?
DAZN is an incredibly good deal, especially for US residents. The service costs just $9.99 per month. With that price, DAZN is currently offering over 100 live events in the US. From what we’ve seen, that number keeps increasing. At its US launch in September 2018, DAZN was promoting 80+ major events. Just a few months later, that number has jumped.
The service keeps adding more contracts and deals, not just for US fight fans, but for fans of other sports and for its entire international market.
There are no hidden fees with DAZN. The low cost comes “as-is”. Just like most cord-cutting streaming services, such as Philo, fuboTV, or Sling TV, the price you pay at sign-up is the price you’ll pay consistently throughout your subscription term, and you’re charged month-by-month, and can cancel at any time. DAZN’s price may go up in the future, but this will likely be preceded by a fair amount of warning and media attention.
Most streaming services these days come with a free trial, and DAZN is no exception. You can sign up to DAZN with its one-month free trial. That’s enough time to test all of DAZN’s features and to get a good sense of what the service has to offer for Matchroom Boxing fans.
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From our experience testing various streaming services, you’ll find that DAZN’s free trial period is extremely generous and unusual — in a good way. By comparison, other live TV streaming services typically only offer a 7-day free trial period. Some, like PlayStation Vue, only give users a 5-day trial.
That said, DAZN is far more often compared to Netflix in how its service is designed. We’ve found that on-demand streaming services like Netflix tend to have longer trial periods. Nevertheless, your free trial gives you access to all of DAZN’s features and benefits, with no restrictions.
How Do I Sign Up For DAZN?
Creating an account on DAZN takes only a few minutes. To sign up for DAZN, do the following.
1. Go to DAZN’s website
First, head directly to the main website, DAZN.com. You’ll find the yellow “sign up” button is prominently displayed on the home page.
2. Create your account
DAZN has you create your account before paying, but won’t let you actually access your account until after you’ve provided payment information.
Creating your account requires you to enter your first and last name, an email address for the account, and a password. Once that’s done, you’ll proceed to the payment information page.
3. Add your payment method
If you’re trying to sign up to DAZN in the US, you can pay using almost any major credit card accepted in the States (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB, Discover). The service even takes Diners Club. Beyond credit cards you can sign up with PayPal or gift cards. DAZN also accepts promo codes, where available.
Once you’ve added your payment method, you’re done! You can access DAZN and start watching its library of live and on-demand events.
DAZN will not charge your payment method until after one month, thanks to the free trial. In fact, the service gives you a quick rundown of your signup date and when you can expect to see your first payment processed. Should you decide to quit before the trial, you can cancel your account (we’ll show you how below).
DAZN: Key Features
The Netflix comparison we made earlier comes into play a bit here. Although DAZN is technically a live TV streaming service, it does not have the same type of features you’ll find with cord-cutting IPTV services like Sling TV or Philo.
DAZN has fairly good device support despite being a somewhat newer streaming service. The service currently has apps for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, several smart TVs, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, and Android and iOS devices. You can also stream directly from web browsers on Mac and Windows computers.
Event scheduling and push notifications
If you’re using DAZN on an Android or iOS mobile device, you can utilize DAZN’s event scheduling. This feature allows you to add different upcoming events to a “reminders” setting, which will then send push notifications once the events are close to starting.
Unfortunately, there is no similar event scheduling feature for other apps or through web browsers.
Another feature for those using DAZN on mobile devices, the data saver allows you to restrict DAZN’s streaming quality when using the service over mobile data networks. You can also restrict the service to using only Wi-Fi.
DAZN allows you to turn on subtitles for your live streams and on-demand content. There are a surprisingly large number of adjustments you can make to the subtitle layout, including background colors, font colors, and even different font styles.
Unfortunately, there currently appears to be no way to change the subtitle language, at least not for DAZN US.
Calendar of events
Given its emphasis on live events, you can view DAZN’s calendar of upcoming events easily through its “Schedule” section. The layout is not the most appealing, but it’s functional. You can also filter by sport, so if you’re just looking for boxing matches, you can filter accordingly. At present, however, DAZN US does not have so much content that you’ll really need to use the filters, though this may change in the future.
On-demand matches and events
DAZN offers two ways to find on-demand events. You can use the calendar view to go to the event’s date, or you can use the “Sports” tab to look up events by sport category. The latter is the easier and more user-friendly method.
Searching by sport, you can find replays, events coming up for that sport, featured on-demand videos, and sections for individuals fighters, events, or competitions. For example, if you want to look up more about Matchroom Boxing’s current main figure, Anthony Joshua, you can find his page on DAZN.
Clicking on his name brings up any videos that feature Anthony Joshua, including interviews and past fights.
Upcoming Matchroom Boxing Events on DAZN
As stated earlier, DAZN currently has an exclusive contract to offer Matchroom Boxing events. If you’re in the US or Canada, it’s going to be your only source for Matchroom Boxing.UK residents will have to rely on Sky Sports to get Matchroom Boxing.
DAZN will be featuring the following Matchroom Boxing events in the coming weeks:
- Monte-Carlo Boxing Bonanza (Lebedev vs. Wilson) – November 24, 2018
- Canelo vs. Fielding – December 15, 2018
- The Brawl to Settle It All (Whyte vs. Chisora II) – December 22, 2018
Outside of Matchroom Boxing events, DAZN users can enjoy other events, such as several J1 League soccer matches and upcoming Bellator events, like Bellator 210: Njokuani vs. Salter (November 30, 2018), and Bellator 211: Sakara vs. Kauppinen (December 1, 2018).
Are There Any DAZN Alternatives for Matchroom Boxing Without PPV or CAble?
At present, there are no alternatives to access Matchroom Boxing live online. Matchroom Boxing and DAZN signed a $1 billion deal to have DAZN be the sole provider for Matchroom Boxing in the US, Canada, and many other locations.
As a result, if you want to watch Matchroom Boxing without PPV or cable, DAZN is your only legitimate option. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. With its low cost and good features, DAZN is undoubtedly the best way to get Matchroom Boxing events – and far superior to traditional PPV or cable viewing methods.
Are There Any Services Similar to DAZN?
As far as combat sports go, there are no other services like DAZN available on the market. DAZN’s sports-only, Netflix-like service is completely unique in the market right now, especially for US sports fans.
That said, there are some other services that also operate as niche streaming sources for other purposes. Here are two of our favorite niche live TV streaming services that you may also be interested in and that may prove to be a good pairing for your DAZN account.
Just as DAZN focuses only on sports, Philo focuses only on entertainment TV. Through Philo, you can get two, low-cost live TV packages. The $16 per month option comes with just over 40 channels, while the $20 package comes with just over 50 channels.
As a whole, Philo is a great service for anyone who either doesn’t care for sports, or already has other services to feed their sports-watching itch. Philo’s service consists of networks such as AMC, Discovery Channel, History Channel, BBC America, Cooking Channel, HGTV, Nickelodeon, and others in a similar vein. The service is able to offer such low prices by shirking any and all sports channels or local TV broadcasters like ABC, CBS, or Fox.
You can still find a minor number of sports on Philo, however. Because it carries Paramount Network, and Paramount Network carries some Bellator matches, you can actually get a few Bellator fights through Philo.
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If you’re into sports, you can hardly go wrong with fuboTV. This streaming service started as a sports-only option, just like DAZN, except with a focus on international soccer. It has since morphed into something much more comprehensive. Now, you can get fuboTV for $44.99 per month with over 70 channels in most areas, or for $49.99 per month for over 90 channels.
In all cases, you’ll get a mixture of sports networks like Fox Sports, beIN Sports, and CBS Sports, as well a healthy dose of entertainment channels such as SYFY, HGTV, AMC, FX and more.
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