DAZN, the OTT sports broadcaster, has launched a new, live distribution platform. Branded DAZN Connect, the platform will give sports rights holders, broadcasters and media partners access to over 30,000 live sporting events across multiple leagues and competitions.
The service distributes content over IP, is cloud-native and AWS-integrated. Delivery options include software-based SDI decoding and transport appliances, software-only transport applications and an AWS Direct Connect option for customers with existing AWS accounts and connectivity. The platform also supports SRT.
BT Sport, Iqiyi, NBC Sports, Fox Soccer, Fox Netherlands and ESPN are among the media companies which have already signed up to the platform.
“We now have more sports content on our network than anyone else in the industry,” said Gareth Rees, DAZN’s Senior Vice-President for Business Development. “Combine this with our technological innovation and with customer satisfaction at the core of our service, DAZN Connect is well positioned to take some big steps in the coming months. Driven by the demands of sports broadcasting and fans’ viewing habits, DAZN Connect offers a faster, more intelligent way of receiving live sport. DAZN Connect is built in the cloud to deliver the lowest latency, highest quality and the most secure sports distribution service.”
“With an innovative contribution service, clients can supply live sports back onto the DAZN network, so local coverage can be made available globally, offering up further exposure and coverage for rights owners,” he concluded.