– DAZN Launches Second Channel On Sky Following Initiation Of DAZN 1 In March
– DAZN Pay-Per-View, Sky Channel 495, Will Allow DAZN To Have PPV Functionality On Sky
On Thursday, March 23 DAZN made a highly-requested move and launched as a linear channel on Sky TV. ‘DAZN 1’, a 24/7 channel available on Sky channel 429 via the Sky+HD box and Sky Q, has been described as a ‘game changer’, a vehicle that would allow DAZN to significantly grow their audience, improve accessibility and silence critics.
There were never plans for just one channel though, the idea was always to have two with the second one being DAZN Pay-Per-View. On Thursday, May 4, DAZN’s PPV channel officially launched on Sky Channel 495.
This move will allow DAZN to have PPV functionality on the Sky platform, but they will not have the red button access as Sky/BT Box Office does.
At the moment, DAZN pay-per-view is only available on top of an existing DAZN subscription which means the events will not be available as singular purchases for customers not subscribed to DAZN – an element that is expected to change over time.
The first event where the new DAZN PPV channel will come to use is May 13 when Internet sensation KSI takes on former world-ranked Joe Fournier at Wembley’s OVO Arena. The cost of this event is undetermined.
DAZN has yet to do a UK primetime championship boxing PPV. Eubank-Benn and Usyk Joshua 2 were supposed to give the platform the major push it needed, but neither ended up on the DAZN platform.
Anthony Joshua’s next fight or his rumoured December fight with Deontay Wilder would be the boost that DAZN needs and now it has the functionality to accommodate such events.
There are also plans for the channel to be available on Sky Q via the Amazon Prime platform after a deal between DAZN and Prime earlier this year.