DAZN review: Cost, features, free trial info, and more

DAZN highlights 

  • Starting at $19.99/mo. 
  • Great for Boxing and MMA
  • Sign up now

DAZN review 

DAZN is one of the top video-on-demand (VOD) streaming services for niche sports like boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA). One of the largest sports-centered streaming services in the world, DAZN was founded in London. It launched in Austria, Germany, Japan and Switzerland in 2016. It soon expanded to the United States in 2018, where it has continued to grow exponentially. DAZN’s executive chairman, former ESPN president John Skipper, has suggested the streaming company plans to pursue more competitive sports rights in the coming years. Expanding into additional countries and focusing on an English-language service are just two of the company’s upcoming goals.  

With DAZN, you get a healthy schedule of prize fights along with other sports like cricket, darts and Japanese soccer. Once you sign up, you won’t need to pay extra pay-per-view (PPV) costs as you do with ESPN+. Although, it should be noted that DAZN doesn’t cover Ultimate Fighting Challenge (UFC) bouts. The service provides access to Bellator, Combate Americas, Golden Boy Promotions, GGG Promotions, KSW, Matchroom Boxing and World Boxing Super Series events. 

Compare DAZN plans 

DAZN only has one plan, much like other sports-centric VOD streaming apps such as ESPN+. It costs $19.99/mo. If you opt for an annual membership ($99.99/yr.), the price drops to $8.33/mo. 

Monthly price$19.99/mo.
Free trial lengthN/A
Number of annual fight nights70+
Number of simultaneous streams2
Cloud DVR storageNo
Streaming quality1080p
Commercial FreeYes

DAZN add-ons 

DAZN is available as an add-on through interfaces like Amazon Fire TV and Roku. Since DAZN isn’t a TV replacement service like fuboTV or Sling TV, it doesn’t come with many add-ons. In fact, the app functions more like an add-on in and of itself. So you won’t be able to upgrade your experience with features like DVR storage or additional channels. 

What to watch on DAZN 

DAZN is chock-full of some of the biggest names in boxing and MMA. It’s the place to go for international talents such as Anthony Joshua, Canelo Álvarez, Gegard Mousasi, Katie Taylor, Michael Venom Page, Oleksandr Usyk, Paul Daley and Rory MacDonald. In the world of boxing, DAZN covers World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight, Cruiserweight and Super Lightweight tournaments. The service gives you access to live matchups and a library of on-demand past fights. Archived fights include bouts with the likes of Bernard Hopkins, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya. DAZN live streams include lineups of boxing and MMA matches along with other types of live programming. 

You don’t have the ability to stream local sports or regional sports networks (RSNs) with the service. DAZN concentrates on broadcasting exclusive and premier boxing and MMA events. If you want access to local and regional affiliates, consider purchasing a high-definition (HD) antenna or opting for a DAZN subscription along with one to a service that provides live TV like Hulu + Live TV

For fight fans, DAZN is actually a better value than ESPN+. ESPN+ has UFC action, but you have to pay additional PPV costs to watch most premiere MMA bouts. This can cost more than $80 per event — and that’s on top of your monthly subscription. ESPN+ is a better bet if you’re interested in a wide range of sports. It lets you stream MLB, NHL, MLS and PGA action along with college sports and tennis matches. DAZN also doesn’t have access to Top Rank Boxing events. 

Other than live event programming, DAZN also has a few original and exclusive series in its catalog. Many are docuseries and sports commentary shows, like the Canelo Álvarez series 40 Days, ChangeUp, Sweet Scientists: Ak and Barak, The Pat McAfee Show and The Making Of. The nightly MLB commentary series ChangeUp is hosted by Adnan Virk, who previously hosted ESPN College Football and College Football Final. The Pat McAfee Show is a televised podcast hosted by retired Indianapolis Colts kicker Pat McAfee. 

User experience 

From its web page to its mobile app, DAZN utilizes a classic black and white design — content pops off the screen with sporty accented yellow buttons and dividers. There are a few standout features that make DAZN an appealing sports app solution, including the capability to stream on two screens simultaneously. You can flawlessly switch between your smartphone, tablet and smart TV and not miss a second of the action. There isn’t a DAZN remote control app, but if you have Google Chromecast, you can control everything from your phone. 

The service divides content into several categories, including Featured, Classic Fights, Don’t Miss and DAZN Presents. There’s also a search tool you can use to find things to watch. DAZN structures its home screen with sideways, scrollable watchlists. The service displays what you last watched at the top of your screen — so you can quickly find programs you’ve previously viewed.

Device compatibility 

The DAZN app is compatible with the following devices: 

DAZN features 

Because DAZN is a sports-centered streaming app, it lacks many of the features provided by services such as Hulu and Netflix. It doesn’t let you view offline, so you need a strong internet connection to watch. It doesn’t have parental controls or kid-friendly content.

No extra PPV costs

DAZN is more expensive than ESPN+ ($4.99/mo.), but there’s a good reason for it. ESPN+ is the only place to see UFC action, but you have to pay separately for each event, which can drastically drive up costs for boxing and MMA fans. If you’re mostly interested in fights, you stand to save money with DAZN. 

Playback and streaming 

The app provides controls so you can play, pause, fast-forward and rewind content as you please. Not every program in DAZN’s catalog supports closed captioning (CC), but for those that do, you can turn on the feature by toggling the icon at the lower-right-hand corner of your screen. You can also change font colors and sizes to accommodate your vision. 

Simultaneous streaming

DAZN lets you stream on up to two devices at the same time, which means you can share it with another member of your household. This is just a bit less than you get with ESPN+, which lets you stream on up to three screens at once. The Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ bundle ($12.99/mo.) gives you more simultaneous streams than DAZN and access to more diverse programming. 

Streaming quality

DAZN offers up to 1080p HD streaming — the actual quality you receive depends on your device. However, much of its programming is reportedly only available in 720p at 60 FPS. Streaming quality also hinges on your internet speed — DAZN recommends speeds of at least 8 Mbps. 

Cancel anytime

Even though DAZN doesn’t offer a free trial, you can cancel your subscription whenever you want — you can always sign up for a month and then cancel if you don’t enjoy the service. Just navigate to your account, head to the subscription section and select Cancel Subscription. 

The takeaway 

DAZN is a fantastic option for boxing and MMA fans. The service doesn’t charge extra for exclusive events — so you don’t have to shell out for PPV matchups. Even though DAZN doesn’t provide access to UFC action, you can still watch the biggest fights in the world, including Bellator and World Boxing Super Series action. The service also has a sizeable catalog of past fights and original series. 

Just like ESPN+, DAZN is a niche streaming app dedicated entirely to sports. It works well as a complement to your current TV setup, whether that’s cable, satellite or a cable alternative streaming service like Hulu + Live TV

Serious sports fans might also consider pairing DAZN with Netflix and CBS All Access for a more well-rounded experience. DAZN doesn’t have a free trial, so if you’re interested in the service, you’ll need to commit to at least a one-month membership. Signing up is simple, and, of course, you can cancel anytime. 

Zack Kulm

Zack Kulm is a writer and contributor of soda.com. He covers a variety of topics from entertainment and gaming technologies to pop culture commentary. Kulm received a degree in English from Penn State University and Film Studies from Pittsburgh Filmmakers Institute. He also produces award-winning documentaries.