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Tubi launches free streaming sports channels from DAZN

The portfolio includes DAZN Women's Football, marking the first time the channel has been offered in North America after a successful rollout in Europe last year.

The portfolio includes DAZN Women's Football, marking the first time the channel has been offered in North America after a successful rollout in Europe last year.

Fox Corporation’s free streaming service Tubi is making several DAZN sports channels available in North America for the first time.

The channels include one dedicated to women’s soccer, called DAZN Women’s Football, which first launched on streaming systems like Rakuten TV, Pluto TV and Samsung TV Plus in Europe last year.

Other channels available to Tubi streamers in North America include the flagship DAZN TV channel, which offers a mixture of boxing, mixed martial arts and soccer programming, and fight-centric streaming network DAZN Ringside. DAZN TV is launching first in Canada, while DAZN Ringside will be available in the United States.

Tubi is no stranger to sports: The streaming service has offered a handful of free, ad-supported channels dedicated to athleticism and competition, including NFL Channel, Fox Sports, NHL TV and NBA G-League. Earlier this year, it quietly started distributing a new Warner Bros streaming channel that includes past events and related programming from HBO Boxing.

News of Tubi’s partnership with DAZN comes about a week after Nielsen’s latest The Gauge streaming report put Tubi in close competition with the Walt Disney Company’s subscription service Disney Plus. According to The Gauge, Tubi had 1.6 percent of total streaming audience share in the United States in March, while Disney Plus clocked in at 1.7 percent.

Last year, executives at Fox Corporation said Tubi enjoyed more than 74 million monthly active users. The company does not regularly report viewership figures for Tubi as part of Fox’s quarterly and annual earnings report.

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