If you haven’t already heard, DAZN bought the Canadian rights to NFL’s Game Pass and is being heralded as the ‘Netflix of Sports’. So what does that mean? There’s still only one option for Canadians who have cut the cord to cable TV, but still want to watch NFL games. There’s been a lot of good and bad reviews about DAZN so far, so we decided to look into it and give you our take compared to our experience with NFL Game Pass in previous years. Check out our comprehensive review video to see how DAZN stacks up to Game Pass.
- Price. DAZN is either $20/month or $150 annually. Right now, they have an introductory offer that gives you 1 month free. Game Pass was $245 Canadian last year.
- No Blackouts. DAZN has guaranteed no game blackouts this year. Game Pass blacked out most evening games for Canadians throughout the regular season as well as post season.
- Resolution is more consistent. This is our personal opinion, and it might change as more users get signed up and tuned in. We found with Game Pass, there were frequent highs & lows when it came to resolution and it would sometimes even freeze at key points in the game. We haven’t had any freezing issues yet with DAZN. It is more consistent overall, but it has slightly worse resolution than Game Pass did at it’s best (which only seemed to happen for brief moments). Our house runs at a speed of approximately 35mbps if you want to compare what you have at home.
- More Selection. There are a ton of sports from around the world that you get access to with DAZN, not just NFL. Huge plus! (if you like any of the other sports, that is)
- Fantasy Footballers Beware! The biggest con we’ve seen so far is the delay compared to live TV. We tested the DAZN app on a number of devices and compared it to the live timing of the game on cable TV. The iPhone app ran about 13-17 seconds behind live TV and the Smart TV and Apple TV app both ran about 33 seconds slower. It’s no big deal to us, but if you are in a Fantasy Football league, this could be a big problem.
- Not compatible with 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TVs. Enough said.
- The name….what the heck?!?! Okay, this is kind of a joke, but we seem to get the name wrong all the time. It’s pronounced ‘Da Zone’ but we keep calling it Danz. Ha ha.
Is it worth it? For us it is, but that is up to you to decide. If you don’t have cable, well it’s really one of your only options. Check out our review video for more info!