Netherlands


RTL sets ambitious SVOD target, promises big original content investment

RTL aims to grow the number of paying subscribers to its SVOD services to three million and to grow revenue from video-on-demand to €360 million by 2021, after the number of paying subscribers to its services passed the one million mark at the end of last year. CEO Bert Habets said the group would focus […]

VodafoneZiggo and AAPA claim success in combatting piracy

Liberty Global-Vodafone JV VodafoneZiggo, the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA) and Dutch police have together secured the criminal conviction of the operator of a Netherlands-based card sharing piracy network,who has been sentenced to a conditional six-month prison sentence, with a probation period of three years, and 240 hours community service, at a court in The Hague. The AAPA […]

VodafoneZiggo to launch advanced TV platform, 5G amid mixed results

VodafoneZiggo, the Liberty Global-Vodafone joint venture for the Dutch market, is to launch a new advanced TV patorm and trial 5G mobile next year, according to CEO Jeroen Hoencamp. The new TV offering will include 4K UHD capability and will involve the deployment of Liberty’s new advanced set-top box during the first quarter. Hoencamp said […]

Liberty Global sees drop in video customers

Liberty Global’s announcement of the sale of its operation in Switzerland (see separate story) came as the company posted mixed Q4 and full-year results, with an acceleration in video losses in the three months to December. Liberty Global lost 32,500 revenue-generating units in Q4, meaning its gain for the year overall was 30,000. The company […]

Digitenne losses take KPN TV numbers down

Dutch telco KPN saw its TV base decline slightly in 2018 as losses at digital-terrestrial service Digitenne outweighed modest gains in its IPTV base. KPN ended the year with 2.373 million TV customers, including 2.168 million IPTV customers – up 2.5% – and 205,000 Digitenne and analogue customers – down 22%. The telco maintained a […]

Vodafone-Ziggo moves forward with digital switchover

Dutch Vodafone-Liberty Global joint venture VodafoneZiggo is to move forwards with plans to complete digital switchover in its cable footprint by switching off analogue TV signals in The Hague on the night of March 11-12. VodafoneZiggo began the process of transitioning its networks to digital-only services in March last year, and has completed the process […]

Vodafone ‘happy with status quo’ on Dutch JV with Liberty Global

Vodafone’s CEO is “happy with the status quo” of the company’s Dutch joint-venture with Liberty Global and believes that VodafoneZiggo “plays a good role in the portfolio” of the company’s assets. Answering an analyst question on the Dutch JV following Vodafone’s release of fiscal Q3 numbers at the end of last week, CEO Nick Read […]

Discovery applies for Netherlands channel licences ahead of Brexit

Discovery is applying for new broadcast licences in the Netherlands for its European pay TV channel portfolio, ahead of Britain’s scheduled exit from the Europe Union on March 29. A spokesperson for the broadcaster confirmed that Discovery is applying for around 50 licences in the Netherlands for services that were previously licensed in the UK by broadcast regulator […]

Tele2 and T-Mobile complete Dutch merger

Nordic cable and telecom operator Tele2 and Deutsche Telekom have completed the merger of their Dutch operations. The combination of the pair’s Dutch assets will see Tele2 Netherlands absorbed by T-Mobile. The completion of the deal follows European Commission regulatory approval at the end of November following an in-depth analysis that earlier had raised concerns […]

Hayu launches in three new European markets

NBCUniversal International’s reality TV-focused SVOD service, Hayu, has rolled out in three new European markets – the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. The Benelux launch follows Hayu’s expansion into Canada in September and means that the on-demand offering is now available in 11 markets. NBCU hailed the expansion as “a key milestone”. Priced at €5.99 across the […]

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