Netherlands


Disney+ debuts in the Netherlands with free trial

Disney+, the new streaming service from the media giant, is now available in the Netherlands on Android devices for a free trial. The trial, with limited content, is free and includes Disney’s Collection section, which includes movies and shows grouped into collections to make content discovery easier. Disney will use the Dutch launch as a […]

KPN names Proximus’ Dominique Leroy as CEO

Dutch telco KPN has named Proximus chief Dominique Leroy as its new CEO, replacing Maximo Ibarra, who is taking over as chief executive of Sky Italia. KPN said Leroy would take the helm at the Dutch telco from December 1. Leroy has been CEO of Proximus, formerly Belgacom, since 2014, having joined the Belgian telco […]

KPN launches children’s portal

Dutch KPN has launched a portal on its iTV app specifically aimed at children aged 0-6.  A part of the KPN iTV app on tablets, subscribers can access a child-friendly environment for watching content such as Bob the Builder and Dora The Explorer. The move is an attempt to create a service for KPN subscribers […]

KPN sees TV numbers fall

Dutch telco KPN’s overall TV base declined sharply in the second quarter, with a decline in IPTV numbers compounding the long-term decline in digital-terrestrial TV service Digitenne’s base. The company had 2.177 million IPTV customers at the end of June, down from 2.184 million at the end of Q1. Digital-terrestrial and cable customers numbered 176,000, […]

RTL steps up international exclusive content drive with new formats unit

RTL Group is stepping up its efforts to build exclusive content with the launch of Format Creation Group (FC Group), a new creative unit that will develop non-scripted formats exclusively for RTL broadcasters and streaming services. The new unit will be based in Hilversum and led by managing director Matthias Scholten (pictured), a long-time TV […]

SPI International names Liberty Global’s Bergman as Film1 chief

Channel provider SPI International has named former Liberty Global programming chief Jeroen Bergman as managing director of its new acquisition, Netherlands-based film service Film1. SPI International announced the acquisition of the brand assets of Film1, a premium television and video on demand service in the Netherlands, last week. Bergman will head up Film1’s operations in the Netherlands […]

RTL combines assets to create ‘Europe’s leading digital studio’

RTL Group is combining key digital assets to create what it describes as “Europe’s leading digital studio and home for digital content creators”. The Luxembourg-based international broadcast outfit has unveiled plans to combine its digital video business in the Nordics, United Screens, with Divimove, its Berlin-based digital video company. RTL also plans to integrate the […]

SPI International acquires Film1

SPI International has acquired the brand assets of Film1, the Dutch premium television and video on demand service, from Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks.  According to the deal, SPI will own Film1 brands and will continue to operate all of its digital services with platforms.  As of August 1, 2019 SPI will fully own the […]

Departing KPN chief Ibarra tipped to head Sky Italia

Maximo Ibarra, who has been hotly tipped to replace Andrea Zappia as CEO of Sky Italia, has resigned as chief executive of KPN. According to the Dutch telco’s statement, Ibarra has resigned for pressing family reasons and because he is to move back to Italy to “take up a new executive position”. Ibarra will continue […]

Mediaset move will create ‘stronger business’ but pan-European merger unlikely

Mediaset’s creation of a new holding company and the merger of its Italian and Spanish operations is a “bold move” that will “create a stronger business that can benefit shareholders and consumers in the medium to long term”, according to analysts at investment bank Berenberg. However, Berenberg said that it does expect ProSiebenSat.1 or “any […]

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