Netherlands


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 […]

VodafoneZiggo renews exclusive Premier League deal

Liberty Global and Vodafone Dutch joint venture VodafoneZiggo’ Ziggo Sport has acquired the exclusive broadcasting rights to English Premier league football in the Netherlands for the next three seasons, renewing the existing partnership between the company and the league. VodafoneZiggo said that coverage of the Premier League would be available to subscribers via the Ziggo […]

Report: Deutsche Telekom-Tele2 deal to get EU approval

The EU is set to green-light Deutsche Telekom’s acquisition of Tele2 in the Netherlands, according to a Reuters report. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Reuters said the deal is due to get unconditional anti-trust approval, following a European Commission investigation into the deal. In its preliminary analysis the EC raised competition concerns about the […]

Liberty Global CFO rules out big acquisitions as company mulls strategic options

Liberty Global will use proceeds from the sale of its German and CEE businesses to Vodafone principally to return cash to investors in the form of buybacks and has no plans for big acquisition, according to Charlie Bracken, the company’s EVP and CFO, speaking at the Morgan Stanley European Media & Technology conference last week. […]

KPN names new technology chief and restructures management

Dutch telco KPN has named Babak Fouladi to the new position of chief technology and digital officer. Fouladi is currently the group chief technology and information officer at South African telecom provider MTN Group. He has also worked in senior roles for Vodafone Spain and Vodafone Romania, and for Ericsson in Russia. His appointment at […]

VodafoneZiggo to switch off analogue in Amsterdam

VodafoneZiggo, Liberty Global and Vodafone’s joint venture in the Netherlands, will switch off analogue cable in Amsterdam on the night of December 10-11. The analogue switch-off in the city is part of a phased switchover that started in march this year. The operator has already turned off analogue in Capelle aan den Ijssel and Rotterdam. […]

VodafoneZiggo to open fixed network to rivals

VodafoneZiggo must open its fixed network to other providers the Dutch regulator ACM has ruled, in new regulations that will take effect on October 1. Previously Dutch providers without their own fixed network only had access to KPN’s, but they will now be able to also offer internet, TV and fixed telephone services via VodafoneZiggo’s cable network. “We […]

Parrot Analytics: Orange is the New Black leads Dutch digital original listing

Netflix’s Orange is the New Black was the most in-demand digital original in the Netherlands for the week ending September 9, according to Parrot Analytics’ latest statistics. Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of artificial intelligence to expressions of demand across social media, fan sites, […]

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