KPN to take over fibre operator Kabeltex

Dutch telco KPN has agreed to take over fibre network operator Kabeltex.  KPN and Kabeltex signed an agreement for the acquisition of the latter on November 30. Kabeltex is a builder of fiber optic networks and an internet service provider in the Texel region of North Holland. The company offers full fibre coverage on Texel and […]

Canal+ firms up plans for Dutch streamer

Vivendi-owned Canal+ is firming up plans to launch a dedicated Canal+-branded streamer in the Netherlands, as reported in DTVE in November. The pay TV group said the new venture would be able to lean on content from subsidiaries StudioCanal and SPI International. The former, which is the majority shareholder of Dutch FilmWorks, has a catalogue […]

Netherlands’ Odido launches Android TV-based offering

Dutch service provider Odido (formerly T-Mobile) has launched an Android TV-based decoder. The company is offering its Android TV-based Mediabox as a standard offering to new customers who take out a TV suybscription with the operator along with internet. The devoice comes with a Bluetooth remote and voice control via Google Assistant, and provides access […]

Liberty Global’s Fries: ‘Grinding’ European telecoms industry needs consolidation

The European telecoms business is badly in need of consolidation, according to Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries. Speaking at the Morgan Stanley’s European Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in Barcelona, Fries said that the European telecoms space remained highly fragmented compared with other parts of the world, and that action is needed to fix this. […]

Canal+ returns to Netherlands with new SVOD streamer

The Canal+ brand is returning to the Netherlands with the launch of a new streaming service before the end of this year. The new SVOD offering, to be launched in partnership with VodafoneZiggo, will offer a range of Canal+ originals and international productions alongside exclusive titles from Viaplay, Fremantle, Dutch CORE, Lionsgate and Lumière. Canal+ […]

KPN adds audiobooks from Storytel to streaming entertainment

KPN is adding audiobooks to its streaming entertainment offering through a partnership with Storytel, the audio-book company helmed by former HBO executive Johannes Larcher. In addition to films and series from streaming services, music and gaming, KPN customers will have access to an expanded entertainment offering that includes over a million audio books from Storytel. […]

RTL streaming growth fails to offset ad decline

Continued growth of RTL’s streaming services failed to offset the impact of the ongoing advertising slump in the third quarter, with overall revenues down 10.3% to €1.6 billion. Paying streaming subs grew by 30.3% year on year to 6.2 million, while streaming revenue was up 21.0% to €236 million for the period January to September. […]

Liberty Global falls short as price hike hits customer numbers

Liberty Global’s third-quarter earnings and revenue have fallen short of analysts’ expectations, with the cable giant posting a rebased sales drop of 4.3% to US$1.85 billion and a drop in earnings of 66.2% to US$822.7 million. Liberty Global’s adjusted EBITDA dropped 16.9% on a rebased basis to US$597.7 million. The drop in revenue came despite […]

VodafoneZiggo CEO Jeroen Hoencamp to leave

Jeroen Hoencamp is to quit as CEO of VodafoneZiggo. The longstanding chief executive will leave the company on May 1 next year. Hoencamp has been CEO of VodafoneZiggo since the inception of Liberty Global’s Dutch joint venture with Vodafone in 2016. Previously, he was CEO of Vodafone UK and Vodafone Ireland. Hoencamp, who worked for a […]

KPN fuels broadband battle with 4Gbps downstream service

Dutch telco KPN is upping the ante in the battle to attract broadband customers by introducing what it says will be the highest internet speed in the Netherlands; 4Gbit per second for both downloading and uploading. The service, to be launched on October 23, provides what KPN describes as unprecedented speeds for some Dutch fibre network […]

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