Netherlands


Three quarters of Dutch homes now have digital TV

About 73% of Dutch homes now have take digital TV via at least one TV set, up from 69% six months ago, according to research group TNS Nipo. The research found that 36% of Dutch homes have a hard-disk recorder, up from 32% six months previously. About 8% had an internet-connected TV.

Ziggo sees triple-play growth

Dutch cable operator Ziggo added 51,000 digital TV customers in the fourth quarter of 2011, ending December with 940,000. That figure was up 4.7% year-on-year. The operator has seen success with its bundled offering, attracting 1.274 million triple-play subs by the end of the year, which represents over 40% of its customer base and was […]

KPN nears 1.5 million IPTV subs

Dutch telco KPN increased its TV market share by two percentage points last year, ending December with a 17% share. The incumbent telco ended 2011 with 1.4 million IPTV subscribers, including 573,000 IPTV customers, up 84,000 in the fourth quarter and up from 302,000 in 2010. Digital-terrestrial service Digitenne’s base fell from 895,000 to 827,000 […]

HBO launching in the Netherlands



HBO is launching a suite of channels and services in the Netherlands. The Time Warner-backed channel operator has formed a joint venture with local MSO Ziggo and they will launch the HBO, HBO 2 and HBO 3 linear channels alongside the HBO On-Demand and HBO Go services. The channels will be programmed with a range […]

Dutch cabler appeals order to ban file-sharing site

Dutch MSO Ziggo has appealed a court order that it restricts access to the Pirate Bay website, which facilitates file-sharing of TV and movie content. The cabler was told this week that if it did not block users from the site within ten days, it faced a fine of up to €250,000.
 Ziggo said that […]

Sport 1 renews Spanish football deal

Dutch sports channel Sport1 has secured broadcasting rights for the Spanish Primera División football league, which will be broadcast exclusively on the channel for the next three seasons. The broadcasting rights include live games and edited highlights for television and online. Sport1 will broadcast at least four games from the Spanish competition live in HD […]

UPC Netherlands toasts one million digital TV subs

UPC Netherlands signed up its one-millionth digital TV customer and has made five movies available free of charge to celebrate. The cable operator reached the landmark last month after launching the service in its current form in 2005. Digital subscribers can watch The Little Bear, The Bank Job, Coco Chanel, Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium and […]

Chellomedia preps premium series channel

Chellomedia will reportedly roll out Film1 Series in the Netherlands, a new premium channel programmed with high-end scripted content. The service will launch in mid-January and launch series include Breaking Bad, Necessary Roughness and Once Upon a Time. The new channel, which does not officially have distribution partners yet, will be in direct competition with the anticipated premium channel […]

Ziggo updates iPad app

Dutch cable operator Ziggo has updated its iPad app, with an expanded on-demand catalogue, new home page and faster loading TV guide. The new app offers the ten most-watched Dutch channels including Ned 1, Ned 2, Ned 3, RTL 4, RTL 5, RTL 7, RTL8, Net 5, SBS 6 and Veronica in “almost HD quality”, […]

Sport1 acquires Spanish football rights

Dutch sports broadcaster Sport1 has acquired the rights to show the Spanish Primera División soccer tournament for the next three seasons. This comes after the Chellomedia-owned broadcaster renewed the rights to show the UEFA Champions League for the next three seasons. Sport1 will air live games as well as edited highlights on its main channel […]