Netherlands


Ziggo launches Android app

Dutch cable operator Ziggo has launched a service for Android-based tablets. Ziggo has launched a version of its Ziggo TV app for Android 3.x Honeycomb tablets. The free app, which can be downloaded from the Android market, allows the viewer to track Ziggo’s catalogue of on-demand movies and programmes. The app includes the Ziggo TV […]

Dutch politicians slam public broadcaster merger plan


Dutch politicians have slammed a proposed merger between two of the country’s largest public broadcasters because they believe the two channels will benefit too greatly. The coalition party VVD and supporter group The Freedom Party are lobbying media minister Marja van Bijsterveldt to ban the merger. The Dutch Public Broadcaster authority (NPO) had proposed that […]

KPN increases TV market share

Dutch telco and pay TV operator KPN saw an increase in its television market share, but saw revenues across the company reduced. The company, which operates the Interatieve IPTV brand as well as digital terrestrial television service Digitenne, recorded a drop in revenues of 3.4% to €3.26 billion, delivering third quarter financial results that were […]

SBS Broadcasting names new CEO

Georgette Schlick is replacing Eric van Stade as chief executive of Dutch broadcaster SBS Broadcasting. Van Stade has left the company following the channel’s purchase by Talpa Media and Finnish media firm Sanoma earlier this year. Schlick joins from technology company Dutchview, where she has been chief executive for three years. “Sanoma and Talpa are […]

Dutch digital TV penetration passes 70%

By the end of June, 72% of Dutch TV subscribers took a digital subscription, with Ziggo the largest player, followed by UPC and KPN. The figures come from communication regulator OPTA’s quarterly Market Monitor. The number of digital cable subscribers reached 3.2 million at the end of the second quarter, up from 2.7 million a […]

Ziggo sees strong digital growth thanks to bundled offerings

Dutch cable operator Ziggo has posted strong digital subscriber and revenue growth on the back of its pre-summer campaign for its bundled offering and the launch of a new TV proposition including more HD channels. Ziggo grew its digital TV subscriber base by 130,000 in the third quarter to 944,000, taking penetration of digital TV […]

Chello DMC to playout Fox’s new food channel

Broadcast services provider Chello DMC has been selected to provide playout, delivery services and content management for Fox International Channel’s new food lifestyle channel, 24Kitchen. The channel, a joint venture between Fox Channels Benelux and food and cosmetics firm Jan Dekker Holding, will launch in the Netherlands on October 1 on the Ziggo, UPC, Caiway […]

Fox cooks up Dutch channel



Fox International Channels is launching a round-the-clock cooking channel in the Netherlands. 24Kitchen will roll out on on October 1 on the Ziggo, UPC, Caiway and Glashart’s pay TV services, reaching three million viewers. The channel will be a joint venture between Fox Channels Benelux and food and cosmetics firm Jan Dekker Holding. It will […]

SeaChange to provide Horizon VOD solutions

SeaChange International has confirmed that it has been selected by Liberty Global to provide its Adrenaline multi-screen video back office and client publishing solutions for the cable operator’s Horizon next generation platform. SeaChange’s Adrenalin video back office is being deployed to automate Horizon’s on-demand TV platform. SeaChange already provides various software solutions for Liberty Global […]

MAI to audit Dutch pay TV

Media Audits International (MAI), the recently launched international arm of US-based cable audit firm Cable Audit Associates, is to launch its first European countrywide audit of pay TV subscribers for channels in the Netherlands. MAI, which will audit Dutch pay TV this month, represents over 40 channels. The audit is designed to provide evidence of […]