Netherlands


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 […]

UPC Netherlands extends reach

UPC Netherlands is extending the reach of its internet, digital TV and telephony services to the municipalities of Geldermalsen, Hardinxveld-Giessendam, New Lekkerland and Ruurlo. From this week, an additional 22,000 households in these areas will have access to the full range of the cable operator’s services. The operator has upgraded networks covering some 120,000 homes […]

Liberty Global honours Horizon partners

Liberty Global has awarded a group of eleven partners behind the development of its soon-to-be-launched connected set-top Horizon with the Best Innovation/Breakthrough Supplier prize at its annual Vendor Awards. Samsung, NDS, Intel, Philips, Metrological, Celeno, Nagravision, Intellicore, ThinkAnalytics, EventIS and RedBee were collectively honoured “due to the exceptionally strong collaboration on this breakthrough product suite,” […]

EBU-backed social network pilot goes live

An EBU-backed pilot that uses social networks to allow TV viewers to choose broadcasters’ schedules has launched in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Slovenia. The project, called Eurovision TV Lab, is being trialled until September 3 by ZDF in Germany, Slovenia’s RTVSLO and VRT in Belgium, with users able to vote for their favourite pilot […]

OPTA reveals latest Dutch TV numbers

Cable TV subscribers in the Netherlands numbered 5.291 million at the end of the first quarter, down from 5.334 million in December, according to the latest survey by regulator OPTA. Analogue subscribers numbered 2.252 million, down from 2.436 million. Satellite, IPTV, fibre and digital-terrestrial TV consumers numbered 2.239 million, up from 2.165 million. Ziggo remained […]

KPN to launch multi-screen service

Dutch telco KPN is to launch a multi-screen version of its IPTV service Interactieve TV. The service, Interactieve TV Online, will deliver 20 channels and various interactive services to subscribers via laptops or iPads and will be available to all 416,000 subscribers of the IPTV service. Channels include the Dutch public broadcast services, channels from […]

Analysts positive on Ziggo

Ziggo’s unexpectedly strong performance over the past 18 months has prompted it to be upgraded by influential credit ratings agency Moody’s. The agency rates almost €2 billion of debt held by the company, which is the largest MSO in the Netherlands. Moody’s said that Ziggo’s strong performance placed it in a better position to service […]

Former Belgacom chief calls for merger talks

Belgacom’s former CEO Bessel Kok has called for more rapid privatization of the company and the possible restart of merger talks with Dutch telco KPN in order to protect itself against competitive threats. Kok, who still has a minor role with the operator as chairman of an internet subsidiary involved in the Middle East, told […]