Government funding proposals “not fit for purpose” slams RTÉ director general

Irish PSB RTÉ is “in a crisis” said director general Dee Forbes who has heavily criticised proposals from the country’s government in regards to funding as “not fit for purpose”. “Regulation has not caught up with viewing habits,” claimed Forbes at an IBC 2019 panel on the relevance of PSBs in an OTT world.  The […]

Canal Digitaal teams up with pubcasters for 4K UHD World Cup

M7 Group-owned Dutch satellite pay TV platform Canal Digitaal is to air matches from the forthcoming football World Cup in 4K Ultra HD. M7 has struck an agreement with Dutch public broadcaster NPO/NOS to air matches from the competition, which takes place in Russia from June 14 until July 15, in 4K UHD. The World […]

NPO revamps and rebrands on-demand service

Dutch public broadcasting organisation NPO has revamped its on-demand service and rebranded it from Uitzending Gemist (Missed Broadcast) to NPO Start. NPO said that the new service is easier to use, with viewers able to create profiles so that they can create playlists and follow their favourite programmes on different devices. NPO Start users will get […]

SKO and Kantar Media launch daily online TV ratings

The Netherlands’ TV industry body Stichting KijkOnderzoek (SKO) has started delivering daily online TV ratings in partnership with Kantar Media. The ratings track the online consumption of TV programmes – initially from broadcasters NPO, RTL Netherlands and SBS broadcasting. The SKO said that the launch marks the first phase of its ‘Video Data Integration Model’, […]

NPO to rebrand Dutch public TV channels

Dutch public broadcasting organisation, the NPO, is due to bring all its TV and radio stations under the NPO brand as of August 19.  The Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO) said that it was important for the public to find and recognise NPO programming. Under the move, the TV stations Nederland 1, Nederland 2, Nederland 3, […]

EBU elects new technical team

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has elected a new team to lead its technology initiatives.  Egon Verharen, research and development manager at Dutch public broadcaster NPO, has been named as the new chairman of the EBU technical committee. Klaus Illgner-Fehns, managing director of IRT, the technology centre for German-speaking members of the EBU has been […]

Dutch broadcasters team up to launch SVoD service

A new Dutch subscription video-on-demand service, NLziet, has launched, with a range of programmes from local public and commercial broadcasters available for €7.95 a month. The service is available on the web and to iOS and Android devices. NLziet is backed by Dutch public broadcaster NPO and commercial broadcasters RTL and SBS, all of whom […]

NPO lines up premium Dutch VOD service

Dutch public broadcasting organisation NPO is set to launch a subscription video-on-demand service early next year.  NPO Plus is designed to have less advertising and more content than the NPO’s existing free NPO Uitzending Gemist catch-up service. The service will roll out on a one-year trial and will offer more premium programming for longer periods […]

EBU condemns “excessive” cuts to Dutch pubcaster

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has urged the Dutch government to slash funding for public broadcaster NPO. EBU president Jean-Paul Philippot condemned a decision to cut an additional €100 million from NPO’s budget from 2016 on top of a €200 million cut imposed in 2011. “The Dutch government needs to realise that this proposal is […]

NPO streamlines web presence

Dutch public broadcasting organisation NPO has launched the new website as it looks to simplify its web presence with fewer but more effective sites. will be home to all of the public broadcaster’s channels and radio stations and will allow users to watch content live and share on social networks. NPO said it the […]