RTL Netherlands

RTL suffers second regulatory blow as merger with Talpa is blocked

Dutch competition authority the ACM has told RTL Group and Talpa Network that it will not approve the proposed merger between the two companies, initially announced on June 22 2021. The news is the second regulatory blow for RTL in the last six months, after the collapse of the planned merger of RTL-owned M6 and […]

RTL Netherlands taps Piksel for new digital service

Broadcaster RTL Netherlands has tapped OTT TV technology outfit Piksel to provide technology for its planned new digital service. As part of a multi-phase project, Piksel is working with RTL Netherlands to develop a new digital destination that brings together all of its most popular linear and on-demand viewing in one place, according to Piksel. […]

RTL Netherlands appoints CTO

RTL Netherlands has appointed the former chief technology officer of UPC Netherlands and Ziggo, Giovanni Piccirilli, as CTO. Piccirilli will take up his new post and take a place on the RTL board from June 1, and has been tasked with expanding RTL’s customer focus, product quality and time-to-market. Piccirilli was CTO and board member […]

RTL Netherlands reports viewer bounce

RTL Netherlands reported a 13% year-on-year increase in combined audience share among its core target group of 20 to 49 year-olds last month, reaching 38.2% of viewers.  The company said that RTL 4, RTL 5, RTL 7 and RTL 8 all performed particularly well, with the latter two recording their best ever November ratings. However, […]

RTL Netherlands takes aim at Netflix with Videoland deal

RTL Netherlands has acquired Dutch video-on-demand service Videoland as it aims to move into subscription video-on-demand and fend off competition from Netflix. RTL Netherlands announced it has bought 65% of Videoland’s parent firm The Entertainment Group (TEG), with RTL Netherlands CEO Bert Habets commenting that the deal was a “logical next step in the development […]

RTL Netherlands boasts digital gains

RTL Netherlands said that visits to its web properties from mobile devices has more than doubled in the first half of the year, thanks to its investment in second screen experiences around its shows. The broadcaster said that visits to its video-on-demand platform RTL XL had also grown by 20% compared to the same period last […]

RTL Netherlands to expand VOD offering

RTL Netherlands is planning to expand its VOD service RTL XL with more movies and series in a bid to take on Netflix, which is due to launch in the country later this year.  RTL Netherlands’ managing director of digital media, Arno Otto said that it aims to add content that has not been on […]