THE TV AND ON DEMAND DATA PRESENTED IN THE TABLES COVERING CHANNELS, SERVICES AND MAIN PROVIDERS WERE UPDATED IN OCTOBER 2016.
The three main broadcasting groups are:
- Public service broadcaster NPO, operating 9 channels, with a total audience share of 33.2% in 2014, including the leading TV channel NPO1.
- Luxembourg based RTL Group, operating 11 TV channels with a total audience share over 23.9% in 2014, including the 2nd ranking TV channel in audience, RTL4.
- Finland based Sanoma, operating 13 channels with a total audience share of 13.5%, including the 3rd ranking TV channel in audience, SBS6.
- Other significant broadcasters include those of US origin: Viacom and Discovery Communications.
By the beginning of 2016, there were 121 on-demand services available in the Netherlands, including 23 pay TVOD or SVOD services. The main players were the national versions of iTunes, Netflix, HBO, Microsoft Store, Sony Entertainment Network, RTL Videoland and the VOD service of cable-operator Ziggo.
By the end of 2014, 86.1% of TV households accessed a digital television service. Cable served 62.2% of households, but was not fully digitized: 15.1% of households still subscribed to analogue cable. The cable sector remains relatively fragmented; however the merger between Ziggo and UPC Nederland (Liberty Global) represented a major consolidation in the market. The other two important players are CAIW Diensten and Delta. IPTV served 23.3% of households, operated by KPN, M7 Group, Tele2 Nederland, Vodafone. Satellite served 9.1% of households, including a pay-package operated by Luxembourg based M7. DTT served 6.5% of the population, offering a combination of free channels and the pay-package Digitenne (operated by KPN).
The main legislative act that regulates broadcasting is the “Act No. 552 of 10 December 2009 amending the Media Act 2008 and the Tobacco Act for the implementation of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive”.
The regulator of the audiovisual sector is the Commissariaat voor de Media.
This description was last updated in February 2016.