With over 330,000 subscribers, the Dutch premium channels Film1 and Sport1 are claiming “the best ever subscriber figures” in the history of Dutch pay television. Last Friday, Chellomedia said this number had been reached. Traditionally, premium television channels have proved to be a very difficult proposition on the Dutch market. FilmNet, SuperSport and Canal+ never managed to gain more than 300,000 subscribers, but now Chellomedia said it counts over 330,000 subs for the two channels combined.
Reasons for the success could be that pricing is more attractive and that no separate decoder is needed for reception of the channel – any approved digital cable or satellite tuner suffices. The channels are available on most cable networks in the country, on the Canal Digitaal DTH platform and on Tele2 Vision IPTV.