The news was first announced over a year ago, in June 2015, as reported in Broadband TV News.
Liberty Global’s Ziggo offers a special app on the Horizon set-top box to access the Videoland Unlimited portal; the app will become available later this year. However, users of Ziggo’s cloud-based interactive CI+ service will not be able to use the Red Button to see Videoland programming.
Videoland is available as a OTT service on various devices, including smart TVs, PCs, tablets and smartphones. Ziggo subscribers can now subscribe through their cable subscription and will be directly billed EUR8.99 a month by the cabler.
Videoland does not publish subscriber numbers, but trade publication Telecompaper estimates that Videoland has around 170,000 subscribers in the Netherlands, as compared with our estimate of 1.2 million subs for Netflix. So far, Ziggo has no agreement with Netflix. The only Liberty Global cable operator to directly offer Netflix is Virgin Media in the UK.
Both Videoland and Netflix are available on the KPN IPTV platform, Ziggo’s main competitor in the country.