The main three Dutch broadcasting groups, NPO, RTL and SBS, are launching a common S-VOD platform in 2014.
Called NLziet, the new service will offer unlimited access to the catch-up and preview services of the public broadcasters under the NPO umbrella and the offers of private broadcasters RTL and SBS.
Initially, NLziet will only be available on PCs and Macs, but later in the year apps for smartphones, tablets and smart TVs will be introduced.
Although viewers will pay a single subscription fee and enter a common portal, the play out of the requested streams will take place in each of the three online catch-up services of the broadcasters, NPO Plus, RTL XL or Kijk (from SBS).
Each of the three partners will also make its own deals with the content owners and also ad sales for the portals will be handled individually.
Programmes will remain available up to 365 days after the first broadcast date and a number of programs will be made available as ‘previews’ up to sevens days ahead of the scheduled broadcast.
The broadcasters will announce the exact launch date and pricing of the subscription plans at a later stage.