The new service is available online and in a variety of apps for smartphones, tablets and smart TVs. Viewers can choose to register in order to take advantage of additional features such as receiving personal recommendations, compiling playlists and stop watching a programme on one device, and continue watching it on another.
NPO Start offers both live streaming of all public TV and radio channels, as well as seven-day catch-up in SD quality.
“NPO Start will be the starting point for Dutch people to discover and watch or listen to the rich offer of public broadcasters,” said Shula Rijxman, chairman of the board of directors of the NPO.
“The service is easier to use on all devices, and thus the public broadcasting room is even better accessible.”
In addition to the free version of NPO Start, the public broadcaster is also offering a premium version, available at €2.95 a month, offering programmes in HD quality, as well as catch-up and on-demand programmes up to a year ago – rather than the standard seven-days catch-up available in the free version.