Dutch incumbent telecom operator KPN said it added 33,000 new IPTV customers during Q2, 2016.
Dutch public broadcaster NPO plans to start broadcast in HD via the nation’s DTT network as soon as 2017. NPO also wants to expand its HbbTV services.
Dutch telecoms authority Agentschap Telecom has awarded the digital terrestrial licence to KPN, so it can continue to offer its Digitenne platform to homes in the Netherlands.
During the first quarter of 2016, KPN’s DTT service Digitenne lost 21,000 subscribers and now totals 329,000.
The Dutch government intends to auction off the licence for digital terrestrial television in July, 2016. The current licence expires on February 1, 2017.
The Dutch government is planning to introduce DVB-T2 when the current licences run out at the end of January, 2017.
Dutch public broadcaster NPO is looking to broadcast its free-to-air channels NPO1, 2 and 3 in HD using the DVB-T2 standard from 2017 onwards.
The Dutch government plans to extend the current DTT licence for KPN’s Digitenne service with another three years.
Dutch incumbent KPN is actively promoting its IPTV service among its DTT customers by increasing the DVB-T subscription price to above the basic IPTV fee.
The Dutch media regulator Commisariaat voor de Media has enforced ‘must carry’ rules of Flemish radio and TV stations with KPN and the M7 Group.