Dutch digital TV penetration has now reached 6.3 million subscriptions at the end of Q3, 2012, or over 81% of all TV homes.
KPN, Tele 2, YouCa and T-Mobile have failed to turn back a decision by regulator OPTA.
Despite political pressure from the Dutch parliament, the Dutch cable networks remain closed for third party resellers – at least for the time being.
Marja van Bijsterveldt, the Dutch minister for media, says she has no intention of telling cable operator Ziggo how to run its business. Answering questions in Parliament from the Socialist Party, she said cable operators are free to determine the number of analogue channels and the government does not intend to regulate pricing.
Dutch telecoms regulator OPTA no longer plans to impose further regulation on the Dutch cable sector. The Open Cable plan is now off the table.
The number of Dutch consumers using an alternative for cable for their television viewing rose from 24% in mid-2009 to 28% in September 2010, according to telecoms regulator OPTA.
In a effort to revive its Open Cable policy, the Dutch telecoms regulator OPTA said it will launch a new TV market analysis. The decision follows a ruling by the Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal to overturn the first analysis.
A number of political parties, as well as the Dutch consumers organisation Consumentebond, have issued calls to revive the Dutch Open Cable ruling, which was thwarted by a ruling of the Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal earlier this week.
The Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (College van Beroep voor het bedrijfsleven – CBb) has overturned the market analysis that telecoms regulator OPTA published in March 2009. The verdict has far-reaching implications for the Open Cable ruling in the Netherlands. By overturning the analysis, the basis for the Open Cable provisions issued by OPTA […]
Today, Friday August 6, Dutch cablers UPC and Ziggo are taking Tele 2 to court for unfair advertising practices. In two separate cases, the cable operators argue that Tele 2 is making an unfair claim of selling cable TV services “from €5.00”.