People in the Netherlands are watching more video-on-demand than regular television, according to a study by research agency Multiscope. This is the first time that time spent on video streaming services surpassed time spent watching broadcast television in the Netherlands, NU.nl reports.
The new Netflix program “Historical Roasts” has riled up some people in the Netherlands, for its episode featuring a satirical banquet of Anne Frank. The 15-year-old Holocaust victim was portrayed by comedian Rachel Feinstein in the episode, where Frank was made fun of, and also mocked the others on stage at the end of the show.
“Us Jews always get through the pain with laughter. If we don’t laugh, we cry,” said host Jeffrey Ross. “So with that in mind, please enjoy the Roast of Anne Frank, and the end of my career,” he said in the show’s introduction.
Netflix is currently showing different prices for its Premium and Standard subscriptions in the Netherlands based on what web browser is used to access the site, security expert Gert van Dijk wrote on Twitter. According to Van Dijk, in Google Chrome a Premium subscription costs 13.99 euros, on Firefox the same subscription costs 15.99 eruos.
NU.nl decided to check it out and found a Premium subscription for 17.99 euros on Chrome and for 15.99 euros on Safari.
Netflix seems to be avoiding the controversy around Sinterklaas and his helper Zwarte Piet this year. No Sinterklaas shows are available on the streaming service this year, according to the Telegraaf.
Sinterklaas shows and films did appear on Netflix in the past. Responding to disappointed customers on social media, Netflix said that the content was removed because the agreements with the distributors have expired, according to the newspaper.
Netflix is working on a Netherlands original series that is fully funded by the American company and will be exclusively available on Netflix.
"There is a Dutch original. We are busy with it", Allie Goss, Vice President Originals at Netflix, said to broadcaster NOS. How much Netflix is investing in this production, what it is about and when it will be released, she would not say.
In order to prevent the local film industry form being wiped out by foreign movies and series, entertainment distributors serving the Netherlands market should financially support more Dutch productions, the Raad voor Cultuur stated in a report. The top government advisory board for culture and the arts said those companies should also be forced to pay a tax on its income derived from Netherlands consumers to support the entertainment industry there.
Around 5.6 million people in the Netherlands steam videos on Netflix for an average of 84 minutes per day, according to a study by Multiscope among 6,700 respondents aged 18 and older. That amounts to around 8.3 million hours of Netflix video watching per day, Bright reports.
Netflix owns about a third of the video-on-demand viewing time in the Netherlands. YouTube is the second largest video-on-demand service in the country with 18 percent of the viewing time, followed by NPO Start with 9 percent and Ziggo GO with 9 percent.
Netflix is launching its first Dutch-language series in 2019. The series is called Undercover and will be a Belgian-Dutch co-production starring Anna Drijver and Frank Lammers in the lead roles. Elise Schaap, Tom Waes, Raymond Thiry, Tim Haars and Huub Smit are also cast in the ten part series, RTL Nieuws reports.
ABN Amro banned the use streaming services Netflix, Spotify and Deezer on company laptops after binge-watching employees nearly crippled the bank's online services, Financieele Dagblad reports based on an internal memo from the bank's IT department.
The streaming service used so much of the bank's network capacity that customer services were compromised. According to the memo, a full 15 percent of the network capacity went to watching Netflix show House of Cards and streaming the new Kendrick Lamar album.
Netflix is planning an expansion of its Amsterdam operations to eventually accomodate over 400 employees. The video-on-demand, production and distribution firm wants the office to become its customer service headquarters for its clients in Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Attorneys Dean Strang and Jerry Buting of Netflix documentary Making a Murderer are heading for Amsterdam. On March 20th they will be in the De Meervaart theater to discuss the high-profile trial that is the focus of their documentary. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions.
Half of all internet traffic using the network from Dutch telecom KPN is to deliver video, the company revealed in its quarterly statement on Tuesday. Roughly 25 percent of traffic comes from YouTube, while 20 percent is from Netflix.
Netflix is the most shared video streaming service in the Netherlands, with more than half of its subscribers sharing their accounts with others.
Netflix has announced a price increase for its Standard-subscription. New subscribers will now pay 9.99 euros per month.
80 percent of Dutch people aged above 13 possess a smartphone and 65 percent own a tablet, according to research by GfK. Among younger individuals, the share of smartphone owners reaches 96 percent. The penetration level of tablets is now higher than that of PCs owned by 60% of the Dutch.
KPN is developing its own app for a video-on-demand service available to all internet users in the Netherlands regardless of provider. The app called Play by KPN will allow users to watch live television, record it and watch it whenever you like, or watch other VOD content available through the service.
D66 councilors Robert van Asten and Birgul Ozmen want the series Homeland to be filmed in The Hague, Den Haag FM reports.
On-demand media content provider Netflix is planning on locating its new series in Amsterdam. The streaming platform company started initial discussions about the filming location with the municipality, Amsterdam film commissioner Simon Brester reveals to the Parool.
No other country in the world shows as much interest in Popcorn Time as the Netherlands. In a letter to its shareholders, Netflix states that it is "sobering" that Popcorn Time is almost as popular as Netflix in the Netherlands
The video-streaming service Netflix has over 700,000 paying subscribers in the Netherlands, and estimates that before the end of the year it will have attained over 17 million subscribers outside the US, reports Digital TV Research.
State Secretary Fred Teeven of Justice has responded with little enthusiasm on proposals by the VVD and D66 to prevent illegal downloading of, for example, music and movies.
Netflix has increased the price on their Ultra HD subscription by about 30 percent.
The cable group Liberty Global has received approval from the European Commission for the acquisition of Ziggo, the largest cable television operator in the Netherlands.
A quarter of the Dutch population uses streaming services for movies and music according to a new study published by market research institute GfK. Among 13- to 17-year-olds, 54 percent stream media services, up from 38 percent last year.