Public broadcaster, RTL and SBS begin joint streaming service




The Dutch Public Broadcasting, RTL and SBS begin a joint, paid streaming service. That the television organizations announced Friday. The service programs of all national stations in the Netherlands to see against an unknown amount.

NLziet The streaming service, which NLZiet be called, was announced Friday at the museum Sound and Vision in Hilversum, during a joint press conference of RTL, SBS and the Dutch Public Broadcasting. It is a subscription service that an unknown amount per month costs and the end of January starts. Programs can be seen in most cases up to a year back, in some cases a week. The service is ad free and contains the common offering from NPO +, RTL XL and look SBS. The stations strive to everything they have to broadcast to place Internet but can not guarantee this, they have to negotiate separately for the online rights.

The service will not replace the existing platforms, such as NPO +, RTL XL and Look. but in addition, says RTL director Bert Habets. Within NLZiet remain the platforms of the various organizations according Hagoort separated: NLZiet is a kind of portal where users can log in and search, then the actual program example NPO +, the paid version of Uitzendinggemist, or RTL XL is shown. “You should see NLZiet as a kind of bar that lies over it,” said a spokesman for RTL. Showing programs of public and commercial broadcasters in the same environment is difficult, he says.

Initially view from the PC and later on mobile devices and televisions. Single service According to RTL director Habets is no answer to the streaming service Netflix, but a special case. He calls the introduction of the common streaming service is a logical next step, because viewers expect. The subscription is distributed on the basis of the registered playtime; viewing a subscriber more programs of RTL, then more money to that organization.

Market Watchdog ACM is under Habets agreement with the common service because the service is ad free. Were there ads, then there was probably a distortion of competition. In addition, other stations join, emphasizes Habets. According to Henk Hagoort, director of the public broadcaster, was done on the service two years. “This is unparalleled in Europe,” said Hagoort.

At present, there is no joint service: NPO has Uitzendinggemist and NPO +, RTL, RTL and SBS XL used Netflix began in September with the provision of its services in the Netherlands. The American streaming service costs in the Netherlands 8 euros per month .

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