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  • Mar
  • 24

One in five of all Dutch TV households have their TV set connected to the internet, for running apps, and accessing catch-up TV, alongside broadcast programmes, according to research by the Dutch Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS, or Statistics Netherlands). The figure has risen from almost no connected TVs five years ago.

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Netherlands, catch-up TV

  • Dec
  • 21

Eurosport has launched a Dutch-language version of Eurosport 2 for the Benelux countries. Showing 2,000 hours of live broadcast each year, including freestyle skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, team sports and motorsports, the Dutch version of Eurosport 2 will be broadcast on the CanalDigitaal and TV Vlaanderen platforms via ASTRA 19.2°E.

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  • Apr
  • 29

Dutch Connected TVs


Sales of “connected” TVs are booming in the Netherlands, according to figures from market research company GfK. Connected TV sets have Internet capability to browse the worldwide web and/or play ‘over the top’ video clips and catch-up TV, in addition to displaying digital TV such as DTH broadcasts from ASTRA satellites.

About half the TVs sold in Netherlands this year are expected to be connected TVs, rising to two thirds next year. GfK suggests that in 2014, half of all TVs in use in Dutch homes will be connected.

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ASTRA, Netherlands

  • Nov
  • 26

The first pan-European free-to-air 3D channel has begun broadcasting from the ASTRA 3B satellite at 23.5°E. Brava3D offers round the clock opera, ballet and concerts recorded at the major European venues, and joins the BravaHD channel already broadcasting from the same satellite. Brava3D is expected to encrypt its service in the future.

The December 19 Ajax vs Feyenoord football match in Rotterdam will be broadcast live in 3D via the ASTRA 3D Demo channel, also on ASTRA 23.5°E. This is the first 3D broadcast of a Dutch game and will be available for viewing on suitable 3D-ready receivers and TV screens in homes throughout Europe, and in a number of TV retailers across the Netherlands thanks to an initiative by ASTRA, Eredivisie Live, Endemol and Panasonic,.

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3DTV, ASTRA, Brava3D, Netherlands


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