Amazon brings filmstreamingdienst soon to the Netherlands

Amazon brings filmstreamingdienst soon to the Netherlands

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Amazon brings its filmstreamingdienst Prime Video probably within a short time to the Netherlands. The company has over the past time, the Dutch rights to films and tv series bought, report several sources in the tv world.

RTL director Bert Habets says Friday night in the NTR program College Tour that his company is “occasionally thwarted” by Amazon with the purchase of rights.

“Who will go next year,” says Habets in the program, where Netflix director Reed Hastings was a guest. “So that will mean that they have concrete plans to in the Netherlands just to launch.” May happens that, according to RTL-executive director within two months.

Also Rozan Hamaker, head of acquisition at SBS, says to that Amazon in the Netherlands has become active. Recently, the company has, in any case, the American series of the Conviction and Into the Badlands, bought for the Dutch market, ” she says.

According to Luc Peters, the operational director of the zendergroep, the advent of Amazon more movies and series to buy. “International parties with very deep pockets” can the Dutch channel outbidding, ” he says.

A source at an other commercial channel says not specifically to have noticed that Amazon rights for the Dutch market to buy, but that the American company the worldwide rights to a number of Dutch films has acquired. The source did not want to be named because such negotiations are confidential.

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Amazon wanted to make any statements about a Dutch launch of its streaming service. Currently is Prime Video in Europe only available in the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria. There is the service part of the broader Prime subscription, which also offers free e-books, music and shipping of physical items.

In the Netherlands, is Amazon only active with his Kindle-shop, where e-books and e-readers are sold. Recently, the German site of Amazon, however, translated to Dutch, but the merchant has no Dutch distribution centres. Products from other European countries sent.

Amazon is making like Netflix more and more frequently self-tv-series. On the 18th of november to start The Grand Tour, a car show with the presentatietrio that previously the BBC series Top Gear. Given the international interest for the new series of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, this would be a logical date to Prime Video to new countries.

In the US, works Amazon is currently working on a tv-series from director Woody Allen, and won several Emmy’s with Transparent, a series about a man who in the autumn of his life woman wants to be. In the Netherlands, a series broadcast by the VPRO.


Netflix is the largest streaming service for movies and series. About one in five households has access to the service, revealed earlier this year, research from Telecompaper. Competitors like Videoland RTL and MyPrime of Ziggo have far fewer customers.

In College Tour shows Netflix-director of Hastings is not very impressed with the arrival of Amazon to the Netherlands. “What you see in a new market is that if there are good competitors, the market as a whole helps to grow,” he says. The competition provides, according to him media attention that people of ‘linear’ tv to streaming services.

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