Ziggo makes Netflix available through Horizon set-top box
Ziggo customers will soon be able to movies and series from Netflix watch on their Horizon-set-top box. That is the result of a worldwide deal between Liberty Global, the parent company of Ziggo, and the American streaming service.
Liberty Global-director Mike Fries made a partnership Wednesday announced during a meeting in Amsterdam.
The netherlands is the first country where the partnership will be visible to consumers. Customers see the streaming service before the end of the year on their Horizon-set-top box to appear. Then follow the dozens of other countries where Liberty Global is active in the market for fixed internet and tv.
Existing customers of Netflix can log in with their account information on the Horizon-set-top box. New customers can get there with a Netflix account, as on other devices is also possible. In the future, Liberty Global investigate whether Netflix also can be paid through the kabelrekening, but that is in the beginning is not yet the case.
Last year was the KPN already has a partnership with Netflix to offer Netflix via Interactive TV. The streaming service wants to be on as much as possible, devices are active and also increasingly via providers.
Ziggo gets a share of the revenue that Netflix generates as customers log in via their cable box, but the company would not continue to dwell on. There are almost 900.000 Ziggo-households with a Horizon set top box.
The kabelaar is also the owner of the own streaming service MyPrime, which at the end of last year, a quarter of a million Dutch subscribers. That is a lot less than Netflix, and Liberty Global recognizes that still searches for a “niche” that MyPrime can operate.
In the Netherlands is Ziggo soon a joint venture with Vodafone. The two companies to combine their fixed and mobile trading to one stronger competitor of KPN.
This provider has grown over the years, thanks to the advent of ‘quad-play’plans, with both fixed telephony, television, internet and mobile services are purchased.
The merger between Vodafone and Ziggo is already approved by the European Commission, but the two companies until around the turn of the year finally come together. First, should include the fixed internet business of Vodafone to be sold.