Ziggo plans deals with Netflix, YouTube

March 10, 2014 09.08 Europe/London By Robert Briel

ziggo-hqDutch cable operator Ziggo plans to close deals with online video service such as Netflix and YouTube in the future.

Talking to the NRC Handelsblad newspaper CEO René Obermann said he is looking to work together with such services along the lines of the recent Comcast/Netflix agreement, where the OTT video platform will pay for high quality distribution on the cable network.

However, such an agreement would contravene net neutrality,which requires ISPs to indiscriminately distribute any signal to its broadband customers – even if such services would compete with the operator’s own TV offer.

Liberty Global, owner of UPC Nederland, is working to take over Ziggo and integrate its two Dutch cable operations into a single company under Ziggo branding.