Looking for video streaming services in the Netherlands? Got a burning desire to put your feet up, rest your overworked mind, and find out (again) whether Ross and Rachel will ever get together? In this complete guide, we’ve dug up every streaming service in the Netherlands so you can spend more quality time with your TV.
Sometimes ‘Netflix and chill’ turns into ‘Netflix and scrolling through for an hour trying to find something to watch’. If you’ve exhausted all your Netflix options, there are streaming service alternatives, all available in the Netherlands, that are worth checking out.
Perhaps the Dutch streaming services Videoland or NLZiet are more your style? It could be AmazonPrime Video that fulfills the void. Or maybe a top contender is Ziggo or AppleTV+? And let’s not forget the newcomer on the block, Disney+, ideal for kids and big kids alike.
We’ve rounded up the best video streaming services in the Netherlands, complete with pricing, free trials, and payment options (some of them don’t even need iDeal!). To make the most out of your television time, here’s our ultimate and complete guide to video streaming services in the Netherlands.
Video streaming services in the Netherlands: Netflix
Check it out free for: one month After that, you’ll pay: from €7.99 per month for one screen You can pay with: iDeal, credit card, PayPal, gift card
We’re going to kick this off with the obvious choice, the darling of video streaming services worldwide and accounting for a massive 70+ per cent of streaming service market share in the Netherlands, Netflix.
If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’re probably familiar with the video streaming giant, from its worldwide domination to its stellar Netflix Originals content. The good news is that it is available in the Netherlands, and the content is comparable to most other countries although, as always, it can differ due to regional licensing.
It’s worth noting that if you already have a Netflix subscription in your home country it will continue working in the Netherlands with no effort on your part.
If you’re looking for a streaming service that you’re familiar with and want primarily English content with just a few Dutch options thrown into the mix, Netflix will likely be your go-to streaming service in the Netherlands. But, there are also other worthy competitors below that you should check out too.
Stacks of familiar content and high-quality Netflix originals
The tiered pricing structure makes it one of the most expensive streaming services
Different pricing tiers for extra screens
Primarily English shows and movies
Video streaming in the Netherlands: Videoland
Check it out free for: 14 days After that, you’ll pay: €8.99 per month You can pay with: iDeal, credit card, PayPal
If you’re looking for the Dutch Netflix, Videoland is your closest bet – apart from actual Netflix, of course. Owned by German media company RTL, Videoland features shows and movies found across its owner’s television channels. Because of this, a lot of their content is very television oriented: think reality shows like Love Island, Criminal Minds and The Voice, giving them a pretty good selection of English content.
Fun Fact: Videoland was once the Blockbuster of the Netherlands – ya know, without going broke when the internet got big.
If you’re looking for something with a little more substance, they do have a hefty selection of movies, such as London has Fallen and Four Weddings and a Funeral and original television (hello Moccro Mafia!) as well. With prime position as a Dutch streaming service and over 130,000 minutes of pure Dutch content, it also gives you a good challenge to practice your Dutch.
Ultimately, when looking for an alternative streaming service in the Netherlands, Videoland is well worth signing up for their free trial.
Video streaming services in the Netherlands: NLZiet
Check it out free for: one month After that, you’ll pay: €7.95 per month You can pay with: iDeal, credit card, PayPal
The major advantage of NLZiet is that it’s a rare integration of three major television stations: NPO, RTL and Talpa TV (formerly SBS). NLZiet is an attempt to combat the tough competition of streaming providers by making everything available on their eleven channels in one streaming app.
The major disadvantage of NLZiet though? Its English selections are limited. There are some options, like Grey’s Anatomy, CSI, and The F Word, but unless you speak Dutch you’re unlikely to get the most out of this subscription.
On the bright side, if you do speak Dutch or are looking to practice your nederlands, the Netherlands is famous for creating some very popular international television shows, like Survivor, and Big Brother.
For our top picks of NLZiet’s Dutch selection, see Utopia, where a group of strangers are given a piece of land and challenged to build a new society. We also love Hunted, where 13 ordinary Dutchies have to avoid a specialist team of investigators for three weeks.
Huge and varied content
Primarily Dutch programs
Content only remains online for one month
Can live-stream television
App is in Dutch
Video streaming services in the Netherlands: Amazon Prime Video
Check it out free for: thirty days After that, you’ll pay: €7.99 per month You can pay with: credit card, PayPal
However, it’s not all original content – and that’s a good thing. Amazon also hosts some big-name series like Vikings and Hollywood-budget films like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.
To watch Amazon Prime Video in the Netherlands you do need to go through Amazon Germany’s website – unfortunately, a Dutch version still doesn’t exist. That’s fine, it just means there is a lot of German content available as well. Nicht schlecht!
Video streaming services in the Netherlands: NPO Start Plus
Check it out free for: one month After that, you’ll pay: €2.95 per month You can pay with: iDeal, credit card, PayPal
From the desk of the public broadcaster, NPO, NPO Start Plus is their streaming service. Major selling point? The price. Major downfall? Almost no English titles (it is the Dutch public broadcaster after all).
We’re including it as an option because it’s quite popular among the Dutch, so if you do have some handy language skills under your belt, it could be enough to take your fancy. If you’re disappointed in it, no big deal – it’s less than three euros a month.
If you do have some favourite NPO series, it’s perfect for binge-watching those babies with no advertising. And, if something important is being covered on live TV you can watch that too.
Cheapest option of all
Not many English options (but a great chance to practice your Dutch!)
Excellent Dutch selection
App controls are all in Dutch
Can watch Live TV
Good payment options, including credit card and PayPal
Video streaming services in the Netherlands: Disney+
Check it out free for:7 days After that, you’ll pay: €6.99 per month You can pay with: iDeal, credit card, PayPal
A new addition to the Dutch streaming circuit is crowd-favourite Disney+. Not just limited to kids shows, Disney+ launched with superhero action movies from Marvel, galactic space battles from Star Wars, and some National Geographic when you need to chill out.
Disney+ came in strong to the Netherlands, offering extensive free trials to the country while it tested the system for worldwide release. Now it offers some of the best conditions of any streaming service: a low cost, downloads on up to ten devices, and streaming on four devices at any one time.
Only Disney content may mean it won’t become your standard streaming service.
Downloads on up to 10 devices
Some bugs reported on first release.
Playback on 4 devices at once
Huge range of blockbuster movies and shows
Video streaming services in the Netherlands: Apple TV
Check it out free for: 7 days After that, you’ll pay: €4.99 per month You can pay with: credit card
Eager to grab their piece of the streaming pie is Apple TV, another new addition to the lineup. Promising only Apple originals, it does offer some fresh new content – but the lack of shows may be enough to deter some viewers.
Regardless, Apple TV+ is in the game of boosting their subscriber numbers with unbeatable offers like free Apple TV+ for a year when purchasing an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or Apple TV. That means if you’re into Apple’s ecosystem you could be getting their premium tv offering for free.
Even if you’re not, at €4.99 per month Apple TV won’t be breaking the bank. And, it’s user interface is everything you can expect from Apple: clean, streamlined, and effortless.
Didn’t launch with a huge offering
Seamless use across Apple devices
No classic shows or familiar content
Brand new content, clean interface
Free for one year if purchasing an Apple product
Video streaming services in the Netherlands: Ziggo Go
Check it out free: if you have a Ziggo plan already You can pay with: direct debit (from a Dutch bank account), iDeal, bank transfer to IBAN, cash/pin in person at Travelex
Ziggo itself is not a standard streaming service but is an internet and television company in the Netherlands that offers a streaming option, Ziggo Go. The catch? You need to be signed up to one of their other services first.
However, if you happen to already have your television or internet through Ziggo, Ziggo Go is at your fingertips, allowing you to replay content from any of the TV channels that are part of your subscription. Keep in mind you only get 7 days from when they were originally broadcast to watch them again.
If you have a Ziggo plan, it’s already included
Needs a Ziggo subscription which can be pricey
Good user interface
Limited to television content
Up to 3 screens at once
Can only play from channels subscribed to
App is in Dutch
No credit card payment option
That’s enough content to chill out for months! Which Dutch streaming service did you end up choosing? What did you think of it? Let us know in the comments below!
Editor’s note: All information in this article was correct at the time of publishing in November 2019, but boy does technology move fast! If you’ve discovered anything that is now inaccurate we would love for you to bring it to our attention in the comments.