Pay TV operator FilmNet will remodel its second Dutch cable channel into an all-sports affair. Starting Aug. 1 and titled SuperSport, channel will replace the sports/movie FilmNet Plus and run from 6 p.m. to midnight weekdays; 2 p.m. to midnight weekends.
FilmNet, part of the South African-backed Nethold group, has spent $10 million on broadcast rights for soccer, golf, basketball, boxing and tennis. It has reached agreement with Dutch pubcaster the NOS for national league soccer rights. The two will share coverage of key teams Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord.
A decoder will be necessary to view SuperSport, which will cost $24 per month; the regular FilmNet film channel together with the sports outlet will cost $35. FilmNet has around 800,000 subscribers across Benelux and Scandinavia.
Elsewhere the row between FilmNet sister company, channel distributor MultiChoice and Casema, Holland’s largest cable operator, has been resolved with Casema’s promise that it will give the MultiChoice/Hallmark co-venture – the Hallmark Entertainment Network – “phased access” to its cable systems from September.
Casema, which boasts 1.4 million connections, had previously refused to make space for Hallmark, claiming overcrowding.