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|Founded||1 July 1996 (as MultiChoice Nederland)|
1 October 2009 (as CanalDigitaal)
|Products||Direct broadcast satellite|
|Owner||M7 Group (Canal+ Luxembourg s.a.r.l., part of Vivendi/Canal+)|
Initially customers were mainly Dutch citizens in the countryside who did not have cable access. But in the meantime the company also managed to expand into the cities. This is sometimes complicated in the Netherlands due to local building codes restricting the placement of satellite dishes.
CanalDigitaal is owned by the Luxembourg M7 Group (Canal+ Luxembourg s.a.r.l.), also owner of the Belgian TV Vlaanderen Digitaal and TéléSAT Numérique, the Austrian HD Austria, the Czech/Slovak Skylink. Since September 2019, M7 Group (Canal+ Luxembourg s.a.r.l.) is owned by Vivendi's Canal+.
Unlike many German and British broadcasters, the Dutch public and commercial broadcasts are not freely available via satellite. To receive the Dutch broadcasts a smartcard is required to decrypt the Mediaguard signal. CanalDigitaal has recently switched from Mediaguard 2 to Mediaguard 3.
In 2017, Canal Digitaal went hybrid with a combined satellite and IPTV offer. The company is now working with several IPTV partners, including M7's online.nl service.
Fastscan channel listEdit
The CanalDigitaal Fastscan lists all channels carried on the CanalDigitaal platform and almost all free-to-air channels on the 19.2° east, 23.5° east and 28.2° east satellites. Many channels are free, others are available only with a subscription.
- "Dutch Canal Digitaal goes hybrid". Broadband TV News. 2017-11-02. Retrieved 2020-02-10.