From VHS to online streaming
Videoland has been renting out VHS tapes since the eighties. The company grew fast and stores with rental VHS tapes and, at a later stage, DVDs popped up everywhere. This stagnated when streaming services like Netflix started to appear. This new way of watching films jeopardised the existence of companies like Videoland. And eventually Videoland went bankrupt in 2010. However, they didn’t throw in the towel. In cooperation with RTL they introduced Video Unlimited, an online platform to view films and series. Now we know this service as the website videoland.com. And they are doing well. In the Netherlands they are the largest Netflix competitor. They distinguish themselves from Netflix by specialising in Dutch series.
Videoland vs. Netflix costs
Netflix offers multiple packages. Varying from packages with multiple users and ones that offer HD or Ultra HD viewing. Below we’ve listed the different subscriptions:
- Basic: €7,99 a month
- Standard: €10,99 a month
- Premium: €13,99 a month
Videoland offers one package at €8,99 a month. This means it’s cheaper than the standard and premium subscriptions offered by Netflix, but more expensive than the basic subscription.
Cancelling Videoland for free after one month
A free month of streaming movies and series through Videoland is available. However, it’s not completely free. It’ll cost you a cent. By doing this Videoland starts a standing order with your bank account that comes into action after two weeks. If you don’t remember to unsubscribe before the month is up, you’ll automatically start paying €8,99 a month for your subscription. Luckily, you can cancel your subscription every month.