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Videoland (NL)

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Every once in a while, I come across a movie streamer that is so good, adding it to the list of the best movie streaming sites of all time is just a no-brainer. This was definitely the case with Video Land. In fact, I am surprised that it took me so long to get around to reviewing this one. Not only has it been around for over a decade now, but it is renowned for its high-quality content. In fact, in the Netherlands, the only real competition that Video Land has is Netflix – no other premium streamers are even near the same level as Video Land.

What is it exactly that makes this one of the best movie streaming sites in the known universe? Well, what makes any streamer better than the rest? There is a basic formula that is followed by every one of the best movie streaming sites that you will find on my list, and that is a combination of the following qualities: a user-friendly site design and interface, hundreds of the best movies and series, HD streaming, and fair subscription fees. At the end of the day, it is really quite simple.

What stands out most, though, about Video Land is the number of top shows and movies that are available. Few streamers (Netflix included) can rival Video Land’s selection. Although it varies occasionally, generally speaking, you could subscribe to Video Land any month of any year and find hundreds upon hundreds of binge worthy shows and critically acclaimed popular movies.

Not only does Video Land have plenty of international shows and movies to choose from, but you will also have 700+ movies and series that are straight from Dutch soil. Let’s see Netflix do that! All things considered it would not be difficult to argue that Video Land is the best movie streaming site in the Netherlands – quite possibly one of the best movie streaming sites in the whole world.

It’s not like Video Land came out of nowhere either. They have been in the movie business for nearly 4 decades now. Their OTT streaming service is merely the most recent step towards pivoting to a more modern business model. Let’s take a look at where Video Land came from before we dive in and figure out whether it is, indeed, the best movie streaming site in the Netherlands.

History

Nico Broerson and Gerard Van Stijn opened the first Video Land video rental store in 1984. The multinational conglomerate Philips took over as the official owner of Video Land between the years of 1992 and 1996. Weird to think of a corporation as being the owner of a company, but, hey, corporations are considered individuals in the eyes of the law. At any rate, Philips proved to be a pretty competent leader because in 2004, Video Land opened its 200th store.

As Blockbuster learned the hard way in the United States, streaming services threatened to put an end to the entire video rental store industry (at least the brick & mortar model) by the end of the first decade of the 21st century. Video Land was not immune to this pressure either. In fact, it got so bad that their parent company, Entertainment Retail Group, filed for bankruptcy in 2010. Moving Pictures Holding went on to purchase the Video Land business model and franchise, which is when the pivot to streaming began for the brand.

Video Land’s on demand streaming service has been available since 2010. It was promising, too, from the get-go. So much so that RTL Nederland acquired 65% stake in the company in 2013. Since 2015, RTL Nederland has been the full owners of Video Land, and they have abandoned the brick & mortar model entirely. Not a single Video Land location remains open today.

In addition to licensing popular Dutch and international movies and TV shows, Video Land has also been producing their own original content, too, since 2015. Today, some of the best Dutch movies and TV series owe their success to Video Land’s penchant for quality. Video Land may no longer exist in the physical world, but it is on top of the world in the digital space.

Design

As you might expect from one of the best movie streaming sites on the market today, Video Land offers an incredibly intuitive, sharp-looking, and dynamic interface. The site will be second nature to anybody who has used Netflix or Hulu before, as it doesn’t stray too far from that tried-and-true layout and structure.

You will be greeted, as is typical of these kinds of sites, by an extra-large banner which alternates featured or promoted series and movie posters. If you’d rather browse, though, you can do so by accessing a menu of genres just below the banner. Filter the hundreds upon hundreds of titles available on Video Land with a single click. Choose from action, animation, documentary, fantasy, horror, family, etc.

Keep scrolling down, however, and you can browse a descending list of menu rows, separated by content type. You know the drill, I’m sure: watch again, popular, trending, etc. One way in which Video Land differentiates itself from the standard Netflix design is its inclusion of a dashboard along the right-hand side of the page. Here, you can browse content more generally – by content type (series, movies, kids, etc.) – as well as access your downloads, search bar, and account/settings.

Every aspect of this movie streaming site is easy to use, sleek, modern, dynamic, and convenient. If you want to be considered the best movie streaming site in the Netherlands, this is exactly what your site should look like.

Content and Features

As I mentioned earlier, in Video Land, content is king. Video Land, however, doesn’t ask its members to sacrifice quality for quantity … or vice versa. With this movie streaming site, not only do you get hundreds of movies and TV series, but you get some of the biggest hits, most critically acclaimed films and series, and a great blend of international and Dutch titles.

How many Dutch movies and shows can you expect to enjoy on Video Land, exactly? Well, as of the time of this review, the number stands at 728. With new movies and series being added to the platform on a regular basis, though, this number is expected to increase. Of these 700+ Dutch movies and series, users will find plenty of their favorite movies and shows, as well as a great selection of Video Land originals.

Video Land offers almost as many international films and series, too. There are 697 international movies to enjoy on Video Land. Many of these movies and series are in-demand American and British vehicles that won’t be found on most other Dutch movie streaming sites.  Add to this, 281 international TV series – including hits like Grey’s Anatomy, Fargo, and The Handmaid’s Tale – and you have a streaming library worthy of being called the best movie streaming site in the Netherlands.

Some additional features that are noteworthy: Video Land allows members to stream on up to 4 screens at the same time (whereas many movie streaming sites tend to cap you at 2) and you can download titles and stream offline. Video Land is easily one of the best deals in the world of streaming subscriptions.

Mobile and Desktop Experience

If you are a mobile streamer, yourself, well, I have some good news and some potentially bad news. The good news is that Android users will have no issue taking advantage of the gorgeous and intuitive app that is available on the Google Play Store. As for iOS users, I was unable to find a Video Land app on the Apple App Store. Hopefully this is something that gets addressed ASAP.

There is a fair amount of cross-platform compatibility with Video Land, though, as far as TV and console accessibility is concerned. Video Land can be viewed via Chrome Cast, Apple TV, Ziggo Box, and PlayStation. Perhaps the movie streaming site’s one fatal flaw is its relatively short list of compatible devices.

Pricings and Plans

One of my favorite aspects of Video Land is the fact that the service offers 3 subscription tiers … and they are all ad-free! Choose between the Base, Plus, and Premium memberships. Prices and perks are as follows:

Base (€ 4.99/month): 1 screen at a time, no downloading, not available on all devices

Plus (€ 7.99/month): 2 screens, downloading, works on all compatible devices

Premium (€ 9.99/month): 4 screens, downloads, all devices

No matter which package you decide is right for you, Video Land is an affordable movie streaming site that packs a ton of value into your monthly payment. Oh, and did I mention that each option comes with a 14-day free trial?

Likes & Hates:
Hundreds of movies and series
Great blend of high-quality Dutch, international, and original content
User-friendly interface
3 price points offered (all ad-free)
Limited scope of compatible devices