RTL 5

Summary

RTL 5 is a Dutch free-to-cable television channel that was launched on 2 October 1993. It mainly broadcasts American films and hit series but also reality shows, comedy, travel, international shows and local productions including Expeditie Robinson, Holland's Next Top Model & Benelux' Next Top Model, Dutch versions of America's Next Top Model, Dutch version of Project Catwalk, So You Think You Can Dance and a Dutch version of ITV's Take Me Out.[1]

RTL 5
RTL 5 logo
CountryNetherlands
Luxembourg
Broadcast areaNetherlands
Luxembourg
HeadquartersHilversum, Netherlands
Programming
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerRTL Group
ParentRTL Nederland (2004–present)
Holland Media Groep (1996–2004)
RTL 4 S.A. (1993–1996)
Sister channelsRTL 4
RTL 7
RTL 8
RTL Z
RTL Lounge
RTL Crime
RTL Telekids
History
Launched2 October 1993; 28 years ago (1993-10-02)
Former namesRTL V (1993–1994)
RTL 5 Nieuws & Weer (1997–1998)
Links
Websitewww.rtl5.nl
Availability
Terrestrial
DigitenneChannel 5 (HD)
DTT (Luxembourg)498 MHz (SD)
Streaming media
Ziggo GOZiggoGO.tv (Europe only)
KPN iTV OnlineWatch live (Europe only)

Officially RTL 5 - along with RTL 4, RTL 7 and RTL 8 - is headquartered in Hilversum, broadcasting with a Luxembourg TV license. This allows them to avoid more severe control by the Dutch media authorities as Luxembourg's television watchdog is less strict.

HistoryEdit

 
RTL 5's eighth from 2004 to 2005
 
RTL 5's ninth logo from 2005 to 2012
 
RTL5 logo from 2012 to 2017

RTL 5 started as RTL V via the Astra 1C satellite on 2 October 1993. The programming mainly consists of shows about cars and programmes for men.[2] In 1994 it changed the Roman number V into 5.[3] In 1995 Veronica joined RTL 4 S.A., starting a joint venture called HMG (Holland Media Groep), and with three major channels RTL could disrupt the television market in the Netherlands. Therefore, under pressure of the European Commission the channel was rebranded as RTL 5 Nieuws & Weer (in English: RTL 5 News & Weather) between 1997 and 1998.[4] RTL 5 became a thematic news channel. In 2001 the European Commission reversed the restrictions for RTL 5 because competitive channels had been launched in the Netherlands. In 2001 a Business and Financial News block called RTL Z started on RTL 5 during daytime.[5] RTL Z moved from RTL 5 to RTL 7 on 12 August 2005. Since 2005 RTL 5 has become a 24-hours channel.[6]

Series and shows currently shownEdit

Series and shows previously shown or on hiatusEdit

TeletextEdit

RTL 5 offered a teletext service which stopped on 1 April 2017. The pages 888/889 are still available for subtitles.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "RTL 5, Jong, Brutaal en Eigenzinnig". RTL Nederland. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  2. ^ "RTL 5". frankhallie.nl. Archived from the original on December 4, 2007. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  3. ^ "RTL5-televisievormgeving". Beeldengeluidwiki.nl. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  4. ^ "RTL5-televisievormgeving". Beeldengeluidwiki.nl. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  5. ^ "RTL 5". frankhallie.nl. Archived from the original on December 4, 2007. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  6. ^ "RTL Z verhuist naar nieuwe zender RTL 7". June 28, 2005.
  7. ^ "RTL".

External linksEdit

  • Official website