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RTL 5 logo
Launched 2 October 1993; 25 years ago (1993-10-02)
Network RTL Nederland (2004-present)
Holland Media Groep (1996-2004)
RTL 4 S.A. (1990-1996)
Owned by RTL Group
Picture format 1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Audience share 2.1% (2017, SKO)
Slogan "Dit is jouw RTL 5" (This is your RTL 5)
Country Luxembourg
Broadcast area Netherlands
Headquarters Hilversum, Netherlands
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Formerly called RTL V (1993-1994)
RTL 5 Nieuws & Weer (1997-1998)
Sister channel(s) RTL 4
RTL Lounge
RTL Crime
RTL Telekids
Website www.rtl5.nl
Digitenne Channel 5 (SD)
DVB-T (FTA) (Luxembourg) 498 MHz (SD)
CanalDigitaal Channel 5 (HD)
Ziggo Channel 5 (HD)
Channel 929 (SD)
CAIW Channel 5
Kabel Noord Channel 5
KPN Channel 5
Tele2 Channel 5
T-Mobile (Netherlands) Channel 5
Streaming media
Ziggo GO ZiggoGO.tv (Netherlands only)

RTL 5 is the second channel of the RTL Group in the Netherlands and began transmission on 2 October 1993. The channel 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]

Officially RTL 5 - along with RTL 4, RTL 7 and RTL 8 - is headquartered in Luxembourg, 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.


logo from 2012-2017

RTL 5 started as RTL V via the Astra 1C satellite on 2 October 2, 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]



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


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

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