Canvas (Belgian TV channel)

Canvas is a Belgian television channel, which forms part of the Flemish public broadcasting organisation Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT). Specialising in both original and adaptations from western Europe and North America, the channel offers: in-depth news and current affairs, non-mainstream entertainment, documentaries, arthouse films, other cultural programming, and most recently additional children's programming.

Launched1 December 1997
Owned byVRT
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Broadcast areaNational, also distributed in:
Formerly calledBRT2 (1977-1991)
BRTN TV2 (1991-1997)
Sister channel(s)
VRT DVB-T (FTA)Channel 2 (SD)
Digitenne (Netherlands)Channel 15 (HD)
TV Vlaanderen Digitaal (Flanders)Channel 2 (HD)
Channel 101 (SD)
TéleSAT Numérique (Wallonia)Channel 601 (SD)
Channel 615 (HD)
Canal Digitaal (Netherlands)Channel 16 (HD)
Joyne (Netherlands)Channel 31
Telenet (Flanders)Channel 4 (SD)
Telenet (HD decoders) (Flanders)
  • Channel 4 (HD)
  • Channel 97 (SD)
Telenet (Brussels)Channel 103 (SD)
Telenet (HD decoders) (Brussels)
  • Channel 103 (HD)
  • Channel 197 (SD)
TelenetChannel number varies
Ziggo (Netherlands)Channel 52 (HD)
Channel 949 (SD)
Caiway (Netherlands)Channel 30 (HD)
DELTA (Netherlands)Channel 28 (HD)
Kabel Noord (Netherlands)Channel 101 (HD)
Belgacom TV
  • Channel 2/51/221 (SD)
  • Channel 31 (HD)
KPN (Netherlands)Channel 30 (HD)
SNOW (Belgium)Channel TBA
T-Mobile (Netherlands)Channel 22 (HD)
Tele2 (Netherlands)Channel 17 (HD)
Streaming media
Ziggo GO (Netherlands) (Europe only)
Belgacom TV OveralWatch live (HD, Belgium only)

The channel, launched in December 1997, is part of VRT's second network (VRT 2), which also carries occasional sports programming under the Sporza branding. The current network controller of VRT 2 is Bart De Poot. Until 2012, Canvas used to share with the children's channel Ketnet between 7 am and 8 pm; Ketnet has thus moved to its own channel and Canvas became a standalone channel.

Prior to the launch of OP12, Canvas broadcast from 8pm until around midnight to 1 am each evening. Since October 27, 2018, Ketnet Junior began airing on this channel every afternoon between 2 and 7 pm (Sunday until 6 pm), along with morning broadcasts on Ketnet. This marked the return of children's programming that was originally on the second VRT channel after a six-year absence. Now Canvas begins its broadcasts between 2 pm and ends between 11:45 pm or 12:30 am, seven days a week.





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