Net5 is a Dutch commercial TV channel and is part of Talpa TV, formerly a part of SBS Broadcasting B.V. and now owned by Talpa Network. Other channels of the group in the Netherlands are SBS6, Veronica and SBS9. It is aimed at high-educated female viewers. The station broadcasts various series, reality shows and films.[1]

Launched1 March 1999 (1999-03-01)
NetworkTalpa TV
Owned byTalpa Network
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Audience share3.3% (2018, SKO)
Broadcast areaNetherlands
HeadquartersAmsterdam, Netherlands
Sister channel(s)SBS6
DigitenneChannel 8 (HD)
Canal DigitaalChannel 9 (HD)
JoyneChannel 9 (HD)
ZiggoChannel 9 (HD)
Channel 933 (SD)
CaiwayChannel 9 (HD)
Kabel NoordChannel 8 (HD)
DELTAChannel 9 (HD)
KPNChannel 8 (HD)
Tele2 NetherlandsChannel 9 (HD)
T-Mobile NetherlandsChannel 9 (HD)
Streaming media
Ziggo (Europe only)
KPN iTV OnlineWatch live (Europe only)


Net5 was launched by the SBS Broadcasting Group as their second commercial channel in the Netherlands next to SBS6. The head of SBS was Fons van Westerloo who left the company to work until 31 January 2008 to head the main competitor RTL Nederland (part of the RTL Group). Van Westerloo announced the new broadcast on 4 December 1998. It was supposed to become a commercial version of the Netherlands Public Broadcasting. Net5 was launched on 1 March 1999[2] and the first broadcast was the film Braveheart.

Since there were not that many commercial channels at the time, the Net5 brand was partly chosen to compete directly with the RTL 5 channel. The goal was for viewers to put Net5 on position 5 of their remote control settings instead of the older channel RTL 5. But research showed that more people would place RTL 5 on five, and Net5 on position nine.

From January 2000 to August 2002, Net5 shared its channel with the children's channel Kindernet. Kindernet broadcast from the early morning until 15.00.[3]

The German ProSiebenSat.1 Media took over the parent company, SBS Broadcasting Group, on 27 June 2007.[4] In 2011, all of SBS's activities in the Netherlands (through SBS Broadcasting B.V.), including the three TV stations (SBS6, Net5 and Veronica), the two TV guides (Veronica Magazine and Totaal TV), production, design and text activities were sold to a joint venture between Sanoma Media Netherlands (67%) and Talpa Holding (33%).[5]

On 10 April 2017 Talpa Holding acquired a 67% stake from Sanoma Media Netherlands.[6]


Domestic series and reality shows

  • Achter Gesloten Deuren
  • Alleen nog een man
  • Astro TV
  • Beschuldigd
  • Born2Cook
  • De Co-assistent
  • De Spaanse droom
  • Erik zoekt een huis
  • Erik & Sacha in Afrika
  • Evelien
  • Hart tegen Hard
  • Het Blok
  • In het spoor van Peking Express
  • Junior Masterchef Nederland
  • Masterchef Nederland
  • Medisch Centrum
  • Model in 1 dag
  • Moordvrouwen
  • Next Hair Guru
  • Passion for Fashion
  • Peking Express
  • S1NGLE
  • SamenWonen
  • Secret Story 2011
  • Terra Incognita
  • Tussen de Oren
  • Vakantieliefdes
  • Verborgen Gebreken

Current imported series and reality shows

Imported series and reality shows which are previously programmed or on hiatus


  1. "Zenders". SBS Broadcasting. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  2. Lange, Yasha (26 January 1999). "Publieke omroep niet bang voor commercieel Net 5". NRC Handelsblad. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  3. "Wat is er gebeurd met Kindernet ?". Jeugdnostalgie. Archived from the original on 17 April 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  4. Donald Koeleman (27 June 2007). "ProSiebenSat.1 acquires SBS". Broadband TV News.
  5. Peter van der Ploeg (20 April 2011). "Sanoma en Talpa nemen SBS over". NRC Handelsblad.
  6. "Het is nu officieel: Sanoma verkoopt SBS aan Talpa" (in Dutch). NOS. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
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