RTL 5 is a Dutch free-to-air 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]

Launched2 October 1993 (1993-10-02)
NetworkRTL Nederland (2004-present)
Holland Media Groep (1996-2004)
RTL 4 S.A. (1990-1996)
Owned byRTL Group
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Audience share2.0% (2018, SKO)
Slogan"Dit is jouw RTL 5" (This is your RTL 5)
Broadcast areaNetherlands
HeadquartersHilversum, Netherlands
Formerly calledRTL V (1993-1994)
RTL 5 Nieuws & Weer (1997-1998)
Sister channel(s)RTL 4
RTL Lounge
RTL Crime
RTL Telekids
DigitenneChannel 5 (HD)
DTT (Luxembourg)498 MHz (SD)
Canal DigitaalChannel 5 (HD)
JoyneChannel 5 (HD)
ZiggoChannel 5 (HD)
Channel 929 (SD)
CaiwayChannel 5 (HD)
DELTAChannel 5 (HD)
Kabel NoordChannel 5 (HD)
KPNChannel 5 (HD)
Tele2 NetherlandsChannel 5 (HD)
T-Mobile NetherlandsChannel 5 (HD)
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.


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]



Imported series and shows currently shown

Imported series and shows previously shown

Children's shows previously shown


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 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".
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