RTL 5 is the second channel of the RTL Group in the Netherlands. 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. In 1994 it changed the Roman number V into 5. In 1995 Veronica joined RTL 4 S.A., starting a joint venture called HMG 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 between 1997 and 1998. 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. RTL Z moved from RTL 5 to RTL 7 on 12 August 2005. Since 2005 RTL 5 has become a 24-hours channel.
RTL 5 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.
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.
Some programs on RTL 5 : Aliens in America; America’s Next Top Model; Angel; Bad Girls Club; Balls of Steel; Benelux’ Next Top Model; Breaking Bad; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Burn Notice; Cashmere Mafia; Chuck; CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Miami; Dating In The Dark; Degrassi: The Next Generation; Dollhouse; Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23; Drop Dead Diva; Everybody Loves Raymond; Expeditie Robinson; Glee; Gossip Girl; Greek; Grimm; heute-show; Holland’s Next Top Model
How I Met Your Mother; Huge; Human Target; In Plain Sight; Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency; Kyle XY; Ladette to Lady; Leverage; Lie to Me; Life Unexpected; Lipstick Jungle; Make It Or Break It; MasterChef; MasterChef Australia; Melissa & Joey; Mercy; Millionaire Matchmaker; Modern Family; My Name Is Earl; Past Life; Pretty Little Liars; Project Catwalk; Raising Hope; Robson Arms
New frequency of RTL 5 and RTL 5 HD
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