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Rtl 8

Launched 18 August 2007
Network RTL Nederland
Owned by RTL Group
Picture format 576i 16:9 SDTV (PAL)
1080i HDTV
Audience share 1.9% (2014, [1])
Slogan "Waar vrouwen van houden" (Which women love)
Country Luxembourg
Broadcast area Netherlands
Headquarters Hilversum, Netherlands
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Replaced Talpa (2005-2006)
Tien (2006-2007)
Sister channel(s) RTL 4
RTL Lounge
RTL Crime
RTL Telekids
Digitenne Channel 10 (SD)
DVB-T (FTA) (Luxembourg) 191.5 MHz (SD)
CanalDigitaal Channel 10 (HD, between 06:00 and 24:00 hours)
Channel 290 (SD, 24-hours)
Ziggo Channel 10 (SD/HD)
CAIW Channel 10
Kabel Noord Channel 10
KPN Channel 10
Tele2 Channel 10
Streaming media
Horizon Go Watch live (Netherlands only)

RTL 8 is the fourth channel of the RTL Group in the Netherlands and began transmission on 18 August 2007 when it replaced Tien, previously known as Talpa. RTL 8's main target is the female audience. It broadcasts Soap operas, talk shows, films and reruns of programmes from its sister RTL channels. In the mornings and late afternoons children's channel RTL Telekids is broadcasting on RTL 8. Officially RTL 8, along with all other Dutch RTL channels, is a Luxembourg television station with a Luxembourg television license. Therefore, the channel is also headquartered in Luxembourg. By doing this RTL can avoid more severe control by the Dutch media authorities, as Luxembourg does not have a strict authority that regulates its broadcasters.[2]


The channel started as Talpa, later rebranded as Tien, which was launched by media tycoon John de Mol in August 2005. In 2007 John de Mol's Talpa Media assets were amalgamated with RTL Nederland. In exchange, John de Mol obtained a 26.3% share in RTL Nederland.[3]

RTL Nederland revealed that Tien would be rebranded as RTL 8. Fons van Westerloo, director of RTL Nederland explained that the name of the new RTL channel was chosen as not to conflict with the second largest Dutch commercial television channel, SBS 6.[4] RTL 7 got a makeover as well. RTL 8 got The Oprah Winfrey Show, As the World Turns, and the popular Dutch program Gooische Vrouwen. Furthermore, RTL 8 is going to repeat the popular programmes of the other RTL-channels, previously done by RTL 7.[5]

On 18 August 2007 Tien ceased to exist and was taken over by RTL 8.[6]

On 15 October 2009 RTL Nederland started simulcasting their RTL 7 and RTL 8 channels in 1080i high-definition.[7]



Logos of RTL 8
2012 to present 


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External links

  • (Dutch) RTL 8
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