Learn more about RTL 4
It originally launched on the Astra satellite as RTL Veronique on October 2, 1989, before rebranding as RTL 4 (after 1, 2 and 3 were already used by the Netherlands' public broadcasters) the next year. It was the first private commercial broadcaster in the Netherlands, and originally broadcast from Luxembourg (private broadcasters were not allowed to originate from the Netherlands until 1992). The encryption system employed by both RTL 4 and 5 analogue services whilst on the Astra 1a and 1C satellites was Luxcrypt. This standard was employed (mainly on the English language programmes carried with Dutch subtitles) in order to protect the distribution rights sold by foreign studios to RTL.12 August 2005. New plans were introduced in order to broadcast more Dutch drama, RTL news programmes and entertainment shows using international formats. Hits on RTL 4 include Het Zes Uur Nieuws, Editie NL, RTL Boulevard and the detective series Baantjer and Grijpstra & de Gier. Idols (Pop Idol in the UK or American Idol in the USA) is also very popular. RTL 4 plans to become a family favourite on Saturday night with Idols and Dancing with the Stars. This a ballroom dancing show which is successful in the UK (where it began and is called Strictly Come Dancing) and the USA.
 External links
- Official Site
- Video of idents from the early years from TV Ark, including one of the present logo (broken lincde:RTL 4