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Dutch Television

The Netherlands currently has 3 public channels (public broadcasting) which are named ‘Nederland 1,’ ‘Nederland 2’ and ‘Nederland 3’. The public channels in The Netherlands are quango (quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation). Most shows and series are spoken in Dutch on these channels, with an occasional English or other foreign language spoken series or movie.

Old Television

There are seven commercial channels available RTL 4, RTL 5, RTL 7, RTL 8, Veronica, SBS 6 and NET 5. All of these are normally available to everyone and in every hotel. These commercial channels have besides news and shows presented in Dutch a lot of English spoken series and movies every day. Which should make it easy to understand for foreigners on holiday. In The Netherlands we do not dub our movies (dubbing: Speak over them in our own language) but we leave the original voices in tact and subtitle them. This is probably also one of the reasons why the Dutch speak English pretty well. In countries like Italy and France for example, you will notice that English is not well spoken, these countries dub their movies and series which causes them to hear the language less then the Dutch do.

Besides the channels already mentioned we also have some foreign channels available. Belgian, UK and German public channels for example. But to give you an overview I have below listed the channels that are in the basic package of my provider:

Nederland 1
Nederland 2
Nederland 3
RTL 4
RTL 5
SBS 6
RTL 7
NET 5
Veronica / Disney XD
RTL 8
Videotheek TV
MTV
Comedy Central / Kindernet
Nickelodeon / TeenNick
Discovery Channel
National Geographic
TLC
KPN Extra TV
24Kitchen
Investigation Discovery
Cartoon Network
Zender van de Maand
Één
Canvas
Ketnet
BBC 1
BBC 2
Eurosport
Humor TV 24
NOS Journaal 24
13th Street
CNN
EuroNews
BBC World
BBC Entertainment
Al Jazeera
Das Erste (ARD)
ZDF
RTL Television
Mediaset
WDR
ARTE
TV5
Xite
2M
Euro Star
Zing
RTV7
Antena 3
Omrop Fryslân
RTV Drenthe
TV Oost
TV Flevoland
TV Gelderland
Omroep Brabant
L1 TV
RTV Noord-Holland
AT5
TV Noord
Regio TV Utrecht
TV West
TV Rijnmond
Omroep Zeeland
Meiden van Holland Soft

HD CHANNELS
Nederland 1 HD
Nederland 2 HD
Nederland 3 HD
RTL 4 HD
RTL 5 HD
SBS 6 HD
RTL 7 HD
Net 5 HD
Veronica HD
RTL 8 HD
Discovery Channel HD