RTL 4 stands for Radio Télévision Luxembourg 4. It is a pay to watch television channel with segments or parts that are Dutch free-to-air to watch. It is the most-watched commercial station in The Netherlands in Europe. It is popular especially for those aged between 20 and 49. RTL 4 is a general entertainment channel with infotainment, television drama, talk shows, game shows, news and talent shows.
RTL4 is a subsidiary of RTL Group
This channel was originally launched on the Astra 1A satellite as RTL Véronique on the 2nd of October 1989. It is all owned by RTL Nederland, which is a subsidiary of RTL Group that own’s the German RTL channels too.
Back in the days, RTL4 was the only one. But today the station has three sister TV channels: RTL 5, RTL 7 and RTL 8, and four thematic TV channels: RTL Z, RTL Lounge, RTL Crime, and RTL Telekids.
Officially RTL 4 – along with RTL 5, RTL 7 and RTL 8 – is headquartered in Hilversum, broadcasting under a Luxembourg TV license. This allows them to avoid more strict control by the Dutch media authorities as Luxembourg’s television watchdog is less strict. Despite being intended for Dutch audiences, RTL 4 is encrypted on the Dutch DVB-T Digitenne platform but free-to-air in Luxembourg.
Free to Air segments for Satellite Television viewers
My experience with RTL4 goes back to 1990 when I saw this tv channel for the first time. It was an interesting channel that had some programs decrypted while others needed a decoder that I didn’t have. Especially in the mornings when they mixed news and kids programs. Then their news was broadcasted for free, while Yoggi Bear was decrypted.
RTL4 managed to gain marked and popularity by doing this. They did so to get higher income tricking the Dutch people. Private broadcasters were not allowed in the Netherlands until 1992. So, RTL4 broadcasted from Luxembourg.
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 in order to protect the distribution rights sold by foreign studios to RTL.
Be sure to see more RTL 4 Clips soon! This article is related to the idents between 1990 and 1999.