BBC First
BBC First 2022.svg
Logo used since 2022
Broadcast areaNetherlands
NetworkBBC Benelux
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerBBC Studios
Sister channelsBBC One
BBC Four
BBC Entertainment
BBC World News
Launched16 May 2015; 7 years ago (2015-05-16)
Streaming media
Ziggo GO (Netherlands) (Europe only)
Yelo TVWatch live (Belgium only)

BBC First is a Dutch pay television channel dedicated to British television drama and crime series. It launched in the Netherlands on 16 May 2015 and in Belgium on 4 June 2015. The channel is distributed by BBC Benelux, a division of BBC Studios. It is the localised version of the internationally available BBC First, with Dutch subtitles, Dutch voice-overs between programmes and during commercial breaks, and localised advertisement. The programming consists not only of BBC productions, but also of productions of, among others, ITV.


BBC First launched in the Netherlands on 16 May 2015, initially exclusively on the KPN IPTV service (Interactieve TV van KPN) on channel 23. The programme mix is specifically for the Netherlands, with more emphasis placed on drama and crime series. All programming is subtitled in Dutch.[1] KPN simultaneously withdrew BBC Three and BBC Four.

The channel launched in Belgium on 4 June 2015.[2][3]

On 1 July 2016 Ziggo added BBC First to its channel line up.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "A First for Europe as BBC Worldwide's premium drama channel debuts in The Netherlands" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  2. ^ "BBC First to Launch in Belgium" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 22 May 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  3. ^ "BBC First to launch in Belgium next month". TBI Europe. 22 May 2015.
  4. ^ Jarco Kriek (1 July 2016). "Ziggo wijzigt zenderaanbod met onder meer BBC First" (in Dutch). Totaal TV. Retrieved 9 December 2017.

Official website (in Dutch)