An old FilmNet logo
Launched29 March 1985; 37 years ago (1985-03-29)
Closed1 August 1997; 24 years ago (1997-08-01) (Scandinavia, Netherlands, Flanders, Poland)
1 June 2008; 13 years ago (2008-06-01) (Greece)
Replaced byCanal+ (Scandinavia, Netherlands, Flanders, Poland)
Nova Cinema (Greece)

FilmNet was the name used for several premium television channels in Europe during the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. It was launched on 9 March 1985, broadcasting with a focus on Scandinavia, the Netherlands and the northern part of Belgium (Flanders). Filmnet channels were later launched in Poland and Greece.


Filmnet was founded by the Swedish company Esselte Video and Dutch film producer Rob Houwer. They formed a partnership with ATN, a joint venture of the Dutch magazine publisher VNU and the European film distribution company United International Pictures and the channel was launched across Scandinavia and the Benelux countries on 29 March 1985. Filmnet transmitted from the ECS-1 satellite, the same one used by cable operators. Filmnet failed to make a profit and was sold to NetHold, a joint venture of the South African MultiChoice company and Richemont, in 1996.[1] The channels were sold to the French Groupe Canal+ on 1 August 1997.[2][3] The deal didn't include the Greek channels, who continued using the FilmNet name until 2008. Although the brand no longer exists, most of its subsidiaries in the different countries live on in some way:


Filmnet was mainly broadcasting films and series. It was, also, broadcasting gossip news from E!. In the 90's Filmnet started broadcasting football, and other sport events in countries such as Belgium and the Netherlands.


Main article: K-T.V.

K-T.V. was a programming block on Filmnet, featuring various cartoons and original shows with kids as the presentations.

See also


  1. ^ Gillies, Midge (1996-09-03). "Netherlands' NetHold Emerging as Global Player in Pay TV". Los Angeles Times. London. Retrieved 2021-01-15.
  2. ^ Chalaby, Jean K. (2009). Transnational Television in Europe: Reconfiguring Global Communications Networks. I.B.Tauris. pp. 15–16. ISBN 9780857717474.
  3. ^ "Film1/Sport1: Dit Was Canal+ ...In Nederland!". (in Dutch). 1 February 2006. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  4. ^ Fransen gaan Nederlanders vermaken, Trouw, Dorien Pels, 26 July 1997
  5. ^ Canal+ wordt Sport1 en Film1
  6. ^ Sport1 heet vanaf 12 November Ziggo Sport Totaal
  7. ^ SONY PICTURES TELEVISION CLOSES FILM1 DEAL, Retrieved on July 26, 2015
  8. ^ Richardson, Rick (1997-02-24). "Nethold to fold FilmNet in Poland". Warsaw. Archived from the original on 2019-12-27. Retrieved 2019-12-27.
  9. ^ "NOVA". Archived from the original on December 10, 2001.