|Picture format||16:9 576i (SDTV)|
|Owner||Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe|
|Launched||1 March 1988 (original)|
4 April 2011 (revival)
|Replaced||TMF Nederland (1995-2011)|
|Closed||1 September 2003 (original)|
1 November 2013 (revival)
|Replaced by||Comedy Central going 24 hours a day|
|Digitenne||Channel 12 (HD)|
|Ziggo GO||ZiggoGO.tv (Europe only)|
|Canal Digitaal||Watch live (Netherlands only)|
|TV Vlaanderen (Flanders)||Watch live (Belgium only)|
Kindernet (as Nickelodeon Kindernet from 2011 to 2013) was a Dutch television network that aired classic and modern children's television series from the 1980s onward.
Two iterations of the network have been broadcast; the original lasted from 1988 to 2003, while a Nickelodeon-branded revival launched 2011 and ended in 2013.
Kindernet began as an idea by Dennis Livson, a Finnish producer and distributor of animated programmes in the 1970s. He believed that, at the time, children's programmes made for television were too violent for young viewers. He therefore started a network with so called "violence-free" cartoons. Its first logo reflected the childish aesthetic. The network is finally launched through satellite (Intelsat V 27.5 degrees West) and some cable networks on 1 March 1988. It was founded and owned by Livson's production company Telecable Benelux B.V. with financing by British retailer W H Smith and Japanese company Fuji Eight of the Fujisankei Communications Group. Due to most days, commercial television was not allowed by Dutch law, the Dutch network was broadcast via Luxembourg and England, and is considered to be the first commercial television network in the Netherlands.
From 1988 to 2003, Kindernet aired between 7.00 and 10.00 AM, timesharing with other networks such as the Flemish BRT. In 1995, the director of Kindernet launched VTV, which was aimed at female audiences. Both networks timeshared, though VTV was rather unsuccessful. Later, Kindernet would go on to timeshare with Discovery Channel and Net 5 (from 2000 to 2002). The network then went through a rebranding, during which the name was changed to Kindernet 5 (corresponding to Net 5).
By the end of the year 2001, Kindernet was acquired by MTV Networks Europe, and switched from Net 5 to Veronica in September 2002. This takeover was expressed in the new logo for the network, which heavily resembled the 1990s Nickelodeon logo in terms of style and other variations. The last new show to come to Kindernet before this rebrand happened was Thomas & Friends, which had moved from the closed Dutch feed of Cartoon Network. One year later, Kindernet was rebranded as Nickelodeon and ceased broadcast.
On 4 April 2011, Kindernet was relaunched as part of the Nickelodeon family of networks, replacing TMF. It initially aired between 6.00 AM and 3.00 PM, sharing network space with Comedy Central.
On 1 October 2012, Kindernet's airtime was decreased from 9 hours to 3 hours, now airing from 6.00 to 9.00 AM.
Kindernet officially shut down on 1 November 2013, allowing Comedy Central to expand in its place.