Broadcast areaNetherlands
NetworkNickelodeon (revival)
Picture format16:9 576i (SDTV)
OwnerViacom International Media Networks Northern Europe
Launched1 March 1988; 35 years ago (1988-03-01) (original)
4 April 2011; 12 years ago (2011-04-04) (revival)
ReplacedTMF Nederland (1995-2011)
Closed1 September 2003; 20 years ago (2003-09-01) (original)
1 November 2013; 10 years ago (2013-11-01) (revival)
Replaced byComedy Central going 24 hours a day
Links (archived)
DigitenneChannel 12 (HD)
Streaming media
Ziggo (Europe only)
Canal DigitaalWatch 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 return that launched in 2011 and ended in 2013 for two years.


Original (1988–2003)

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. Because of 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.[1]

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).[2] 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.[3][4] This takeover was expressed in the new logo for the network, which heavily resembled the pre-2009 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.[5]

Return (2011–13)

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.[6]

On 1 October 2012, Kindernet's airtime was decreased from 9 hours to 3 hours, now airing from 6.00 to 9.00 AM.[7]

Kindernet officially shut down on 1 November 2013, allowing Comedy Central to expand in its place.[8]


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Relaunch era

See also


  1. ^ "KinderNet". Beeld en Geluid wiki. Archived from the original on 9 October 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Wat is er gebeurd met Kindernet ?". Jeugdnostalgie. Archived from the original on 17 April 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  3. ^ "MTV neemt Kindernet over". 17 October 2001. Archived from the original on 19 December 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Kindernet/Veronica vanaf 1 september landelijk te ontvangen via de satellietschotel". 25 July 2002. Archived from the original on 3 December 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Samenwerking Nickelodeon (Kindernet) en Veronica stopt per 1 september 2003". 6 May 2003. Archived from the original on 4 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Kindernet keert terug op tv met Maja de Bij". Het Parool. 8 March 2011. Archived from the original on 7 October 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  7. ^ Jarco Kriek (16 August 2012). "Kindernet moet zendtijd aan Comedy Central inleveren". Totaal TV. Archived from the original on 6 October 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  8. ^ Jarco Kriek (2 October 2013). "Comedy Central 24 uur per dag". Totaal TV. Archived from the original on 6 October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Show". Kindernet NL. Archived from the original on 2012-05-05. Retrieved 2024-01-18.