|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
|Owner||Paramount Networks EMEAA|
Comedy Central Extra
|Launched||1 October 2015|
|Ziggo GO||ZiggoGO.tv (Europe only)|
Spike is a Dutch free-to-air television channel in the Netherlands, based on the American rebranded Paramount Network. It was the third Spike channel next to the US and UK version of the channel. The television channel aims at an audience of mainly men. The channel launched on 1 October 2015. Initially it only broadcast daily between 21:00 and 2:30, time-sharing with Nickelodeon. As of 12 December 2016 the channel is broadcasting 24 hours a day in the Netherlands. Until 6 January 2021, the channel was also available in Flanders.
On 18 August 2015, Viacom announced that Spike would launch in the Netherlands and Flanders on 1 October 2015. It started broadcasting at night and broadcasts from 21:00 to 2:30 on Nickelodeon, replacing TeenNick in its time slot. This brings the American Spike channel for the first time in the Netherlands and Belgium.
On 12 December 2016 Spike launched as a 24-hours channel on Ziggo in the Netherlands, followed by KPN, Telfort, XS4ALL, Caiway and T-Mobile Thuis 3 months later. Nickelodeon became a 24-hours channel again. On some platforms in the Netherlands, and in Flanders Spike keeps on time-sharing daily between 21:05 and 5:00 with Nickelodeon, which is 2.5 hours longer than before 12 December 2016.
On 18 January 2018, the American channel Spike was rebranded as Paramount Network by Viacom Media Networks to closely associate with the Paramount Pictures movie studio. Later followed by 5Spike in the UK. The Dutch channel will be renamed by Paramount Network on 24 May 2022.
In December 2020 it was announced that Spike will stop broadcasting in Flanders on 6 January 2021. Since that day, Nickelodeon is broadcasting 24 hours a day in Flanders.