Launched 18 August 2007 (2007-08-18)
Network RTL Nederland
Owned by RTL Group
Picture format 576i (SDTV) 16:9
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share 2.1% (2016, [1])
Slogan "Waar vrouwen van houden" (Which women love)
Country Luxembourg
Broadcast area Netherlands
Headquarters Hilversum, Netherlands
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Replaced Talpa (2005-2006)
Tien (2006-2007)
Sister channel(s) RTL 4
RTL Lounge
RTL Crime
RTL Telekids
Website www.rtl8.nl
Digitenne Channel 10 (SD)
DVB-T (FTA) (Luxembourg) 191.5 MHz (SD)
CanalDigitaal Channel 10 (HD)
Ziggo Channel 10 (HD)
Channel 934 (SD)
CAIW Channel 10
Kabel Noord Channel 10
KPN Channel 10
Tele2 Channel 10
T-Mobile (Netherlands) Channel 10
Streaming media
Ziggo GO ZiggoGO.tv (Netherlands only)

RTL 8 is the fourth channel of the RTL Group in the Netherlands and began transmission on 18 August 2007 when it replaced Tien, previously known as Talpa. RTL 8's main target is the female audience. It broadcasts Soap operas, talk shows, films and reruns of programmes from its sister RTL channels. In the mornings and late afternoons children's channel RTL Telekids is broadcasting on RTL 8. Officially RTL 8, along with all other Dutch RTL channels, is a Luxembourg television station with a Luxembourg television license. Therefore, the channel is also headquartered in Luxembourg. By doing this RTL can avoid more severe control by the Dutch media authorities, as Luxembourg does not have a strict authority that regulates its broadcasters.[2]


The channel started as Talpa, later rebranded as Tien, which was launched by media tycoon John de Mol in August 2005. In 2007 John de Mol's Talpa Media assets were amalgamated with RTL Nederland. In exchange, John de Mol obtained a 26.3% share in RTL Nederland.[3]

RTL Nederland revealed that Tien would be rebranded as RTL 8. Fons van Westerloo, director of RTL Nederland explained that the name of the new RTL channel was chosen as not to conflict with the second largest Dutch commercial television channel, SBS 6.[4] RTL 7 got a makeover as well. RTL 8 got The Oprah Winfrey Show, As the World Turns, and the popular Dutch program Gooische Vrouwen. Furthermore, RTL 8 is going to repeat the popular programmes of the other RTL-channels, previously done by RTL 7.[5]

On 18 August 2007 Tien ceased to exist and was taken over by RTL 8.[6]

On 15 October 2009 RTL Nederland started simulcasting their RTL 7 and RTL 8 channels in 1080i high-definition.[7]



RTL 8 offered a teletext service which stopped on 1 April 2017. The pages 888/889 are still available for subtitles. [8]



  1. "Jaarrapport 2016" (PDF). Stichting Kijk Onderzoek.
  2. "RTL 8, Dé zender voor de Nederlandse vrouw". RTL Nederland. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
  3. "Opvolger Tien gaat RTL 8 heten" (in Dutch). NU.nl. 2007-06-30. Retrieved 2007-06-30.
  4. JvB (June 30, 2007). "Nieuwe RTL-zender gaat RTL8 heten". Totaal TV.
  5. "RTL 7 mannenzender, RTL 8 herhaalkanaal" (in Dutch). zappen.blog.nl. 2007-11-30. Retrieved 2007-11-30.
  6. Jarco Kriek (August 14, 2007). "Na goedkeuring NMa: feest maakt einde aan TIEN". Totaal TV.
  7. "RTL 7 en RTL 8 vanaf 15 oktober te ontvangen in HD". RTL Nederland. October 10, 2009.
  8. "RTL".
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