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Broadcast areaNetherlands
HeadquartersAmsterdam, Netherlands
Picture format1080p60 HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerTalpa Network
ParentTalpa TV
Sister channelsNet5
Viaplay TV
Launched28 August 1995; 28 years ago (1995-08-28)
DigitenneChannel 6 (HD)
Streaming media
Ziggo (Europe only)
KPN iTV OnlineWatch live (Europe only)

SBS6 is a Dutch free-to-cable commercial TV channel and is a part of Talpa TV, formerly known as SBS Broadcasting B.V. and now owned by Talpa Network. Other channels of the group in the Netherlands are Net5, Veronica, and Viaplay TV.


SBS stands for Scandinavian Broadcasting System. When the SBS Broadcasting Group started expanding outside of Scandinavia in 1995, one of the first countries where they set up a channel was the Netherlands with SBS6. SBS6 was the third Dutch commercial TV station after RTL 4 and RTL 5, which were launched in 1989 and 1993 respectively. SBS6 launched on 28 August 1995.[1]

When SBS6 was launched, they were in a tough competition with the channel Veronica, which started as a commercial station at the same time. Both SBS6 and Veronica wanted to be on channel 6 of the viewer's television. The channel was initially nicknamed as a "people's channel" or a "camping channel", but over time had become a broader channel, achieving the third place in the Dutch television market, behind NPO 1 and RTL 4, with a market share of 10%.[2]

The SBS Broadcasting Group expanded their Dutch channel lineup with Net5 on 1 March 1999.[3] In 2003, Veronica was added to the lineup.[4]

The German ProSiebenSat.1 Media took over the parent company, SBS Broadcasting Group, on 27 June 2007.[5] In 2011, all of SBS's activities in the Netherlands (through SBS Broadcasting B.V.), including the three TV stations (SBS6, Net5, and Veronica), the two TV guides (Veronica Magazine and Totaal TV), production, design, and teletext activities were sold to a joint venture between Sanoma Media Netherlands (67%) and Talpa Holding (33%).[6]

On 10 April 2017, Talpa Holding acquired a 67% stake from Sanoma Media Netherlands.[7]






  1. ^ Westerhof, Jan (26 June 1995). "SBS 6 wil sensatie èn dicht-bij-huis 'Je moet dicht bij jezelf en de kijker blijven'". de Volkskrant. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  2. ^ "SBS6 van volkszender tot familiestation".
  3. ^ Lange, Yasha (26 January 1999). "Publieke omroep niet bang voor commercieel Net 5". NRC Handelsblad. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  4. ^ "VOO in jaartallen". Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  5. ^ Donald Koeleman (27 June 2007). "ProSiebenSat.1 acquires SBS". Broadband TV News.
  6. ^ Peter van der Ploeg (20 April 2011). "Sanoma en Talpa nemen SBS over". NRC Handelsblad.
  7. ^ "Het is nu officieel: Sanoma verkoopt SBS aan Talpa" (in Dutch). NOS. 10 April 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2017.

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