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Launched 4 April 1988
Owned by NPO
Picture format 576i (PAL) 16:9
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share 6.4% (2012, [1])
Slogan "Anders kijken, meer zien"
(Watch differently, see more)
Country Netherlands
Broadcast area National. Also available in Belgium and Germany
Headquarters Hilversum
Formerly called Nederland 3 (1988-2014)
Sister channel(s) NPO 1
Website NPO 3 website
Digitenne (FTA) Channel 3 (SD)
CanalDigitaal (FTV) Channel 3 (HD)
TV Vlaanderen (Belgium) Channel 18 (HD)
Ziggo Channel 3 (SD/HD)
UPC Netherlands Horizon
Channel 3 (HD)
Channel 3 (SD)
Channel 73 (HD)
CAIW Channel 3 (SD)
Channel 403 (HD)
Setar (Aruba) Channel 53
KPN Channel 3
Mine TV Channel 3
Belgacom TV (Belgium) Channel 21
Streaming media
UPC Horizon Watch live (Netherlands only)

NPO 3 (formerly Nederland 3 Dutch pronunciation: [ˌneːdərlɑnd ˈdri] until 2014) is the third and youngest of the terrestrial television channels operated by the Dutch public-broadcasting organization NPO in the Netherlands and carries programmes provided by member-based non-profit broadcasting associations. It is oriented towards children, youth and innovative television.


NPO 3 was established as 'Nederland 3' on 4 April 1988. The original plan was for the third Dutch public television channel to be a joint venture with the Flemish public broadcaster VRT (then called BRTN), which would specialize in Flemish-Dutch cultural programming. This plan failed however.

Nederland 3 became the home channel of the broadcasters VPRO, VARA, RVU, and NPS, all of which share a progressive outlook. The channel focused on news, debate, culture and innovative television. Before the evening peak the channel's programming, organized by NPO under the label Z@ppelin, was aimed at children.

In September 2006, the programming of NPO's television channels was changed slightly. Today NPO 3 still focuses on children during the daytime. In the evening it aims to reach an open-minded audience with innovative, educational television and occasionally sport. All Dutch public broadcasting organizations have air-time on NPO 1, NPO 2, and NPO 3; youth-oriented broadcaster BNN's programmes, however, are currently broadcast only on NPO 3.

On 15 September 2007 the NPO channels Nederland 1, Nederland 2 and Nederland 3 switched completely to anamorphic widescreen, before that time some of the programming was already broadcast in widescreen.

On 4 July 2009 all three channels began simulcasting in 1080i high-definition.[2] Before the launch of the permanent HD service, a test version of the Nederland 1 HD channel was made available from June 2, 2008 until August 24, 2008 in order to broadcast Euro 2008, the 2008 Tour de France, and the 2008 Summer Olympics in HD.


Between 06:00 and 19:30 Zappelin / Zapp broadcast television oriented at children, this includes educational television.

After 19:30 the programming for youth and young adults starts. The programming is filled with films, drama and comedy (both made by the public broadcasters and imported from foreign broadcasters), and successful programmes such as Top of the Pops, De Lama's, Spuiten en Slikken and Raymann is Laat. It also broadcasts European Football such as the UEFA Champions League live.

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  1. ^ "Jaarrapport 2012". Stichting Kijk Onderzoek. 
  2. ^ JK (2009-06-16). "Nederlandse Publieke Omroep dicht bij start HDTV". TotaalTV (in Dutch). SBS Broadcasting. Retrieved 2009-06-03. 

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