Filmnet was a premium subscription based movie channel. It began life in the Netherlands on March 29th 1985 and was a owned between the Dutch ATN (Abonnee Televisie Nederland), Rob Houwer and Peter Jelgersma (Dutch filmmakers) and the Swedish Esselte Group. Scandinavia was next, broadcasting the channel in English 24 hours a day to Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Filmnet was criticised in the UK for showing hard-core pornography in the lates 1980's, despite the fact the channel was encrypted (Although pirate decoder boxes were available to buy!).
 
Later it was sold to the South-African M-Net/Nethold group which sold it to Canal+ in 1993 after poor viewing figures. Localised versions of Canal+ replaced the Filmnet channels in Belgium, Holland, Flanders, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Poland.
 
But the channel's brand still lives on.. now with multi branded Filmnet channels in Greece.


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Click for larger image Filmnet ATN Ident
1985
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Click for larger image Filmnet Promo
1987
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Click for larger image Filmnet Ident
1987
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Click for larger image Filmnet Ident Christmas
1987
Click for larger image A CG christmas tree and flying logo for this festive ident from 1987.

Click for larger image Filmnet Ident - Version 1
1989
Click for larger image Filmnet used imaginative CG graphics in all their presentation. Notice behind the Filmnet type is a stylised 24, the broken up dot effect is made by creating the 24 as a halftone pattern, and then enlarging it.

Click for larger image Filmnet Ident - Version 2
1989
Click for larger image The 24 is not flat instead cleverly represented as a stylised city of skyscrapers!

Click for larger image Movie Start & Ident
1989
Click for larger image This is how a movie would start in '89. A simple holding caption, followed by a short theme indicating the start of a movie, then the Filmnet main ident.

Click for larger image Coming Soon Promo
1989
Click for larger image A nice CG fly through the 24 cityscape featuring clips of upcoming movies on Filmnet in '89
 
right clip - music only


Click for larger image Coming Up - Morning Club & Royal Club
1988
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Click for larger image Coming Up - Night Club & Royal Club
1989
Click for larger image 2 clips here showing what's coming up.
 
The day would be split into various 'clubs' these CG sequences were used, with simple captions superimposed.


Click for larger image Coming Soon Promo
1991
Click for larger image Here's a look at what's coming soon on Filmnet.. Probably due to increased competition, promo's of this time used the tag line "The Original Movie Channel."

Filmnet Ident
1991
Here's the ident followed by a programme list, shown before the start of a movie

Filmnet Action Promo
1991
A rather long promo advertising all the upcoming action films on the channel

Click for larger image Movie Start
1991
Click for larger image some presentation into the start of a movie...

Click for larger image Movie Start & Holding Still
1992
Click for larger image Animated captions, and countdowns to the start of the movie..


Filmnet Ident & Programme List
1992
On December 1st 1992 Filmnet relaunched as Filmnet Plus adding childrens,sport, music and special events programming.

Filmnet Promo
1993
A whopping 2.5 minute image promo here, fantastic.
 
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These next set of idents, use multi-layering CG techniques to acheive a textured look, just by using different lighting conditions. Simple, yet wonderfully atmospheric!


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1994
Filmnet + Ident
1994
Filmnet + Ident
1994
Filmnet + Ident
1994


Click for larger image New Life to Your TV Promo
1994
Click for larger image Filmnet promotes itself and it's sister channel, The Complete Movie Channel.

Click for larger image Film Promos
1994
Click for larger image a couple of movie promos from '94

Click for larger image This is the place to be..
1994
Click for larger image a quick sting "This is the place to be.. Filmnet Plus"


Click for larger image Filmnet Ident
1996
Click for larger image The '+' is dropped and Filmnet is back.
 
A globe of multiple images forms Filmnet's ident in '96


Filmnet Ident
1996
Live action is now the trend worldwide for idents in 1996, and Filmnet joins in with classic lights and camera shots

Click for larger image Filmnet Drama Ident
1996
Click for larger image A special ident for Drama presentations




Official Website
www.filmnet.gr