4seven (stylised as 47) is a British free-to-air television channel which was launched on 4 July 2012 at 7.00 pm. According to Channel 4, it was created in response to its viewers demanding Channel 4 to broadcast old programming from the network.
|Launched||4 July 2012|
|Owned by||Channel Four Television Corporation|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
|Audience share||0.32% (June 2019BARB),|
|Sister channel(s)||Channel 4|
|Freeview||Channel 47 (SD)|
Channel 110 (HD)
|Sky (UK only)||Channel 144|
|Astra 2G||11126 V 22000 5/6|
|Virgin Media||Channel 143 (SD)|
Channel 203 (HD)
|All 4||Watch live|
|TVPlayer||Watch Live (UK Only)|
|Virgin TV Anywhere||Watch live (UK only)|
4seven launched with 20 hours of content in the schedule per day. In the 8.00 pm and 10.00 pm slots the channel broadcasts a repeat of shows from the previous day that have created a critical buzz in newspapers, chatter on social media through Twitter and Facebook and reaction on the overnight log of comments kept by the broadcaster. The 11.00 pm slot is used to repeat the programme shown on Channel 4 at 9.00 pm, which air again on 4seven at 9.00 pm the following day. The rest of the programmes on 4seven are repeats of the most popular ones of the week. Weekends are devoted to multiple repeats of the best-rated programmes of the past seven days.
The service was originally reported under the working title of 'Project Shuffle', though it was announced on 8 March 2012, that the name would be '4seven'. The channel was originally set to launch by June 2012, however it was subsequently reported to be launching later in the summer. On 22 May 2012, it was confirmed that 4seven would launch on 4 July 2012.
The channel launched across all major TV platforms in the UK, with agreements in place for carriage on Freeview, Freesat, Sky, and Virgin TV. The channel indirectly replaced the temporary More4 +2 on Sky. While on Freeview, a placeholder for 4seven appeared on channel 47 in post-digital switchover areas on 2 April 2012.
A high-definition simulcast, 4seven HD, launched on 1 July 2014 on Freeview channel 111 (on 110 as of July 2016). 4seven HD was added to Virgin Media in November 2016. 4seven HD is not available on satellite.
Unlike the other family of channels from Channel 4 which are available on all of the Republic of Ireland television platforms, 4Seven is not and has never been available on the Republic of Ireland. All other channels from Channel 4 are available on Sky TV Ireland, Virgin Media Ireland, Eir TV and Vodafone TV Ireland. 4Seven was said to be not available due to issues over broadcasting rights restrictions. Viewers in the Irish republic who have Sky TV can add the channel into the "Add Channels" section or for those who have Freesat it is available on the E.P.G., however all other television providers in the Irish republic do not offer the channel.
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- Barnett, Emma (8 March 2012). "Channel 4 to launch new TV channel based on 'social media buzz'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
- Adie, Nigel (20 March 2012). "Channel 4 to launch More4+2 ahead of 4seven". Cable.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
- "Arqiva and Channel 4 launch new HD channels". Arqiva. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.