The Box Plus Network

The Box Plus Network (formerly Video Jukebox Network International Ltd and Box Television Ltd) is a British television company which is owned by Channel Four Television Corporation and acts as its music television programme production arm.

The Box Plus Network Ltd
Limited company
IndustryMass media
Victoria, London
Area served
United Kingdom
ServicesTelevision, online
ParentChannel Four Television Corporation

On 2 April 2013, all The Box Plus Network channels went free-to-air on satellite, apart from 4Music which went free-to-view.[1]

On 8 January 2019, Channel 4 acquired Bauer Media Group's 50% stake in the company to take full ownership of The Box Plus Network.[2]

The company is based in Victoria in London.

Current channelsEdit

Box Television logo used until 2015.

The BoxEdit

The Box is well known for its First Play feature, where many videos often make their UK or world première. This new music is often shown through the Box Fresh show on the channel.

Box AfricaEdit

In July 2012,[3] Box Television launched a 24-hour pan-African music channel.[4] The channel focuses on international and local music from across the African continent.[5] It is available in 15 countries across Africa. Box Television has also made available its other major channels across Africa.[6]

Box HitsEdit

Box Hits (formerly Smash Hits) mainly broadcasts general mainstream pop music from the past few years. Formally called Smash Hits, it took its name and format of the Smash Hits brand from Bauer which existed in Smash Hits Radio and once ran as a magazine.


Kiss TV is a commercial music television channel from Box Television available on the Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media digital TV platforms. The playlist covers a wide range of rhythmic music including: urban, grime, electronic, dance, hip hop and R&B, although since its relaunch in Summer 2006, (and the launch of a sister channel Q) it has begun to focus more on dance music once again. It is based on format of the Kiss brand from Bauer which also exists in Kiss Radio.


Magic TV plays mainly easy listening music videos from the 1980s to 2000s and sometimes 1970s as well. It is based on format of the Magic brand from Bauer which exists in Magic Radio (London radio station) and Magic branded CDs.


Kerrang! specialises in Rock Music. As of 2005, all of its programme content is music videos, the majority of which is open scheduled, for text requests from their playlist. It is based on format of Kerrang! brand from Bauer which also exists in Kerrang Radio and Kerrang! magazine.


4Music showcases a range of pop centring on chart hits and current favourites, along with a range of music-themed programmes from Channel 4. The channel is available free-to-air on the British Digital terrestrial television service Freeview on channel 18.

Defunct channelsEdit

The HitsEdit

The Hits closed on 15 August 2008. It was replaced by 4Music. Its sister radio station remains on the air.


Q specialised in indie, rock and alternative. In common with other Box Television channels, Q was originally a jukebox channel, where music video selections made were by the viewers using premium rate phone lines; however this element was dropped in 2004. It is based on format of the Q brand from Bauer which exists in Q Magazine and Q Radio. Q closed on 3 July 2012, when it was replaced by Heat.

Box UpfrontEdit

Box Upfront (formerly Heat) was a fresh music channel which launched on 3 July 2012. It formerly took its name and format from Bauer's weekly Heat magazine, and broadcast showbiz news, celebrity features and music videos.[7] It replaced Q on Sky, Smallworld Cable, UPC Ireland, Virgin Media and in Iceland on Síminn.[8] The channel closed on 9 January 2020.

Box Plus AppsEdit

In 2017, The Box Plus Network launched the Box Plus App, available on Now TV, Roku, EETV, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, iOS and Android devices. The app is free to use, and includes the ability to stream Box Plus Network channels alongside a catch up service.


  1. ^ "Bauer's Box channels appear free-to-air on satellite". a516digital. 2 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Channel 4 acquires full ownership of The Box Plus Network". Channel 4. 8 January 2019. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
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  7. ^ "Heat TV to launch on 3 July". The Guardian. 23 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Bauer axes Q TV after nearly 12 years to make way for Heat TV". Brand Republic. 23 May 2012. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012.

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