Box Upfront

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Box Upfront
Box Upfront logo.png
Launched 3 July 2012
Owned by The Box Plus Network
(Bauer Media Group/Channel Four Television Corporation)
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
Audience share 0.02% (April 2017 (2017-04), BARB)
Country United Kingdom
Formerly called Heat (2012–16)
Replaced Q
Sister channel(s) 4seven
Channel 4
The Box
Box Hits
Sky (UK only) Channel 358
(South Africa)
Channel 503
Astra 2F 12304 H 27500 5/6
Virgin Media (UK) Channel 330
Virgin Media Ireland Channel 714
Streaming media
The Box Plus Network Watch live (UK only)
Virgin TV Anywhere Watch live (UK only)
Watch live (Ireland only)
Heat logo used from 2012 to 2016.

Box Upfront (formerly Heat) is a British music video television channel owned by The Box Plus Network, a joint venture between Bauer Media Group and Channel Four Television Corporation. It launched on 3 July 2012, and was originally based on the magazine of the same name. The channel replaced Q.[1]

The channel features daily celebrity gossip show Heat's Huge News, as well as a 60-minute programme rounding up weeks stories, titled Heat's Huge Week of News, which is produced by ITN.[2] In addition, ITN Productions co-produces celebrity documentary series Real Stories with Box Television. Heat also features The Heat-Ometer, its pick of the 20 biggest music videos narrated by Heat editor, Lucie Cave.[3]

Box Upfront currently broadcasts current and future mainstream pop music videos 24/7.

On 2 April 2013, all Box Television channels went free-to-air on satellite, apart from 4Music which went free-to-view.[4] As a result, the channels were removed from the Sky EPG in Ireland. However, Heat launched on Freesat on 29 April 2013, alongside Magic, following the addition of four other Box Television channels on 15 April.[5]

On 25 May 2016, the channel was rebranded as Box Upfront.[6]


Box Upfront doesn't have any countdowns to the type of music that it delivers, instead music videos are played back to back in some shows with certain durations in random orders.

Shows Descriptions Durations
All New, All Night We're seeing you all through the night with the newest music videos around! 4 hours
Super Fresh Breakfast We welcome in your day with the freshest music videos to give your day the most up to date start! 3 hours
The Official Box Upfront Chart Jon Jackson counts down the 10 biggest pre-release tracks as compiled by Radio Monitor. 50 minutes
Hot 10 at 10 10 hottest tracks edited into a 10-minute remix. 10 minutes
Upfront & Super Hot Hot hot hot! We've got all the new tracks from the biggest and freshest stars right here! Random
So Fresh & Now! All the best of today's new music, right here, right now!
HYPE The latest music videos from the worlds of Hip Hop, R'n'B, Grime and Urban music. 1 hour
The UK Music Video Chart Bethan Leadley supplies the 40 most watched music videos of the week as compiled by YouTube, alongside future hits and the biggest tracks around. 2 hours
UK HOTLIST Top 20 Will Best supplies the 20 most streamed music videos of the week as compiled by Spotify. 1 hour 30 minutes
20 Freakin' Weekend Future Anthems It's the weekend so we're looking ahead for the future anthems! These tracks will be the soundtrack to your weekends from now on!
UK HOTLIST Breakers Vick Hope has the 3 biggest new releases that are expected to hit the UK HOTLIST in the coming weeks. 15 minutes
Loaded! 10 Big New Vids The top 10 tracks everyone is loving at the moment. 45 minutes
VIP Track of the Week Today's must heard tune as selected by 4Music. 3-5 minutes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "ITN PRODUCTIONS WINS CELEBRITY NEWS DEAL FOR HEAT TV". ITN. 28 June 2012. Archived from the original on 10 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Heat TV to launch on 3 July". The Guardian. 23 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bauer's Box channels appear free-to-air on satellite". a516digital. 2 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Magic and Heat TV stations added to Freesat". a516digital. 29 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Box Plus Network announces the biggest refresh in its 24-year history". The Box Plus Network. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 

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