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 0.01% (September 2015 (2015-09), BARB)
Formerly called Heat (2012–2016)
Replaced Q
Sister channel(s) 4seven
Channel 4
The Box
Box Hits
Sky (UK) Channel 359
(South Africa)
Channel 503
Eutelsat 28A 11389 H 27500 2/3
Virgin Media (UK) Channel 330
Virgin Media (Ireland) Channel 714
Streaming media
Box Plus Watch live
TVPlayer Watch live (UK only)
Virgin TV Anywhere Watch live (UK only)
Horizon Go Watch live (Ireland only)
Heat logo used from 2012 to 2016.

Box Upfront (formerly Heat) is a British music 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]

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]


General Programming[edit]

  • The New Music Mixtape - The latest music videos and biggest current releases.
  • Incoming! Chart & Future Hits - The chart toppers of the present and the chart toppers of the future.
  • ... Hot New Vid! - The latest music video from the biggest artists.
  • Get This: Our 10 Hottest New Tracks Right Now - The top 10 tracks everyone is loving at the moment.
  • UK Hotlist Top 20 - The 20 most streamed tracks on Spotify in the last week.
  • UK Hotlist Breakers - The 3 biggest new releases that are expected to hit the UK HOTLIST in the coming weeks.
  • The UK Music Video Chart - Presented by Bethan Leadley and with data supplied by YouTube, The UKMVC supplies you with the most watched music videos of the week.
  • The Official Box Upfront Chart - Presented by Jon Jackson and with data complied by Radio Monitor, The Official Box Upfront Chart plays the 10 biggest pre-release tracks.
  • RADAR! Fresh Music First - The freshest music video throughout the night.
  • Super Fresh Breakfast - The biggest tracks to wake up to.
  • HYPE - The latest music videos from the worlds of Hip Hop, R'n'B, Grime, Dance and Urban music.

Box Fresh[edit]

Box Fresh launched at the beginning of 2017 as a replacement for the Box Upfront series of shows (excluding The Official Box Upfront Chart). Vick Hope presents all Box Fresh branded programming on TV. Box Fresh programmes include:

  • 2017 Spotlight - Shown throughout February, 2017 Spotlight showcases four new artists predicted by Box Fresh to be big in the year ahead, the 2017 Spotlight artists were Declan McKenna, Jerry Williams, Fatherson and Tom Grennan
  • Fresh Focus - Fresh Focus showcases new and upcoming artists as the 'Box Fresh Artist of the Month' (similar to the Box Upfront Artist of the Month)
  • Fresh Forward - Similar to The Upfront Show, Fresh Forward is a half-hour show featuring Box Fresh Artist performances, style and fashion tips and the latest trends such as food and drink.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bauer axes Q TV after nearly 12 years to make way for Heat TV". Brand Republic. 23 May 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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