|Launched||30 June 1998|
The Box Plus Network|
(Bauer Media Group/Channel Four Television Corporation)
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)|
|Audience share||0.03% (March 2017BARB),|
|Slogan||The Beat of the UK|
|Freeview||Channel 18 (HD online via 4Music)|
|Sky (UK only)||Channel 361|
|Astra 2F||12304 H 27500 5/6|
|StarSat (Sub-Saharan Africa)||Channel 325|
|Virgin Media (UK)||Channel 338|
|Virgin Media Ireland||Channel 717|
|The Box Plus Network||Watch live (UK only)|
|Virgin TV Anywhere||
Watch live (UK only) |
Watch live (Ireland only)
Kiss TV is a commercial hip-hop music television channel from The Box Plus Network, available on the Sky, Virgin Media, Smallworld Cable and TalkTalk Plus TV digital television platforms. The playlist predominantly consists of old skool and mainstream hip-hop, grime and R&B, alongside the occasional dance and pop track.
The original incarnation of Kiss TV was created by Guy Wingate, who, as an original co-creator of London's Kiss FM UK (as a pirate radio station) was brought back in to head up EMAP's fledgling TV division by then Kiss Chief Executive and the station's original founder, Gordon McNamee (Mac). The channel ran for one hour a night on the Mirror Group's L!VE TV cable circuit and after a year moved up to the Granada satellite and cable platform, taking a similar slot in the evening.
Although the original idea for the channel was proposed in 1993 (three years after Kiss FM launched as a legal station), it took many months for Wingate to convince UK television regulators, The Independent Television Commission to permit the extension of a brand name over to television. When permission was finally granted, Kiss had once again innovated by becoming the first "Masthead" TV project in the UK.
Within one year, the station was beating MTV in its time slots, and quickly gained a cult status for its low-budget edgy coverage of the UK dance music scene. The channel's presenters included legendary DJs such as BBC Radio 1's Judge Jules. By the time the channel was one year old, it had attracted major sponsorship from blue-chip brands such as Levi's, Sony consumer products and The Guardian newspaper.
The channel is available on many digital television platforms. It is part of a network of channels owned by The Box Plus Network, a joint venue between Bauer and Channel Four Television Corporation, which includes 4Music, Kerrang! TV, Smash Hits, Heat, The Box, and Magic. On 2 April 2013, all Box Television channels went free-to-air on satellite, apart from 4Music which went free-to-view. As a result, the channels were removed from the Sky EPG in Ireland. However, Kiss TV launched on Freesat on 15 April 2013, alongside three other Box Television channels. Kiss TV also broadcasts in Sub-Saharan Africa as a Pay-TV Channel through various Digital TV providers without Commercials and Teleshopping. Past Music Videos are played in place of commercials.
In about January 2017, the online worldwide live stream of KISS TV was shut down, in both KissKube app and Kiss official website. The channel is free to view in the UK via The Box Plus apps.
- Beats All Night - All the freshest beats and newest videos all the way through the night.
- UK HOTLIST Urban - Andrea Zara counts down the 20 hottest urban beats, compiled by Radio Monitor.
- Fresh Beats & Big Anthems - Back to back beats! The biggest tracks right now and the freshest videos altogether, right here! (Sometimes known as "Big Beats & New Drops".)
- Homegrown - Best music videos from a famous selected British artist back to back.
- Hotmix - Exclusive non-stop mix of the hottest tracks to soundtrack your life!
- HYPE - Catch the biggest music videos from emerging talent and today's stars.
- 20 Most Played on Kiss - 20 biggest music videos this week on Kiss.
- Mixtape - A rapper (like Fuse ODG, Lethal Bizzle, Stormzy) provides music that he/she favours and recommends.
- Kiss Hot One! - A must-heard song that released recently from an artist.
- Big Up - 30 minutes of the biggest music videos from your favourite Kiss artist.
- ... vs ... vs ... - Music videos from three different artists back to back in order of the name (for example: Jason Derulo vs Drake vs Sean Paul).
- Shutdown! UK Grime Top 10 - It’s Grime Time! 10 of the hottest and biggest grime videos around!
- "Bauer's Box channels appear free-to-air on satellite". a516digital. 2 April 2013.
- "Freesat turn up the volume with 4 new music channels". Join Freesat. 15 April 2013.