BET International

BET International
BET Logo.svg
Launched27 February 2008
NetworkBET
Owned byViacom International Media Networks
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
Audience shareUK:
0.01% (April 2017 (2017-04), BARB)
SloganWe got you
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom
Ireland
Africa
The Middle East
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
Sister channel(s)
Websitewww.betintl.co.uk
Availability
Satellite
FreesatChannel 140
SkyChannel 454
Astra 2G11141 H 22000 5/6
StarSatChannel 167
Cable
Virgin MediaChannel 184
Streaming media
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (UK only)

BET International (Black Entertainment Television) is a television channel in the UK, Ireland, Africa, and the Middle East. It was launched on 27 February 2008 in the UK[1] with headquarters in London. BET broadcasts content from the main Black Entertainment Television channel in the US and Canada. In The UK, The Wendy Williams Show remains the most watched show on the channel with average viewership at 35,000[2]. Wendy is also repeated several times the day after. The channel does not broadcast any locally produced shows.[3][4]

History

BET International Inc. was given a licence to broadcast in the UK in May 2007 by Ofcom. In 2006 it was announced that BET would hold its first annual Hip-Hop Awards and as part of the announcement they also stated there would be a "Best UK Artist" category, the winner being Sway.[5]

Availability

BET launched on the Sky platform in the UK on 27 February 2008, one day earlier than originally advertised. It began with various BET content, such as 106 & Park, American Gangster and College Hill. The channel is available on Sky channel 454. The channel launched on Freesat in August 2008, on channel 140. BET +1 was added to Freesat when it launched in late 2008.[6] These signals are also available for free in the rest of Europe via satellite Eutelsat 28A.

On 24 September 2008 tests appeared for BET on Virgin Media but the channel did not launch. However it did eventually launch on 27 June 2013 on channel 184.

BET is available in Kenya on Zuku on channel 125[7] and on startimes on channel 132.[8]

The channel was available on Pan-African Satellite Broadcaster Dstv on Channel 135 until 17 April 2015 when it was terminated to make room for BET Africa which includes local shows alongside BET International's programming.

On 4 November 2014, BET +1 closed, and was replaced by 5* +1 on Sky.

BET HD

On 1 July 2009, BET launched a temporary HD channel, exclusively on Freesat, simulcasting BET, to cover the BET Awards. The channel was removed from the EPG on 4 July 2009.[9]

Other Languages
português: BET International