Kiss TV

Kiss TV is a commercial hip-hop music television channel owned by The Box Plus Network. The playlist predominantly consists of old skool and mainstream hip-hop, grime and R&B.

Kiss TV
Kiss Network logo.svg
Picture format576i 16:9 SDTV
OwnerThe Box Plus Network
(Channel Four Television Corporation)
Sister channels4seven
Channel 4
The Box
Box Hits
Kerrang! TV
Launched30 June 1998
Virgin Media (UK)Channel 338
Virgin Media (Ireland)Channel 665 (TV 360)
Channel 717 (Horizon and older boxes)
Sky (UK only)Channel 356
Astra 2G11264 H 27500 2/3
Zuku TV (Africa)Channel 751
StarSat (Sub-Saharan Africa)Channel 325
Streaming media
The Box Plus NetworkWatch live (UK only)
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (UK only)
Watch live (Ireland only)

It is based on the format of the Bauer owned London radio station Kiss FM UK, which started as a pirate radio station in London in 1985.


Kiss logo 1998–2006

The original incarnation of Kiss TV was created by Guy Wingate, was bought back in to head up EMAP's fledgling TV division by then Kiss Chief Executive and the station's original founder, Gordon 'Mac' McNamee. 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, which includes 4Music, Kerrang!, Box Hits, 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.[1] As a result, the channels were removed from the Sky EPG in Ireland.[2] However, Kiss TV launched on Freesat on 15 April 2013, alongside three other Box Television channels.[3] 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.


  • UK HOTLIST Urban - Live@Kiss host Alex counts down the 20 hottest urban beats, compiled by Spotify.
  • Homegrown - The best rappers & singers in all of British R&B, hip-hop, and grime.
  • KISSTORY - The biggest anthems ever from less than 20 years ago in the past, up to the recent music videos in the early 2010s. This program is played all day on Sundays, and through the mornings on the weekdays, as well as Saturdays.
    • ... KISSTORY Reload - The best music videos played from the past.
  • Hotmix - Exclusive non-stop mix of the hottest tracks to soundtrack your life!
  • Up All Night! - Finest beats for your nocturnal jam.
  • Keepin' It Kiss - The biggest tracks as of right now are played.
  • Kiss Start Your Weekend - Join KISS for all the best urban music to soundtrack your weekend!
  • Kiss Hot One! - Brand new music videos.
  • ... No. 1s - An artist picks his/her favorite tracks that managed to clamber their way through the top of the charts.
  • Big Up ... - One of your favourite artists are played from their biggest videos back to back.
  • Mic Drop - Two different artists' videos are played back to back, with each one being played simultaneously.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Bauer's Box channels appear free-to-air on satellite". a516digital. 2 April 2013.
  2. ^ "YouTube video showing the channels removed from the Sky EPG in Ireland". 3 April 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Freesat turn up the volume with 4 new music channels". Join Freesat. 15 April 2013.

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