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BET International

BET International
Launched 27 February 2008
Owned by BET Networks (Viacom)
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
Audience share UK:
0.01% (April 2015 (2015-04), BARB)
Broadcast area United Kingdom, Ireland
Headquarters London, England
Sister channel(s)
Freesat Channel 140
Sky Channel 187
Astra 2F 12603 H 22000 5/6
DStv Channel 135
Virgin Media Channel 184
Streaming media
Virgin TV Anywhere Watch 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. The channel does not broadcast any locally produced shows.[2][3]


BET International Inc was given a license 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.[4]


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 187 and a one hour timeshift channel is available on Sky 190. The channel launched on Freesat in August 2008, on channel 140. BET +1 was added to Freesat when it launched in late 2008.[5] 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,[6] on GOTV[7] and on star times on channel 132.[8]

The channel is also available in Nigeria via HiTV (Pay-TV),[9] in South Africa through MultiChoice[10] and via Orbit Showtime Network in the Middle East.[11]


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.[12]


These are some of the programs currently running on BET:

The Real


  1. ^ "BET Networks Announces the Launch of BET in the UK". BET Networks. 2008-02-20. 
  2. ^ "Black TV network to expand to UK". Digital Spy. 2007-06-20. 
  3. ^ "BET comes to Britain". The Voice. 2007-06-28. 
  4. ^ "T.I., Busta Rhymes And Chamillionaire Top Nominees List For 1st Annual "BET Hip Hop Awards"". The Voice. 2006-10-13. 
  5. ^ "BET Comes to the U.K.". 2008-02-28. 
  6. ^ "Channels Line-Ups". Zuku. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
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  9. ^ "HiTV on Eutelsat 36A at 36.0°E". LyngSat. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  10. ^ "DSTV Africa on Eutelsat 36B at 35.9°E". LyngSat. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  11. ^ "Orbit Showtime reveals its new name: OSN - Orbit Showtime network". 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  12. ^ "Freesat brings BET HD to UK". Digital Spy. 2009-06-25.