Box Hits
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Logo used from 2016 to 2022
CountryUnited Kingdom
Programming
Picture format576i 16:9 SDTV
Ownership
OwnerThe Box Plus Network
(Channel Four Television Corporation)
Sister channels
History
Launched15 May 2001
Closed29 June 2022
Replaced by4Music (second version)
Former namesSmash Hits (2001–2016)
Links
Websiteboxplus.com
Availability
Streaming media
Box PlusWatch live (UK and Ireland only)
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (UK only)
Watch live Ireland only
ZattooWatch live (Switzerland only)

Box Hits (formerly Smash Hits) was a British commercial television channel owned by Channel Four Television Corporation. The channel broadcast general pop music in shows such as Chartbusters, which was recent music and Pop Domination, which showcased new and old music. It also shows other programmes such as themed countdowns and charts such as Top 50 Boy Bands. The channel also had hours dedicated to a particular artist or band such as Pussycat Dolls: Ultimate 10. It was originally based on the former Smash Hits magazine, which was owned by EMAP. The channel shut down on 29 June 2022 at 6am and was replaced with a new version of 4Music.[1][2][3]

The channel was available on a number of platforms including Sky and Virgin Media. It was part of a network of channels owned by The Box Plus Network, which includes 4Music, The Box, Kerrang!, Kiss and Magic. All of these channels are now in Channel 4’s main business operations.[4]

History

On 2 April 2013, all Box Television channels went free-to-air on satellite, apart from 4Music which went free-to-view.[5] As a result, the channels were removed from the Sky EPG in Ireland.[6] Smash Hits launched on Freesat on 15 April 2013, alongside three other Box Television channels.[7] Box Hits and its sister channels (except 4Music) returned to Freesat on 8 December 2021 alongside C4 HD.[8]

On 25 May 2016, the channel was rebranded as Box Hits.[9]

Smash Hits TV was also the name given to a spin-off TV show broadcast on Sky One in 2001.

It used to broadcast general mainstream pop music on a "jukebox" system, where viewers had to call a premium rate telephone number to select a music video to play.

From 27 September 2021 to 6 October 2021, Box Hits broadcast a simulcast of Kiss[10] after the activation of a fire suppressant system at the premises of Red Bee Media on 25 September 2021.[11] It was restored on 7 October 2021, while a simulcast of it simultaneously launched on 4Music, replacing The Box.

On 13 June 2022, Channel 4 announced that Box Hits' channel slot would be replaced with 4Music on June 29, 2022. This was part of a channel reshuffle where E4 Extra would take over 4Music's old slot, while 4Music would transition back to a full-time music schedule in the ex-Box Hits slot, thus effectively ending the Box Hits branding and the channel itself altogether.[12][13] The Box, however, will currently remain on air for the time being.

On 29 June 2022, Box Hits closed down at 6am and the last song that played was Flo Rida - Good Feeling. However, 4Music accidentally used the Box Hits ident for most of its first day on the new channel.

Programming

References

  1. ^ "4 Music moves for E4 Extra". 13 June 2022.
  2. ^ "E4 Extra takes 4Music slot in major reshuffle". 13 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Channel 4 Launching New Freeview / Freesat Channel: E4 Extra". 13 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Box Plus MD Matt Rennie and COO Anthony Lilleyman to step down as Channel 4 integrates Box into business operations". Channel4.com. 30 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Bauer's Box channels appear free-to-air on satellite". a516digital. 2 April 2013.
  6. ^ "YouTube video showing the channels removed from the Sky EPG in Ireland". YouTube. 3 April 2013. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Freesat turn up the volume with 4 new music channels". Joinfreesat.co.uk. 15 April 2013. Archived from the original on 22 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Five music channels return to Freesat". Rxtvinfo.com. 8 December 2021. Retrieved 8 December 2021.
  9. ^ "The Box Plus Network announces the biggest refresh in its 24-year history". The Box Plus Network. 19 May 2016. Archived from the original on 1 July 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  10. ^ "The Box Plus Network". Boxplus.com. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  11. ^ "Red Bee fire alarm triggers tx crash". Televisual.com. 27 September 2021. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  12. ^ "E4 Brand extension sees 4Music become E4 Extra | Channel 4".
  13. ^ "Channel 4 Launching New Freeview / Freesat Channel: E4 Extra". 13 June 2022.