|Launched||30 June 1998|
|Owned by||The Box Plus Network|
(Channel Four Television Corporation)
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)|
|Audience share||0.01% (September 2018BARB),|
|Slogan||The Beat of the UK|
|Freeview||Channel 29 (HD online via 4Music)|
|Sky (UK only)||Channel 361|
|Astra 2F||11626 V 22000 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)
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, which includes 4Music, Kerrang! TV, Box Hits, Box Upfront, 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.