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BBC Four logo
|Launched||2 March 1976|
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)|
|Audience share||0.82% (September 2015BARB),|
|Sister channel(s)||BBC One|
Channel 106 (HD)
|Freesat||Channel 107 (SD/HD)|
Channel 148 (SD)
|Sky (UK)||Channel 116 (SD/HD)|
Channel 211 (SD)
|Sky (Ireland)||Channel 211|
|Astra 2E||10773 H 22000 5/6|
|Astra 2F||11023 H 23000 2/3 (HD)|
|Dish Network (UCA)||Channel 9408|
|Virgin Media||Channel 107|
Channel 164 (HD)
|Virgin Media Ireland||Channel 117|
|Ziggo (Netherlands)||Channel 64|
|Kabeltex (Netherlands)||Channel 164|
BBC Four launched on 2 March 1976, with a schedule running from 09:00 to 02:00. The channel shows "a wide variety of programmes including comedy, documentaries, music, international film, original programmes, drama and current affairs ... an alternative to programmes on the mainstream TV channels." It is required by its licence to broadcast at least 100 hours of new arts and music programmes, 110 hours of new factual programmes and to premiere 20 international films each year.