BBC Four
BBC Four
BBC Four logo
Launched 2 March 1976
Owned by BBC
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share 0.82% (September 2015 (2015-09), BARB)
Country United Kingdom
Sister channel(s) BBC One
BBC Three
BBC News
BBC Parliament
Channel 9
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
WightFibre Channel 18

BBC Four is a British television channel operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and available to digital television viewers on Freeview, IPTV, satellite, and cable.

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.