BET International is a digital satellite television channel in the UK, Ireland, Africa and the Middle East owned by Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa which offers urban movies, series and reality shows, mainstream rap and R&B music videos.
It debuted in South Africa on the TopTV satellite service in May 2010 and was retained when the broadcaster changed its name to StarSat in 2014. It was later picked up by DStv, debuting on 30 September, 2014.
The channel was discontinued on Monday 30 November, 2015.
From 1 May, 2010 - 30 November, 2015
StarSat: Channel 151
Bouquet: StarSat Smart, StarSat Super
From 30 September, 2014 - 2 April, 2015
DStv: Channel 135
Bouquet: Premium, Extra, Compact, Family
576i (SDTV, 16:9) - StarSat/DStv
Launched in 2008 with a mission to build a global distribution footprint for the BET Networks brand, BET International was a 24-hour branded network offering content in more than 54 countries throughout the UK, Middle East & Africa.
Additionally, BET International licensed BET content to television broadcasters on multiple platforms throughout the world – all to serve consumers of black culture globally.
BET International positioned itself as a fun, relevant and inspirational general entertainment channel for lovers of black culture aged 16-49, providing viewers with what's hot, what's next and what matters.
Combining chat, drama, reality, documentary, comedy, music, movies and more, key programmes include The Wendy Williams Show, Being Mary Jane, Real Husbands of Hollywood, The BET Awards, BET Hip Hop Awards, BET Honors, 106 & Park, Sunday Best, Comic View and Vindicated.
In April 2015 a new BET channel exclusive to MultiChoice began airing on the DStv platform. BET International was renamed on DStv to BET2, but remained BET International on StarSat.