BET Logo

January 25, 1980; 37 years ago (1980-01-25)
(as a Program block on Nickelodeon)

July 1, 1983; 34 years ago (1983-07-01)
(as a 24-hour TV channel)
Network BET Networks
Owned by
  • Robert L. Johnson
  • Viacom
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV/16:9 letterbox)
Slogan We Got You.
Country United States
Broadcast area United States and Canada
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Sister channel(s) BET Gospel
BET Hip-Hop
DirecTV 329 (HD/SD)
1329 (VOD)
Dish Network 124 (HD/SD)
Bell TV/Telus Satellite TV (Canada) 576 (SD)
Shaw Direct (Canada) 582 (SD)
Available on most other cable systems Check local listings for channels

Black Entertainment Television (BET) is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the BET Networks division of Viacom. It is the most prominent television network targeting African American audiences, and currently reaches more than 88 million households.[1] The channel is headquartered in Washington, D.C..

Programming on the network consists of original and acquired television series, theatrically- and home video-released movies, and mainstream rap, hip-hop and R&B music videos. As of February 2015, approximately 88,255,000 American households (75.8% of households with television) receive BET.[2]


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