American basic cable and satellite television channel

MTV (music television) is an American cable television network. They are based in New York City. The channel launched on August 1, 1981.[2] They used to only show music videos.[3] The first music video shown on MTV was Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles. Today, the channel shows many different television programs aimed at adolescents and young adults.

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MTV logo
LaunchedAugust 1, 1981; 39 years ago (1981-08-01)
Owned byViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks (ViacomCBS)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
CountryUnited States
HeadquartersNew York City
Formerly calledMTV: Music Television (August 1, 1981–February 8, 2010)[1]
DirecTV331 (SD & HD)
1331 (On Demand)
Dish Network160 (SD)
1333 (HD)
Available on many U.S. cable providersCheck local listings for channel numbers
Verizon FiOS210 (SD)
710 (HD)
AT&T U-verse1502 East / 1503 West (HD)
502 East / 503 West (SD)


  1. "MTV drops 'Music Television' from the network logo". Los Angeles Times. 2010-02-08. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
  2. "". 1981-08-01. Retrieved 2010-08-07.
  3. "CNN – MTV changed the music industry on August 1, 1981 – July 31, 1998". Retrieved 2010-05-13.

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