MTVX

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MTVX
Type Digital cable/Satellite television network (Music)
Country United States
Availability National
Owner MTV Networks (Viacom)
Launch date
1998
Dissolved May 1, 2002
Replaced by MTV Jams

MTVX was a Viacom-owned American rock music video channel. MTVX was available exclusively on digital cable providers, being the first network made available in the "MTV Networks Digital Suite".

Format[edit]

MTVX aired no advertising outside of MTV2 promos, airing videos on a daily loop programmed to air in three eight-hour blocks per day. The channel aired contemporary videos and older videos that were no longer shown on MTV. Likewise, MTVX was not limited to just one genre of rock music videos. The channel aired a variety of genres, including punk, metal, and grunge.

Also, MTV-X showcased otherwise unknown or unheard music to the masses, such as Static-X, Disturbed, Finger Eleven, Black Label Society, Soil, Soulfly, Sepultura, Tool, Pantera, Kittie, Dope, Coal Chamber, Primus, Mushroomhead and others.

Closure[edit]

MTVX was closed on May 1, 2002, and replaced by MTV Jams, a hip-hop music video channel. The last video played on MTVX was "See You On The Other Side" by Ozzy Osbourne. The replacement of MTVX with MTV Jams was decried by rock music fans. MTV's explanation, based upon ratings and Billboard chart information, was that more of the American population would prefer to see hip-hop and R&B music videos, rather than the alternative and hard rock videos that MTVX had been created to play.[1]

Reuse of brand[edit]

In 2011 MTV began reusing the MTVX brand for "a new cross-media group in charge of developing content for various platforms such as TV, computers and mobile phones." "MTV launched MTVX in August, with David Gale heading it up. Gale oversaw MTV Films for more than 10 years. Under Gale, MTV Films released 26 films, including Election, Save the Last Dance, Beavis and Butt-head Do America and Varsity Blues."[2]

The brand name of MTVX is also present in MTV's official corporate page.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ antiMUSIC – musicNEWS May 2002: MTV Dis(miss)es Rock in Favor of Hip-hop
  2. ^ Lincoln Journal Star
  3. ^ MTV Press & Corporate Website