MTV Hits New Zealand

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MTV Hits New Zealand
MTV Hits logo 2013.png
Launched 1 December 2011
Owned by MTV Networks Asia Pacific
Picture format 576i (SDTV 16:9)
Country New Zealand
Language English
Sister channel(s) MTV
MTV Classic
SKY TV Channel 110
Vodafone Channel 110
Igloo TV Channel 015
InHome TV Channel 110

MTV Hits is a New Zealand music channel that plays music videos 24 hours a day and is focused on viewer interaction. On 1 July 2011 MTV International channels launched new logos[1]


On 1 December 2011, MTV launched MTV Hits on New Zealand pay TV provider Sky Television[2][3] which was set to bring more options to New Zealanders of dedicated music video TV channels. At the time of launch, MTV Classic, Juice TV, J2 and C4 were MTV Hits New Zealand's competition. As of December 2014, MTV Hits New Zealand remains on-air with MTV Classic, Juice TV and The Edge TV as its local competition within the music-video TV channel industry.

MTV Hits changed its programming format in December 2013 after MTV Hits Australia no longer aired within New Zealand. The channel formally focused on viewer interaction with shows such as UControl, MyPix and #HITS. MTV Hits now airs chart-topping music videos 24 hours, 7 days a week. Themed-music shows and countdown themed-shows air throughout the week.

Cessation of Service in Australia[edit]

On 29 October 2013, MTV announced they had been working with Foxtel since early 2013 to offer more diversity on the Foxtel platform, as MTV Classic and MTV Hits fought for the same audience as Foxtel Networks channels MAX and [V] Hits respectively.[2] The channel to replace MTV Hits is MTV Music, the number one UK music channel, which will feature Pop, Rock, urban and alternative music.[2] Although MTV Classic and MTV Hits will no longer be available on Foxtel, they will continue to be offered by Australian IPTV service FetchTV and New Zealand pay TV provider Sky Television.[2][3] The changes took place on 3 December 2013.[4]

On 16 December 2013, FetchTV announced via their Facebook page that as of 1 January 2014, MTV Music would replace MTV Hits on their service, as was done by Foxtel the month earlier.[5] This meant that MTV Hits would become exclusively available in New Zealand.

MTV Hits Former Shows[edit]

  • My Pix – Music videos are played while viewers' answers to questions are shown
  • Today's Most Wanted – Music played as voted by viewers on the MTV website
  • U Control – Music chosen by a single viewer
  • Double Play – 2 songs, of a certain artist, back-to-back are played
  • MTV Hits Top 30 – The top 30 songs in the country
  • 30 Biggest Tracks Right Now – The top 30 songs in the country
  • 10 Biggest Tracks Right Now – The top 10 songs in the country
  • Fresh Vid – Newest video by a certain artist. The artist's name is also in the title, Fresh Vid: Reece Mastin, for example
  • Burst Of... – A few songs of a certain artist is played. The artist's name is also in the title, Burst Of...Timomatic, for example
  • Nothing But MTV Hits – Songs played at nighttime
  • Pop Hits Top 6 – The top 6 pop songs in the country
  • Party Hits – Party songs
  • MTV News – The news as told by MTV
  • Brekkie Hits – Songs played in the early hours
  • Urban Hits Top 6" – The top 6 urban songs in the country
  • ...vs..." – Songs are played by two different artists, One Direction vs. Justin Bieber, for example
  • MTV Download Charts – Songs played according to the download charts
  • #Hits - Music videos played out while viewers' answers to questions posted on MTV Hits' Facebook and MTV Twitter are shown on-air.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Branding Source: New logos: MTV international". 'The Branding Source'. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Reid, Poppy (29 October 2013). "EXCLUSIVE: MTV AUSTRALIA TO LAUNCH TWO NEW CHANNELS – MTV MUSIC AND MTV DANCE". The Music Network. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "MTV Dance and MTV Music to hit Foxtel this December!". MTV Australia. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Knox, David (1 November 2013). "Foxtel refreshes music channels". TV Tonight. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  5. ^ FetchTV (16 December 2013). "Fetch TV". Facebook. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 

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