CMT Pure Country
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|CMT Pure Country|
|Launched||1999 (as VH1 Country)|
|Owned by||Viacom Media Networks
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
Not yet available in HD.
|Slogan||All Music, All the Time.|
|Formerly called||VH1 Country (1999-2006)|
|Sister channel(s)||The Viacom Media Networks, their international channels, BET Networks, the Epix Networks and the Network Enterprises networks.|
|Website||CMT Pure Country|
|Available on some cable systems||Check local listings|
|RCN Cable||Channel 171|
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 222|
|AT&T U-verse||Channel 527|
CMT Pure Country (also known as CMT Pure) is a digital cable television channel; it is the sister network to CMT. It showcases country music videos all day from the 1980s to the current day, using the same 8-hour programming wheel schedule repeated three times daily as sister networks MTV Hits and MTV Jams. Unlike CMT, CMT Pure Country focuses entirely on music videos, with no entertainment programming.
The network was called VH1 Country until Memorial Day Weekend 2006 (launching in 1999 and predating the merger of CBS Cable networks TNN and CMT into Viacom), complementing that network until Viacom shifted VH1 towards more pop culture programming while using the CMT brand for all of their country music programming.
Video Blocks (Programming)
"Pure Vintage" featured a mix of classic and vintage country music videos prior to the mid-1990s, including older performance video clips of songs. The block aired for 30 minutes, twice a day; as of 2015, it is no longer included on the schedule.
Bluegrass, neo-traditionalist country, and Americana music videos are featured. The block, originally known as "Wide Open Country," airs for thirty minutes.
Studio 330 Sessions
No longer on the network, this featured music videos of live sessions recorded at CMT's studios in Nashville (330 refers to CMT's Nashville address, 330 Commerce Street). The block aired for thirty minutes. Segments from the sessions air in rotation on the channel's regular programming.
Pure 12 Pack Countdown
A fan voted countdown that shows the top 12 videos of the week as voted by the fans. This show has a full hour block and debuts each Friday evening, with replays throughout the week.
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