|Type||Broadcast television network|
|Availability||In some Brazilian states via broadcast television, in other states via cable|
by Grupo Abril and MTV Networks
|Slogan||A música não para (The music doesn't stop)|
|Headquarters||Av. Prof. Alfonso Bovero, 52
Perdizes, São Paulo
|20 October 1990|
|Dissolved||30 September 2013|
|MTV: Music Television (1990 - 2006)|
Channel 525 (HD)
Channel 319 (HD)
|Affiliates||See List of MTV Brasil affiliates|
|Replaced by||Ideal TV|
MTV Brasil was the first Brazilian version of MTV, owned by Abril Mídia, the nation's largest magazine publisher. MTV Brasil was one of four versions of MTV available in free-to-air terrestrial television. (The other three are MTV Italy, MTV Greece and MTV Spain) However, it was also available on cable and satellite services.
In June 2013, the Grupo Abril began the process of returning the brand to Viacom Media Networks, which relaunched the channel on pay TV. The reformuled channel is being called only "MTV" and it premiered on 1 October 2013. The signal used to air MTV Brasil was replaced by Grupo Abril's channel Ideal TV.
MTV Brasil was launched on 20 October 1990, only to metropolitan São Paulo, through UHF channel A32 and metropolitan Rio de Janeiro, through VHF channel A9 (with TV Corcovado as an affiliate station). The first video shown was Garota de Ipanema, sung by Marina Lima.
In 1996, Viacom acquired 50% of the network, which was, until then, a wholly owned subsidiary of Abril.
In 2005, due to regulatory requirements that non-Brazilian companies can own only up to 30% of a terrestrial network, Abril acquired 20% of MTV Brasil from Viacom.
In late 2006 MTV Brasil released its broadband channel following the international model for the MTV Overdrive.
On 2 December 2007, after the official start of commercial HDTV broadcasts in Brazil, MTV launched MTV HD, a simulcast of the main MTV service, featuring original high-definition series and MTV2's $2 Bill concerts. MTV HD is currently available over-the-air in São Paulo. In January 2008, MTV changed its broadcast frequency in Rio de Janeiro from UHF channel 24 to 48. On 1 September 2008 starts transmitting on satellite Star One C2 (70°W South America coverage) by analog system PAL-M, free-to-air frequency 4010H after being encrypted since 1993. This is seen as a response to NET Brasil (a wholly owned subsidiary of Organizações Globo that distributes channels to NET Serviços – and its affiliates – and SKY Brasil) dropping MTV from its systems, after disagreeing to MTV conditioning its carriage on cable and satellite to the carriage of Abril owned channels Fiz and Ideal, which, for low viewership (especially since they were never carried by Net or Sky), were closed down in July 2009. MTV remains available on Net cable in markets where it's a must-carry station, for being a full-power broadcast station covering that market.
In December 2009, Abril announced it would purchase Viacom's stake in MTV Brasil and gain exclusive rights to use the MTV brand in Brazil.
On 15 May 2013, journalist Keila Jimenez published an article in her blog "Outro Canal" that Grupo Abril was not going to continue to manage the channel until the end of that year, due to the risk of bankruptcy. On 12 June, Kelia posted that Grupo Abril was going to return the brand MTV to Viacom and was going to release a new channel in its place. This was later confirmed by another journalist, Patricia Kogut. A day later, MTV Brasil canceled three TV shows: Acesso MTV, MTV Sem Vergonha and A Hora do Chay and its VJs were fired. A week later, Zico Góes, head of programming on the channel, confirmed that the brand MTV was returned to Viacom and MTV Brasil was going to continue with new TV shows until the end of September. On 29 July, Viacom International Media Networks announced that the channel would be relaunched on 1 October on pay TV. Grupo Abril announced a goodbye special of the channel from free-to-air television on 30 September. In September, Grupo Abril agreed to sell the entire archive (almost 33 thousand VHS video-tapes) to Viacom. Most of the collection is being selected by Zico Góes, who is scheduled to release a book with the My MTV special shows. The last live TV show of MTV Brasil was held on 26 September, with the VJs and employees of the channel making a party around the former MTV building in Perdizes. It was held from 6pm to midnight (BRT).
The last TV show aired was O Último Programa do Mundo ("The Last Program in the World"). Cuca Lazarotto, who introduced the first music video aired on MTV Brasil, also introduced the last music video, "Maracatu Atômico" by Chico Science & Nação Zumbi. Astrid Fontenelle appeared to give the last message aired by MTV Brasil (which was recorded in the third week of September) and close MTV Brasil's broadcasting. Fontenelle was known for being the first VJ of MTV Brasil's most famous TV show, Disk MTV. After that, the channel was replaced by Grupo Abril's Ideal TV and MTV Brasil relaunched on pay TV as only "MTV" on the following day.
- Mango, Agustin (2013-07-29). "Viacom Moves MTV Brazil to Pay TV". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-08-04.
- Kogut, Patricia (2013-06-12). "Abril devolve MTV Brasil à programadora americana Viacom". O Globo. Retrieved 2013-09-13.
- "MTV se despede com clipe de chico science=BBC UK". Retrieved 28 July 2014.
- Possebon, Samuel (2013-09-20). "No lugar da MTV, TV Abril terá programas de negócios e carreiras". Tela Viva. Retrieved 2013-09-28.
- Official website (Portuguese)