MTV Live (TV network)
|Launched||January 16, 2006|
|Owned by||Viacom Media Networks (Viacom)|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV-exclusive)|
|Slogan||Epic. Awesome. Music.|
|Headquarters||New York City, New York|
|Formerly called||Music: High Definition (2006–08)|
|Dish Network||Channel 369|
|Available on some cable systems||Channel slots vary on each operator|
|AT&T U-verse||Channel 1505|
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 715|
|Philo||Internet Protocol television|
MTV Live (formerly Palladia) is an American pay television network that is owned by Viacom. The channel, which exclusively broadcasts in 1080i high definition, broadcasts music videos and music-related programming from Viacom-owned networks MTV, MTV Classic, VH1 and CMT, along with other concert and live music programming from outside producers.
In the winter of 2005, F. Stone Roberts (director and producer), Agent Ogden (editor and post supervisor), Colin Oberschmidt (director of photography), Sonia Taylor (production assistant), and George Oliphant (VJ) took residence in Vail, Colorado to launch the channel. The team produced live concerts and a one-hour weekly music show, called Uncompressed, from a lookalike ski lodge built inside the Eagle's Nest at the top of Vail Mountain. The channel's original executive producer was Morgan Hertzan, who had worked with mtvU. Olympic bump skier, pro football player, Jeremy Bloom was a guest VJ during the original run in Vail. Original concerts produced at Vail Resorts included James Blunt, Jamie Cullum, Yellowcard, Train, P.O.D, Hoobastank, Goo Goo Dolls, Gary Allan, The Fray, Death Cab For Cutie, and Mat Kearney.
The network officially launched on January 16, 2006 as Music: High Definition (MHD). At its debut, the channel had limited distribution with Verizon FiOS being the only provider to carry MHD. Two months later, Cox Communications reached an agreement to carry the channel, which was subsequently added to Cox systems in New Orleans, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Phoenix. Around the same time, Comcast started carrying the channel on its systems in Boston and Atlanta.
Charter Communications began carrying the channel on its St. Louis system on July 18, 2006, adding the channel to its systems in the northern Midwest in early November of that year. Time Warner Cable began carrying the channel in some regions in late December 2006. In 2007, Service Electric Cable Television began to carry the channel on its systems in northeastern and central Pennsylvania. On October 4, 2007, DirecTV began carrying the network nationwide. The channel changed its name to Palladia on September 1, 2008. Initially, Mitsubishi Electric Digital Televisions was the exclusive sponsor.
In January 2015, Viacom Media Networks gave notice to subscription providers that they would rebrand Palladia as MTV Live on February 1, 2016, making it the fifth all-music channel Viacom has rebranded in the last year. Currently no other details outside of the rename notice, along with the addition of "best of" episodes of the PBS/KLRU music series Austin City Limits, have been revealed. Despite the rebranding, network officials made clear no change in focus towards any reality programming (as has been seen with MTV and VH1) is planned.
Specials formerly broadcast on MTV Live included the HD simulcasts of the MTV Europe Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, CMT Music Awards and VH1 Hip Hop Honors. As carriage of the MTV, CMT and VH1 HD simulcast networks expanded, these programs became exclusive to their parent channel's HD broadcast streams.
Majority of the music video programming on the network airs in the early morning and daytime hours each day (4 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET on weekdays, 4 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET on weekends). Additionally, MTV Live airs a music video block on weeknights from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET. Since sometime in May 2019, MTV Live has expanded Music Video programming across each whole weekend.
In addition to the programs listed below, MTV Live frequently broadcasts concert footage and music documentaries.
List of programs broadcast by MTV Live
- Best of Austin City Limits (PBS/KLRU)
- Classic Albums
- CMT Crossroads (CMT)
- Epic.Awesome.Videos (Music video programming)
- Front and Center
- Later... with Jools Holland (September 6, 2012–present)
- Live from the Artists Den
- MTV Jams (Hip hop and urban contemporary music video block)
- MTV Live Setlist (October 21, 2016–present)
- MTV Unplugged
- MTV World Stage (MTV Europe)
- Push Showcase (October 31, 2017–present)
- The Ride (MTV Europe)
- TRL (May 21, 2018–present)
- VH1 Storytellers (VH1)
- Life & Rhymes (BET Jams)
- Live from Daryl's House (September 6, 2012–June 23, 2016)
- nugs.net Live Stash (October 2, 2016–November 20, 2016)
- Rock Icons
- Soulstage (BET Soul)
- Soundstage (PBS)
- That Metal Show, originally a VH1 Classic program, reruns of the show aired on the network.
- The Live Room
- TRL Recap (October 31, 2017–March 23, 2018)
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