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|Launched||17 April 2003|
|Owned by||Sony Pictures Television|
|Picture format||16:9, 576i (SDTV)|
|Audience share||0.01% (September 2015BARB),|
|Sister channel(s)||Chart Show Dance
Chart Show TV
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|Website||www.scuzz.com currently an open domain|
|Eutelsat 28A||11307 V 27500 2/3|
Scuzz is a British music television channel owned and operated by CSC Media Group (Sony Pictures Entertainment). It launched on 17 April 2003 and has gone on to be the highest-rated rock TV station on UK satellite.
The rock channel broadcasts mainstream rock, pop-punk, and metal and particularly specializes in the hardcore and metalcore genres. Scuzz tends to play more underground music videos than the other British rock channels MTV Rocks and Kerrang!TV although K! and Scuzz do share quite a few songs. The channel has been known to break many UK artists including Enter Shikari, Young Guns, You Me At Six, Bullet For My Valentine, Lower Than Atlantis and more recently Mallory Knox. International bands are often first broadcast on Scuzz TV, the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Sleeping With Sirens, Pierce The Veil, Letlive, All Time Low and Paramore all first appeared on Scuzz.
The channel shows many exclusive music videos for their first time. Scuzz often plays live concerts including Slipknot, Korn, Devildriver and 36 Crazyfists. Scuzz has band 'Take-Overs' where artists present music video shows, as well as interviews with artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Deftones, Machine Head, Kiss to smaller bands that are deemed up and coming.
They show various interview shows including 'On Record', 'Scuzz Meets', 'The Lowdown' which centers around British rock festival 'Download Festival', and more recently a series called Access All Areas. Scuzz TV presenters include Sophie K, Daniel P Carter, and Matt Stocks.
Scuzz has a presence at the majority of the UK and international rock festivals. Scuzz's current festival partnerships include:
- Download Festival
- Bloodstock Festival
- Hevy Festival
- Slam Dunk Festival
- Vans Warped Tour USA
- Vans Warped Tour UK
- Mayhem Festival USA
- Hellfest France
Scuzz is available 24 hours a day on Sky channel 367. It is owned by Sony Pictures Television.
On Monday 17 November 2008, CSC Media Group launched a +1 timeshift of Scuzz, Scuzz +1. It was available 24 hours a day on Sky channel 375. This was CSC Media Group's third music timeshift, after launching Flaunt +1 and Bliss +1 earlier in the year, although both have since been closed down and replaced, with PopGirl +1 and allowing AnimeCentral to go 24 hours respectively.
On Friday 21 November 2008, just four days after Scuzz +1 officially launched, it was closed down as the EPG slot had been bought by news channel NHK World TV.
On Tuesday 29 September 2009, Scuzz was removed from Freesat channel 502 and replaced with sister channel Flava. On 3 November 2010, NME TV was replaced with Scuzz on Freesat channel 503. On 15 July 2013, Scuzz was replaced by Chart Show Dance on Freesat channel 503.
On 5 June 2013, Scuzz swapped positions with Flava on Sky. The channel moved from 374 to 367, while Flava moved from 367 to 374.
Scuzz was given a new look and revamp on 1 April 2006. Replacing the old black and white logo and song titles to a blue, smokey look. After the revamp the channel has begun to air more special, dedicated shows, such as a live performance from the metalcore group Trivium, and more recently, a weekend devoted to Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames.
As of at least 31 December 2007, Scuzz was once again revamped; being given a much more industrial style look.
Virgin Media removal
On 6 November 2007, Scuzz along with Bliss and Flaunt, were removed from Virgin Media's ex-NTL platform as a deal with Chart Show Channels could not be made to make the channels available to their ex-Telewest platform.