MTV Classic (U.S. TV network)

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MTV Classic
MTV Classic logo
Launched 1998; 18 years ago (1998)
Owned by Viacom Media Networks
Picture format 480i SDTV
Country United States
Language English
Headquarters New York City, New York, United States
Formerly called
  • VH1 Smooth Jazz (1998–2000)
  • VH1 Classic (2000–2016)
Sister channel(s)
Dish Network 163
C-Band AMC 18-Channel 234 (H2H 4DTV)
Available on many cable systems Check local listings for specific channels
Verizon FiOS 218
AT&T U-verse 520

MTV Classic (formerly VH1 Smooth Jazz and VH1 Classic) is an American television network owned by Viacom Media Networks. It was originally launched in 1998 as VH1 Smooth Jazz, an adult contemporary and smooth jazz channel. It was relaunched as as VH1 Classic in 2000, with a new emphasis on classic rock. On August 1, 2016, in honor of MTV's 35th anniversary, the channel was rebranded as MTV Classic.


As VH1 Classic[edit]

VH1 Classic launched in May 8, 2000 and replaced VH1 Smooth Jazz, a smooth jazz and adult contemporary channel.[1]

VH1 Classic primarily featured a mainstream rock/adult hits-formatted mix of music videos and concert footage from the 1970s through the mid-1990s, though it formerly included a wider range of genres and time periods. The network originally played only videos but had a varied line-up of music-themed programs. This included themed compilation shows of music videos and concert footage, such as music videos focused on Heavy Metal music or on music of the 1980s, music documentaries such as the Classic Albums series, music themed movies, and full length concerts. They also rebroadcast programs first shown on the main VH1 channel, including Pop-Up Video and I Love the '80s.

As MTV Classic[edit]

In July of 2016, Viacom announced that on August 1st, the 35th anniversary of the original MTV's launch, the network would rebrand as MTV Classic; the channel's programming continues to focus on classic music videos and programming (including notable episodes of MTV Unplugged and Total Request Live), but skews more towards the 1980s, 1990s and early-mid 2000s. The re-branded network also airs encores of past MTV original series such as Beavis and Butt-head and Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. The network's re-launch took place at midnight on that date; the last song to play on VH1 Classic was "Don't Talk" by 10,000 Maniacs. The relaunch was started with a rebroadcast of MTV's first hour on the air, which was also simulcast on MTV and online via Facebook live streaming, branded as "MTV Hour One" (the channel, as VH1 Classic, had previously aired it to mark the network's 30th anniversary in 2011.)[2][3] Several VH1 Classic programs were retained in the existing schedule, albeit in late night.



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