MTV Classic (U.S. TV network)

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MTV Classic
MTV Classic logo
  • 1998; 18 years ago (1998) (as VH1 Smooth Jazz)
  • May 8, 2000; 16 years ago (2000-05-08) (as VH1 Classic)
  • August 1, 2016; 26 days ago (2016-08-01) (as MTV Classic)
Owned by Viacom Media Networks (Viacom)
Picture format
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 Classic) is an American television network. It is operated by Viacom Music and Entertainment Group, a unit of Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom.


As VH1 Classic[edit]

VH1 Classic logo from 2007–2016

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]

On August 1, 2016, the 35th anniversary of the original MTV's launch, the network was rebranded 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 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 included a broadcast of MTV's first hour on the air, which was also simulcast on MTV and online via Facebook live streaming.[2][3] Several VH1 Classic programs were retained in the existing schedule, albeit in late night.



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