VH1 Classic (European TV channel)
|Launched||30 November 2004|
|Network||MTV Networks Europe|
|Owned by||Viacom International Media Networks Europe|
|Picture format||576i (4:3 SDTV)|
|Slogan||Absolutely none of today's hottest new music.|
|CanalDigitaal (Netherlands)||Channel 60|
|Ziggo (Netherlands)||Channel 606|
|CAIW (Netherlands)||Channel 128|
|CAI Harderwijk (Netherlands)||Channel 96|
|Kabel Noord (Netherlands)||Channel 353|
|Kabeltex (Netherlands)||Channel 226|
|Vodafone TV (Spain)||Channel 187|
|KPN (Netherlands)||Channel 410|
|BELGACOM TV (Belgium)||Channel 172|
|T-Mobile Netherlands||Channel TBA|
|Tele2 Netherlands||Channel TBA|
|Solcon (Netherlands)||Channel 234|
|Stipte (Netherlands)||Channel TBA|
|Fiber Netherlands||Channel 234|
|Online.nl (Netherlands)||Channel TBA|
|Free (France)||Channel 280|
|Ziggo GO (Netherlands)||Watch Live|
VH1 Classic, also known as VH1 Classic European, is a music television channel from Viacom International Media Networks Europe. The channel primarily features music videos from the 1980s through to the 2000s (decade), although rare live performances from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s can be seen as well. VH1 Classic was first launched in the United Kingdom on 1 July 1999 and made available from the beginning to the whole of Europe. However, the current pan-European service was launched in 30 November 2004, when it became a separate feed from VH1 Classic UK. Like VH1 European, it broadcast from MTV Networks Europe's premises in Camden Town (London, UK). It is officially available to viewers all over Europe and Latin America (except the UK & Ireland and Italy and San Marino). Unlike VH1 Classic UK, the pan-European version of the channel is entirely devoid of advertisements, with round-the-clock music videos played out from MTV Networks Europe's comprehensive library in London.
Attempts to transition VH1 Classic to widescreen
Like the now-defunct Italian feed of MTV Classic, VH1 Classic airs in 4:3 standard definition aspect ratio. There were a very few attempts to transition this channel to widescreen, but they were failed due to several technical issues.
The first widescreen transition attempt happened on 19 August 2015 at 7:00AM CET, which caused VH1 Classic to have severe technical issues for a minute, then it went widescreen temporarily until 7:45AM CET, which the music video was abruptly changed to "The Sweet Escape" by Gwen Stefani and reverted to 4:3. The recent widescreen transition attempt happened on 9 February 2016 at 7:00AM CET, when a fragment of the music video of the song "I Don't Wan't Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith played, but it abruptly shifted to the on-air ident instead, which also failed.
Regular programming on VH1 Classic
- All Night Long - General music videos.
- Happy Monday's/Timeless Tuesdays/Wind Back Wednesdays/Throwback Thursday/Flashback Fridays - Music on weekday afternoons.
- Nothing But The 00s - Music from the noughties from 9pm to midnight.
- Smells Like The 90s - Music from the nineties from 11am to 5pm.
- We Are The 80s - Music from the eighties from 6am to 11am.
- Keep It Classic - Music in the weekend afternoons.
- Iain Chapman (July 1, 1999). "New MTV Channels start today". Digital Spy.
- "MTV Networks Europe Fact Sheet" (PDF). MTV Networks Europe. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 12, 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
- Brand Graffismo (2015-10-10), VH1 Classic | Technical problems, goes to 16:9 (2015)., retrieved 2017-06-24
- Luis (2016-02-11), VH1 Classic Europe 16:9 Test (09.02.2016) [07:00 CET], retrieved 2017-06-23