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MTV
MTV Logo 2010.svg
CountryUnited States
HeadquartersMTV Studios, One Astor Plaza, 1515 Broadway, Times Square, Manhattan, New York City, New York 10036, United States
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks
Key peoplePhilippe Dauman (CEO)
Sister channels
History
LaunchedAugust 1, 1981; 39 years ago (1981-08-01)
Former names
  • Sight on Sound (1977–1981)
  • Music Television (1981–2010)[1]
Links
Websitemtv.com
Availability
Cable
Available on most cable providersChannel slots vary on each service
Satellite
Orby TVChannel 270 (HD)
Dish NetworkChannel 160 (HD)
DirecTV
  • Channel 331 (East; HD)
  • Channel 331-1 (West; HD)
DirecTV CaribbeanChannel 260
IPTV
Verizon FiosChannel 210 (SD)
Channel 710 (HD)
AT&T U-verseChannel 502 (SD)
Channel 1502 (HD)
Streaming media
FuboTVInternet Protocol television
PhiloInternet Protocol televi

MTV (originally an initialism of Music Television) is an American cable channel, launched on August 1, 1981. Based in New York City, it serves as the flagship property of the ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks division of ViacomCBS, also headquartered in New York City.[2]

MTV was originally first tested on December 1, 1977 as Sight on Sound, but was officially launched in 1981, and originally aired music videos as guided by television personalities known as "video jockeys" (VJs),[3] but in the years since its inception, the network significantly toned down its focus on music in favor of original reality programming targeting youths and young adults.

MTV has spawned numerous sister channels in the U.S. and affiliated channels internationally, some of which have gone independent, with approximately 90.6 million American households in the United States receiving the channel as of January 2016.[4]