|Headquarters||MTV Studios, One Astor Plaza, 1515 Broadway, Times Square, Manhattan, New York City, New York 10036, United States|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
|Owner||ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks|
|Key people||Philippe Dauman (CEO)|
|Launched||August 1, 1981; 39 years ago (1981-08-01)|
|Available on most cable providers||Channel slots vary on each service|
|Orby TV||Channel 270 (HD)|
|Dish Network||Channel 160 (HD)|
|DirecTV Caribbean||Channel 260|
|Verizon Fios||Channel 210 (SD)|
Channel 710 (HD)
|AT&T U-verse||Channel 502 (SD)|
Channel 1502 (HD)
|FuboTV||Internet Protocol television|
|Philo||Internet 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.
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), 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.