MTV launches social TV app

MTV has launched a new app that combines on-demand video content with social media. The MTV Under The Thumb (UTT) app gives access to premium MTV content on-demand and enables users to co-view the shows and chat with friends at the same time. The app can be paired with any web browser on a computer, […]

Viacom airs six-year deal for six channels in Turkey

MTV will relaunch on the Digiturk pay TV service in Turkey in a six-year carriage deal that covers six Viacom channels in all. Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) extricated itself from a joint venture with Multichannel Developers that ended in dispute and with MTV being pulled from the Digiturk platform. The new agreement clears the […]

Ofcom upholds ATVOD ruling on Viva TV Music

UK regulator Ofcom has upheld a decision by video-on-demand watchdog ATVOD that MTV’s online service Viva TV Music is subject to regulation as an on-demand programme service. MTV Networks Europe had appealed against ATVOD’s initial ruling. The decision means that MTV is required to ensure that the service complies with a range of statutory requirements […]

MTV rebrands UK HD offering

Viacom is launching its core MTV channel in high definition in the UK. MTV will be complemented by MTV HD on the Sky platform from this week, allowing viewers to see Geordie Shore, Teen Mom and other MTV shows in high definition. Viacom will rebrand its current UK HD service, MTVNHD, as MTV Live a […]

Viacom inks content deal with Amazon

Viacom has concluded a deal with Amazon that will let the online retailer’s customers stream content from channels including MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, VH1, BET, CMT and Logo. The agreement follows similar deals with other US majors including Sony and Warner Bros. The deal means that Amazon’s premium customers, who pay US$79 (€60) a year […]

MTV Live HD launches on Sky Italia

Live music channel MTV Live HD has launched on Italian DTH platform Sky Italia. The channel launched in Poland in 2008 and is now available in 34 countries. It airs concerts and music documentaries.

Comedy Central rolls out in Sub-Saharan Africa

MTV is launching its Comedy Central channel in sub-Saharan Africa next week on DStv. It will roll out on December 6, at 7.30pm, on the Multichoice-backed pay TV platform, reaching 47 territories in the region. The channel will be English-language and have popular Comedy Central shows including South Park and The Daily Show with Jon […]

KDG adds MTV channel

German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has added music channel MTV Brand New to its platform. MTV Brand New is a pure music channel, broadcasting the latest mainstream and niche music videos. It launched in Germany in February on Deutsche Telekom’s T-Entertain IPTV platform. The channel is available in KDG’s Premium Extra package.

MTV Networks Africa hires Smit

MTV Networks Africa has appointed former M-Net executive Helen Smit as programming director, music. She will be responsible for programming across MTV Networks Africa’s portfolio of music channels including MTV, VH1 and MTV Base. She joins from the Baynounah Media Group in Abu Dhabi, where she was deputy director of programming for its English language […]

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