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MTV

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Launched
August 1, 1981; 32 years ago
Owned by
Viacom Media Networks (Viacom)
Picture format
1080i (HDTV) 480i (SDTV)
Country
United States
Language
English
Headquarters
New York, NY
Formerly called
MTV: Music Television (August 1, 1981–February 8, 2010)
Website

MTV (originally an initialism of Music Television) is an American basic cable and satellite television channel owned by the MTV Networks Music & Logo Group, a unit of the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom. The channel itself is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, and is a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. Launched on August 1, 1981, the original purpose of the channel was to play music videos guided by television personalities known as "video jockeys," or VJs. In its early years, MTV's main target demographic were young adults, but today, MTV's programming is primarily targeted at adolescents and teenagers in addition to young adults. MTV has spawned numerous sister channels in the U.S. and affiliated channels internationally, some of which have gone independent. MTV's influence on its audience, including issues related to censorship and social activism, has been a subject of debate for years. As of August 2013, approximately 97,654,000 American households (85.51% of households with television) receive MTV

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