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MTV Networks is a division of media conglomerates Viacom that oversees the operations of many television channels and Internet brands, including the original MTV channel in the United Statesmarker.

The company was established in 1984 after Warner Communications and American Express decided to divest the basic cable assets of Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, renaming it MTV Networks, Inc. Warner-Amex originally created and owned Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1, and The Movie Channel.

Viacom acquired 66% of the company in 1985, and then acquired the remaining interest in 1986. It was then folded into Viacom International Inc., a subsidiary of Viacom Inc., and is no longer a distinct legal entity.

Cable channels currently owned by MTV Networks

Year in parentheses denotes when channel was brought into the MTV Networks fold.

1Channel created by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment prior to 1984.

2Channel started as Ha!, merged with HBO's The Comedy Channel the following year, became fully owned by Viacom in 2003.

380.1% owned by CTVglobemedia, 19.9% owned by Viacom.

4Channel originally owned by CBS, became part of MTV Networks when CBS merged with Viacom.

5Created as VH1 Country prior to Viacom/CBS merger.

690% owned by Corus Entertainment, 10% owned by Viacom.

7Co-owned with Lionsgate and MGM. MTV Networks handles operations.

Internet properties

The company also owns internet properties, such as Atom Films, Addicting Games, MTV News, MTV International, iFilm, GoCityKids, GameTrailers, Nitrome Limited, Xfire,, and Quizilla. MTV Networks has also made a partnership with Nexon to promote its Neopets service.

MTV Networks International

MTV Networks International is based in New Yorkmarker, Londonmarker, Warsawmarker and Buenos Airesmarker. MTV Networks International consists of MTV Networks Europe, MTV Networks Latin America, MTV Networks Asia and MTV Networks Africa. It also includesmultimedia entertainment brands MTV (64 channels in total), MTVNHD, VH1 (6 channels in total), Nickelodeon, TMF, VIVA,Comedy Central,Game One, Neopets, GameTrailers, Nitrome Limited, Shockwave, Addicting Games, Atom Films and Xfire. MTV Networks' brands are seen globally in 560 million households in 162 countries and 33 languages via more than 150 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 350 digital media properties.

See also


External links

  • MTV Networks official web site

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