October 14, 2005 |
MTV Networks, the cable television channels owned by Viacom Inc., bought Internet video provider Ifilm Corp. for $49 million to add short movies from Hollywood studios and amateur filmmakers to its websites. Ifilm, based in Hollywood, has the biggest library of short films on the Web and reaches more than 10 million users a month, MTV said in an e-mailed statement Thursday.
September 27, 2005 |
Warner Music Group Corp., the nation's third-largest music company, is betting that mobile phone users want their MTV. MTV Networks and Warner Music Group announced a licensing agreement Monday that would allow the cable television giant to include Warner's music video catalog in programming it sells over mobile phone networks worldwide.
July 13, 2005 |
How niche can you get? MTV on Tuesday launched MTV Desi, a programming service aimed at "young people with ties to the Indian subcontinent but living in the United States." It's a pay channel available only on DirecTV satellite, featuring news, music, comedy and reality shows. MTV said it hopes to launch similar services this year for Chinese Americans and Korean Americans.
July 9, 2005 |
MTV and VH1 will take turns today airing five-hour blocks of performances from "Live 8: A Concert to Make Poverty History." The unusual, commercial-free replay comes one week after MTV took heat from fans and critics for missing too many key music moments in its live broadcast of the shows on 10 stages in nine countries. The 10-hour revisit begins at 10 a.m. on VH1 and then shifts to sister-station MTV at 3 p.m.
July 4, 2005 |
Everyone knows MTV long ago lost interest in pop music, so why doesn't the cable channel just admit it and leave the coverage of historic events, such as the humanitarian Live 8 concerts, to someone with respect for the music and its audience? MTV's coverage of Saturday's event, designed to combat poverty in Africa, was beyond embarrassing. It was pitiful. I was warned long ago to avoid overkill as a critic, but bear with me this time. Add "pathetic" to the list.
February 18, 2005 |
Two Nebraska high schools turned down offers from MTV to film a re-creation of a class prank in which a group of students parked a car outside the door to the principal's office. McCook Public High School Principal Jerry Smith told the cable television station the school would not participate in "High School Stories" because the 2003 prank was not part of the district's curriculum or goals for students' education. The school board concurred.
January 7, 2005 |
It's the last season for the Osbournes. After three years on the air, MTV: Music Television announced Thursday that its popular series featuring the real-life adventures of rocker Ozzy Osbourne's quirky family clan will wrap up in 2005 with 10 new episodes beginning Jan. 17.
December 20, 2004 |
Dreams of world domination must be hard for MTV executives to avoid when they host a party at the Kremlin, with a Russian diva and Queen performing a duet of "We Will Rock You" and Russian soldiers in a hip-hop dance routine. MTV Networks will reach a milestone in February when the turn of a switch starts an MTV outlet in Africa, the company's 100th channel worldwide and its first based on that continent.
December 3, 2004 |
The video for Eminem's anti-George Bush rap "Mosh" is getting extended life on MTV and other video outlets thanks to a reedited version that downplays the time-specific aspect of the original's emphasis on getting young people to register to vote on Nov. 2.
November 16, 2004 |
Viacom's MTV Networks will launch its first local channel next year in Africa, the final global outpost for the music video and kids' broadcaster and its 100th channel worldwide, it said Monday. MTV Base in Africa will reach only about 1.3 million homes in 48 countries, primarily South Africa and Nigeria, when it begins broadcasting in February, but follows MTV's pattern of setting up local infrastructure before expanding. MTV was born in the United States in 1981.