|Launched||7 March 1997|
|Owned by||Viacom International Media Networks|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
|Slogan||1 MTV: all eyes on ...|
|Sky Deutschland||Channel 50 (HD)|
|Astra 1M||11973V 27500 2/3 (SD)|
|Kabel Deutschland||Channel 224 (HD)|
|Telekom Entertain||Channel 99 (HD)|
MTV Germany is a German pay television channel operated by MTV Networks Europe. The channel was launched as MTV Networks Europe began to localise its brand throughout Europe in 1997. MTV Germany was launched on 7 March 1997 as MTV Central. The network was set up to counteract strong competition from then-rival VIVA.
From its inception MTV Germany was available free-to-air throughout Europe. Though the channel mainly served German-speaking territories such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.
In late 2010, MTV Networks Germany announced that MTV would be encrypted from 1 January 2011. The channel is only available on subscription providers.
On 24 November 2017 a free-to-air standard definition feed was added to Astra 19.2°E with German and English audio tracks.
Germany was served by VIVA a 24-hour German music channel, in 1997 as part of MTV Networks Europe's regionalization strategy MTV launched a German-speaking channel to target existing competition within the German-speaking markets. MTV Germany launched with specialized German-speaking versions of hit MTV Europe shows which included the Euro Top 20, MTV Select, MTV News, Non-Stop Hits, US Top 20 Hitlist UK, Hitlist Germany, Fashion Zone, MTV Urban and The Lick.
In 1999, MTV Germany became available free-to-air throughout Europe on Astra satellite. In 2001, MTV Networks Germany launched MTV2 Pop a 24-hour pop music channel (later replaced by Nickelodeon). In 2005, MTV Networks Europe purchased one of its biggest competitors VIVA
In 2002, MTV Germany began to air programing from MTV US, most of this programming was either subtitled or dubbed. From 2002 onwards similar to other MTV channels in Europe. MTV Germany began to drop some of its localized programming in favour of MTV US shows. These shows included Jackass, Date My Mom and Dismissed.
In early 2006, MTV began to further regionalize its German-speaking feed to include a separate version for Austria and Switzerland. Late in 2009, MTV Networks Germany helped to localize these channels even further with the development of MTV Austria and MTV Switzerland.
From 2008, MTV Germany was also streamed on P2P TV network TVU Player, but taken off air in March 2009. As of 2009, MTV Germany uses the same on-air identity as other MTV channels in Europe. The channel also features fewer music videos and airs more American MTV shows than German-speaking programming. Most of this programming is subtitled in German. The headquarters for MTV Networks Germany is Berlin where its channels are based. MTV Germany remains one of the only remaining MTV transmitted by analogue satellite in Europe, and among the few transmitted on free-to-air digital services throughout the continent, along with MTV Austria, MTV Italia, MTV Adria and MTV Türkiye.
From 1 January 2011, MTV Germany was only available on major German Pay-TV platforms including Sky, Unitymedia, Telekom and Kabel BW. With the move from a free-to-air to a subscription based service. MTV Germany no longer hosted advertising on its subscription service channel. MTV Germany continued to commission new music programming which included MTV Brand New, MTV Top 11, 3 From 1, The Breakfast Club, Fantastic Music Videos, MTV's Chart Shows (titles to be confirmed), M is for Music. Localised programming will continue with MTV Home, a German-speaking music and entertainment show. Similar to MTV channels worldwide, MTV Germany aired reality shows including the American version of Skins and a new seasons of Jersey Shore, When I Was 17, Punk'd with Justin Bieber, Lauren Conrad Fashion Show. MTV International VJ Alice Levine will be host to a new season of 'MTV @ The Movies' and 'Celebrity Bites' airing from early 2011.
MTV Networks Germany will also launch a new music channel MTV Brand: New which will focus on the new music releases from German-speaking and international artists.
On 16 May 2011 MTV Networks in Germany launched high-definition versions of MTV, VIVA and Nickelodeon. MTV HD, VIVA HD and Nickelodeon/Comedy Central HD are a simulcast of the original MTV channels already available in Germany.
On 1 July 2011 MTV Networks Germany rebranded its MTV channel to embrace the new global on-air identity, sharing the same MTV logo from the US.
In 2013 MTV rebranded to new global on-air identity, sharing the same graphis as MTV in UK.
In 2014 in September started in HD + deutschland as free to view HD channel.
In 2015 MTV rebranded again to new global on-air identity, sharing the same graphic as MTV UK.
In 2017 MTV started online free live stream on mtv.de since 20th anniversary of MTV in Germany.
In November 2017 MTV rebranded again to current on-air identity, the same like MTV UK.
In 4 December at 13 pm started FTA stream of MTV on Astra 19.2E 11973 3/4 27500 V in SD version.
The same day MTV brought back more music to MTV including new shows as M us for Music, MTV Most wanted, MTV Classics, MTV Rockzone, MTV Urban, MTV Likes, MTV Crush and VIVA Top 100 premiere was moved to MTV and renamed to TOP 100.
In April 2018 music content was prolonged for 2 hours in Monday-Friday as M is for Music until 14 pm (previously until 13 pm) an then MTV Most wanted and in the evening hours there is repeat of 3 From 1 between 6:20 pm and 7:20 pm before MTV Most wanted premiere and 1 hour at weekend prolonging MTV Rockzone and MTV Urban as 2 hour shows.
In May 2018 music content was prolonged for 1 hour at weekends as making the MTV Likes 2 hours show between 1 pm and 3 pm (previously 2 pm, evening repeat of MTV Likes is only half time as previously 7:20-8:15 pm) and There was added MTV Most wanted German chart after end of MTV Most wanted Ultimate charts on Sunday between 2 pm and 3 pm.
In May 2018 was also renamed TOP 100 to MTV Top 100 and start of premiere on MTV was moved from 11 pm to 10 pm on Saturday.
From 29 October 2018, the music will be given more airtime. During the week, a music program can be seen from about 01:30 to 21:15 - more than 80% of daily airtime.
As of 1 November 2018, a timeshift version of MTV Germany will be available on the Nicknight Germany slot under the name MTV + , which will be shown between 8:15 pm and 5:00 am becomes. MTV + shows the regular MTV program delayed by one hour.
Former Local Shows
On 7 September 2008 MTV Germany changed their old Wishful Object on-air design to a new MTV: All Eyes On... design, which is also MTV Germany's new slogan. The on-air design was changed once more in July 2009 as a result of re-branding of all MTV channels (excluding MTV US).
All Eyes On... is one of MTV Germany's ways of highlighting singers and bands, which have released new music (and also might not already be widely known). Changing bi-weekly, an artist or group is chosen and then featured in clips announcing commercial breaks. The first band name to be put under the "All Eyes On" badge was MIA.; on 6 October, the first non-German artist was Alicia Keys.