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This is a cable TV channel that premiered in 1981 that originally showcased music videos.

Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MTV#Fewer_music_videos
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1 No Music Channel no longer shows music at all
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2 Becomes RTV Only shows reality tv shows
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3 Stupid Shows Stupid Shows
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4 Political Indoctrination Becomes transparent shill for liberal politics
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5 Jersey Shore and we all thought The Hills was bad..
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6 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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7 Censoring lyrics It takes away from the music
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8 Pandering to Michael Jackson They let him get away with a racial witch hunt
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9 Total Request Live Stopped watching MTV after this became popular
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39 I watched MTV back in the early years up to 84 when I didn't have cable anymore. In those days it was very addictive, I could watch it all the time to see all the cool and crappy video's that the bands were putting out. In those days there wasn't an inexpensive way to make great videos (DV cameras and iMovie) so only a few bands actually put out a video. Now even low budget bands put out videos, but only on youtube or break.com . I keep looking for a channel to watch videos, but once I find one they go through the same tranformation. MTV2 was music for a year or two before it mirrored MTV. Fuse used to be decent for music, but it too has gone the same direction. I don't understand what is going on. At least Youtube video quality is getting better and better so I can see bands release videos there. Is there any other channels or websites that are dedicated to music videos? I would like to know. Hap -- Submitted By: (Lt_Shaughnessy) on May 8, 2010, 10:43 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
40 Granted, MTV has some good shows come on every once in a while, but its mostly become garbage TV, and now when it seems they do show music videos, its a short clip of it, and its some crappy pop group. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on January 23, 2010, 4:56 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
41 The other day, I was reading old issues of "Consumer Reports" in my college library: one issue was from September 1987 and the other was from September 1991. (Sorry, I don't have the links because these were print copies from waaaay back...) Anyway, the 1987 issue (page 551) had a list of 15 basic cable channels, and at the bottom of the list, MTV, listed as "35% Excellent/Very Good!" (CNN was #1 at its time.) Four years later (pp. 578-579), more channels were added over time, and still, MTV was the second only to BET as a horrible network (listed as "40% Excellent/Very Good!"); the Discovery Channel (back when it was worth watching, of course!) was the highest ranked basic channel for its time. Since MTV was ACTUALLY a music channel (for the most part) in the late 80s/early 90s, was "Consumer Reports" very critical, or did they actually predict the downfall of that channel along with all of cable TV? Whatever the case, what a coincidence! -- Submitted By: (SVN) on January 22, 2010, 3:48 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
42 How the hell does MTV even exist nowadays? I don't get how they are still showing TV shows on their network, even though they already have a channel dedicated for that. Hell, even when Beavis and Butthead was still around, they showed music videos when it was on. Hell, like the guy below me said, the Hills is everything that is wrong with TV today. -- Submitted By: (CianNkiller) on November 3, 2009, 7:59 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
43 Two words: "The Hills". (Granted, MTV was dying a slow death once shows like "Beavis And Butt-Head" and "The State" were replaced with garbage such as "TRL", but the final nail in the coffin of MTV's relevancy came when they developed a show that represents everything currently wrong with TV in general.) -- Submitted By: (TheTruth) on October 30, 2009, 2:23 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
44 MTV boned slowly. The first sign of it was "The Real World" That was one of the first reality shows ever, but when it was the only one it was somewhat forgivable. Beavis and Butthead was funny and at least they could justify it by showing videos. Then you had the pop explosions of the late 90s. "TRL" epitomized the celebrity worship that is wrong with American and then you had "Celebrity Death Match", "Room Raiders", "Two a Days", etc. etc. etc. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on August 22, 2009, 3:00 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
45 What can I say what the hell has happened to this channel, it used to show showing music videos and great original tv shows like Beavis and Butthead, Celebrity Deathmatch, Aeon Flux, Daria, the Maxx,etc, but now all it focuses on is stupid reality tv shows, celebrity gossip, rappers, and teen idols, it was great that they payed respect to Michael Jackson after he died but why can't they do that all the time and not just when a major icon dies. -- Submitted By: (comic_guy87) on July 17, 2009, 12:53 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
46 The fact that MTV started showing Michael Jackson videos nonstop the day of his death actually made them look even worse, because now it's obvious they COULD show music videos any time they wanted, they just don't want to. Personally MTV boned the fish for me in '97 when the beginning of the Dark Period of corporate controlled pop and hip hop began and Beavis & Butthead ended. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on June 29, 2009, 4:32 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
47 Satellite Radio has become the music cool spot that MTV used to be- in fact alot of the awesome MTV personalities (Ed Lover, Rikki Rachtman, the 80's VJ's) are all on SiriusXM now The days when MTV didnt suck, sort of like Ancient Rome these days- Just a hidden item lost in the mists of history... sad indeed. -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on June 29, 2009, 2:45 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
48 Ive tried watching this channel for a while now. All Ive found so far are a bunch of boring, corny, (A lot of them Downright horrible) Reality shows. Ive heard that "back in the day" there once was a time that they played nothing but music videos, Artist interviews, and the sort, nonstop, for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Unfortunately, I was born in the early 1990's, so I guess I "missed out". -- Submitted By: (Johnny_T._Bird) on June 29, 2009, 2:27 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
49 Sorry for not replying sooner. Okay here's the situation: I searched the JTS archives and they only go up to September of '07, but almost none of those links actually work. If I go back a few months all the comments are there but are not attributed to anyone, it's just a big ol' jumble of comments with no idea who wrote which ones. I know I made comments but I cannot find them and now I'm thinking I made them later than September of '07, or at least some of them. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on June 16, 2009, 6:06 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
50 Dolfan, come on, you know you want to spew that MTV hate one more time!! go to the wayback archive website, you may find some of your old comments there, if you cant find that, post on here you cant and Ill show you how to get at those old MTV gems you wrote! -- Submitted By: (Chubby Rain) on June 11, 2009, 7:57 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
51 The one aspect of the sale of the original JTS site I'm most angry about is that all my bashing of MTV was apparently for nothing, and now I don't have the energy to list all the ways I despise them all over again. It was a sizeable list I tell you! -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on June 11, 2009, 4:31 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
52 MTV was major cool back in the day when the "M" actually stood for "Music." It BTFed when the music videos vanished in favor of airheaded reality shows. I guess that the "M" in MTV now stands for "Mindless." -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 30, 2009, 5:19 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
53 Shows like My super sweet sixteen and Room Raiders should be banned! -- Submitted By: (kitchenbreak) on May 30, 2009, 6:34 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
54 They should just retool it as a reality channel. Something like "VRC: the Viacom Reality Channel". It's sad what they did to themselves... -- Submitted By: (McT) on May 6, 2009, 9:31 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
55 MTV should have gone back to being Music television a long time ago. -- Submitted By: (JamesCraven) on April 29, 2009, 8:46 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
56 I was born in 1987. Yes, I am always aware that MTV was once a "music" station, and I remember exactly when they started playing "nonsense"! Jump The Shark did an excellent job with the Viacom network pages! Now, let's bring these stations down again on "Bone The Fish"! -- Submitted By: (SVN) on April 17, 2009, 8:41 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
57 I used to watch MTV all the time years ago when they actually played music videos. I actually stopped watching it before they made the switch to reality TV. I don't know exactly when that happened either. but it doesn't sound like I'm missing anything. oh well. I liked the videos they had with singers like Michael Jackson and Bruce Sprinsteen, the groups Men at Work and Culture Club, and many more. I don't know how musicians and groups get their videos shown anymore, maybe on Youtube? or something like that? -- Submitted By: (Riley2009) on April 16, 2009, 12:23 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
58 I feel sorry for those not old enough to remember when it started with those cool loft and diner sets with veejays who actually seemed to consider it a priviledge to come into our homes. Let's not forget the lunar astronaut with the MTV flag that changed patterns and colors constantly. Oh yeah, and they played music videos back then virtually all the time. When they struck those cool sets, got rid of the rockin' veejays and dumbed+ cut down the music videos, they lost me. Of course, I still never quite have forgiven them for disillusioning me about cable television when I saw it had COMMERCIALS. I mean, I thought that (since it was paid for by viewers) it wouldn't NEED commercials. Ha Ha! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on April 12, 2009, 1:36 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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