MTV Live (TV network)

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MTV Live
MTV Live.svg
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersNew York City, New York
Picture format1080i HDTV
OwnerViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks
Sister channelsMTV
MTV Classic
CMT Music
Logo TV
LaunchedJanuary 16, 2006; 16 years ago (2006-01-16)
Former namesMusic: High Definition (2006–08)
Palladia (2008–16)
Available on some cable systemsChannel slots vary on each operator
DirecTVChannel 572
Dish NetworkChannel 369
AT&T U-verseChannel 1505
Verizon FiOSChannel 715
Streaming media
PhiloInternet Protocol television

MTV Live (formerly Palladia) is an American pay television network owned by ViacomCBS. The channel, which broadcasts exclusively in 1080i high definition, broadcasts music videos and music-related programming from ViacomCBS owned networks MTV, MTV Classic, VH1 and CMT, along with other concert and live music programming from outside producers.


In the winter of 2005, F. Stone Roberts (director and producer), Agent Ogden (editor and post supervisor), Colin Oberschmidt (director of photography), Sonia Taylor (production assistant), and George Oliphant (VJ) took residence in Vail, Colorado to launch the channel. The team produced live concerts and a one-hour weekly music show, called Uncompressed, from a lookalike ski lodge built inside the Eagle's Nest at the top of Vail Mountain. The channel's original executive producer was Morgan Hertzan, who had worked with mtvU. Olympic bump skier, pro football player, Jeremy Bloom was a guest VJ during the original run in Vail. Original concerts produced at Vail Resorts included James Blunt, Jamie Cullum, Yellowcard, Train, P.O.D, Hoobastank, Goo Goo Dolls, Gary Allan, The Fray, Death Cab For Cutie, and Mat Kearney.

The network officially launched on January 16, 2006 as Music: High Definition (MHD). At its debut, the channel had limited distribution with Verizon FiOS being the only provider to carry MHD. Two months later, Cox Communications reached an agreement to carry the channel, which was subsequently added to Cox systems in New Orleans, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Phoenix. Around the same time, Comcast started carrying the channel on its systems in Boston and Atlanta.

Logo as Palladia, 2008-2016

Charter Communications began carrying the channel on its St. Louis system on July 18, 2006, adding the channel to its systems in the northern Midwest in early November of that year. Time Warner Cable began carrying the channel in some regions in late December 2006. In 2007, Service Electric Cable Television began to carry the channel on its systems in northeastern and central Pennsylvania. On October 4, 2007, DirecTV began carrying the network nationwide. The channel changed its name to Palladia on September 1, 2008. Initially, Mitsubishi Electric Digital Televisions was the exclusive sponsor.

In January 2015, Viacom Media Networks gave notice to subscription providers that they would rebrand Palladia as MTV Live on February 1, 2016, making it the fifth all-music channel Viacom has rebranded in the last year. Currently no other details outside of the rename notice, along with the addition of "best of" episodes of the PBS/KLRU music series Austin City Limits, have been revealed.[1] Despite the rebranding, network officials made clear no change in focus towards any reality programming (as has been seen with MTV and VH1) is planned.


Specials formerly broadcast on MTV Live included the HD simulcasts of the MTV Europe Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, CMT Music Awards and VH1 Hip Hop Honors. As carriage of the MTV, CMT and VH1 HD simulcast networks expanded, these programs became exclusive to their parent channel's HD broadcast streams.

The majority of the network's content consists of music video programming, which airs in the overnight, early morning, and daytime hours each day. Additionally, MTV Live airs a music video block on weeknights from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET. Since May 11, 2019, MTV Live has expanded music video programming across each whole weekend.

In addition to the programs listed below, MTV Live frequently broadcasts concert footage and music documentaries.

List of programs broadcast by MTV Live[]

Current programming[]

  • Epic.Awesome.Videos (Music video programming)
  • MTV Unplugged
  • MTV World Stage (MTV Europe)
  • Push Showcase (October 31, 2017–present)
  • Rock Icons
  • The Ride (MTV Europe)
  • VH1 Storytellers (VH1)

Former programming[]


  1. ^ "Palladia will rebrand as MTV Live 2/1/16". Comcast Cable official forum posting. 20 January 2016. Archived from the original on 23 December 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Palladia Acquires 'Later With Jools Holland' and 'Live From Daryl's House'". Billboard. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Live from Daryl's House". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  4. ^ " | The Live Stash on MTV Live". Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  5. ^ " Live Stash". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 16 March 2018.

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