MTV 80s

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MTV 80s
Mtv 80s logo.svg
Broadcast area Europe
Latin America and Caribbean
New Zealand
Middle East and North Africa
Network MTV
Language(s) English
Picture format 4:3 576i SDTV
Owner ViacomCBS Networks International
Sister channels MTV
Club MTV
MTV Hits
MTV Live
MTV Music
MTV 90s
MTV 00s
Launched6 July 2020;14 months ago (2020-07-06) (in New Zealand)
5 October 2020;11 months ago (2020-10-05) (in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean)
1 March 2021;6 months ago (2021-03-01) (in MENA)
Replaced VH1 Classic (Europe)
MTV Classic (NZ)
Ziggo (Netherlands)Channel 607
Caiway (Netherlands)Channel 128
CAI Harderwijk (Netherlands)Channel 96
Kabel Noord (Netherlands)Channel 353
Kabeltex (Netherlands)Channel 226
Vodafone TV (Spain)Channel 187
DELTA (Netherlands)Channel 209
UPC (Switzerland)Channel 254
Naxoo (Switzerland)Channel 180
Nowo (Portugal)Channel 89
Canal Digitaal (Netherlands)Channel 95
Sky (New Zealand)Channel 116 & 123
beIN (MENA)Channel 282
Proximus TV (Belgium)Channel 152
T-Mobile Netherlands Channel 234
Tele2 Netherlands Channel 219
Solcon(Netherlands)Channel 234
Fiber NetherlandsChannel 234
Free (France)Channel 280
Beeline (Russia)Channel 616
Streaming media
Ziggo GO (Netherlands) (Europe only)

MTV 80s is a worldwide music channel, which began broadcasting on October 5, 2020. As its name reflects, MTV 80s features music videos mainly from the 1980s.



Before launch

On November 30, 2004, VH1 Classic Europe featured a program with 1980s music videos, "So 80s", after the launch of this channel. Since December 2005, VH1 Classic Europe featured thematic programs with clips from the 1980s:

On September 4, 2006, "So 80s" was renamed to "We Are The 80s". In 2007, VH1 Classic Europe started broadcasting a morning program with 80s music videos - "The 80s At 8" - from 08:00 to 09:00 CET. On July 1, 2012, VH1 Classic Europe cancelled all of these programs. In April 2015, VH1 Classic Europe started a marathon of 80s music videos – "Nothing But The 80s", which was released every three weeks – on weekends. On January 8, 2018, another program appeared on VH1 Classic Europe - "80s Boys vs 80s Girls". At the end of June 2018, on VH1 Classic Europe discontinued "80s Boys vs 80s Girls", and in September of this year, "Nothing But The 80s" was also cancelled. In April 2020, VH1 Classic Europe cancelled "We Are The 80s", in connection with the move of MTV 80s to the frequency of this channel, which was previously broadcast on MTV Classic UK.

Pop-up channel and the launch

From February 28 to March 31, 2020, MTV 80s was broadcast in a test mode replacing MTV Classic UK, but was never planned as a full-time replacement. From April 2020 until October 2020, VH1 Classic Europe broadcast a block of MTV 80s programming from midnight until midday.

Since October 5, 2020 from 05:00 CET, MTV 80s broadcasts in full mode heaving replaced VH1 Classic Europe. The last video to be broadcast on VH1 Classic Europe was "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen. The first video on MTV 80s channel was "Never Let Me Down Again" by Depeche Mode at 05:00 CET.

Since July 6, 2020, MTV 80s broadcasts in New Zealand around the clock replacing MTV Classic Australia. On October 5, 2020, MTV 80s expanded its broadcast area to Latin America and the Caribbean replacing the European feed of VH1 Classic. On March 1, 2021, MTV 80s expanded its broadcast area to the Middle East and North Africa through beIN Network. [1]

The format

Since its launch, MTV 80s has been broadcasting in the format of the British music channel Now 80s. Unlike Now 80s, MTV 80s doesn't broadcast any announcements nor commercial advertising.

MTV 80s uses the same equipment, as the former VH1 Classic had. It is the only MTV channel which broadcasts in the 4:3 format.


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