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MTV Classic

How to stream MTV Classic

Music videos as far as the eye can see.


Jaime Carrillo


Do you ever want to go back to the time when video killed the radio star? There’s a channel dedicated to the good ol’ MTV you grew up with, or perhaps only know from memes. Scream it out the nearest window: I want my MTV Classic!

MTV Classic is perhaps known most for actually airing music videos, primarily from the medium’s golden era which was the ’80s and ’90s. There are entire six hour programming blocks dedicated to the best in classic hip hop, rap, and heavy metal. Tune in and go back to a simpler, more wholesome MTV, before it was ravaged by reality television.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch an MTV Classic Live Stream.

What is MTV Classic?

VH1 Smooth began in 1998 and was the first channel that catered to smooth jazz, new age, and adult contemporary music. It later rebranded as VH1 Classic Rock in 1999, which exclusively played rock music videos. That was later replaced by VH1 Classic, which aired music videos and second-run VH1 programming like Behind the Music. Finally, in 2016, VH1 Classic became MTV Classic.

  • Launched: August 1998
  • Genre: Music Videos/Legacy MTV Programming
  • Formally called: VH1 Smooth (1998–1999), VH1 Classic Rock (1999–2000), VH1 Classic (2000–2016)
  • Parent Company: ViacomCBS

MTV Classic live stream: How to watch MTV Classic

MTV Classic is available on a few of the major live TV streaming services. When trying to decide which one is best for you, you’ll want to weigh the cost, the other channels you’ll receive, and the compatible devices for streaming. 

MTV Classic on Philo

Philo is a budget-minded streaming service, and depending on what channels you want, it might be right for you. The 59 Philo channels lean decidedly toward entertainment; the Philo channel list includes AMC, Discovery, IFC, Lifetime, and the Paramount Network, all for $20 a month. so if you want to stream MTV Classic you’re in luck: You can find it on Philo. Philo also comes with free cloud DVR, but shows recorded are deleted after 30 days, so binge responsibly.


MTV Classic FuboTV

FuboTV started as a streaming service geared toward sports fans, but it’s evolved into a broadly-appealing option with entertainment and news options alongside its robust sports choices. Depending on the package, you can access as many as 180+ FuboTV channels. If you’re looking to be entertained, Bravo, IFC, MTV, and VH1 are options even at Fubo’s most basic tier. The Fubo channel list still includes plenty of sports, including the Fubo Sports Network, which has original programming mixing sports and humor. The FuboTV cost starts at $54.99 a month, and with Disney Media favorites like ABC, ESPN, and the Disney Channel now on board, some who were on the fence about Fubo are giving it another look.

To watch MTV Classic, you’ll want to dock in at the FuboTV Ultra level.

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MTV Classic on Vidgo

Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package. Vidgo channels include ABC, Fox, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), and it’s one of the few streaming services that carries BeIN Sports. But it’s like Fubo in that, even though it started out for streaming sports, it carries a lot more now. You might be surprised to know that Vidgo’s an option to stream MTV Classic—and then you chat about it online via Vidgo’s Social TV platform.

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English Premium Package$66.33/ 3 months
English Plus Package$53/ 3 months
Spanish Mas Package$25/ 3 months

MTV Classic on AT&T TV Now

If you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, you might consider AT&T TV Now to cover streaming for you. AT&T TV Now channels start with Plus and Max, which even include HBO. Then, AT&T plans expand from there, approaching cable selection and pricing with AT&T TV Now’s biggest packages. AT&T streaming also comes with Cloud DVR, letting you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. If you’re looking for MTV Classic, get in at the AT&T TV Now Xtra tier to stream it.

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