People these days don’t just want their MTV—they want an MTV live stream. The music video channel turned reality TV giant has certainly tried to keep up with the times, a few stumbles aside. Whether you’re itching for a new season of Scream or, no judgment, Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, here’s everything you need to know to watch MTV online.
Best Shows on MTV
What is MTV?
Launched in 1981, MTV was once the epitome of cool. It was the best (and for many years, only) place to watch the latest music videos from some of the hottest bands of the ’80s and ’90s. The very first video to be played on the station was the appropriately titled “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles. In the ensuing years, the channel hosted musicians like Blondie, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, David Bowie, and many, many more.
Between 1995 and 2008, MTV saw a sharp decline in music videos being aired on the channel. MTV has shifted more and more into reality TV programming like Viva la Bam, My Super Sweet 16, Jersey Shore, and Punk’d. Even more recently, MTV has added some scripted drama series to its lineup, including Teen Wolf and Scream.
- Launched: December 1977
- Slogan: “I want my MTV”
- Genre: Music/Popular Culture/Reality
- Formally called: Sight on Sound (1977-1981), Music Television (1981-2010)
- Parent Company: ViacomCBS
How to stream MTV
MTV is available on a handful 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.
Philo is the least expensive streaming service, but it has some limitations. You won’t find the sports channels that dominate other packages or local channels. However, it’s the cheapest way to gain access to 60 great entertainment channels for only $20 a month. You’ll get popular channels like Animal Planet, MTV, Discovery, IFC, AMC, Lifetime, Nick Jr, and the Paramount Network, as well as deep cuts like ID and Game Show Network. You also get free cloud DVR, but shows recorded are deleted after 30 days, so binge responsibly.
For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Whichever package you choose, you can save $10 on your first month. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.
Sling’s now offering a 14-day free trial though July 6.
FuboTV was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, or even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are here too, including Viceland, Bravo, TBS, and IFC.
There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up, you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO in the Plus and Max channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR, which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.
Vidgo offers a package for under $40 a month that pulls together more than 60 English-language channels into its National English Package, including ABC, Fox, the Disney family of channels, the ESPN family of channels (including ESPN Deportes), FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and BeIN Sports. It offers an array of entertainment favorites, including A&E, HGTV, History, Lifetime, and a full range of Nickelodeon channels, including TeenNick and NickToons.
College sports fans will love it, too: The ACCN, Big Ten Network, the Longhorn Network, and Pac-12 Network are all on the Core package, and for $10 more, the Plus package offers all six market-specific Pac-12 Networks.
Other ways to watch an MTV live stream online
You can watch an MTV live stream on the official site, but you’ll need to log in using a cable provider account or DirecTV Now or Philo. For some reason, Sling TV just doesn’t cut it. Certain shows will let you watch the first episode for free, and there are plenty of episodes available in full, but again, you’ll need to sign in to unlock them. If there’s a specific event you want to see, the MTV Movie & TV Awards, for example, it’s worth noting that you can get a free one-time 24-hour pass to an MTV live stream by signing into the site using Facebook or by registering an account.
Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android and iOS devices
The MTV app may be free to download, but to access any of its best features—watching full seasons of certain series or the latest episode of a new show—you’ll have to sign in with a cable provider or Philo or DirecTV.
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