How to watch MTV online


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. 

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.

MTV live stream: 3 ways to watch online

1) Sling TV

Fair warning: MTV is available on Sling TV, but only through its comedy add-on package. So you’ll be paying at least $25 per month for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue, plus a $5 monthly surcharge for the add-on. Even weirder, the “comedy” package includes MTV, MTV2, CMT, Logo, TV Land, and a couple others. There’s not really a lot of legitimate comedy in there, not even a stand-up specific programming channel. If sitcom humor is your thing, maybe it’s worth it, but perhaps consider other options first, especially because your Sling TV credentials won’t let you access MTV’s website or mobile app. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels.)

Game-changing feature: Price. Sling TV offers the most football for the least amount of money.


2) Philo

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  • Cost: $16 per month
  • Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices

Not only is Philo the cheapest way to get an MTV live stream, but it’s also the easiest way to watch AMC online, too. With Philo, you get 40 channels for just $16 per month, and most of them are Viacom channels: MTV, Comedy Central, MTV2, BET, CMT, VH1, and TV Land. That’s a lot bang for a minimal investment.


3) AT&T TV Now

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  • Cost: $50-$135 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
  • Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)

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 on 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.


Other ways to watch an MTV live stream online

3) The MTV website

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.  

4) The MTV app

Cost: Free

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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Joseph Knoop

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