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Infobox radio tower icon
Station logo
TV station ( private law )
Program type Special-interest program (entertainment)
reception Cable , satellite and IPTV
Start of transmission January 1, 1985
Seat New York City , USA
owner Viacom
executive Director Chris McCarthy
List of TV channels

VH1 (since January 2013 stylized VI + 1 ) is an American television station with headquarters in New York City and branches in other countries. The abbreviation VH1 originally stood for "Video Hits One".

Origin and history

VH1 was founded in 1985 in the USA as an MTV spin-off from Viacom and was intended to stand out from the usual MTV philosophy. The station was designed for the adult target group and therefore a bit older than MTV in terms of music selection. Some of the formats produced could also be seen on MTV Germany , such as B. "VH1 All Access". Similar to MTV, VH1 has gradually reduced the proportion of music videos in the program. Since December 2015, VH1 has stopped broadcasting music videos, only reality shows , documentaries and documentary soaps . Most of the international branches, including VH1 Europe and VH1 UK , are still pure music channels. One of the last music shows on VH1 was the VH1 Top 20 video countdown , where the top songs could be voted on every week on the Internet.

Since January 5, 2013, VH1 has been broadcasting with a new on-air design and a new logo with a stylized "+". This is closely based on the first logo and should show that the program consists of reality programs on the one hand, and that music videos will continue to be shown on the other hand, limited to the early hours of the morning. This original concept is now superfluous, since VH1 later completely removed the music videos from the program.

Every year, the VH1 Awards are presented, in which artists and celebrities from various categories such as “Best Comeback ”, “Best It Girl ” etc. are chosen.


VH1 feeds into various cable networks in the United States. VH1 can also be received via satellite via the Dish Network service. IPTV providers such as AT&T and Verizon also offer the channel.


The programs that VH1 currently has in its program (as of April 2016) include:

  • Behind the Music (Documentation) (-1997)
  • Black Ink Crew (Reality TV) (-2013)
  • Black Ink Crew: Chicago (reality TV) (-2015)
  • The Fabulous Life of (documentary) (2003-2013)
  • Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn (reality TV) (2016)
  • K.Michelle: My Life (Reality TV) (2014-2017)
  • Love & Hip Hop Atlanta (Reality TV) (-2012)
  • Love & Hip Hop Hollywood (Reality TV) (-2014)
  • Love & Hip Hop New York (Reality TV) (-2011)
  • Stevie J & Joseline Go Hollywood (reality TV) (2016)
  • TI & Tiny: The Family Hustle (Reality TV) (2011-2017)

Branch of the US broadcaster


  • VH1 Classic usually broadcasts music videos from the 1960s to 1990s, concerts, films and many shows on rock, classical and adult songs.


  • VH1 Mega Hits featured all-time hits from VH1. Due to poor audience ratings, the station was replaced by the station Logo , aimed at homosexual people , which has been on the air since June 30, 2005.
  • VH1 Uno was a Spanish-language VH1 broadcaster that mainly broadcast Latin pop videos. It was discontinued on February 2, 2008 and replaced by mtvU .
  • VH1 Country showed country music, the station was renamed CMT Pure Country in 2006.
  • VH1 Soul shows all kinds of soul videos from yesterday and today; Renamed BET Soul in December 2015.

Worldwide offshoots


Logo of VH1 Mega Hits Brasil



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