MTV Hits (formerly called The Music Factory, or more commonly by its abbreviation TMF) was a 24-hour subscription music channel focused on hit music and viewer interaction. The channel first launched in Australia in April 2007 (as TMF), and later launched in New Zealand on 1 December 2011. The channel ultimately closed on 1 December 2015 to be replaced in all markets by MTV Music.
1 December 2011
|Closed||1 January 2014|
1 December 2015
|Owned by||MTV Networks Asia Pacific|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV 16:9)|
|Formerly called||The Music Factory (TMF) (prior to 1 November 2010)|
|Replaced by||MTV Music|
TMF Australia was soft-launched in April 2007 on the Optus Television pay TV service and allowed viewers to interact with the channel via the web and mobile (3G Network) commencing on 22 June 2007. Unlike sister channel MTV, the channel only played music related programming. The channel was said to be picked up by cable TV providers Foxtel and Austar as a standalone channel soon, but was available via the interactive My MTV Service.
On 1 July 2011 MTV International channels launched new logos
On 29 October 2013, MTV announced they had been working with Foxtel since early 2013 to offer more diversity on the Foxtel platform, as MTV Classic and MTV Hits fought for the same audience as Foxtel Networks channels MAX and [V] Hits respectively. The channel to replace MTV Hits is MTV Music, the number one UK music channel, which will feature Pop, Rock, urban and alternative music. Although MTV Classic and MTV Hits will no longer be available on Foxtel, they will continue to be offered by Australian IPTV service FetchTV and New Zealand pay TV provider Sky Television. The changes took place on 3 December 2013.
On 16 December 2013, FetchTV announced via their Facebook page that as of 1 January 2014, MTV Music would replace MTV Hits on their service, as was done by Foxtel the month earlier. This meant that MTV Hits would become exclusively available in New Zealand.
On 1 December 2015, Sky Television replaced MTV Hits (and sister channel MTV Classic) with a localized version of MTV Music. Ultimately, this resulted in the closure of the channel, as Sky was the last remaining provider of MTV Hits.
MTV Hits is a music video-only spin-off cable/satellite television channel of MTV in several international markets, originally based on the pop music format of a defunct programming block on the American MTV itself. It may refer to:
MTV Hits (Australia and New Zealand)
MTV Hits (Europe)
MTV Hits (Italy)
MTV Hits Latin America
MTV Hits (UK & Ireland)
NickMusic, an American channel formerly known as MTV Hits from May 1, 2002 until September 9, 2016
VH1 MegaHits, a Brazilian channel formerly known as MTV Hits from 2002 until 2010
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