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VH1 (originally an initialism of, video Hits One ) is an American cable television network based in New York City that is owned by the Viacom Global Entertainment Group, a unit of, viacom Media Networks. The channel was first launched on January 1, 1985 in the old space.
Turner Broadcasting System 's short-lived, cable Music Channel.
It was originally created. Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at jennifer the time a division. Warner Communications and the original owner of, mTV (MTV and VH1 are now both owned by Viacom Media Networks).
The original purpose of the channel was to build upon the success of MTV by playing music videos, but targeting a slightly older demographic than its sister channel, focusing on the lighter, softer side of popular music. More recently, much like MTV, VH1 has been in the area of music-related reality programming, such as, behind the Music, the. I Love series and the, celebreality block of programming, as part of the channel's current focus on popular culture.
As of January 2016, approximately.2 million. US households receive VH1.
1, contents, early history (19851994) edit, format and VJs (198589) edit, the first VH1 logo used from 1985 to 1988 in the USA, 1995 to 2002 in Germany and in 1993 to 1999 in United Kingdom/Ireland. Designed by LPG/Pon, Dale Pon and George Lois.
The second VH1 logo used from 1988 to 1994. Designed by Scott Miller. During the Christmas season the "V" would be flipped upside down to resemble a Christmas tree.
VH1's aim was to focus on the lighter, softer side of popular music, 2 including such musicians as Olivia Newton-John, Kenny Rogers, Carly Simon, Tina Turner, Elton John, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Sting, Donna Summer, Rod Stewart, Kenny G, Michael Bolton, Anita Baker, Chicago and. Also frequently featured in the network's early years were "videos" for Motown and other 60s oldies consisting of newsreel and concert footage. It was introduced on January 1, 1985 with the video performance of " The Star-Spangled Banner " by Marvin Gaye.