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neugenx I truly like your way of thinking from a business standpoint. MTV actually having music on it, TV Land going back to reruns, BBC America being all British shows, even Bravo going back to being what earned them their name years ago. It all actually makes sense...which is why it'll never happen *sigh*. Currently, I watch my music videos on hd cable, vevo, youtube and other small channels that play both old and new videos all day everyday. I watch my reruns on Cozi-tv, Antenna-tv, ME-tv and Get-tv among other classic tv networks that are spawning by the bushel. I watch my British tv through BBC-America, PBS, Acorn-tv, youtube and Hulu. The sad part is, a lot of what I watched on the 4 channels you mentioned still hasn't shown on ANY of the locations I mentioned in the last few sentences.


Seriously, the BBCAmerica exec has gone on record as saying that he hates the 70's-80's "Golden Age" of BBC (when everything was theatrical on big soundstages, like Elizabeth R, because there was no budget to do anything that couldn't be done on stage), and would be happy to let Fawlty Towers and Yes Minister go hang, if he can get a younger more SFX demographic to cash in on their New Doctor Who gravy train....Hence the Captain Picard marathons.
This guy has GOT...to GO.


EjanssOh, and VH-1 would go back to showing 80's/90's music and pop-culture lists again, and leave the pop-gossip celebreality shows to the E! crowd. And, of course, bringing back the I Love the 80's shows, with a bit darn less of Hal Sparks and Michael Ian Black, ifyaknow what I mean...


Just slightly off the subject, but I'll come back to it:
On one of our anime forums, every few years like locusts, some new poster discovers the Anime Otakuness Test somewhere on the back archives of the Internet, posts it to be clever, and all the other posters suddenly go on a binge of posting their scores to indulge in the cleverness of it all--"I got 300!" "I got 350, I outrank you!", etc.
Despite the fact that a careful examination of the Test would reveal it had been on the Net for a very long time--since the days all anime fans had was each other on the Net--and some of the questions weren't exactly, well, recent: "Have you ever gotten a sub from Arctic Animation?" "Are you familiar with Son May CD's?"
Since hell is the futility of reason, some posters tried to point out that we could stop taking the test now, but that still didn't stop post after post of I-Got giggles.

Finally, unable to take it anymore, and trying to beat the glaringly obvious into thick heads, my sense of sarcasm went into full red overload, and I was reduced to posting:

....THAT'S what I'd do with VH-1
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Return it to Music videos and start it off under my control with Dire Straits Money for Nothing.
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Sell it, way too much work to maintain it for me. Then I'll spend the money on something actually worth my time.
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I'd shut it down and return it to what it use to be Music Television

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ONLY PUT 80S AND 90S MUSIC AND THATS IT NO STUPID TEEN MOM BECAUSE THAT SHIT IS STUPID AND NO ONE WATCHES THAT BUT DUMBOS
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I'd either sell it or, y'know, make it an actual music channel.
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After thinking about it.... If I wanted to make money, I'd leave it alone. If I wanted to make a cultural statement, I'd return it to the music tv I grew up with in the face of huge financial loss.

I guess it would depend on why or how I came to own MTV and if I had any responsibility to stock holders and employees to keep it financially successful.
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I'd start my own talkshow where me and Solaire discuss the state of the music industry. Songs are voted on between a scale of 1 to grossly incandescent.
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MTV has never actually been good. That said, I remember watching it back in the 90s and around the turn of the century. I remember in high school, I'd get home from school and me and my brother and his neighborhood friends would watch TLR (Total Request Live) and see how music videos would place and see which new videos would come onto the scene. We did that for a while, back in those days. That was the most enjoyment I ever got out of that channel. Once I stopped with that, I just...didn't really watch that channel again, for the most part. Honestly, I probably didn't watch anything on it for years up until recently when I will sometimes watch bits and parts of episodes of Ridiculousness when I'm sometimes with my brother and he is watching that show.
Posted 5/26/15
Bring back the good stuff.
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dotsforlife wrote:

I'd get rid of it.


You read my mind!
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I'd make music videos a profitable art again. Sure Youtube exists now, but it's not much of a marketing tool. It is just a sea of videos with some suggestions based off of your history. But even then, your exposure to new stuff is limited. But because of the structural limits of a TV station, one can promote music through videos, interviews, etc. Rock music has largely lost its core momentum, and we're just stuck with shit that has no guitars (but ppl call it rock for some reason). Perhaps, if there was still the marketing tool the old MTV, it would help alleviate the situation by pushing the genre in a more constructive direction.
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More animation
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I'd sell it. I don't want to go through the trouble of fixing that channel.
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Rohzek wrote:

I'd make music videos a profitable art again. Sure Youtube exists now, but it's not much of a marketing tool. It is just a sea of videos with some suggestions based off of your history. But even then, your exposure to new stuff is limited. But because of the structural limits of a TV station, one can promote music through videos, interviews, etc. Rock music has largely lost its core momentum, and we're just stuck with shit that has no guitars (but ppl call it rock for some reason). Perhaps, if there was still the marketing tool the old MTV, it would help alleviate the situation by pushing the genre in a more constructive direction.


Actually, that's exactly where rock was in the 70's, before MTV came along in '81:
Disco was dead and there was little to replace it, heavy metal was still in its fringes, pop was becoming the stuff of TV variety shows, and most critics were claiming that mainstream rock was "dying".
It was the rebellious spirit of 80's MTV that defined the music industry (you can't talk about the 80's groups without picturing the neon Astronaut, those MTV chords, or the Veejays) and gave it an identity again.

Which is why everyone feels so betrayed that the channel was taken over by gay reality-show fans and cashed in on The Real World.
(And then when you have the other fans nostalgic that "They don't show alternative animation anymore! ", you realize that's even sadder--They can't even do OFF-off-topic anymore.)
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