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MTV2 is part of the wider ranging MTV which includes the variants, Base, Dance, Hits as well as the original MTV channel and its timeshifted +1 version. MTV and its assortment are available through Virgin Media and Sky TV as part of their entertainment mixes.
All of these channels cater for different musical tastes apart from MTV itself which hasn't been about music for a very long time now and just concerns itself with reality celebrity type fodder like The Osbournes and other generic stuff which kind of all blends together to form some kind of noise but is generally about very attractive young women shouting at each other.
MTV2 caters for the very broadly defined alternative music fan. What you get is an awful lot of guitar rock and a slight focus toward new bands unlike a lot of other music channels which are much 'safer' by comparison. The likes of the Stone Roses, Muse and the Kings of Leon get a lot of play but overall the lineup on the channel is refreshingly unpredictrable compared to the 'text and select' channels like Q where the same half dozen songs might play over and over again.
MTV2 is genuine music television and incorporates programmes like Gonzo fronted by music journalist Zane Lowe as well as programmes devoted to particular artists which take on various forms like best video countdowns or where an artist selects their most influential songs and videos to them and crucially explain why. This is one of my favourite aspects of the channel.
One more recent update to the channel is The Rock Chart which is basically a countdown of the best selling downloads. This show is repeated a lot it seems just now and can feel like padding at times and can be very annoying when the loud host talks over the end of your favourite song or refuses to play it like with Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin', he can become very trying especially if you've heard him make the same bad joke before. As an aside to this I find it astonishing how many of these VJs and radio personalities seem to be from the same pocket of the North-West of England. Is there something particular that recommends these people from Bolton for fronting so much of the entertainment directed at young people?
Finally, the channel also seems to have fewer ads interrupting the music while ad breaks are criminally regular on other music channels and on some days they'll do some 'uninterrupted' sessions where it's all music and no adverts, this can usually happen around New Year.
Well for those of you who have never seen it, MTV2 is basically what MTV used to be. It plays non stop music 24 hours a day. Unlike actual MTV which does not really seem to play music anymore for some reason. So in recent years we have been given MTV base, MTV Hits, MTV Dance, MTV +1 and then of course MTV2. Out of all the MTV channels this one is by far my favorite.
So MTV2 play mainly indie, rock type music. They play all the latest videos from the latest alternative bands. If your into your pop music, this isn't for you! So MTV2 plays bands such as Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Oasis, Kings of Leon etc... All that kind of music.
The channel does have adverts which is probably its only downfall. But I suppose they have to make their money somehow. Shows that regularly feature on MTV2 are thinks like 'The Official Rock Chart' which plays the biggest rock songs of the moment. 'The Myspace Chart' this plays the top ten songs voted for on Myspace, this is a good show for hearing new bands. 'Gonzo' presented by Zane Low, Zane has some of the biggest bands on his show, he interviews them and plays all the latest music. Then there are Live shows where you get to hear some live bands. Plus shows that feature specific bands and things like that.
To be honest this is the kind of channel you will only enjoy if you like a certain type of music. I do like this music, so it's a channel I often have on in the background when I'm working on the computer. It's also a good channel to have on in the back ground if you have some friends round.
One of the little features I enjoy about this channel are the little segways between video clips or at the end of adverts etc... They are only short so they don't get annoying, and some of them are quite humerous.
Overall this is an excellent channel for fresh music. It has everything you want if your into your indie rock type music. Give it a try!
MTV2 is perfect for you if you love alternative and indie music, but if you dont fit into this genre, then im afraid this might not be for you.
I myself, being a indie fan, absolutely love this channel and the music it plays. Apart from playing great music videos, it has short hourly countdowns of certain charts, but this way you can quite easily sit down and watch the top ten of the day, keeping up to date with modern music. They also have a myspace chart which is really good at showing you what the 'new' songs are of the week. This is different to other channels who tend to show the top 50 or even 100, where realistically, most people dont watch the entire show.
The channel itself is well designed, with funny and clever cartoons which appear at the start and at the end of every break, which are related to music. The breaks themselves, dont repeat the adverts every time which makes the channel less boring.
The channel really keeps you up to date with modern music, i would recommend watching the new music stuff they have on, if you are wishing to check out the latest indie music, which is more than usually really good!
I'm a big fan of alternative music, not the screaming world of Kerrang (although I often appreciate that too) but a mixture of soft Coldplay and Feeder, some punk such as Something Corporate and Blink 182 and the heavier nu metal stuff such as Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit. So Naturally MTV2 appeals to me far more than the advert heavy Kerrang. The music MTV2 play normally cater to my taste, I often get a song I don't like but that is a natural problem with all the music channels, you won't like them all. The nice bar that appears in the corner is far more professional than the tapped on (occasionally) of P-Rock and even the now pink Kerrang ones. I'm also a bit of a fan of Gonzo, his live couch chat is often funny and his ability to play with the camera crew is often hilarious. The only criticism is that he swears so much that it often doesn't get blanked out, and he'll have to be careful that man. One of the biggest praises I must deliver to MTV2 is regarding the adverts, on Kerrang you can go about 3 songs and then be forced to endure a 6 minute Advert break. MTV2 do show self-advertisement breaks BUT they are infrequent and very very short. Adverts starring Siffle and Ollie (the ever so strange socks) are a joy to watch especially when they break into a rap about whatever springs to mind (Star Wars was the topic the other day I believe). The recent obscure adverts for Mr. Snaffleburger the small head who is forced to hypnotise kids to "Conform, Consume and Obey" has me in stiches every time. There are some annoyances, the desire to hype their website is one. A way in which they do this is by promising the public that they'll stick up quotes from their discussion board if they visit it. And they often do, and nine times out of ten they are pointless quotes although occasionally you get a humerous one. This happens all the time and although it was ok to start with it is becoming increasingly frustrati
ng as time goes on. MTV2's live music shows are absolutley excellent (I was watching Hell is for Hero's the other day, an excellent start to their Resurocktion of live music). They often show music first (including Feeder's new song Forget About Tomorrow) and they show live shows that don't exist on any other music channel. Their "Linkin Park days" etc... are far better than Kerrangs. The latter offers a day where all their videos are up for selection whilst MTV2 do that but show documentaries and live shows (sch as the $2billion concert) which Kerrang cannot. MTV2 is a diverse alternative music channel, and a well put together programme. Dringo.
About three years ago, approximately, I had got onto the Sky Digital bandwagon, and quickly afterwards I found M2, a sister channel to MTV that seemd to be the alternative to MTV. It's unusual manner of video broadcasting, which allowed viewers, as well as musicians to choose their own music videos, and it's avaunt-garde style evident in it's "idents" and it's use of "clocks", counting down the seconds until a certain playlist was beginning while it showed the viewer's name and occupation, had me interested, and M2 soon became a favourite with me. Sometime later, I had a sudden suprise as M2 changed to MTV 2, and it's style altered to 3DCGI flying blocks, however, it's style and manner never faltered. Until recently. It came slowly at first, when the viewer's choice and 2eclectic blocks were moved to sometime late at night, and the rest were filled with MTV2 Rocks, which played usually just nu-metal and commercial rock, the really tedious kind of stuff. Then suddenly, MTV 2 changed entirely, into the mutinous, sickeningly demonic form it is now. Viewer's Choice, Artist's Choice, 2ecletic, even _The One Louder Zone_ disappeared suddenly, to be replaced with a anti-pop music variation on the current MTV itself: sickeningly commercial rock music, a massively cropped playlist that left several videos that usually played on MTV2 without airtime at all. This is the form MTV 2 stands as today, a shadow of it's former self as an alternative to MTV 2, a rock music channel that can only be seperated from MTV Dance or MTV Base by the fact that they play "rock music", albeit in the same manner as these two other channels, as what they define rock is mostly processed commercial pap, with few diamonds shining through. One of these diamonds could argurably be Gonzo, the channel's only block which is presented by a VJ, Zane Lowe. Zane has been with MTV since he starte
d presenting brand:new, back in 1997. Now he's the sole face of MTV 2, along with his jolly pirate club with jolly pirate nicknames(Ill Will, for instance...) in Gonzo. Zane seems to sometimes acknowledge the fact that MTV has been bad as of late, in a certain few comments he makes. However, this isn't enough to outweigh the nasty elements for the show, and I'm not neccesarily referring to the fact that MTV 2 show lots of advertising now, even though they said they wouldn't a year ago. Primarily, they're showing "humorous" inserts between music videos where they edit interviews from artists and bands, making them either say funny, or stupid things, or even worse, exhort how much they love MTV 2, obviously the channel talking for them. In fact this has somewhat gone too far, as MTV 2 has recently started to mess with music videos themselves, editing them by making the artists in the videos lip-synch to unlikely songs, such as Anthony Kieldis in the Red Hot Chili Peppers, against Avril Lavigne's soundtracking of "Complicated", or ABBA against Queens of the Stone Age. Even worse, music videos are edited to also make them sing nothing but "MTV 2" over and over again, inflicted upon The Electric Soft Parade, Coldplay, Sinead O Connor, and The Hives. Unfortunately, this is even more moot with the fact that the music they play nowadays is nothing much but commercially orchestrated pap, or insipid punk, or irritating "teen rebellion". There are a few gems, but they're usually realtively old videos from commerically known, and critically safe bands. Alternative music truly doesn't exist anymore on MTV 2, except in quick thirty second flashes as part of Gonzo. It seems now that MTV 2 has become the one thing you used to think it was rebelling against. A commercial music video channel playing only music that the record company exectives would think cool. Whoe
ver the people who host Gonzo call the "Funky Boss" must have been truly as funky as they say he is back in 1939.
If you subscribe to Sky Digital you'll no doubt be aware that the package comes with an abundance of music channels. Most of them cater towards the mainstream with the pathetic likes of Gareth Gates murdering classic elvis songs while the Cheeky Girls demand you touch their bum because "it is life!". Thankfully there is still music out there that uses real instruments and thankfully still rocks. It's alternative because it's the only real alternative to killing music altogether. That's where MTV2 comes in, it's a 24 hour channel dedicated to bringing you the best rock, dance and alternative music. The channel gives you the usual generation X attitude that you've come to expect from MTV without all the silly american influenced social issues that should be left out of a music channel, it also doesn't show 'The Real World' and believe me that's a very good thing. Music video's make up the majority of the programming with the latest videos from the likes of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters all making their first appearances on the channel. However you also get an abundance of live shows from some top bands like The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Queens of the Stone Age. Most of the time these are pretty raw shows and as close to the real as you can get without buying a ticket. On the odd occasion you also get candid interviews with artists. Most are conducted by Zane Low (I think that's his name), the man comes across as slightly annoying and full of himself. Is it an australian accent, is it slightly irish, does he put it on to sound slightly cool. I don't know but his interview techniques aren't and he generally gets some good anecdotes from bands as a result. The highlight of the channel for me is the brief interludes from a lounge singer who takes on some of the modern music and gives it a relaxed acoustic spin, it's very cheesy but also very cool at the same time. MTV2 is a ch
annel that is exactly what you'd expect a music channel to be. One that plays proper music without all the bull and puff pieces. For that we can be thankful........Rock and Roll.
Having been ill off school for a few days, i have had alot more than enough time to absorb myself in the musical schemes of MTV2. Apparently the Black Sheep of Music channels, and what a good job it does, but has it rightfully earnt that name? The sole difference between MTV and MTV2 is that a vast majority of the people who watch MTV2 are the ones who live for 'Kerrang' and have the need to be individual. (As i have pointed out on numerous occasions, there are so many of these 'individuals' that they are no longer individual! If you can understand my meaning). So anyway these people truly believe they are different, but MTV2 has the same type shows and occasions as MTV only put into different context. The same on-screen slagging of other groups, text requests instead of mere phone calls and e-mails, (I cannot hide my dissapointment at them not showing a text message i sent in to 'Cow' although that is most irrelevant!) Still the 'viewers choose' and 'Most wanted' are frequent shows to the channel the only difference is the genre of music displayed. Instead of your usual (some do say 'towny') pop, rnb type music as seen on MTV, MTV2 brings you punk, rock, nu-metal, gothic and plenty of other categories. I must say that although sometimes funny, the most annoying product of MTV2 is their absurd commercials/adverts. Some of the things they come out with are unbelieveable, for example : CHEESE! I have no idea how many times in an hour i heard presenters and bands discuss cheese but i do know that it was too many times to keep up interest! I can watch MTV2 for ages and see at the very least 2 songs i recognise, whereas the ones shown on MTV are known to all (even if we do not like these tracks they are extremely familiar), this makes MTV2 a different experience for me, with quite a few good outcomes (mostly my discovery of new bands and tracks). Although, having said all t
his i do confess i definitely prefer MTV2 to channels such as MTV / The Box etc but that would be because of the type of music played, if i thought for a moment i would see more of my style played on MTV i would instantly be watching that channel. But still, i think Kerrang is a much better source of new music, and i find MTV particularly strange! But hey...thats only my opinion!
From the very first day of Music Television, right up to the current day we have seen the channel expand substancially into somewhat of a series of channels. Nowadays we have MTV, MTV 2 Dance, Rap, Base, MTV Hits and I'm sure there are more. But the one which I most frequently view is MTV 2, the rock channel. It shows rock, indie, Punk Metal and Nu-Metal and shows them non-stop. Last night I was watching Nirvana - Live And Loud, a tribute to Kurt Kobain who passed away eight years ago this month. The advertisements are minimal, which is good, and the music is great. The best programme is the 'MTV2 Most Wanted', which shows the most requested rock songs of each day. Every rock group is played, with some 'unknowns' and most well-knowns. For example, System Of a down, Deftones, Incubus, Korn, Slipknot etc. may be played, then lesser knowns are played, for example, the pathetic 'Cooper Temple Clause', the poor 'Cyclefly' and the better 'Soil' would be put on. This channel doesn't just stick to American groups though, we've seen The Lostprophets of England, the Canadian Creed, and Nickelback and even the European sensation, Rammstein of Germany. Everyday we see the boring 'In Control With...'. The only ever decent one of them I've ever seen is with Puddle Of Mudd. Apart from that it is just Indie groups, but I suppose the Placebo one wasn't bad. Coming up soon, which I'm very much looking forward too is the interview with Slipknot's Joey. Occasionally you catch an episode of the legendary, barbaric dumb-asses of Jackass, but only occasionally, watch MTV throughout the week or E4 on Monday to Wednesday to see that. MTV2 Rocks is a good frequently played programme, with about 2 hours of non-stop music, well, non-stop minus the little adverts. So, if you're a metal, indie, punk rock, metal or nu-metal fan, don't
be hesitant to tune in, but if not, try the Box or something or whatever you like.
On sky digital there are about 10 or 11 music channels and only 2 of them are really alternative MTV2 and Kerrang, and possibly Q. But the channel i personally prefer is MTV2 as it plays a nice range of nu-metal, punk, indie and rock 'n' roll. This channel is on 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. There are many features of the channel like MTV rock, most wanted chart, live bands, riot etc etc. I do tend to watch the most wanted chart most days, and watch MTV rocks in between programs, and i must say they play a good range of songs which keeps me watching and miss some of my programs. there are very few problems with MTV2 one is that it just plays the same songs over and over again and occasionaly has new videos of bands who have just sprung up over night, who i have never heard of, usually nu-metal bands. Another promblem is that the songs it plays over and over again are crappy main steam bands like Nikleback and Muddle of Pud(i did that spelling mistake deliberately), who you can watch on MTV hits. It plays some great songs very rarly like Less Than Jake-all my best friends are metal heads and Goldfinger-Lonely place which i have only seen once since i have had the channel(about a year ago). I miss the good old days when they had and hour indie (even though i'm not a big fan of indie), and alternative hour but it's all changed to MTV rocks, which is still great and i'm not complaining, Joe (The Third Man) just said it's got to Mosherish which i do agree on as it's just keeping the 12 year old contemparary moshers happy. The riot is another feature of MTV2 which is on about 3 times a week(usually just repeats), which has new songs and interviews from the latest bands. This is well worth watching but only once. This problem with this it's repeated all the time and always has slipknot on(even though i like slipknot) again to keep the 12 years happy. But overall there is very little alter
native channel apart from Kerrang and sometimes Q to choose from so i will listen to the same songs over and over again because of the lack of choice as it's either MTV2 or Kerrang(Kerrang is even worst for repeating songs). It still my favourite music channel. Rory One more thing MTV2 never use to have adverts but there are now which has pissed me off.
If Britney leaves you cold, Atomic Kitten make you want to puke, and you just feel like crying everytime one of the Pop Idols is on the radio, this is probably a channel you'll be interested in. 446 on Sky Digital, and also available on digital cable, MTV2 showcases music from the alternative genre, music that wouldn't usually get airtime on the likes of the main MTV channel or commercial radio. My TV is usually tuned to MTV2 when I'm in the house; I used to only get to experience it when I was round at a friend's house. However, I have noticed since I have got it that it has become a lot more Americanised than it used to be. It focuses increasingly on "Nu-metal" acts these days, with less content from UK acts. It's a shame as I'm not a huge fan of the "Nu-metal" genre at all, it leaves me very cold, but I guess that is what is popular at the moment, and MTV2 are trying to secure their audience. Perhaps taking more content from America saves a little more money as well. I'm not saying that it's bad, not at all. There is still plenty of new and upcoming acts to see on the channel. Recently I've seen videos by the likes of Biffy Clyro, Seafood and McCluskey, which I would probably never have seen if not for the channel. The channel covers a range of bands from the Nu-Metal of Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit, punk from Green Day and Sum 41, as well as UK guitar music like the Charlatans and My Vitriol. The channel plays mainly music videos during the day - from 6am to 2pm, it is just mainly a rotation of music videos. At 2pm there's a live selection for an hour, with a selection of live tracks from the MTV archives. This is one of the best programmes on the channel, there seems to be no sort of pattern to what they play, you just have to tune in to see what turns up. Then it's back to music rotation until 5pm, when it's the most requested chart, which is the so
ngs most requested on the MTV2 website (see link below). The evening is for some of the original content, with live sets from bands, sections where bands choose their favourite videos, interviews with bands on thier history and influences, themed selections of videos and viewer's choice of videos. Again, the live selection in the evening tends to be heavily biased towards US acts, but MTV2 does take an active interest in UK music, with its imminent screening of the NME tour shows from London. However, it is refreshing to see usually at least one live set per night. If eclectic music is your thing, you'll have to wait until after midnight usually, but there is usually an hour most nights devoted to experimental artists from bands that would rarely get airtime anywhere else. The new music section late at night is also to be recommended if you want to check out some of the more young and upcoming bands who have yet to hit the big-time. What I like about it is the way the channel is all about music - there are few adverts (even if this used to be no adverts), but these adverts are for albums or bands. There are no egocentric presenters that you would find on the main MTV channels, virtually no promos promoting the channel that you are watching. MTV2 has started to show some MTV non-music content like Jackass and Beavis and Butthead. I don't think MTV broadcasts Beavis and Butthead anymore, so that?s fair enough, but saying as Jackass is on multiple times during the week on the main MTV channel, I think showing the same show on MTV2 is pointless, especially considering there are only three series of nine episodes each! The other bane I would have with the channel is that it seems to have a very heavy rotation of songs. If you watch the channel for any longer than an hour at a time, you will probably see at least one song more than once. Once you've watched the channel regularly for a couple of days, this can be
gin to grate a little. It's like an alternative version of a commercial station. I'd love it if they could bring back more viewer's choice hours. I don't know why they did away with them, now you are confined to one or two in the early hours of the morning, but they where excellent (and when you see them, they still are), as they give a wide range of all artists, as well as a dip into the past, rather than mainly recent or current music that you get during the day. Even though I do have my criticisms of the channel, I understand the channel does have to cater for lovers of all styles of alternative music. I wouldn't do away with it for anything though, as before the only time I got to listen to alternative music regularly was via XFM over the net, or the Evening Session on Radio 1. Even then, the only time I really got to see music videos by my favourite bands was when they put the music videos on their singles or albums. If you like alternative music, I'd thoroughly recommend it, over Q and Kerrang - Kerrang's genre is too limited, while Q's is too varied. Whatever your preferred genre of alternative music, it'll be represented here. Even though I've only had MTV2 for a few days, I've already caught a few bands that I want to check out further, that I probably would have missed if I was relying on a few hours or radio each night to find out about them. Its four stars from me - if they could introduce a bit more variety into the schedule, they'd get an extra star. http://www.mtv2.com
Now then, MTV 2 well i can safely say this is the best music channel arounf, for me and alot of people i know anyway. It is a cahnnel which firmly concentrates on rock and alternative. Which is a nice thing, given the number of variations of rock out there. This mans that you don't just get the same old crappy pop music that the youth's of today love. You get interesting music which consist of some old songs and some new ones. There is always a nice mix, so okay it may have some stuff people don't like, for example i don't like 'heavy', 'gothic', music, you know like 'slipknot', 'maralyn manson', 'cradle of filth' and so on. But some people like this music, which is good because MTV2 caters for all. I am a guy who likes his Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene, Coldplay, Blur and so on. I don't like channels like MTV, MTV extra, MTV base, SMASH HITS and so on. This is because i am not a fan of 'Britney spear' although she is a nice girl, ya know i just don't like pop music. Its not my scene, but the pop channels out there cater for that soprt of thing, they are good channels if you like that kind of thing. MTV2 is basically just MTV but it doesn't show the pop music of MTV, and it doesn't have the adverts for thigns other than the station that some channels have, oh no it just has rock all day long. MTV2 is a very well presented station with some great effects and some weird addies for the channel itself. Along with some excellent shows, like MTV2 live, whch features some great live perfromances from some excellent bands. It always has something for everyone, even if you only like pop, there will be a rock songs that is quite popular at the time which will be on, but be warned theres no Britney here. just greenday, oasis, the guns and roses, and many other great rock bands from past and present. Now there are other channel which give MTV2 a run for its money, VH1 is a ve
ry popular channel for the oldies out there, but it still sometime has a load of crap on it too, like all of that digitized pop music that only little kids or stupid girls like. VH1 classic, now this is a good channel which has smooth music during the day and rock during the night. This is good when Bob Marley comes on, or oasis or something to that effect, but it still has some utter poo, like ABBA, and some other crappy olden pop songs that really get up my nose. Now Q and Kerrang well they are good channels, although Q has some pop music, it does have alot of good stuff on there too, like radiohead, travis, oasis and many more. But its a station where you have to pay to see good stuff, or they just play a crappy plalist with the same old songs on if no one phones in. It gets quite annoying, its the same with Kerrang, and plus Kerrang has alot of heavy stuff which i am not really into. But you still get some good stuff, but you still also get the crappy play list oif no on phones in. And with MTV2 you don't just get videos, it sometime has some nice stuff about bands. There is a nice thing called 'Artist choose' this is were artists choose some of their favorurite vids and they get played, this is nice to see what the actual artist like and what they are inspired by! All in all MTV2 is an excellent station thats makes for some excellent viewing! :)
I was really excited when I got digital TV because it had the alternative music channel MTV2. For you people who are not sure what alternative music is it is a mixture of punk, rock and metal. So when the Digital man had installed our digital the first thing I did was go to the music channel and put in our favourites. I switched it on and started to sing along to the songs that I knew. A few days later I had worn out the privilege. I had started to play guess the song. On the ten most voted songs I would sit there and guess what song it was next (or at lease the band). The worst thing was I normally got it right. My list consisted of Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Slipknot, Korn, Blink 182, and Ect. Yes that is right all the mainstream alternative music. My main problem is that I like the less popular music of the alternative section. Bands like Incubus (who are now getting played because they have become popular) tool and so on. It annoyed me that certain bands were getting more play than others. It was favouritism on the music. MTV 2 is meant to be alternative music not mainstream. ------------------------ So what shows are on there? Most of the time it is 'alternative music 'or 'viewers choice'. This is where you phone in and request your song or they play a random group of songs. There are interviews with some bands on sometimes and even live concerts such as the 'Red Hot Chilli Peppers live in Russia'. The Riot is the chat show on MTV2. They interview bands, have the latest news and show new videos. There are the top ten requested songs that play what you want. Bands sometimes choose their favourite songs and videos. I was really surprised to find out that soul fly like the beetles. I really didn’t have them down as a fan. ----------- MTV 2 is hit and miss, if you don’t like a song change channel (perh
aps to Kerrang the other alternative music channel). It has some good points and some bad. It really does annoy me the lack of variety in the songs they play but then you can’t have everything. Sara
MTV2 is well known as the channel whereupon, music is played that wouldnt be shown on the likes of MTV or The Box.....this seems pretty stupid to me. I mean most of the stuff they play is on all the other channels anyway, and they don't focus enough on the smaller band, just the big ones. They are to focused on what the trendies want to see, rather then what they feel they should play. Sure, listening to what people want is cool, but playing the new Limp Bizkit video on every programme on air, isn't going to get you that many viewers, now is it? They need to go out their and find smaller bands to focus on, and make a lot bigger. I can bet you that many people in small bands actually watch MTV2, making them bands more well known, and getting the channel more credit for their achievements. I know that right now, Kerrang! is a better channel to watch because they have all the good bands, and not just what is "in". This is becoming a big problem for MTV2. Still don't believe me?? ok then, i will give you an example. The most well known programme on MTV2 is probably 'Alternative Music Television'. They feel the need to play lots of "popular" music on this programme. The New Linkin Park video has been played non-stop, not to mention a "Classic" in 'Rollin'. Where are bands like SUBVERT ( A Norwich band) or smaller bands like that....they are getting NO coverage. They are the new wave of music, and yet the people at MTV2 still insist on ignoring them. I know that if they filmed some footage of a band live, for a song, and set up an hour for the "smaller" bands, then they would get the attention that they deserve. They aren't getting what the ydeserve for all their hard work, and touring they do!! Of course, there is SOME good bits to MTV2 that wouldn't arise on Kerrang! Tv. They are the OLD videos. Metallica, Pantera, Slayer, and other such classic bands are getting lots of play,
especially old videos. They are mostly played by fans in 'Viewers Choose' but every now and again they will get a little bit on 'AMT', which is a good thing. Also the 'Most Wanted Chart' is a good addition more recently (like in the last 6-8 months), because it shows what is being picked a lot by the viewers, and it tells you, that if a band isn't on their, that they aren't doing to well. Of course most of the bands on teh 'MWC' are popular ones, but not all of them. Bands like Seafood, Refused and System Of A Down are getting on their, along with the likes of Slipknot and Linkin Park. ANd of course they have helped some bands. They played Movies' by Alien Ant Farm to help that get noticed, quite a lot. But they aren't doing what they should be in helping hte small people instead of putting more money into Fred Durst and co's pockets. (oh yeah, and the yhave 'The Riot' and 'Brand New' which help to find out the newest info on bands AND see new music videos, before other channels......) Michael
If i had to watch any channel for many many hours, i would no doubt choose MTV2, which is currently channel 446 on Sky Digital. Compared to the other music channels that are available to me, i find that MTV2 is in another league. You've got the likes of MTV and MTV Extra, which are at least professionally put together with decent graphics and presenters, but the stuff they put on caters for the major section of the audience, which unfortuanetley now is young kids and there's MTV Base and MTV Dance which i suppose would be very good if i was into those respective types of music, so i can respect these, mainly due to the fact that i know they don't repeat the same tripe hour after hour. Then there's all these shoestring crappy pop channels where the viewers phone in and choose what songs come on. You know what i mean, there's 'The Box', 'Smash Hits' and i would even put the likes of 'Q' and 'Kerrang' in there, because despite playing a different genre of music, their playlists are determined by young impressionable kids who just want to hear the same songs over and over, i.e. 'Time of your life' by Green Day and 'Smells like Teen Spirit' by Nirvana. Great songs but these channels are the worst thing to happen for anthems like this. On Q and Kerrang there are a lot of good songs but you can't help getting sick of the same set of songs over and over and over... ARGH! Obviously with the major viewership being young kids aged under 14, or adults with a deficit in learning, if you watch these channels, you have to sit through a set of about ten or twelve songs which are just repeated over and over again, and are obviously going to do well in the charts, which are determined by the same people. Anyway this opinion is about MTV2, so i guess i should start talking about it, instead of putting down its rivals. Everything i have said about the rivals is different with MTV
2, and the good thing is, it plays music that i am into. I could not think of any hell worse than being 'Into' pop music, and basing my musical collection around it. ARGH again. Anyway MTV2 plays alternative music, which is great for anyone who likes alternative music obviously, and i don't think that the music they play attracts only one group of music lovers. They play punk, metal, indie, rock and everything inbetween, so obviously you won't love every track they play, but if you are broad minded about your music tastes, you will like most of the music they play. It's not just a big endless playlist of songs either, like most of the rivals. The day on MTV2 is spilt up into many, usually hour long shows, like 'Alternative Music Television', which plays all the newest alternative stuff, which is very good, but i find is the least varied show, as you get a few tracks which the staff seem to like, and tend play a bit too much. Nevertheless there are plenty of great songs in between. It's always a pleasure to hear a new song you've never heard before, which you like, and then finding out who it is, to broaden your musical knowledge. Every day though, at 2pm you will find 'MTV2 Live' which is an amazing show, obviosly playing live, some rare, tracks from the best of Alternative music. Absolutley great, and i wonder why no other channel has thought of putting on a show like this, which contains great footage from big gigs, TV performances and festivals. Then on most days, you'll find an hour where an artist chooses an hours worth of songs. These are obviously great too, as the singers or bands will know their music better than the average 12 year old steps fan. I don't know if they still do it, but you also found an hours worth of songs chosen by the average viewer, on 'Viewers Choose', which was always varied and exciting, as you got, for instance, some punk lovers, so their hour would have be
en punk based, and metal fans, indie fans, etc, so there was always loads of variation, but i dont know to what extent 'Viewers Choose' is still on the channel. The variation continues at night, when you will find all sorts of stuff. You often get nights devoted to a particular band or artist, for instance recently there was Radiohead and Blink 182 nights. These are heaven if you like the particular act that they are featuring. Oh yeah one more thing- There's no adverts ! How good is that? thers nothing i despise more than having to watch 6 minutes of adverts for every 15 minutes of actual programming. This is a major advantage of MTV2 over all of its competitors. There's loads of other stuff going on, like other live stuff, and a variety of special features, but overall, the channel is just great because of the music it plays. If you want to keep listening to 'Lady Marmalade' 205 times a day on 'The Box' then by all means do so, but if you want a more unpredictable experience where you wont know all the songs before you hear them, but they may well leave an impact on you... watch MTV2.