MTV Shows

MTV Shows
Launched 8 November 2007
Closed 1 February 2011
Owned by Viacom International Media Networks
Picture format 576i (SDTV 4:3)
Audience share ~0.0% (August 2012, BARB)
Country United Kingdom
Formerly called MTV R (2007–2010)
Replaced by MTV Music
Sister channel(s) MTV
MTV Base
MTV Classic
MTV Dance
MTV Hits
MTV Rocks
Comedy Central
Comedy Central Extra
Nick Jr.
Nick Jr. 2
(at time of closure)
Sky Channel 160
UPC Ireland Channel 708

MTV Shows was an MTV entertainment channel in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The channel launched on 8 November 2007 on digital platforms Sky and Virgin Media and later on UPC Ireland on 15 October 2009 as MTV R. The R, was often written as "Ⓡ".

On 1 March 2010, MTV R was rebranded to MTV Shows.[1] MTV Shows was removed from Virgin Media on 28 August 2010, along with MTV +1 and MTV Classic, to make room for Comedy Central HD.[2]

MTV Shows ceased broadcasting on 1 February 2011, to make way for MTV Music, while MTV was repositioned as an entertainment channel.[3][4]



  1. "MTV Announce Channel Changes". Entertainment Focus. 2010-03-01.
  2. "Three MTV channels leave Virgin Media". The Airwaves. 26 August 2010.
  3. "Sky confirms major EPG shake-up". Broadband TV News. 18 January 2011.
  4. Laughlin, Andrew. "Broadcasting - News - MTV to launch MTV Music on Sky - Digital Spy". Digital Spy. Retrieved 18 January 2011.

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