Viacom Media Networks (Viacom)

MTV is an American television network first launched in 1981. The network, which is an acronym for Music Television, rose to power in the 1980s as a part of a shift toward music videos. The network found a large audience among younger viewers, and gradually adopted a number of shows outside the music genre. MTV helped bring about the rise of reality television in the 1990s, including the show The Real World that was a pioneer in the genre. Today, MTV has a number of spinoff channels and still wields strong influence with its news, music programming, and award shows. As of 2015, the network is available in close to 100 million homes.