VIVA Media

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Viva Media GmbH
VIVA 2011 logo.svg
Logo from 1 January 2011
Launched 1 December 1993
Owned by Viacom (since 2004)
Picture format 16:9 (Germany, Ireland, United Kingdom, Austria, Swizterland)
Country Austria
United Kingdom
Language German
Sister channel(s) MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon
Website Homepage
Astra 19.2 (Germany) 11.973Ghz Vertical
Astra 19.2 (Austria) 12.148Ghz Horizontal
Canal+ (Spain) Channel 361
DVB-C Channel 11

VIVA Media GmbH (until 2004 VIVA Media AG) is a music television network originating from Germany. It was founded as an alternative to MTV by Time Warner executives Tom McGrath and Peter Bogner with Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher from DoRo Productions, which created music videos.[1] The channel was a broadcast of VIVA Germany as VIVA Media AG in 1993 and has been owned by their original concurrent Viacom, the parent company of MTV, since 2004. Viva channels exist in some European countries; the first spin-offs were launched in Poland and Switzerland in 2000.


Channel Launched Closed Language Comment
VIVA Germany 1993-12-01 German Originally a 24-hour channel, VIVA was cut down to broadcast from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 8th, 2014. The rest of the time is used by Comedy Central. Comedy Central previously broadcast from 8:15 p.m. to 6 a.m. sharing its channel with Nickelodeon, which became a 24h channel on October 1st, 2014.
VIVA Switzerland 2000-09-06 German
VIVA Austria 2006-06-01 German
VIVA Hungary 2003-30-01 2017-03-10 Hungarian Replaced by MTV Hits.
VIVA Poland 2000-06-10 2017-10-17 Polish Replaced by MTV Music Polska.
Viva (UK and Ireland) 2009-10-26 English



  1. ^ "Der V-Faktor" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. 10 January 2005. 

External links

  • Viva Germany & Austria website
  • Viva Switzerland
  • Viva Polska
  • Viva Hungary
  • Viva UK & Ireland
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