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"I want my MTV" was the promotional slogan that Music Television used to get itself onto just about every American cable company. Twenty years later the network seems to have just about anything except music on its lineup, but if you still want it, the new official app can deliver MTV's programming right to your Android phone. The self-titled MTV app grants access to current shows in an on-demand setup, but only if you already pay for cable or satellite TV.

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Like HBO Go, the app insists that you sign in with your cable provider ID before you get to any of the full episodes. That's understandable, but certain customers will be frustrated that their company isn't supported... including the rather large amount of Comcast and DISH Network watchers out there. Other big cable/satellite companies like AT&T U-Verse, DirecTV, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable are on the list.

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Without a cable subscription you still have access to trailers and other promotional video, plus "news," digital-only series, and MTV's second screen experience consisting of music information, quizzes, polls, and show-specific Twitter feeds. You can also access Facebook chat through the MTV app. For some reason. The app itself is free and compatible with Android 4.0 or higher. For those of you who genuinely want to watch music videos, there's another app available, no subscription required.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Hermilla

    Do people still watch MTV for music? Didn't they turn into some sort of reality, celebrity gossip/news thingy, which just happens to include music?

    • Gabernasher

      I don't think MTV 2 even plays music anymore.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        The recipe is start a new MTV channel that plays music, wait until it has some viewers (bait and switch), then start introducing shows and slowly phase out all music. Then rinse and repeat.

  • jab416171

    Don't forget there's also the VEVO app for music videos, plus it has Chromecast support.

  • moelsen8

    think you mean 30 years later..

  • sounder

    MTV will have reruns of Law & Order very soon.

    • troyintn

      or even better still.....The Kardashians ....Americas sweethearts! lol Damn, I couldn't even keep a straight face while typing that.

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  • MeCampbell30

    If MTV actually only played music, they would go out of business in a month. We have this thing called YouTube now.

    • Ror

      I'll stick to Soundcloud and Beatport.

    • Primalxconvoy

      If they bothered to offer a good online service of video jukebox service versions of Pandora (great for parties) and hd streams of all the latest vids on demand, then I'm sure they could have made money from music still like Spotify and Pandora have. YouTube might be great, but I've found that it can't really show me anything unless I know what it is that I'm looking for.

      MTV had their chance and blew it.

  • Sixto Manuel Hernandez

    Showbox + avia + chromecast = jackpot

  • RL010

    MTV ... LMAO, in the good old days (with Ray Cokes etc) the 'M' was standing for Music. MTV today is crap

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    I just wish MTV launched a new channel with all the classic stuff they had several years ago, back when MTV was actually THE SHIT, but now? Brings a tear to my eye...

  • Primalxconvoy

    I'm sure that most people, like HBO Go, can just use their parents' or similar account to sign in.

    If anyone wants music videos these days, don't we all just go to YouTube? Isn't that the spiritual successor to MTV now, with Vevo?

  • Juliana Fitzwater Julia

    Hey, MTV! You're one of the reasons I refuse to get cable since I won't
    watch your crap and don't want to give you one cent of my money. I'm
    pretty sure I'll pass on this one.

  • jonny d

    I signed in with At&t and it doesn't even work!!! :(

  • Jasmine

    Can you get this app and use it with a google chrome cast???

    I want it not on my phone but on my tv screen.. Anyone?


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