MTVN shuffles digital-net deck

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MTV Networks expanded its slate of digital-cable networks, but is scrapping
one existing channel, MTVX.

The new channels are MTV Hits, MTV Jams, Nicktoons TV and VH1 Mega Hits.

MTV hits will focus on pop and skew young teens; MTV Jams will focus on rap
and rhythm-and-blues; VH1 Mega Hits is mostly songs of the 1990s; and Nicktoons
will pull cartoons from Nickelodeon's library.

MTVX is a harder-rock channel.

Also in some West Coast markets, Nicktoons will replace Nick Too, a mix of
live-action and cartoon shows from Nickelodeon's bins.

In a surprise move, MTVN cut a distribution deal with Cablevision Systems
Corp.

The MSO has its own music-video network, MuchMusic USA, and it has never
added MTV2, the analog sister channel to MTV: Music Television. But Cablevision
signed a deal to pick up analog networks MTV2 and TV Land, plus two of the new
digital networks.

MTV2 and TV Land will get 2.5 million of Cablevision's 4 million basic
subscribers. MTV Hits and Nicktoons TV will be added to the MSO's digital
tiers.

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