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What's the Better Channel: MTV or Palladia?


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Now onto the NEXT matchup...


This week's contest is a David vs. Goliath story if ever there was one! You know, if David was Goliath's newborn baby brother.

Background: Unlike most present-day cable titans, the origins of MTV are as close to common knowledge as it gets... THAT's how important the channel is (or was). Launched in 1981 (pun alert: its first images were of the Apollo 11 lift-off), MTV was the first cable network dedicated to the airing of video clips set to music (later termed the "music video"). Its 24-hour music schedule was modeled on Top 40 radio, complete with a weekly playlist and a regular roster of VJs. The timing ended up being just right: MTV's interstellar success coincided with artists like Madonna and Michael Jackson fully embracing the video format, which in turn fueled their album sales like crazy. Slowly though, the music programming gave way to news, game shows, lifestyle programs, and, of course, the reality show. For at least fifteen years now, MTV has not been the best place to find music videos, although the pop culture sensibility it helped create remains firmly embedded in all its programming.

Original Programming: The MTV vault is as jampacked with stuff as that of any other network on television. In addition to its granddaddy reality series The Real World, MTV also took early chances on The Jon Stewart Show, The Tom Green Show, The Osbournes, Punk'd, Jackass, and The State. After more or less inventing the young-people-living-together reality series, it created even more dastardly strains of reality TV with Laguna Beach, The Hills, and celebrity-specific shows like Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica. Even its most respectable documentary series, True Life, has spawned some of television's most notoriously low-brow content, specifically My Super Sweet 16, Teen Mom, and, of course, Jersey Shore. In recent years, however, MTV's managed to bring us some surprisingly decent scripted shows, particularly Teen Wolf, Awkward., and a revival of Mike Judge's still-excellent Beavis and Butt-head.

Reruns: While MTV certainly has a large back catalog to draw from, it still manages to air outside material on the regular. For example, a two-hour block of That '70s Show? Sure. A random showing of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Why not? But I think we all know what MTV's good for, and that's airing six- or seven-hour weekend marathons of whatever addictive series it's currently promoting. Diabolical!

Why It's The Best: It's time to let go of our collective grudge against the music video thing. These days most music videos just aren't as good as The Challenge, am I right?

Why It's The Worst: We can't be expected to eat candy for dinner every night.

 

Background: Back in 2005 -- which was a year that happened so long ago that nobody remembers it and the fact it even happened at all can only be proved using math and theory -- the MTV Networks corporate overlords decided to create a high-definition music channel called MHD. Its purpose was to fill the burgeoning demand many cable providers had for hi-def content, and also perhaps play music on the air again? Not sure. MHD was first broadcast live from Vail, Colorado complete with interstitials hosted by Olympic skier/heartthrob Jeremy Bloom. After making its way into more and more households, MHD rechristened itself Palladia in 2008.

Original Programming: The term "original" may be used loosely around Palladia, seeing as much of its content is shared by MTV and VH1, but there's no better source for music festival footage and concert premieres. It also regularly airs blocks of new music videos from the rock, rap, and country scenes.

Reruns: Reruns are Palladia's strongest suit, particularly the new-ish episodes of Storytellers and Unplugged, two terrific music shows that regrettably disappeared from the network's sister channels. Not to mention full rebroadcasts of awards shows and musical feature films like Rocky Horror Picture Show or The Who's Tommy.

Why It's the Best: If you're a music fan, it's nice to know there's still a cable channel that has your back.

Why It's the Worst: Sometimes you don't WANT to watch two full hours of a Jack Johnson concert, you know?



Official TV.com Verdict
While Palladia is a valuable channel I frequently watch, MTV's definitely been bringing it lately in the scripted programming department.


But now it's your turn! COMMENT BELOW and tell us your verdict: MTV or Palladia? And make your case! What do you love or hate about each channel?


Click below to see the full tournament bracket:


Note: Because we started with an odd number of channels, we gave some of the bigger channels a first-round bye.


Want to catch up on past battles? Head over to the America's Got Cable archives.

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Palladia...Hands Down. This channel is what MTV promised it would slowly become, a pure music channel where you could listen to great music. MTV sold it's soul to the ratings gods years ago,
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Is this a serious question? MTV is a joke, and it's programming pays millions of dollars to talentless people for making horrid life decisions rather than focus on real creative content. Palladia is a respectable channel that just needs more advertising and to be available to more people. I agree there are a few too many repeat concerts, but I like that it mixes up modern and older music. I don't know a single intelligent person who doesn't miss having a place to see music rather than watch "reality" morons and the downfall of television. Palladia all the way.
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I'm pretty sure we can't get Palladia in Canada, so I guess I'm going to go with MTV. I do like Teen Wolf!
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Palladia is great, but I only know four people that have it. MTV takes this one.
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Palladia
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Palladia.....its all about the music not BS reality shows!
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This is pointless clearly AMC wins. Breaking Bad, Mad Men and The Walking Dead.
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I used to say I watch MTV twice a year. But I don't even care about the crappy awards anymore. I vote for Palladia. Live concerts rock.
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LOL this is even a question? Palladia kicks MTV's ass so hard. Any channel does really.
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Palladia: when you watch it you can officially look down on all those who watch MTV
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I'm surprisingly gonna go with MTV even though I despise most of the stuff they play! Cough "Jersey Shore" cough... But I've never even heard of Palladia until this tourney...maybe with a better PR team they can increase their fan base
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I have watched MTV for 1 show in the past decade, Beavis & Butt-Head (which, coincidentally, is the only show with music videos). I have watched Palladia whenever I'm super bored and want HD music videos. That said, they are a bit aggressive with loooooong concerts and films, but I still have to give it to Palladia for being true to itself and not selling constant irresponsible behavior to pre-teens under the guise of a "lifestyle".
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Definitely agree, but in the world of DVR, I love checking out what they'll be playing all week and just recording what I want to see, so I can fast forward when the concert gets dull.
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MTV! Only because of Teen Wolf. That's the only one I watch.
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I hate to say it, but MTV because their shows are fun to watch and get caught up in, a guilty pleasure perhaps.
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Palladia because they actually play music!
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mtv because of shows like teen mom and awkward!!!!!!
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For me Palladia because it has the best of music and music-directly-related content from MTV and VH1.
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MTV because they air Movie Night.
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I think comparing them to each other is like comparing apples to oranges. MTV doesn't do music anymore and it never did it like Paladia does. I love the blocks they show of the many musical fairs that go on around the world as well as music documentary DVDs that I might never have considered buying on my own (Iron Maiden Flight 666 is AWESOME!). With no VJs or goofy hosts interrupting things, I get to see straight up high quality music programming. While Paladia does show videos also, they are at odd hours and in blocks that allow you to see tons of music straight through.
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MTV! It's the music channel all around the world! Everyone loves MTV!
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I choose MTV because it's a channel you love to hate. Everyone picks on it all the time but these are the people who go home on Thursday nights, unplug the phones, and watch guidos gel their hair.

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I pick Palladia. I want music on my mustic television. And I can't stand to watch more than a "The Soup" size offering of Jersey Shore or their other shows.
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I vote for MTV. I don't think I get Palladia among my satellite channels, so I haven't seen how cool or uncool it is, yet. MTV isn't as cool as it was when I was a teenybopper, but I do like Teen Wolf (to my surprise) and sometimes I watch a few music videos (few being the appropiate word there). Maybe MTV should change its name to PCTV, Pop Culture TV, instead of Music Television?
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MTV: +5 each for Awkward, Death Valley, Teen Wolf, +5 for back catalogue, +5 non-original shows and +5 for giving John Stewart his break = +30;

-7.5 for having 75 % reality TV (not including music, which isn't much anyway), -5 for screwing up a re-make of Skins, -5 for the MTV Awards and an extra -5 for the truely reprehensible Jersey Shore= -22.5

TOTAL = +7.5



Palladia: Never seen it but it seems to do what it says, so +5 for playing music on a music channel.



MTV wins, but only just. If it get's through it's going to be in trouble in the next round!
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Since we're going for which is the better channel and not just which one happens to have a couple decent shows, my vote is for Palladia.

MTV has no real identity of it's own anymore. There's a dozen channels out there that do what MTV does and does it more consistently and a lot better.

Palladia however has a strong identity. All it's shows are centered firmly around music. I can get shows like Teen Wolf on CW, tawdry reality shows on Spike and reruns on TBS and WGN. But Palladia is the only channel on TV where I can watch a ZZ Top or Beyonce concert.
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If it wasn't for Awkward and Jackass, I'd awkwardly choose Palladia, even though I've never watched it.
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Palladia. I'm a sucker for HD and it's usually my go-to channel to put in the background. This doesn't seem that fair though since not many people has heard of Palladia.
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I haven't watched MTV in years due to their obsession with reality (or "reality") shows and underage motherhood and then they brought back Beavis and Butt-head which doesn't help their case for me.. but the surprisingly good Awkward and Teen Wolf, and the alright Death Valley move it ahead for me.



Palladia is only good if you like whatever particular artist is featured at the time, which isn't much for me honestly. I care more for the original things like Storytellers and Unplugged than the concerts they air and when you have MTV HD and VH1 HD, why wait a while for a repeat on Palladia when you can watch it when it originally airs?
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Palladia.....I guess I'm the only one who's heard of it.
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MTV. There's a lot of crap on MTV, but they have Awkward and Teen Wolf. MTV wins.
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MTV...what is Palladia? lol
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MTV, never heard of Palladia.
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I watch more things on MTV than I do Palladia, and I only watch Beavis and Butt-head... Never heard of Palladia.
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MTV, of course. Mostly due to Awkward.
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MTV
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A year ago, I thought MTV had already been over for 15 years, but now Awkward, Beavis and Butthead and Teen Wolf means MTV just edges out channel-i've-never heard of.
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Palladia. I'm over the fact that MTV stopped playing anything music related but the original programming is horrible. I agree it's inconvenient to put on Palladia and it's an artist I don't like. Though I don't usually watch Palladia, I've watched some really great concerts in HD.
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If I only had those two channels, I'd sell my TV. Pass.
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What's the better channel, MTV or channel 3 static? Static. A dozen episodes of Awkward simply do not make up for even 30 seconds of Jersey Shore.
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Even though the majority of its current original programming is just awful I am going with MTV. Teen Wolf and Awkward make up for the other shows.
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Same as everyone else. Never heard of Palladia, so MTV. Love Awkward and Teen Wolf
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MTV, never heard of Palladia...
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MTV for Awkward, World of Jenks and Buried Life
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Two music channels but one plays more music than the other. Guess which one? Palladia, the one that doesn't have an acronym for Music.
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Yeah, I've never heard of Palladia. So, uh, MTV by default.
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MTV or Palladia, well since Palladia actually plays music I am going to have to go with them. I haven't watch MTV in years. And since they brought excrement like the Jersey Shore to public consumption I can never ever ever support them again. As well as being largely responsible for bringing reality tv to the mainstream. These are two things that have not only ruined TV as we knew it but is speedily degrading society and making celebrities out of what are basically chimps. That and also being responsible fo bringing crap music like KEsha and Britney and Bieber etc to the heights of popularity. So MTV can kiss my arse.
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MTV... Palladia??? Never heard of it... so MTV clerly wins for me.
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