MTV has set magician and YouTube personality Rob Anderson as host of its new international reality show, Bugging Out. The hidden camera prank series sees everyday devices turn on their unsuspecting users, from smart phones, and GPS systems to fitness trackers and ATMs.
Status: To Be Determined
Runtime: 30 minutes
MTV's Bugging Out - MTV (Canada) - Netflix
MTV is a Canadian English language Category A cable and satellite specialty channel that is owned by Bell Media with the name and branding used under a licensing agreement with the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom. The channel is devoted to talk, lifestyle and documentary programming, and also airs some scripted series. The channel launched as TalkTV in 2000, but was not as widely available prior to its relaunch in March 2006. Unlike MTV channels in the U.S. and elsewhere, the channel is restricted in its ability to carry music videos and other music programming due to conditions in the channel's licence issued by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), thus it never used the tagline “Music Television” as did its international counterparts prior to 2010. MuchMusic, now a sister channel of the Canadian MTV channel, had been launched in 1984 as the Canadian channel dedicated to mainstream music.
MTV's Bugging Out - MTV in Canada before 2006 - Netflix
CHUM Limited launched Canadian music channel MuchMusic in 1984, inspired by the success of MTV in the United States. CRTC genre exclusivity restrictions prevented MTV from either bringing its U.S. channel directly into Canada or launching a homegrown competitor. As a result, MTV was initially content to sell Canadian rights to its programming for rebroadcast on MuchMusic. However, relations between the two channels were strained in the mid-1990s when CHUM (in partnership with Cablevision's Rainbow Media) launched an American version of MuchMusic (later fully sold to Rainbow; now the independently-owned Fuse) in direct competition with MTV. In October 2001, MTV partnered with Craig Media to launch MTV Canada as a digital cable channel. The channel in question had initially been licensed by the CRTC as “Connect,” a broadly based teen-oriented channel, without MTV involvement. One of the conditions of licence was that a maximum of 10% of the schedule could be devoted to music videos and music programming. In 2003, CHUM filed a complaint with the CRTC alleging that MTV Canada was airing more music videos and music programming than allowed by its licence and had subsequently become competitive with MuchMusic. In Broadcasting Decision 2003-65, the CRTC found that MTV Canada was offering a music-based service rather than a broadly-based teen channel. Furthermore, the Commission found that MTV was broadcasting in excess of 10% music video clips and that MTV was not meeting its commitment to provide educational programming for teens, nor was it providing any programming from independent educational authorities. Craig was ordered to come into compliance with its broadcasting licence. After CHUM purchased Craig in 2004, MTV Networks terminated the agreement with Craig; the contract had included a provision to cancel the agreement if there was a change in ownership. CHUM Limited was required to pay MTV Networks the remaining licensing fees which amounted to C$10 million. On June 30, 2005, MTV Canada was rebranded as Razer. CTVglobemedia purchased CHUM in 2007; subsequently, Razer was rebranded as MTV2 on August 1, 2008, making it once again an MTV-branded channel.