- The Music Factory
TMF (The Music Factory) is a
pop music television channelthat operates in the Netherlands(TMF Nederland), Belgium(TMF Vlaanderen) the United Kingdom(TMF UK) and Australia( TMF Australia). The brand is owned by MTV Networks International (part of the Viacomconglomerate). Showing only pop videos and locally produced live programming in the Netherlands, Belgium and Australia, it shows some of MTV's and VH1's programmes like " Cribs" and "" in the UK.
TMF Nederland was launched on
May 1, 1995as the Netherlands' only local pop station. It was founded by Lex Hardingand the Arcade company. Although Dutch viewers could receive MTV Europe, many felt that the Netherlands should have its own national music television channel. The station gradually began to get better viewer figures than MTV, so in 2002, MTV bought shares in TMF. In 1996, TMF started the TMF Awardsin the Netherlands. It is headquartered in Bussum.
The channel is very well known in
the Netherlandsand throughout some of Europefor its emphasis on dance music mixes. It is, however, perhaps infamous for the former over-abundance of "text-in" shows (displaying large panels in the bottom third of the screen filled with text messages that obscure the main image). In 2005, three new channels began broadcasting in the Netherlands under the TMF brand (all owned by MTV Networks Europe):
Plays German, British, French, Belgium and Dutch
tranceand house music. Former known as "TMF Party"just any trance really
Plays Dutch Pop music.
Plays mostly soul and
December 27, 2006.
MTV Networks Australia launched The Music Factory (TMF) a fully integrated, multi-platform 24 hour music channel in May 2007. TMF is a truly interactive playground and music channel in one featuring 24 hours of music video programming and viewer-generated content including images, videos, text-based applications and graphics. Furthering the connectivity between the platforms, TMF was the first music channel in Australia to seamlessly connect all platforms as well as simulcast to mobile 24-hours a day via the Optus Zoo mobile portal launched in September 2007.
TMF Vlaanderen (Belgium)
TMF Vlaanderen "(TMF Belgium)" was the first international extension of the TMF brand. It broadcasts entirely in the
Dutch language, so it is only available in the Flanders"(Vlaanderen)" region of Belgium. Founded in 1998, its headquarters are in Mechelen.
TMF UK started in
2002as a counter against Emap's The Hitsrequest music channel on Freeview (Digital Terrestrial Television). It broadcasts on channel 21. It also broadcasts on SKYDigital and Virgin Media(Digital Cable Television). The channel, alongside its music output, shows reruns of successful MTV and VH1 shows such as " Cribs", "Wannabe with Chanelle", "" and " The Fabulous Life Of". There is also a strand of Noggin in the morning for pre-school children (now replaced as Nick Jron TMF).
* [http://www.tmf.nl TMF Netherlands website]
* [http://www.tmf.be TMF Vlaanderen, Belgium]
* [http://www.mtv.co.uk/tmf/ TMF UK website (on MTV)]
* [http://www.tmf.net.au TMF Australia website]
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