As of February 2015, approximately 92.6 million American households (79.6% of households with television) receive VH1.
From the start, Video Hits One was branded as an urban version of its sister/parent channel.
It played more jazz and R&B artists than MTV and had a higher rotation of urban-contemporary performers.
Its early on-camera personalities were New York radio veterans Don Imus (then of WNBC), Frankie Crocker (then program director and DJ for WBLS), Scott Shannon (of Z100), Jon Bauman ("Bowzer" from Sha Na Na), Bobby Rivers, and Rita Coolidge.
VH1 (stylized as Vl+1, sometimes as VH-1 and originally an initialism of Video Hits One) is an American cable television network based in New York City that is owned by Viacom Music and Entertainment Group, a unit of the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom.
It launched on January 1, 1985, in the old space of Turner Broadcasting System's short-lived Cable Music Channel.
The original purpose of the channel was to build on the success of MTV by playing music videos, but targeting a slightly older demographic than its sister channel, focusing on the lighter, softer side of popular music.Since 2016, the channel no longer plays any music videos and has shifted into a general entertainment format featuring sitcom reruns, movies and reality shows.The channel was originally created by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owner of MTV.Both VH1 and its sister channel MTV are a part of Viacom Media Networks.VH1 has played music videos in the past and has been in the area of music-related reality programming, such as Behind the Music, the I Love…series, the Celebreality block of programming, and the channel's overall focus on popular culture.