Viacom International Media Networks announced that MTV Germany will become a free-to-air channel in Germany and Austria from January 2018. After the start of the free Livestream service on, the broadcaster said it’s taking the next step to expand its audience by making the linear channel available unencrypted.

Since March this year, MTV has been available free of charge as a live stream online. Viacom also recently launched a new version of the ‘MTV Play’ app for iOS and Android, which gives viewers on mobile devices free access to the live stream and on-demand shows from MTV.

The HD version of MTV will continue to be available via various pay-TV providers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and will remain encrypted.

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By Expat