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In 1983, Glenn D. Daniels launched Country Music Television (CMT), a television channel targeting fans of Country Music. Opryland USA bought the network in 1991, adding it to its roster alongside the similar TNN. By 1993, CMT went international, with European and Canadian versions launched. Viacom bought both networks in 2000, with TNN eventually transformed into Spike TV.

In the beginning, CMT's programming consisting mainly of country music videos and related programming. Much like MTV, albeit to a lesser degree, the network has also changed its focus in the years since. While many of the initial non-music programs were logical choices (reruns of Hee Haw and The Dukes of Hazzard, plus a country-themed revival of The Singing Bee), the network's programming would move further and further away from its country roots over the years (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Married... with Children, etc.).

Nonetheless, CMT continues to show videos often enoughnote  that they maintain a fan-voted video countdown show and their own country music awards show. CMT also maintains a sister channel, CMT Music (originally known as VH1 Country and CMT Pure Country), which is primarily dedicated to country music videos. Rival network Great American Country (now known as Great American Family) was also more video-focused.

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