Scuzz was a British 24-hour rock and metal music television channel owned and operated by Sony Pictures Television. It launched on 17 April 2003 and went on to be the highest-rated rock TV station on satellite platform Sky which was available in over 12 million homes in the UK and Ireland. The channel closed on 15 November 2018.
|Launched||17 April 2003|
|Closed||15 November 2018|
|Owned by||Sony Pictures Television|
|Picture format||16:9, 576i (SDTV)|
|Audience share||0.01% (August 2018 , BARB)|
|Slogan||We Play Rock Music|
|Website||www.scuzz.com Redirects to Twitter page|
(at time of closure)
|Astra 2F||11307 V 27500 2/3|
The channel broadcast mainstream rock, pop-punk, and metal, with unsigned and lesser known bands featuring in the late night show 'New Noise'. Scuzz tended to play a broader selection of music videos compared with the other British rock channels MTV Rocks and Kerrang! although K! and Scuzz did share quite a few songs. The channel was known to break many UK artists including Enter Shikari, Young Guns, You Me At Six, Bullet For My Valentine, Lower Than Atlantis and later Milk Teeth and Creeper. International bands were often first broadcast on Scuzz TV, the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Sleeping With Sirens, Pierce The Veil, Letlive, All Time Low and Paramore all first appeared on UK TV on Scuzz.
The channel showed many exclusive music videos for their first time. Scuzz often played live concerts including Slipknot, Korn, Devildriver and 36 Crazyfists. Scuzz had band 'Take-Overs' where artists presented music video shows, as well as interviews with artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Deftones, Machine Head and Kiss to smaller bands that are deemed up and coming.
They showed various interview shows including 'On Record', 'Scuzz Meets', 'The Lowdown' which centered around British rock festival 'Download Festival', and later a series called Access All Areas. Scuzz TV presenters included Terry 'Beez' Bezer, Sophie K, Daniel P Carter, Jon Mahon, and Matt Stocks.
Scuzz had a presence at the majority of the UK, and some international rock festivals. Scuzz's festival partnerships at time of closure included:
- Download Festival
- Bloodstock Open Air
- Hevy Festival
- Slam Dunk Festival
- Vans Warped Tour USA
- Vans Warped Tour UK
- Mayhem Festival USA
- Hellfest France
- 2000 Trees Festival
Scuzz was available 24 hours a day on Sky channel 366. It was owned by Sony Pictures Television.
On Monday 17 November 2008, CSC Media Group launched a +1 timeshift of Scuzz, Scuzz +1. It was available 24 hours a day on Sky channel 375. This was CSC Media Group's third music timeshift, after launching Flaunt +1 and Bliss +1 earlier in the year, although both have since been closed down and replaced, with PopGirl +1 and allowing AnimeCentral to go 24 hours respectively.
On Friday 21 November 2008, just four days after Scuzz +1 officially launched, it was closed down as the EPG slot had been bought by news channel NHK World TV.
On Tuesday 29 September 2009, Scuzz was removed from Freesat channel 502 and replaced with sister channel Flava. On 3 November 2010, NME TV was replaced with Scuzz on Freesat channel 503. On 15 July 2013, Scuzz was replaced by Chart Show Dance on Freesat channel 503. It returned to Freesat in August 2017, replacing Chart Show Hits just as they had replaced Scuzz four years earlier, but was removed along with Chart Show TV, Starz TV and Tiny Pop +1 on 31 July 2018.
The channel abruptly closed on 15 November 2018, along with sister channel Sony Crime Channel 2. The last video played on the channel was "Girl All the Bad Guys Want" by Bowling for Soup, until the channel crashed about a minute into the video, similar to what happened with Flava's closure a year prior.
On-air music video blocks/shows (at time of closure)
- Rock All Stars
- New Noise
- Antiques Rock Show
- A**-Kicking Metal
- #Rockbox (interactive block)
- Shredtime Stories
Virgin Media removal
On 6 November 2007, Scuzz along with Bliss and Flaunt, were removed from Virgin Media's ex-NTL platform as a deal with Chart Show Channels could not be made to make the channels available to their ex-Telewest platform.
Animax Movie Nights
On 15 March 2015, Scuzz launched Animax Movie Nights, a block, provided by Sony Pictures Television under the Animax brand, that aired anime films streamed on SVOD in the UK and Ireland by the British version of Animax, which launched on 24 October 2015, on Thursday nights.
Scuzz was given a new look and revamp on 1 April 2006. Replacing the old black and white logo and song titles to a blue, smokey look. After the revamp the channel had begun to air more special, dedicated shows, such as a live performance from the metalcore group Trivium, and a weekend devoted to Swedish melodic death metal band In Flames.
As of at least 31 December 2007, Scuzz was once again revamped; being given a much more industrial style look.
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- "Scuzz TV launch Animax Movie Nights". UK Anime Network. 2 March 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2015.