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MTV vs BET Which is really better Did you ever wonder which television channel is better MTV or BET One is not better than the other because everyone is entitled to their own opinion If I had to choose it would be MTV because MTV is more diverse MTV short for Music Television first hit the airwaves August 1 1981 aiming for the 12-25 age group BET which is short for Black Entertainment Television was founded in January 1980 gearing towards the African American public According to Viacom the company that owns MTV and BET as well as other major cable channels MTV has over 79 million subscribers in the United States while BET has only 719 million subscribers Both channels are included with the standard cable television package neither has to be bought additionally Both channels have branched off and created different cable channels MTV has MTV2 MTVs 24 hour music video channel MTV S MTVs Spanish-speaking video channel and MTV X MTVs rock music video channel BET started off with the BET Jazz music channel for jazz music lovers This channel airs live jazz shows instead of showing music videos Recently BET added two more channels to their cable line-up BET Hip-Hop and BET Gospel BET Hip-Hop music channel features 24 hours of hip-hop music and music videos The same thing applies for BET Gospel 24 hour Gospel music channel Looking at this comparison it clearly shows that MTV has diversity by owning a rock music channel There is no reason for BET to own a rock music channel because majority of the rock musicians and listeners are Caucasians Another reason why BET is not as diverse as MTV is because BET is geared towards the African American population Although BET has many different types of viewers most of them are African American Unlike MTV BET seldom plays music videos by crossover artists Both channels have a variety of television shows
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