Fuse was launched on July 1, 1994 as an American pay television channel under its original name MuchMusic USA. Founded as a joint venture between Rainbow Media (AMC Network), New York-based Cablevision, and Toronto-based CHUM Limited, Fuse began as a music-only channel.
In the beginning, the network had a problem finding other providers outside of Cablevision’s own systems that were mostly in the New York City area, Boston, and Cleveland. With MTV and VH1 as the main competition, this became an even bigger problem for Fuse.
In 1998, the channel included live pay-per-view events taking place at Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden.
The channel began rebranding in 2001 with the introduction of a new logo. The company combined that with new, original programming and music videos, and focused more on viewer interactivity through the Internet. MMUSA was relaunched as Fuse on May 19, 2003, with the debut of hip-hop comedy series Kung Faux.
Fuse has been the exclusive television partner for music events such as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Bonnaroo Music and Art Festival, Lollapalooza and more. With its Fuse Presents series, the channel streams live concerts from some of the most popular industry names such as John Mayer, Drake, Elton John, RHCP, and many more.
In February 2015, around 61.4% of households in the USA were able to enjoy Fuse’s programs. But since it was dropped from Xfinity and Fios on January 1, 2019, due to the lack of viewership, these numbers have plummeted slightly. At the moment, Fuse is available for around 38 million homes, mostly targeting millennials between 18 and 34 years old. Despite the fact it originally launched as a music channel, Fuse has drastically changed its offering over the years and now presents lifestyle and reality TV shows and documentaries.
Since merging with NuvoTV, Fuse began to cut down on its music program – and removed it altogether in early 2019. They began to air sitcoms, movies, and late-night talk shows instead. The company’s focus is on streaming content that’s not only fun to watch, but also authentic and thought-provoking for the audience.
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