Time to watch TV like it’s 1999

You can stream live Lollapalooza coverage, but I think the MTV Classic channel is more my speed.

If you own a streaming device that gets Red Bull TV, you can see this year’s Lollapalooza on your big screen. The Red Bull TV channel covered this influential music festival on July 28-July 31. This included sets from many of the festival’s highlighting musical acts. There also was event coverage, artist interviews, and memories from the past 25 years.

I was 20 years old when the first Lollapalooza launched on July 18, 1991. I remember thinking it was a genius idea at the time. The event took elements of music festivals such as Woodstock, and put it all on tour. It was very much a product of Generation X and the 1990s, which is probably why I thought it was so amazing at the time.

Today, it seems as though the Millennials have taken over Lollapalooza. (That’s not a bad thing, though.) The names of the bands tipped me off to this. I recognize the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction. I’ve never heard of Major Lazer, Two Door Cinema Club, and The Last Shadow Puppets, though. This made me realize that I’m too old for today’s Lollapalooza.

Lollapalooza may have left me behind, but there’s an even better way for me to indulge my love for the music I grew up with Starting today, MTV is bringing its MTV Classic channel to DIRECTV and DISH Network.

MTV Classic brings classic 1980s and 1990s MTV to your TV. This means Beavis & Butt-Head returns, as does its spin-off, Daria. Those two animated series practically defined the 90s. I’m even more excited to see reruns of Aeon Flux. I loved this stylized, action-packed animated series made popular on MTV during the 1990s. While I’m glad to see all this stuff coming back for satellite subscribers, I can’t deny being a little miffed at the notion that the stuff from my 20s is now considered “classic.”

MTV Classic will air live-action shows such as Run’s House, Pimp My Ride, Cribs, Jackass, Punk’d, Wonder Showzen, and Clone High. The station also will run season marathons of The Real World, Laguna Beach, Road Rules on the weekends.

The launch for MTV Classic is on DIRECTV and DISH now replacing VH1 Classic in your guide.

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Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.