Exhibit 5.1



811 Main Street, Suite 3700


Houston, TX 77002


Tel: +1.713.546.5400 Fax: +1.713.546.5401














New York

December 17, 2019

Century City

Orange County









San Diego



San Francisco





Hong Kong




Silicon Valley





Los Angeles


Monitronics International, Inc.


Washington, D.C.

1990 Wittington Place



Farmers Branch, Texas 75234




Re:  Monitronics International, Inc. Registration Statement on Form S-1


Ladies and Gentlemen:


We have acted as special counsel to Monitronics International Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), in connection with the resale from time to time by the selling stockholders named in the Registration Statement (as defined below) of up to 21,191,157 shares (the “Shares”) of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Common Stock”). The Shares are included in a registration statement on Form S-1 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) on December 17, 2019 (the “Registration Statement”). This opinion is being furnished in connection with the requirements of Item 601(b)(5) of Regulation S-K under the Act, and no opinion is expressed herein as to any matter pertaining to the contents of the Registration Statement or related prospectus (the “Prospectus”), other than as expressly stated herein with respect to the issue of the Shares.


As such counsel, we have examined such matters of fact and questions of law as we have considered appropriate for purposes of this letter. With your consent, we have relied upon certificates and other assurances of officers of the Company and others as to factual matters without having independently verified such factual matters. We are opining herein as to General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, and we express no opinion with respect to any other laws, or as to any matters of municipal law or the laws of any local agencies within any state.


Subject to the foregoing and the other matters set forth herein, it is our opinion that, as of the date hereof the Shares have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate action of the Company and are validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable. In rendering the foregoing



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opinion, we have assumed that, upon issuance, the Company complied with all applicable notice requirements regarding uncertificated shares provided in the Delaware General Corporation Law.


This opinion is for your benefit in connection with the Registration Statement and may be relied upon by you and by persons entitled to rely upon it pursuant to the applicable provisions of the Act. We consent to your filing this opinion as an exhibit to the Registration Statement and to the reference to our firm in the Prospectus under the heading “Legal Matters.” We further consent to the incorporation by reference of this letter and consent into any registration statement or post-effective amendment to the Registration Statement filed pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Act with respect to the Shares. In giving such consent, we do not thereby admit that we are in the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Act or the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder.



Very truly yours,




/s/ Latham & Watkins LLP