Scientology plans to launch its own TV network
According to Deadline, promotional information from the controversial church indicates the new network will be available on U.S. cable provider DirectTV, and will also be accessible via Apple, Roku, Amazon Fire and Google Chromecast, in addition to a free app that can be downloaded. (As of this writing, the channel won’t be available in Canada on “traditional” TV.)
On the network’s recently launched Twitter account, the church teased the network’s impending arrival in a series of tweets, including one featuring a preview of some of the network’s programming.
According to the app description in the Google Play store, the new network will feature such original series as Meet a Scientologist, Voices for Humanity and L. Ron Hubbard: In His Own Voice, in addition to a series of “Scientology Principles” films that explain “Basic Scientology Technology.”
As Deadline points out, the network’s business model “is not immediately clear,” as a typical broadcaster would monetize the network through advertising.
Some advertisers, notes Deadline, may not want to associate themselves with the Church of Scientology.
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In recent years, some high-profile former members like director Paul Haggis and Kevin Can Wait star Leah Remini began speaking out against the church after leaving, while Remini’s Scientology and the the Aftermath series on A&E features ex-Scientologists telling their own personal horror stories on a weekly basis.
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