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All TBN Channels Now Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Blackberry, Android, and Windows Mobile
Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), the world’s largest religious broadcaster and America’s most popular inspirational channel, is pleased to announce that all of its 24-hour networks can be accessed on Apple’s mobile devices as well as on most smart phones. “We are living in an increasingly mobile world, where sitting down and watching TV just isn’t an option for many individuals,” said Paul Crouch Jr., TBN’s Chief of Staff. “But they still want access to their favorite programs, and we’ve been hard at work developing the technology that allows them to watch all of TBN’s channels, in real time, at home, at work, on the road, or wherever they are.”
This spring the network introduced an exciting new app. for Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, giving users access to all of its 24-hour inspirational channels, including TBN, America’s most popular inspirational channel, the Church Channel, the JCTV youth network, Smile of a Child kids network, TBN Enlace USA Spanish language network, the Arabic language Healing Channel, and Nejat TV in Farsi.
“We had such an overwhelming response to this revolutionary viewing option that we quickly followed up by adding streaming video capabilities for smart phones like the Blackberry, Android, and Windows Mobile,” said Crouch. “That means smart phone users can now view all of TBN’s networks 24 hours a day, and can even access archives of our most popular programs.”
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Offering its networks to viewers via cell phones and mobile devices is part of a larger TBN strategy of using the latest technologies and most popular social networking applications to make inspirational programming accessible and relevant to the increasing numbers of viewers spending less time watching traditional TV and more time online. “There is a whole segment of young adults today who not only want the ability to watch their favorite shows from their iPhones and mobile devices, but they’re also keyed in to the added dimension of becoming part of the broadcast experience through social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Skype,” noted Crouch. “During programs like TBN’s daily Behind the Scenes, viewers are actually sending in real-time comments and feedback through Twitter and Facebook, and we’re using Skype for live-feed broadcasts and on-the-scene updates.”
Crouch’s son Brandon, who is the third generation Crouch to make Christian television his vocation, is using Skype as the major broadcast platform for his own program Off the Record, which appears weekly on JCTV. The younger Crouch explained that Skype enables him to spontaneously broadcast segments of his show from locales like international airports, major concerts, sports arenas, or even New York’s Time Square, as he did last New Year’s eve. It also allows him to have guests join him from anywhere in the world, as when he contacted a friend in Haiti just hours after the earthquake, getting an on-air video report of the devastation and need.
He pointed out that there is a new generation of viewers who embrace Christian television, but who aren’t satisfied with just being part of the TV audience any more. “They want to take an active part, to offer their input,” he said. “And with technologies like Skype, along with all the social networking tools available to them, they’re becoming a more and more important part of the television experience.”
Paul Crouch Jr. emphasized that with TBN’s ever-broadening global reach and the increasing options for delivering programming to viewers, it is important to keep the ultimate goal of Christian television front and center. “Our mission today at TBN is the same as it was when my parents started this network with a tiny UHF station over 35 years ago,” he said. “And that is to change people’s lives with the hope of the gospel. At the end of the day, our goal is still to make sure the good news is spread to every corner of the earth. And we are thankful for the level at which we’ve been able to do that.”
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