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iTBN on-Demand Christian Programming Everywhere You Are
Just weeks after its September 15th launch, iTBN has inspired individuals in 137 different countries to click play. Part of Trinity Broadcasting Network’s (TBN) ongoing effort to offer viewers a comprehensive “multi-screen television environment,” iTBN is one of the most exciting and innovative technologies TBN has ever embraced. The next revolution in television viewing, iTBN is a quantum leap forward in viewer-controlled programming.
Since iTBN came online, over 9,000 hours of TBN programming has been viewed in North America alone. And from the Netherlands to Saudi Arabia, iTBN viewers have tuned in from 137 countries to choose from decades of television programming.
iTBN offers current TBN programming as well as content from its long and rich broadcast past.
“Creating iTBN involved putting 38 years of TBN content on to the new site so it could be viewed on demand,” explained Paul Crouch Jr., TBN’s Chief of Staff. “That includes thousands of hours of archived video tapes and programs, vintage Praise the Lord programs with men and women who’ve now been promoted to heaven—much of it is as relevant today as it was 30 years ago.”
Nearly 10,000 hours of TBN programs are currently available via the new iTBN online service. A faith-based, Christian content version similar to Hulu.com, iTBN provides a “TBN Everywhere” experience for viewers via a downloadable application onto a variety of smart phones, iPads, and computer screens. The TBN app for smart phones and mobile devices makes iTBN a veritable portable web library of Christian programming past and present. “iTBN was specifically created so the message of the Gospel is accessible 24 hours per day, on whatever device people use and whenever people need it,” said Crouch.
One of the unique aspects of iTBN is its “search-ability.” If a viewer wants to watch a show about salvation, the Holy Spirit, Oral Roberts, Billy Graham—the choices are nearly endless—it can be immediately searched out and watched. Out of this extensive database of programs, viewers can choose whatever they wish, whenever they wish to watch it.
TBN’s most popular networks can now be watched in real time, making Christian programming more accessible to the increasing numbers of viewers who spend less time watching traditional television and more time online.
Among the broadcast treasure trove to which viewers have free access 24-7 through iTBN are:
— TBN Classics, timeless, exclusive TBN programs that audiences have enjoyed for decades.
— Popular Documentaries, thought-provoking shows among TBN’s most requested programming.
— Educational and Children’s Programs, entertaining and uplifting shows for the entire family.
— Movies, big-screen favorites that have helped make TBN a leader in quality Christian and family-friendly films.
iTBN also includes on-demand programming for teens, Christian music shows, and a whole lot more. iTBN enables viewers to watch clips of specific speakers, authors, musicians, and others who have appeared on TBN programs, as well as search for programs on specific faith issues they are interested in knowing more about.
iTBN gives viewers instant access to TBN’s most watched networks: TBN’s flagship network, the Church Channel, JCTV, Smile of a Child, Enlace USA, Nejat TV in Farsi, and the Arabic-language Healing Channel.
“The message of the gospel never changes, but the technology and the way it’s presented does, and should evolve as we have the need to reach more people for the Lord,” says Crouch. “This is the bottom line.”
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