“The Church of Scientology is getting its own TV network,” reports Michael O’Connell of The Hollywood Reporter.
The article reports: “The controversial group, headed by David Miscavige, is poised to launch a channel on DirecTV and platforms Apple TV and Roku on Monday.”
It can also be seen using Fire TV, iTunes and Google Play, notes USA Today.
The THR story adds, “Request for comment from the Church of Scientology was not immediately returned, but a DirecTV spokesperson confirmed the Monday launch. A promo video indicates the network will occupy the satellite service’s channel 320 (currently infomercials).”
The THR piece also says that for Scientology TV there is “a newly launched Twitter account, with first updates coming early Sunday morning.”
Furthermore, there is a website at www.scientology.tv. Here’s a screenshot of the home page, taken Sunday night, featuring a clock counting down until Monday’s debut:
An Associated Press story about the debut of the new channel notes that it comes on the heels of recent criticism of Scientology: “Scientology has been the subject of a handful of high-profile projects investigating its alleged abuses of former members including Leah Remini’s A&E docuseries ‘Scientology and the Aftermath’ and Alex Gibney’s Emmy-winning documentary ‘Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.’”