The church announced on its official Twitter account Sunday that the Scientology Network will debut Monday (8 p.m. ET/5 PT). Alex Gibney's documentary Going Clear won a Peabody and three Emmys and A&E has made headlines with its serial expose on the church, Scientology and the Aftermath, from former member Leah Remini.
"We're focused on one objective, which is to preserve the goal of Dianetics and Scientology", says a man featured in the announcement video.
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A Scientology channel has been rumored since the organization purchased a almost five-acre studio in Los Angeles' Los Feliz neighborhood for $42 million from public TV station KCET (which downsized to smaller offices in Burbank) in 2011.
Programming for the channel is produced by Scientology Media Productions, which launched in May of 2016. "It's actually making a difference in the world".
Scientology was founded in the 1950s by writer Ron L. Hubbard.
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While a significant investment for the group, this is not the first time Scientology has used TV as a recruitment tool.
It's probably no surprise that Scientology would aim to launch an on-demand service and TV channel, as the streaming age has allowed all sorts of groups to program their propaganda.
According to Deadline, promotional information from the controversial church indicates the new network will be available on US 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. According to the Hollywood Reporter, this has been in the works for quite some time, and according to common sense, the Scientology TV channel is going to be both really weird and really bad.
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