Up (TV network)
|Launched||October 30, 2004|
|Owned by||Up Entertainment LLC|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Formerly called||Gospel Music Channel (2004–2010)
GMC TV (2010–2013)
|Dish Network||Channel 188|
|Available on most U.S. cable systems||Check local listings or http://gmc2.viewerlink.tv|
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 224|
Up (short for "Uplifting Entertainment", formerly GMC TV and originally Gospel Music Channel) is an American satellite and cable television network founded originally to have a focus on gospel music. The network re-branded as Up on June 1, 2013 (the re-branding was originally scheduled to occur on September 1, 2013).
The Gospel Music Channel was founded in 2004 by Charles Humbard, the son of televangelist Rex Humbard, originally devoted to gospel music. With Brad Siegel, former president of Turner Broadcasting's Turner Entertainment Networks, as vice chairman, Humbard launched GMC on October 30, 2004. Gospel Music Channel originally programmed gospel/Christian music, featuring all styles, including traditional and contemporary gospel, Christian rock and pop, southern gospel, and even Christian metal. Each weeknight, the network's lineup featured a different genre of music.
In addition to music video blocks, the network produced some original shows, such as Faith and Fame (artist biographies), Front Row Live (concerts), and America Sings (singing competition). The network also carried Gospel music industry award shows The Stellar Awards (urban gospel), The GMA Dove Awards, along with the The National Quartet Convention (southern gospel showcase).
On June 1, the network re-branded as UP, positioning itself as America’s favorite network for uplifting family entertainment. The network presents original and acquired movies, series, stage plays and music specials along with gMovies, the first faith-friendly streaming movie service. The UP brand is reflected in “Uplift Someone,” the network’s successful pro-social initiative.
Since re-branding in 2010, the channel has begun carrying popular syndicated series such as Cosby; Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman; and The Waltons. The channel has also aired films such as The Secret Garden, The Trial and Pay It Forward, as well as Christian movies such as Facing the Giants and Fireproof. The network also does not program on Christmas Eve or Day, choosing to air a yule log loop with holiday songs from Contemporary Christian artists.
With the transition to UP, the channel continues to air popular syndicated series such as 7th Heaven, Touched by An Angel and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Original Series include Heartland, Bulloch Family Ranch and Family Addition with Leigh Anne Tuohy. Original Movies include Finding Normal (starring Candace Cameron Bure), Raising Izzie, and Saving Westbrook High. The channel also airs films such as Nim's Island, The Nutty Professor (1996 film) and We Are Marshall, as well as Christian movies such as Courageous (film), What If... and Fireproof (film).
- Note that this number was calculated while the channel was still GMC.
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- "GMC TV Looks 'UP' With Rebranding". Broadcasting & Cable. March 3, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
- Seidman, Robert (August 23, 2013). "List of How Many Homes Each Cable Networks Is In - Cable Network Coverage Estimates As Of August 2013". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 27, 2011.