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FamilyNet Logo.png
Owned by Rural Media Group
Slogan Come Home to FamilyNet!"
Country United States
Language English
Affiliates Currently in over 25 million cable and satellite homes
Headquarters Nashville, Tennessee
Formerly called National Christian Network (1979-88)
Replaced Rural TV
Sister channel(s) RFD-TV
Dish Network 232 (SD)
Verizon FiOS 246 (SD)
Charter 710 (HD)
AT&T U-verse 566 (SD)

FamilyNet is an American religious cable television network in over 25 million cable and satellite homes. The network was originally founded in 1979 as the National Christian Network, and took the name FamilyNet in 1988 under the ownership of Jerry Falwell.[1]


The channel was acquired by InTouch Ministries in October 2007 from the Southern Baptist Convention.[2] In December 2009, FamilyNet was acquired by Robert A. Schuller's ComStar Media Fund.[3] In 2010, FamilyNet was spun out into its own company, with Robert A. Schuller as the chairman.[4]

FamilyNet carries programming geared to families of all ages, involving a mix of lifestyle programming, game shows, classic sitcoms and dramas, and movies.

The organization also operated FamilyNet Radio 161, a full-time Christian talk channel on Sirius Satellite Radio, but was dropped on November 30, 2010 in favor of FamilyTalk.

On October 24, 2012, Rural TV purchased FamilyNet. The two channels merged on January 1, 2013.[5]

On September 2014, FamilyNet was rebranded with classic television series and films from the Sony Pictures Television library.





  1. ^ "Religious Networks Change for Profits". Broadcasting & Cable 114 (19): 51. 1988-05-09. ISSN 1068-6827. 
  2. ^ Noah, Mickey (October 29, 2007). "NAMB completes FamilyNet sale to In Touch". Baptist Press. 
  3. ^ "FamilyNet TV and Radio Network Sold to Robert A. Schuller's ComStar". Black Christian News. December 29, 2009. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Celebrated Televangelist Robert Schuller Named Chairman of FamilyNet TV". March 23, 2011.
  5. ^ "Rural Media Group Purchases FamilyNet". Melodika. October 24, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 

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