FamilyNet is primarily a 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. The channel was acquired by InTouch Ministries in October 2007 from the Southern Baptist Convention. In December 2009, FamilyNet was acquired by Robert A. Schuller's ComStar Media Fund. In 2010, FamilyNet was spun out into its own company, with Robert A. Schuller as the chairman.
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.
In September 2014, FamilyNet was rebranded with classic television series and films from the Sony Pictures Television library.