Smile (TV network)

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Smile
Smile TV.jpg
Launched December 24, 2005; 11 years ago (2005-12-24)
Owned by Trinity Broadcasting Network
Picture format
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters Garland, Texas
Formerly called Smile of a Child (2005–2016)
Sister channel(s)
Website www.smileofachildtv.com
Availability
(channel space shared with JUCE TV on over-the-air TBN stations; available 24 hours a day on pay television providers and through online streaming on digital platforms)
Terrestrial
Available on full-power and some low-power stations in most markets x.3 on most TBN owned-and-operated stations and affiliates; check local listings for stations
(broadcasts daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET)
Satellite
Glorystar (North America) Channel 150
Dish Network (North America) Channel 264
Cable
First Media (Indonesia) Channel 61
SkyCable (Philippines) Channel TBA
Wave Broadband (U.S.A. (Western Washington State, Western Oregon, San Francisco Bay Area And Northwestern California)) Channel 2
IPTV
AT&T U-verse Channel 340
Southern Fibernet Channel 555

Smile (shortened from its original name of Smile of a Child) is an American Christian-based digital broadcast, digital cable and satellite television network owned and operated by the Trinity Broadcasting Network. The network is aimed at children between the ages of 2 and 12 years, and offers a mix of children's religious and family-oriented programming. The network was founded as the television arm of TBN's Smile of a Child ministry, created by TBN co-founder Jan Crouch.

Although since June 1, 2015, it shares channel space with sister network JUCE TV over-the-air, Smile continues to operate as a separate channel from JUCE on pay television providers as well as on select digital streaming services that offer TBN's six U.S. networks.[1]

The network is available in the U.S. on DirecTV and Dish Network and throughout North and Central America as a free-to-air channel on Galaxy 14 C-band, Galaxy 19 Ku band and available with Glorystar Christian Satellite. Internationally, Smile is on the Hot Bird satellite service in Europe, ABS1 satellite to Asia, India and the Middle East, and Agila 2 both C-band and Ku band signal in some areas of Asia and the Philippines. The network is also livestreamed on both its own and TBN's website.

In addition, a parent network TBN runs a "Smile" block on Saturday mornings.[2] On October 26, 2015, Kids & Teens TV began to air a block of Smile programming.

History[edit]

Early history, as Smile of a Child[edit]

Smile of a Child logo used from December 24, 2005 to December 31, 2016.

Founded by TBN co-founder Jan Crouch, the network was developed and named after Smile of a Child, a children's outreach ministry founded by Jan and Paul Crouch in the 1990s to provide services and donations to needy children worldwide.[3] The network launched on December 24, 2005 at 3 a.m. Eastern Time, with the holiday-themed special Martin the Cobbler as its inaugural program.[4]

Smile was initially available as a 24-hour-a-day service on all platforms, debuted on digital subchannels of TBN owned-and-operated station in 13 markets.[5] Over the subsequent years, Smile expanded its national coverage to all of TBN's owned-and-operated and affiliated stations in nearly 40 markets, carried usually on the fifth subchannel (for example, if the local TBN station broadcasts on channel 17, then Smile would be carried on digital subchannel 17.5). The network's original butterfly logo is a visual representation of the initials of Jan Crouch's maiden name, JWB (Janice Wendell Bethany).[6]

Multicasting consolidation with JUCE TV[edit]

On June 1, 2015, Smile was combined into a single subchannel with sister network JUCE TV (which targets teenagers and young adults 13 to 30 years of age), under a timeshare arrangement. As a result of the realignment, for over-the-air viewers, Smile was originally reduced to a nine-hour daily programming schedule (from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time) on the third subchannel occupied by JUCE (which continues to air over its existing subchannel slot for the remainder of the broadcast day) on the 38 stations owned directly by TBN and through its subsidiary Community Educational Television. The following week, the time share was modified so that Smile now airs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Eastern), with JUCE airing the remainder of the day, giving each network a daily 12 hour window on subchannel 3.[7]

The change – due to technical limitations with its stations' existing digital compression equipment – is a byproduct of the launch of TBN Salsa, a digital subchannel network targeting English-speaking Hispanic viewers which launched on that date.[1]

While it now has a reduced presence on broadcast television, Smile continues to maintain a 24-hour-day schedule, with all programming not shown over-the-air remaining available via live stream on TBN's website, and mobile and digital media players as well as on select cable and satellite providers that carry the TBN multicast networks, as was the case before the over-the-air consolidation of the two networks.[1] Jan Crouch died from the effects of a stroke on May 31, 2016.

Smile adopted its new shortened branding on New Year's Day of 2017.

Programming[edit]

Although primarily a Christian-based network, Smile has acquired some secular programming from outside producers and the public domain, such as Lassie, Davey and Goliath, VeggieTales, 3-2-1 Penguins, and The Big Garage, as well as acquiring the U.S. rights to Canadian series such as Mickey's Farm, and Japanese anime shows such as Swiss Family Robinson and Little Women. It also airs family-oriented movies with religious/inspirational themes on Friday afternoons and Saturday evenings.

Current programming[edit]

Mickey's Farm - a popular Canadian series which airs in the U.S. on Smile.
The classic series Lassie airs several times per week on Smile.
Professor Bumble, S.I.R. and the other children of The Flying House, a mainstay of Christan television carried by Smile.

Programs in bold indicate that the program also airs Saturdays on TBN as part of their "Smile" children's block.[8][9][10]

All programs listed are designated as E/I by Smile, fulfilling the Federal Communications Commission's educational programming requirements.

Awards and honors[edit]

2008: Parents Television Council Entertainment Seal of Approval[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kent Gibbons (May 29, 2015). "TBN Salsa Targets English-Speaking Hispanics". Multichannel News. NewBay Media. 
  2. ^ "SOAC Mission Statement". Smile of a Child TV. Trinity Broadcasting Network. 
  3. ^ Michelle Bertello (December 7, 2005). "TBN's Smile of a Child Television Network Debuts December 24th". Trinity Broadcasting Network (Press release). Faith Wire Service. 
  4. ^ "Smile of a Child TV -- Broadcast Schedule for Dec. 24th". Trinity Broadcasting Network. December 7, 2005. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Smile of a Child TV Hits the Air!!!". Trinity Broadcasting Network (Press release). December 24, 2005. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "PTC Seal of Approval". Parents Television Council. 
  7. ^ "Modified SoaC/JUCE Timeshare". TBN.org. Archived from the original on February 13, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  8. ^ Smile schedule
  9. ^ TBN schedule
  10. ^ The Church Channel Schedule

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