Smile of a Child TV
|Smile of a Child TV|
|Launched||December 24, 2005|
|Owned by||Trinity Broadcasting Network|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Sister channel(s)||Trinity Broadcasting Network
The Church Channel
TBN Enlace USA
(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)
|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 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. in all time zones)
|Glorystar (North America)||Channel 150|
|First Media Indonesia)||Channel 61|
|SkyCable (Philippines)||Channel TBA|
|AT&T U-verse||Channel 340|
Smile of a Child TV (SoaC) is an American Christian-based digital broadcast, digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). The network is aimed at children between the ages of 2 and 11-years-old, and offers a mix of children's religious and family-oriented programming. It is the television arm of the 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 of a Child 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.
Smile of a Child 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 of a Child TV 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, TBN runs a "Smile of a Child" children's block each Saturday from 5:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
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. The network launched on December 24, 2005 at 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time, with the holiday-themed special Martin the Cobbler as its inaugural program.
Smile of a Child 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. Over the subsequent years, Smile of a Child TV 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 of a Child would be carried on digital subchannel 17.5). The network's butterfly logo is based on the initials of Jan Crouch's maiden name, JWB (Janice Wendell Bethany).
Consolidation with JUCE TV
On June 1, 2015, Smile of a Child was combined into a single subchannel with sister network JUCE TV (which targets teenagers and young adults), under a timeshare arrangement. As a result of the realignment, for over-the-air viewers, SoaC was originally reduced to a nine-hour daily programming schedule (from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. local time) on the third subchannel occupied by JUCE (which continued 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 on June 8, the timeshare was modified so that Smile of a Child and JUCE both maintain daily 12-hour windows on the .3 subchannel, with SoaC now airing over the space from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in each time zone and JUCE airing for the remainder of the day.
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 that launched on that date.
While it now has a reduced presence on broadcast television, SoaC 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, mobile apps, digital media players, and on cable/satellite providers that carry the TBN multicast networks.
Although primarily a Christian-based network, Smile of a Child TV has acquired some secular programming from outside producers and the public domain, such as Timmy & Lassie, The Funny Company, Davey and Goliath, Veggie Tales, 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 and Saturday evenings.
- 3-2-1 Penguins
- The Adventures of Carlos Caterpillar
- The Adventures of Skippy (1992 version)
- Animal Atlas
- Another Sommer-Time Adventure
- Adventures of Green Gables
- Arnie's Shack
- BB's Bedtime Stories
- BJ's Teddy Bear Club and Bible Stories
- Becky's Barn
- The Bedbug Bible Gang
- The Big Garage
- Boulder Buddies
- Brainy Baby
- Bugtime Adventures
- The Charlie Church Mouse Show
- Cherub Wings
- Children's Heroes of the Bible
- Chubby Cubbies
- Colby's Clubhouse
- Come On Over
- Creations Creatures
- D.A.R.E. Safety Tips Starring Retro Bill
- Davey and Goliath
- Deputy Dingle
- The Dooley and Pals Show
- The Adventures of Donkey Ollie
- Dr. Wonder's Workshop
- Ewe Know
- Filling Station
- Fluffy Gardens
- The Flying House
- Friends and Heroes
- From Aardvark to Zucchini
- Fun Food Adventures
- The Funny Company
- Gina D's Kids Club/Sing Along with Gina D
- God Rocks!/Rockids TV
- Gospel Bill
- Grandfather Reads
- Hermie and Friends
- The Huggabug Club
- iShine Knect
- Kids Club
- Kid Fit
- Kids Like You
- The Knock Knock Show
- The Lads TV
- Life at the Pond
- Little Buds
- Little Women
- Maralee Dawn & Friends
- Mary Rice Hopkins and Puppets with a Heart
- Mickey's Farm
- Mike's Inspiration Station
- Miss BG
- Miss Charity's Diner
- Bigfoot Presents: Meteor and the Mighty Monster Trucks
- The Mooh Brothers
- Mr. Quigley's Village
- Mustard Pancakes
- Nest Family Animated Stories
- Pahappahooey Island
- Paws & Tales
- Puppet Parade
- Quigley's Village
- The Reppies
- Retro News: A Blast from the Past
- Safari Tracks
- Sarah's Stories
- St. Bear's Dolls Hospital
- The Story Keepers
- Super Simple Science Stuff
- Swamp Critters of Lost Lagoon
- Swiss Family Robinson
- The Tails of Abbygail
- Timmy & Lassie
- Upstairs, Downstairs Bears
- VeggieTales/Larry Boy Stories
- Weekend Movie Showcase
- Wild About Animals
- Wild's Life
- The World of Jonathan Singh
- Young America Outdoors
Awards and honors
- Kent Gibbons (May 29, 2015). "TBN Salsa Targets English-Speaking Hispanics". Multichannel News. NewBay Media.
- "SOAC Mission Statement". Smile of a Child TV. Trinity Broadcasting Network.
- Michelle Bertello (December 7, 2005). "TBN's Smile of a Child Television Network Debuts December 24th". Trinity Broadcasting Network (Press release). Faith Wire Service.
- "Smile of a Child TV -- Broadcast Schedule for Dec. 24th". Trinity Broadcasting Network. December 7, 2005. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
- "Smile of a Child TV Hits the Air!!!". Trinity Broadcasting Network (Press release). December 24, 2005. Retrieved June 5, 2015.
- "PTC Seal of Approval". Parents Television Council.
- "Modified SoaC/JUCE timeshare". Trinity Broadcasting Network. June 8, 2015.
- SOAC schedule - Smile of a Child TV.org
- TBN schedule - TBN.org
- TBN acquires Timmy and Lassie - TBN.org