Smile (TV network)
|Launched||December 24, 2005|
|Owned by||Trinity Broadcasting Network|
|Formerly called||Smile of a Child (2005–2016)|
(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 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET)
|Glorystar (North America)||Channel 150|
|Dish Network (North America)||Channel 264|
|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|
|AT&T U-verse||Channel 340|
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.
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.
Early history, as Smile of a Child
Founded as Smile of a Child TV by TBN co-founder Jan Crouch (who died from the effects of a stroke on May 31, 2016), 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 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 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).
Multicasting consolidation with JUCE TV
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.
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.
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.
On January 1, 2017, the network underwent a major rebranding, shortening its name to simply Smile; accordingly, it dropped the butterfly logo and graphics package that had been in use since 2003.
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.
- 3-2-1 Penguins!
- Adventures in Booga Booga Land
- The Adventures of Carlos Caterpillar
- The Adventures of Donkey Ollie
- The Adventures of Skippy
- Animal Atlas
- Animated Hero Classics
- Animated Stories from the Bible
- Another Sommertime Adventure
- Aqua Kids Adventures
- Arnie's Shack
- BB's Bedtime Stories with Monte
- Becky's Barn
- The Bedbug Bible Gang
- The Big Garage
- BJ's Teddy Bear Club and Bible Stories
- Brainy Baby
- Bugtime Adventures
- The Charlie Church Mouse Show
- Cherub Wings
- Children's Heroes of the Bible
- The Choo Choo Bob Show
- Christopher Columbus
- Chubby Cubbies
- Colby's Clubhouse
- Come On Over
- Cowboy Dan's Frontier
- Creation's Creatures
- Curiosity Quest
- D.A.R.E. Safety Tips Starring Retro Bill
- Davey and Goliath
- The Dooley and Pals Show
- Dr. Wonder's Workshop
- Ewe Know
- Filling Station
- Fluffy Gardens
- The Flying House
- The Fred and Susie Show
- From Aardvark to Zucchini
- Gina D's Kids Club
- Gospel Bill
- Grandfather Reads
- Hermie and Friends
- I'm an Animal
- IShine KNECT
- Jacob's Ladder
- Kids Club
- Kids Like You
- The Knock Knock Show
- The Lads TV
- Little Buds
- Little Women
- Mary Rice Hopkins and Puppets with a Heart
- Mickey's Farm
- Mike's Inspiration Station
- Miss BG
- Miss Charity's Diner
- Monster Truck Adventures
- Mouse in the House
- Mustard Pancakes
- Nanna's Cottage
- Pahappahooey Island
- Paws & Tales
- Professor Bounce's Kid Fit
- Puppet Parade
- Quigley's Village
- The Reppies
- Retro Bill Safety & Self-Esteem Tips
- Retro News: A Blast from the Past
- Rocka-Bye Island
- RocKids TV
- Sarah's Stories
- St. Bear's Dolls Hospital
- The Story Keepers
- Super Simple Science Stuff
- Super-Naturally Healthy Kids with Chef Joanna
- The Swamp Critters of Lost Lagoon
- Swiss Family Robinson
- The Tails of Abbygail
- Tiny Square Critters
- Tune Time
- Weekend Movie Showcase
- Wild About Animals
- The World of Jonathan Singh
- Zoo Clues
- The Zula Patrol
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". TBN.org. Archived from the original on February 13, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
- Smile schedule
- TBN schedule
- The Church Channel Schedule