Hillsong Channel

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Hillsong Channel
Hillsong Channel Logo.png
Launched
  • January 17, 2002 (2002-01-17)
  • (June 1, 2016 (2016-06-01) as Hillsong Channel)
Owned by Hillsong Church and Trinity Broadcasting Network
Picture format

480i (SDTV)

(720p Stream on hillsong.com/channel)
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Worldwide; United States over-the-air and through pay television services
Headquarters
Formerly called The Church Channel (2002-16)
Sister channel(s)
Website hillsong.com/channel
Availability
Terrestrial
Available on full-power and some low-power stations in most markets in the U.S. x.2 on most TBN owned-and-operated stations and affiliates; check local listings for stations
Satellite
Dish Network Channel 258
DirecTV Channel 371
Sky UK Channel 597
Glorystar Channel 115
IPTV
AT&T U-verse Channel 565
Verizon Fios Channel 288

Hillsong Channel is an American and Australian Christian-based broadcast television network and is a joint venture of the international congregation, the Sydney-based Hillsong Church, and the American Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).

History[edit]

As The Church Channel[edit]

Prior to the launch of the Hillsong Channel the network was known as The Church Channel and maintained their main operations base out of TBN's WPGD-TV in Nashville, Tennessee. Programming consisted of Christian worship services, 90% of which must be of an instructional, evangelistic or ministerial nature. The network had put strict guidelines on fundraising and other announcements, limiting them to 10% of the program.[1] The Church Channel encouraged churches to submit recordings of their services with the intent of putting them on the air.

On March 9, 2016, TBN announced a partnership with the Sydney-based international congregation Hillsong Church that originally saw The Church Channel re-imaged as the Hillsong Channel on June 15, 2016, in line with Hillsong's American expansion plans.[2][3] The launch date was later moved up to June 1, 2016. It was the second major change in TBN's American operations in a matter of years, after the previous year's launch of TBN Salsa and changes in scheduling for Smile of a Child and JUCE TV over-the-air to accommodate TBN Salsa.[4] Unlike that launch (where Smile and Juce maintained 24/7 streaming-only services), The Church Channel was not maintained as a 24/7 streaming service through TBN's streaming operations, and some TCC programming has been blended into the Hillsong Channel schedule, albeit in morning and early afternoon timeslots.

As Hillsong Channel[edit]

On June 1, 2016, The Church Channel was replaced by The Hillsong Channel.[5]

Hillsong Channel is available over-the-air on digital subchannels of TBN owned-and-operated and affiliated stations nationwide, usually on the second subchannel (for example, if the local TBN station broadcasts on channel 17, then Hillsong Channel would be carried on digital subchannel 17.2).

It is also available on select U.S. cable providers, Dish Network, Glorystar (free-to-air Galaxy 19) and DirecTV, in the UK on Sky and in many nations around the world via direct-to-home satellite, such as ABS1 to India and the Middle East, Hot Bird satellite to Europe, and Agila 2 satellite both C-band and Ku-Band signal in Asia and the Philippines. The network also livestreams its programming on its official website.

On June 24, 2016 the Hillsong Channel was made available on Apple TV.[6]

On July 3, 2016 it was announced that the Hillsong Channel would soon be available on Fetch TV in Australia "within weeks".

Programming[edit]

The Hillsong Channel has a variety of programmes, carrying approximately 12 Hours per day, including prime-time, of Original Programming under the banner of "Hillsong Channel Original Programming". The remainder of the schedule is made up of traditional time-buys from Churches which hold similar views as the Hillsong Church, under the banner of "Partner Ministry Programming".

Original programming from Hillsong includes;[7]

  • What Do You See? with Robert Fergusson - Christian Documentary series on perspective
  • Brian Houston TV - Brian Houston's 30 minute TV show.
  • Hillsong Church - Services from London, Sydney, Los Angeles
  • Worship by Hillsong - Worship Music Performances
  • Best of Hillsong Conference.
  • Colour Conference: The Green Room - Interviews with speakers from the Colour Conference
  • Colour Conference: Main Stage
  • The Sisterhood Stories - Stories from Inspirational Women
  • Chapel: The College Experience - Chapel Services and Stories from Hillsong International Leadership College
  • What's Cooking with Young & Free - Comedy Cooking Show
  • Hillsong Kids: A BIG Life - Children's Ministry Show
  • Hillsong Kids Jr Cubby House - Songs, craft and bible stories

References[edit]

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