NET, a new “faith-based” network, is set to launch on cable.
Overseen by the Brooklyn Diocese - with programming produced and purchased by Trans Video Communications - NET launches Monday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m.
It will air on Time Warner Cable (Ch. 97) and Cablevision (Ch. 30) and replaces The Prayer Channel.
“People kept telling us The Prayer Channel was too secret, so we’re re-branding,” says Gary Arkin, NET’s director of marketing.
“The programming we’re producing is New York City-based and has a faith element to it,” Arkin says.
“We also have programming for children . . . but there’s always a faith element.”
NET’s studio is located in Brooklyn (19th Street and 10th Avenue). Its programming will be a mix of in-house productions and shows from outside sources.
Arkin describes one of the network-produced shows, “Mysteries of the Church” as akin to something viewers would find on Discovery Channel.
“There are episodes on why gargoyles are on the outside of churches, and mysteries of people who’ve had spontaneously bleeding hands and feet,” he says.
There’s a music-video show, “iCTHus.eQ,” hosted by Mari White, while “Breaking Bread” will go to restaurants in the boroughs and “make the connection between chefs, the people they serve and the parishes and the neighborhoods,” Arkin says.
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