Church of Scientology launches own TV channel

The Church of Scientology launched its own 24-hour TV channel on Monday, March 12, the organization officially announced on Twitter. Dubbed The Scientology Network, its content has started airing on DirectTV.

(REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)The Church of Scientology has a new television network on DirecTV.

The network's content can also be streamed via devices like Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast and Roku. Viewers can download the app for free via Google Play or the App Store.

Speculations had been brewing for months that the church planned to start a network. Scientology Media Productions, which launched in May 2016, will take charge of its operations in its headquarters that used to be the site of KCET, an old public broadcast station.

One unique facet of The Scientology Network is the addition of an e-meter that its auditors use during sessions with members to help in the discharge of negative energy. The church's promo videos that announced the launch stated that the e-meter would make a difference in how viewers watch its programs.

The news comes as Scientology has come under attack from different media entities that allegedly exposed the group's activities and practice in the church. Among these shows is  "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath," from ex-Scientologist Leah Remini, as well as the HBO documentary titled "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" from Alex Gibney. Both shows won Emmy awards in 2017.

The church has denied the exposes that ran in these shows' narratives. In particular, the church singled out Remini's work as dishonest and blamed the series for causing over 500 threats directed towards its members.

Meanwhile, viewers of The Scientology Network, which runs on Channel 320 on DirectTV, will be able to watch programs like "Meet a Scientologist," "L. Ron Hubbard: In His Own Voice" and "Voices for Humanity." Films that explore and profess Scientology principles will also be aired round the clock to show viewers what they might not know about the church group.

The Scientology Network is the first venture for an organization that began in the 1950s.