iTBN is inspiring people in 137 different countries to click play.
Part of Trinity Broadcasting Network’s (TBN) ongoing effort to offer viewers a comprehensive “multi-screen television environment,” iTBN is one of the most exciting and innovative technologies TBN has ever embraced. The next revolution in television viewing, iTBN is a quantum leap forward in viewer-controlled programming.
Since its launch five days ago, over 9,000 hours of iTBN programming was viewed in North America alone. From the Netherlands to Saudi Arabia, iTBN viewers have tuned in from137 countries to choose from decades of television programming.
iTBN offers current TBN programming as well as content from its long and rich broadcast past.
“Creating iTBN involved putting thirty-eight years of TBN content onto the new site so it could be viewed on demand,” says Paul Crouch Jr., TBN’s chief of staff. “Thousands of hours of old video tapes and programs, old praise programs with people who’ve now been promoted to heaven…much of it is as relevant today as it was thirty years ago.”
Nearly 10,000 hours of TBN programs are currently available via the new iTBN online service. A faith-based, Christian content version similar to Hulu.com, iTBN provides a “TV Everywhere” experience for viewers via a downloadable application onto a variety of smartphones, iPads, and computer screens.
The TBN app for smart phones and mobile devices makes iTBN a veritable portable web library of Christian programming…past and present.
“iTBN was specifically created so the message of the Bible is accessible 24 hours per day, on whatever device people use and whenever people need it,” says Crouch.
The beauty of iTBN is its search ability. If a viewer wants to watch a show about salvation, the Holy Spirit, Oral Roberts, Billy Graham, or whatever, it can be immediately searched out and watched. Out of this extensive database of programs, viewers can choose whatever they wish, whenever they wish to watch it.
TBN’s most popular networks can now be watched in real time, making Christian programming more accessible to the increasing numbers of viewers who spend less of their time watching traditional television and more of their time online.
Among the broadcast treasure trove to which viewers have free access 24-7 through iTBN are TBN Classics, timeless, exclusive TBN programs that audiences have enjoyed for decades; Popular Documentaries, thought-provoking shows among TBN’s most requested programming; Educational and Children’s Programs, entertaining and uplifting shows for the entire family; and Movies, big-screen favorites that have helped make TBN a leader in quality Christian and family-friendly films.
iTBN also includes on-demand programming for teens, Christian music shows, and a whole lot more. iTBN enables viewers to watch clips of specific speakers, authors, musicians, and others who have appeared on TBN programs, as well as to search for programs on specific faith issues they are interested in knowing more about.
The new iTBN online service also gives viewers instant access to TBN’s most watched networks: TBN’s flagship network, the Church Channel, JCTV, Smile of a Child, Enlace USA, Nejat TV in Farsi, and the Arabic-language Healing Channel.
“The message of the gospel never changes, but the technology and the way it’s presented does, and should evolve as we have the need to reach more people for the Lord,” says Crouch. “This is the bottom line.”