USDTV Inks TBN Carriage Pact

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Wireless-TV service U.S. Digital Television Inc. will distribute five digital Christian networks from Trinity Broadcasting Network in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, officials said Friday.

“We are pleased to enable Dallas-Fort Worth subscribers to receive all of TBN’s channels, along with our family-friendly package of leading cable networks and local channels,” USDTV CEO Steve Lindsley said in a prepared statement.

USDTV offers a limited package of roughly 30 broadcast stations and cable networks for $19.95 per month over the air via a special digital set-top and antenna.

The five TBN networks USDTV will add to its lineup in Dallas are: TBN’s flagship network; JCTV, which is geared toward teens and young adults; TBN Enlace USA, a Spanish-language faith network; The Church Channel, which offers church services from Protestant and Catholic congregations; and Smile of a Child TV, faith-based programming for kids.

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