Scientology TV channel goes live

Promotions from the church say that it will start rolling out content on Apple TV Roku and DirecTV on March 12

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The Church of Scientology is about to start spreading its controversial message in a whole new way for the organization - through its own television channel.

A Twitter handle, website and app for Scientology TV appeared Sunday posting updates to hype the network's availability on DIRECTV, AppleTV, Roku, fireTV, Chromecast, iTunes and Google Play.

The Church of Scientology hasn't commented on the news, but a DirecTV spokesperson confirmed the launch on Monday, and a promotional video suggests the network will occupy the satellite service's channel 320, which is now infomercials.

The latest evidence of this: a 24-hour Scientology network. A Sunday post about the looming launch made mention of a Miami billboard plugging the network.

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Scientology Media Productions was initially said to be launching on Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable), but the company denied to THR any plans of involvement.

While a significant investment for the group, this is not the first time Scientology has used TV as a recruitment tool.

THR reports Scientology TV will be aimed at recruiting new members, similar to its 30-second commercials run during the Super Bowl.

Scientology has been a TV fascination for years, with programs like HBO's Going Clear and Leah Remini's Scientology and the Aftermath on A&E-neither of which exactly painted the religion in a flattering light-generating buzz and ratings for their respective networks.

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