I never thought I’d see the day when an atheist TV channel would exist, but ‘lo, here it is:
American Atheists is excited to announce what is believed to be the first atheism-dedicated television channel, Atheist TV.
In partnership with internet-streaming service Roku, which offers devices similar to cable boxes to bring hundreds of channels of content to your TV, American Atheists will bring together dozens of atheist content creators, including The Richard Dawkins Foundation, to present the first on-demand television station that presents exclusively atheist, humanist, and freethought programming.
In addition, American Atheists is making available its recently-digitized historic video archives spanning more than 50 years of activism.
Like the Atheist TV page on Facebook here.
Read the full press release announcing Atheist TV here.
Read the full press release announcing the launch date of July 29 and the launch party here.
This is the first step. It’s testing the waters. Some will complain that it’s on Roku and not on mainstream cable. Well, if you want it on mainstream cable, show the world there is demand for this type of programming. Spread the word, watch it yourself, find your favorite shows, and keep watching. Television is driven largely by numbers and demand. Help demonstrate that both exist and this first step will all-but-surely continue to grow.
I think this will be the start of a very good thing. I’ll try to score interviews with some of the personalities on Atheist TV.
And kudos to American Atheists for once again pushing the envelope and finding new ways to engage the world about atheism. I think they’re the best organization in the biz (insofar as not-for-profits can be called a “biz”) at doing that.
Apparently Atheist TV will be viewable on-line for free at atheists.tv 24/7, starting tomorrow (July 29th) at 7pm