There’s going to be an atheist channel on Roku! It launches July 29. If you have Roku (the TV streaming device with a zillion channels), this is awesome news. If you don’t have Roku, this is your excuse to get it.
Here’s a description of what Atheist TV is about, from the press release:
American Atheists President David Silverman announced publicly this week during a speech at Stanford University the launch of the world’s first atheism-dedicated television channel, Atheist TV.
The channel will be available through internet-streaming service Roku, which offers devices similar to cable boxes that hook up to regular televisions. The atheism channel, believed to be the first of its kind, will begin broadcasting this summer. Content will be free.
“We’re going to TV because it’s part of our strategy of going to where we are not,” said Silverman. “There is a lot of potential here. From televangelists to Christmas specials, there is a plethora of religious TV programming to choose from. With Atheist TV, we’re filling a void: There are a lot of atheists and closeted atheists who are curious and want more. We have it, and the next step is bringing it to them.”
When Silverman says American Atheists has it, he’s being literal: The nonprofit organization recently digitized decades’ worth of television appearances from its 51-year history, including everything from mainstream TV appearances of founder Madalyn Murray O’Hair to current and archived episodes of its weekly syndicated TV show, The Atheist Viewpoint.
But the real highlight will be new, exclusive content: Content creators will provide programming for the new channel, which will stream 24 hours a day, 7 days per week in addition to the on-demand content.
More information is available at http://www.atheists.org/atheistTV
And here’s the promo video.
It includes a nice little snippet from me. (Alas, it also includes nice little snippets from Richard Dawkins and Jaclyn Glenn…but the TV channel will probably be pretty darned cool anyway.) The channel launches July 29. Check it out!