Net TV premium now carried on Verizon Fios

January 18, 2013 Heather Chin
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Adding to the growing prominence of Brooklyn’s film and TV industry, NET TV has announced that its premiums shows are now carried on Verizon Fios Free On Demand.

NET TV is “born and raised” in Brooklyn. From its Park Slope studios, NET produces and airs original programming targeted to adult Catholics age 18 and over.

NET is different from most other religious TV channels in that it produces universally-appealing shows with high-production values and popular personalities.NET shows span a wide variety of genres—docu-drama, independent film, news, talk, politics and cooking to name a few.

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Since 2008, NET TV has been carried locally on TimeWarner Cable Ch. 97 and Cablevision Ch 30 (only in Brooklyn). NET’s recent inclusion on Verizon Fios Free on Demand brings NET TV to 15 million homes in 18 cities who subscribe to Verizon Fios.

According to Debra Sito, chief revenue officer at NET TV, “With all the competition for eyeballs on cable TV, in order to reach a Catholic audience, we must deliver programming that is as compelling and exciting as that which is offered on top cable channels. We don’t have to choose between being a ‘religious channel’ versus providing an enjoyable or even exciting viewing experience—we can do both.”

One example of an original NET production is  “Conversion Diaries” which stars Jennifer Fulwiler who is a frequent guest commentator on Fox TV. The show is a three-part mini-series filmed as a docu-drama in the home of Fulwiler complete with the antics of her five children battling scorpions that invade their home.

NET also annually runs and airs the NET Film Festival commandeering faith-based independent films from around the globe.  This year, Quentin Aron, star of “The Blindside,” and Jenn Gotzon, actor from “Frost/Nixon” were guest presenters.

One of NET’s most ambitious series that will appeal to those who like historical documentaries is “Vatican II.”  Airing in spring 2013, “Vatican II” will be the definitive documentary about the impact of the decisions of the Second Vatican Council on the ‘60s and modern culture.

According to Amanda Melefsky NET’s producer of “Vatican II,” “Mostly filmed in Rome, the series has high production values and will be as exciting as any retrospective you see on The History Channel.”

Also in the spring, a docu-drama series is being planned starting Joumana Kidd, the ex-wife of basketball player Jason Kidd.

NET TV is a division of DeSales Media which also owns The Tablet.  If you would like a tour of NET’s state-of-the-art studios or get on their mailing list, you can email Sito at [email protected].

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