World’s First Atheist TV Channel to Launch July 29

Cranford, NJ—American Atheists announced Wednesday that it has set Tuesday, July 29, 2014, as the official date for the launch of Atheist TV, the world’s first television channel dedicated to atheist content, on Roku. The national atheist nonprofit will host a launch party that night in Manhattan to celebrate.

“The launch of Atheist TV is history in the making,” said American Atheists President David Silverman. “There are hundreds of TV channels dedicated to religious programming, but nothing like this has ever existed before for atheists, and yet the demand is overwhelming. For the first time, atheist video content—from firebrand speeches, to stand-up comedy, to documentaries, to real science-based educational programming, and more—is now available to atheists worldwide, on the air and all in one place. Atheist TV brings consistent, quality, superstition-free programming for children and adults, on the air and on-demand, right from your regular television. This is an idea whose time has come and we’re celebrating.”

The invitation-only launch party will take place from 6-8 pm ET in Manhattan. Well-known TV producers and personalities, atheist activists and public speakers, video content producers for the channel, and Atheist TV and American Atheists sponsors and donors will be in attendance. The celebration and launch will feature a speech by President David Silverman and a countdown to the first broadcast at 7 pm, at which time a welcome video starring several well-known atheists and science educators will air.

The channel, which provides both an on-air streaming schedule and video-on-demand, is available worldwide for free via Roku, a small device that connects to the back of a television, similar to a cable box. The on-air live streaming portion will also be viewable free on the channel’s website. See for more information.

Space is limited but press passes are available; media may contact American Atheists PR Director Dave Muscato for details.

Dave Muscato, Public Relations Director 908-276-7300 x7, [email protected]


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  • Justin Elkins

    I wish you the best of luck and the patience of…(a mustard seed?) I look forward to launch day!

    • k

      *Mustered steed

  • Teresa Franey Howington

    Congrats! I hope there will be an associated website with streaming content for those that do not have cable service.

  • props2u


  • Robert Hussein

    Hallelujah!, Praise the Lord!!!

  • NoBigGovDuh

    You can make it available for Plex users, XBMC users and LGTV users btw.

  • tm17

    With this news, I’m headed out to buy a Roku box this week. Yahoo! Looking forward to this. Don’t forget to include music videos for atheism related songs!!

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  • stieve robin

    Congratulations! Great news. I’ll be waiting if it could be not embarrassing for the world. I like Silverbird TV shows because these are like atheist in a sense. because I usually watch black magic and these type of things. Spell is more powerful.

  • Justin S. just redirects here. And Roku has nothing about this on their website. Will suddenly start working on July 29?

  • Pat L

    So, a Roku device is specifically required to get Atheist TV? There are no other options? no website or Hulu or … ? If not, WHY NOT? Seriously, we are expected to go out and buy a device or we can’t watch this?

    • kilvehk

      thats what it sounds like to me. #disappointed.

    • weedninja

      I’m sure if we could have secured a channel on cable or satellite TV we would, if we had a chance. It’s on Roku because it is internet based. Why don’t we all contact our cable/satellite provider and ask why they don’t carry Atheist TV?
      Roku is a good start, though. Baby steps.

      • Pat L

        Who’s asking for it to be on cable or satellite? I’m saying it should be able to be streamed online like other “channels” (eg Hulu) without requiring purchase of a special device.

  • Sid

    I would like to suggest you make a smartphone/tablet app. I could then receive it on my iPad and stream it to my Apple TV.
    I am in Australia and also don’t want a Roku(assuming a Roku works here). For now Apple only puts some apps on the Apple TV – maybe they will open it up soon, but a smartphone/tablet app should do it.

    • Pat L

      Make an android app as well. (mentioning since it … may not have occurred to you).

  • Sign of the times:

    Father: (to ten year old son) Christmas is just around the corner, son, and I think it’s time I told you the truth.

    Son: What truth, Dad?

    Father: There is no Santa Claus. Santa Claus is a made up character to keep children happy.

    Son: Yes, I know Dad.

    Father: You’ve taken it very well. Aren’t you even a little bit upset?

    Son: No Dad. I’ve suspected as much since I was six.

    Father: Oh? It’s nice to see you growing up to appreciate the REAL adult world.

    Son: And Dad.

    Father: Yes, son?

    Son: I also know there is no Tooth Fairy, no gods and no Jesus.

    Father: WHAT!!!! You silly little boy! What would YOU know about such things? Now go up to your room, put yourself to bed and pray for forgiveness! You STUPID boy!

    Son: Yes father.

    Anthony W. Allsop (Genesis)

  • Joseph Elmajian

    So, how do I know which channel it will be? Or will it be on one? Sorry, don’t know everything haha.

  • Curtis Mackey

    I think its like a “Coming out” lol We need to come together and use our power in numbers like the Christians do. But we only want to have what our fore fathers wanted “freedom to believe” what ever we want…Or Not!!! With that in mind,
    Roku is just the beginning….Baby….LOL

  • Kirk

    Well too bad I just got an Apple TV I don’t see myself purchasing a roku

    • Kirk

      This is a good thing though can’t wait to see some form of syndication

  • Peter Bale

    Making TV costs money. Even if it’s non profit. So if you want this to lift off get out and spend your money on a box. Simple.

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  • Lydia

    Great reception on my roku, first channel to come up under new channels. Is there a place to find the schedule of what is comming up?

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  • k

    I like the fact that atheists can have a channel we can watch like christians watch prayer networks

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