Silent Network Restarts Cable Television Distribution
Silent Network, the nation’s first national sign language television network, restarted cable television distribution in May 2020 through its new station affiliate, DATV of Dayton, Ohio, which airs on the Spectrum cable system.
Silent Network was founded in 1979 and has had a long history in broadcast, cable, and satellite distribution in its 40 year history and has garnered several awards, including Emmy’s. In recent years, the network has been primarily focused on OTT (Over The Top) television with its mobile network and Roku TV channel. Silent Network president David H. Pierce adds that “the network was a pioneer in cable television during the eighties and nineties so it is very fitting for us to return to that distribution medium for the benefit of our viewers.”
Silent Network and its recently launched companion service, Access Network, provide broadcast television programming in sign language and/or English subtitles and full sound for full accessibility for everyone to enjoy. Some shows are also very visual with no dialogue, making them “language free.”
Since its inception in 1978, DATV is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that has given Dayton, Ohio the “Freedom to Communicate.” Its mission is to serve as a community forum that empowers all citizens to learn, create and express their ideas through electronic media. Steve Ross, DATV’s Operations Manager, says, “I remember Silent Network from back in the 1980’s and how great the programming is. With their mission in alignment with ours, it’s a pleasure to be working with them again to provide this important programming for our community.”
Rosemary Bradley, DATV’s Executive Director adds that “DATV was the original form of social media in the past 40 years. In the past year alone, DATV’s 400-plus members produced over 4,900 local programs for and about Dayton. We are pleased to have Silent Network as part of our station to reach an untapped part of the community.”