America's First National Deaf Television Network Re-Launches

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The finest programs produced for the deaf, hard of hearing and hearing audiences is now available via streaming on

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The Silent Network, the nation’s first national television network created for deaf and hard of hearing viewers, has re-launched as a “streaming” television service. All the programming is presented in American Sign Language, open captions (subtitles), and full sound, making it accessible to everyone. The popular network, which provided viewers with a wide variety of entertainment and informational programming for more than 20 years, is now operated by Austin, TX-based non-profit, Deaf Television Foundation.

The Silent Network was founded in 1979 as a national cable television network, which was viewed in more than 17 million households nationwide in the USA and Canada. The network received numerous accolades over the years, including seven Emmy Awards, with its original programming that appealed to deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing viewers of all ages. The network’s name “Silent,” is actually an acronym: “Sign Language ENTertainment.”

The revived high definition television programming can now be accessed via subscription through the URL of and can be viewed on a variety of streaming devices.

Dr. Steve Baldwin, President of the Deaf Television Foundation, stated that “our extensive library of classic television shows can now entertain a new generation of viewers, young and old, with shows about travel, pets, history, entertainment, and important issues of interest to the deaf and hard of hearing community. In addition to the classic shows, we are excited about the forthcoming new shows that are now in production. Over 37.5 million people in the U.S.A., age 18 and above, have some form of hearing loss according to recent studies and our network helps fill the void in the world of television and provide the deaf and hard of hearing community with a platform.”

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