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Sky Angel Launches Gospel Music Channel

Contact: Nancy Christopher, Vice President, Corporate Communications Sky Angel/Dominion Video Satellite Inc., 239-403-9130 Ex. 213, Nancy.christopher@skyangel.com; Jim Weiss, Vice President, Public Relations Gospel Music Channel, 770-692-4579, jim@gospelmusicchannel.com

NAPLES, Florida, July 24 /Christian Newswire/ -- Dominion Video Satellite Inc., owner and operator of Sky Angel, a nationwide Christian and family-oriented television service, and Gospel Music Channel, the nation's first and only 24-hour music television channel devoted to all styles of gospel music, today announced the launch of Gospel Music Channel (GMC) on Sky Angel beginning August 1.

Gospel Music Channel will be available through Sky Angel's existing satellite service and will ultimately become part of the improved programming capabilities offered through IPTV – Internet Protocol Television. The company recently announced plans for major improvements to the way it delivers its Sky Angel multi-channel programming service. IPTV combines traditional television with broadband Internet services and allows programs and channels, such as Gospel Music Channel, to be viewed on conventional TVs, personal computers and handheld instruments. Viewer benefits include enhanced programming, additional channels, Video on Demand and more programming package choices for individual subscribers

"Gospel Music Channel introduces an exciting new element to our programming line-up," said Rob Johnson, chief executive officer of Sky Angel. "We share the same passion for delivering family-friendly programming and we're glad to have them on board."

Prominent cable industry executives Charles Humbard and Brad Siegel launched the Atlanta-based Gospel Music Channel in 2004. With a mission to entertain, uplift and inspire, its world-premiere programming includes artist biographies, music specials, concerts and hosted music video blocks dedicated to all styles of gospel music.

"Our values in faith and family are a perfect fit with the Sky Angel programming," said Gospel Music Channel Founder and President Charles Humbard. "We're looking forward to our partnership and the ability to bring inspirational Christian/Gospel music of all styles to new and existing viewers throughout the country."

Sky Angel currently delivers over 30 television and radio channels to customers across the United States using direct broadcast satellite and reaches consumers in homes, churches, prisons, shelters, hospitals and nursing homes. Programming includes family movies; classic sitcoms; Christian shows for kids and teens; biblical teaching and inspirational programs; home life, health and talk shows; documentaries and educational programs; special events, conferences and concerts; Christian music videos; and more.

About Gospel Music Channel

Gospel Music Channel embraces an audience that crosses cultures and captures generations delivering a fan base so large and passionate it deserves its own network. The Sky Angel launch closely follows a series of other major distribution announcements made by the network over the past several months. Gospel Music Channel has become one of the fastest growing networks in television. GMC also recently ranked as the #1 emerging or mid-size network in the new annual survey of cable operators. The channel also ranked #1 in "audience attentiveness to advertising," #1 in "feeling comfortable viewing with family" and #1 in "emotional connection with their audience" in a recent major advertising industry research report. Another new research study found that GMC viewers are among the most influential in all of television. More information is available at www.gospelmusicchannel.com.


About Sky Angel

Sky Angel® is a Christian-owned multi-channel provider of faith-based and family-friendly TV and radio programming, delivering the widest variety of Christian-based channels to the TV, plus news and family channels. Serving homes, churches and more throughout the contiguous 48 United States, certain U.S. territories and Canada, Sky Angel can be added to an existing television service or received exclusively. More information is available at www.skyangel.com  or (800) 759-2643 (800-SKY-ANGEL).