Just as the presidential election heads into the final stretches, Glenn Beck is headed back to the tube. The former Fox News host’s TheBlazeTV, which he launched a year ago under the moniker GBTV, is expanding into satellite television in partnership with Dish Network. The 24-hour online streaming news, information and entertainment platform will be located at channel 212 and launches today at 5 pm ET. Beck’s daily show will be part of the package as will an opinion show hosted by Andrew Wilkow, reality program Independence USA, kid’s offering Liberty TreeHouse, news show Real News and comedy news program The B.S. of A. Programming will also remain avaialble online at TheBlazeTV.com.
The controversial Beck left Fox News last year amid a ratings decline for his Glenn Beck show. In June of 2011, he announced the launch of what was then known as GBTV, a live streaming video network that featured his daily 5-7 PM show for $5 a month. TheBlaze CEO, Christopher Balfe, said today, “At launch, our goal was to deliver TV over the Internet, not Internet TV.” Beck added, “TheBlaze has helped revolutionize television over the Internet and now we are excited to bring the revolution back to traditional television.”
In a blog post to TheBlaze, Balfe said the site has over 300,000 paying subscribers. He told The New York Times TheBlaze will seek full distribution in the U.S.’s roughly 100M cable and satellite households, adding, “We are in active discussions with other operators.”