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A New African American TV Network Launches – The Dream Network

A New African American TV Network Launches - The Dream Network

I saw the headline in my email inbox, and I immediately thought of my piece "A Black TV Network for the Rest of Us" published on this blog last year. Although, based on the limited amount of information the press release contains, I’m not sure this new black TV network is or will become the kind of black TV network I described in my 2015 article. But it’s still early, right?

The Dream Network (Dream TV,, a new African American television network, has signed a deal with WPHR-TV33 in Detroit, Michigan to launch on Comcast channel 91, and their digital sub-channel  33.4. Dream TV is also currently broadcasting to the Florence/Decatur, AL area on WBCG 39.4/WXFL 10, and will have their debut on WBQP in Pensacola, FL on Channel 18 next month.

"The Dream Network is excited to serve Detroit, an area with strong historical ties to African-American entertainment in America. We are honored to have our programming in their homes," said Chester Jones III, CEO and Founder of The Dream Network.

I’ll be investigating the network further, digging into its background, and when I know more, so will you. 

In the meantime, what we do know from the press release…

– Dream TV is a multicultural arts, entertainment, and lifestyle network that speaks to those with classical/contemporary interests, and to those who enjoy an alternative way of LIVING LIFE OUT LOUD!
– The network targets African Americans with traditional and alternative tastes primarily between the ages of 25-54 with a programming mix of classic motion pictures including "Mahogany" and "In the Heat of the Night," off-net series including "Logan’s Run" and "Voyagers," original programming and more.
– Dream TV is a 24/7 digital multicast television network that is available nationwide via OTA distribution, Roku TV, Direct TV, and via internet streaming which allows the network to be accessed anytime, anywhere via any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer via and apps.
– Dream TV has recently signed with one of the worlds upcoming major Smart TV portal device providers, rolling out in the basic cable line-up starting with a potential reach of 18,000,000 subscribers.
– Dream TV is available on Roku 24 hours a day under the Eye on Media, New Beginnings, and Movee4u channel packages.
– Dream TV is majority African-American owned.

For more information on Dream TV, please visit:

Social Media (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram):  The Dream Network, @RealDreamTV, and thedreamnetwork. 

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Miles Ellison

There clearly isn’t enough programming for all these networks that are being launched. You would think that this would be an opportunity to create something different. There’s an explosion of quality, original, and challenging entertainment across a variety of platforms and a network is touting that they have Mahogany and In The Heat of the Night? Really?


Mahogany and In the Heat of the Night – this sounds like Bounce. When are any black networks going to show ballets, operas, plays, dance theater (not hip hop), instrumental/classical musical and international/diaspora cultural entertainment by people of color. Are these artists to remain invisible unless PBS shows something?


Is this the same network? Yvonne Lewis’ ?

Mustafaa A. Shahid

I’m from Toledo, live in Los Angeles

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