America’s First National Deaf Television Network Re-launches!


The Silent Network, the nation’s first national television network, geared to deaf and hard of hearing viewers, has re-launched as an Over-The-Top (OTT) television service. All the programming is presented in sign language, open captions (subtitlThe Silent Network is back again!es), and full sound making it accessible to everyone. The popular network, which lasted for over 20 years, has a unique acronym SIgn Language ENTertainment. This revival is made possible through a new partnership between Las Vegas, Nevada-based Media Data Network and Austin, Texas-based Deaf Television Foundation, which operates The Silent Network.


The Silent Network was founded in 1979 as a national cable television network, which was viewed by more than 17 million households nationwide in the USA and Canada. The network received numerous accolades over the years, including seven Emmy Awards. The network aired a variety of shows that appeal to deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing viewers of all ages.  The revived network can now be accessed via subscription through the URL of The network’s high definition television programming can be viewed on a variety of streaming devices.

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