New TV Network for African Americans Set to Launch in Detroit
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

The Dream Network, a new TV platform for African Americans, has signed a deal with WPHR-TV33 in Detroit to launch on Comcast channel 91, and their digital sub-channel 33.4.

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“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.

Dream TV is a  24/7 digital multicast, multicultural arts, entertainment, and lifestyle channel that offers traditional and alternative programs for viewers between the ages of 25-54, with a mix of classic films such as Mahogany and In the Heat of the Night, off-network series, original programming, and more.

The network, which is majority African American-owned, is available nationwide via OTA distribution, Roku TV, Direct TV, and Web streaming which allows the network to be accessed via any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer. The network recently signed with one of the world’s 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.

WPHR-TV33 broadcasts live to more than 1.8 million households in Detroit, and reaches 867,000 households in the Detroit area through Comcast Cable.

Dream TV is also broadcasting to the Florence/Decatur, Alabama, area on WBCG 39.4/WXFL 10, and will have their debut on WBQP in Pensacola, Florida, on Channel 18 next month.

Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.