Tony Ortega: Scientology TV station

Discussion in 'Media' started by The Wrong Guy, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Why Golden Era Productions will continue making films | Press Enterprise


    Golden Era Productions near San Jacinto will remain the Church of Scientology’s main film studio while a new facility in Los Angeles will handle television and digital production.

    The church recently renovated what’s believed to be the oldest continuously used movie studio in Los Angeles and created Scientology Media Productions.

    “Both facilities complement each other and work together toward advancing our religious mission,” Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw wrote in a message. “Not only will Golden Era continue its operations, it is expanding as it produces films for broadcast on our new television station in addition to content used internally in the church.”

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  2. RightOn Member

    "work together toward advancing our religious mission"

    Wonder if their "Scientology Media Productions" will also deploy the Gold "Tone" and tackle people, push their face in the dirt and push women like they did at Gold Base? Oh and let's not forget the spiked fence facing inward. All part of their advancing their "religious mission" plan. Hey, I thought it was the study of knowing how to know?
    Thought Scientology was not religious? There they go again, changing their tune to fit their agenda.

    Scientology... Cult Chameleons and Comedians that keep everyone laughing and guessing at the same time.

    For noobs just joining, or lurkers, enjoy this protest vid below from 2008 filmed at Gold Base.
    Part of "advancing their religious mission"

  3. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology TV: It’s really happening! Spectrum blocks out a channel for Miscavige

    By Tony Ortega, March 29, 2017


    Plenty of us scoffed when Scientology leader David Miscavige spent millions to purchase and renovate the KCET studios in Los Angeles and rename it Scientology Media Productions, which he opened last May.

    After buying the five-acre complex in 2011, Miscavige pressured his followers to make donations so the complex could be completed — and in return, he promised that they would have a 24-hour television station to broadcast Scientology’s message around the country and around the world.

    Since then, Miscavige has been mocked for making that promise as the SMP hasn’t appeared to produce much of anything.

    But now, oh ye doubters, we have proof that this summer, Scientology is getting that 24-hour cable station, just as Miscavige promised.

    A tipster informed us that a simple search now shows that Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable), the nation’s second-largest cable network with 25 million customers in 41 states, has blocked out a channel for Scientology Media Productions, with programming to be announced.

    Meanwhile, that same tipster managed to attend Scientology’s L. Ron Hubbard Birthday Event earlier this month, and said that during his two-hour presentation, Miscavige said that the cable station was coming this summer.

    At the event, Miscavige ran down a list of shows which would be appearing on the channel, including programming by Freedom magazine, 9 hours of L. Ron Hubbard biographical episodes, the “Meet a Scientologist” series, episodes about each Ideal Org, and videos about the church’s “Fourth Dynamic Campaigns” — in other words, outreach and expansion.

    Meanwhile, a page at the Spectrum website lists these exciting titles for shows, which sound to us like the same videos the church has already posted at its website and YouTube channel:

    What is Scientology, Drug Free World, Detox from Street Psychiatric Drugs, Youth for Human Rights, The Hubbard Electro Meter, What is Real Education, An Overview of Scientology, and “Amazing.”

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  4. Jeff Jacobsen Member

    That's gonna go downhill fast. Then it will eventually be pulled, either by DM or the cable company.
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    Let’s Help Scientologists Make TV Shows For Their Great New Channel! | Wonkette

    Hey! Guess who is getting their very own cable station? It is the Scientologists! Spectrum Cable (formerly Time Warner), has blocked out a channel for Scientology Media Productions, and programming is expected to start this summer. Just as we all have always dreamed!

    This isn’t terrifically surprising, and is very likely a reaction to the success of Leah Remini’s show “Scientology and the Aftermath” (which, YAY, is getting another season!). It’s gotta be pretty hard to recruit anyone who has seen or heard about that show, so they probably think that they can counter the effects of it with shows of their own.

    Tony Ortega reports that Scientology president guy David Miscavige announced his plans for the cable station at an event last year, all of which sound incredibly compelling:

    Meanwhile, that same tipster managed to attend Scientology’s L. Ron Hubbard Birthday Event earlier this month, and said that during his two-hour presentation, Miscavige said that the cable station was coming this summer.

    At the event, Miscavige ran down a list of shows which would be appearing on SCNTV, including programming by Freedom magazine, 9 hours of L. Ron Hubbard biographical episodes, the “Meet a Scientologist” series, episodes about each Ideal Org, and videos about the church’s “Fourth Dynamic Campaigns” — in other words, outreach and expansion.

    So far there are only a few shows listed on their spectrum page, but they all sure sound pretty thrilling! The list includes such future classics as “What is Scientology, Drug Free World, Detox from Street Psychiatric Drugs, Youth for Human Rights, The Hubbard Electro Meter, What is Real Education, An Overview of Scientology, and ‘Amazing.'”

    What else will their programming include? I have some guesses!

    The Real Former Housewives of Scientology — in which secret cameras record the every action of people who have left the church. Without their consent, but maybe with their knowledge.

    Walk the Plank — In which contestants have to swim for their lives after being thrown off a boat, a venerated Scientology tradition.

    The Scientologist Apprentice — In which Sea Org members compete for the opportunity to alphabetize Tom Cruise’s spice rack while being repeatedly whipped by a superior.

    Too Many Thetans! — A family-centered sitcom about a Dad who has too many body thetans, which result in many wacky adventures. It’s sort of like “Herman’s Head,” except with body thetans.

    Tom Cruise’s Couch — A daily talk show in which Tom Cruise interviews himself while jumping on a couch.

    Cruise of Love — Sea Org Members compete to be Tom Cruise’s next love interest. Challenges include smiling blankly at paparazzi and assuring people you are not brainwashed.

    Oh Shit, THEY’RE Scientologists? — A show profiling the people you really wish were not Scientologists because you like them otherwise, like Beck and Juliette Lewis and Giovanni Ribisi. Oh, and Nancy Cartwright.

    John Travolta: The Most Super Heterosexualest Man In All The World — Cameras follow John Travolta around as he does all the most super hetero things you can imagine. After watching, you will be all like “Oh man, that sure is a person who likes to have sex with women!”

    That New Jenna Elfman Show Where She Has An Imaginary Friend Or Something? — I have seen a lot of advertisements for this show. It looks horrible and I assume it will be canceled after a few episodes, so maybe they should just pick it up now.

    10 Things We Hate About Leah Remini — In which various people who know or did not know Leah Remini but definitely heard some stuff, discuss all the “crimes” they claim she committed.

    The Hole — Sort of a cross between Survivor and Orange Is The New Black, in which Sea Org members who have committed transgressions fight for survival in The Hole, which totally does not exist.

    Where In The World Is Shelley Miscavige? — HAHA Just kidding she’s totally fine you guys can all stop looking for her now.

    Show Me The Money! — A game show (hosted by Tom Cruise, duh) in which contestants compete to give the Church of Scientology the most money, and pay to find out the answers to questions. There is no prize.

    Please feel free to share your own show ideas in the comments. If there is anything we know about the Scientologists, it is that they are always watching — so hey, maybe they’ll take some of our suggestions!

    [Tony Ortega]

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    Scientology is Fighting Leah Remini's TV Show with an Entire Network

    The Church of Scientology is hoping for some good PR in 2017 by creating it themselves

    By Jessica Hickam, SheKnows


    2016 was a rough one for Scientology. From the documentary Going Clear to Leah Remini's television show Scientology and the Aftermath, the publicity for the *ahem* "religion" was less than stellar.

    But it appears the organization has a strategy moving forward: They're going to attempt to brainwash all of us with a 24-hour cable network dedicated to their programming.

    According to Vocativ, Scientology expert (who knew that was a thing?) Tony Ortega discovered Scientology's plans for a cable network after being tipped off from a source. He then looked into Time Warner Spectrum's cable programming plans and found the network set up for Scientology. They are expected to begin airing content this summer.

    Is anyone else picturing subliminal messaging galore like "You will love Scientology. You will love Scientology. You will love Scientology," just playing around the clock while those who are watching get spirals for eyeballs.



    There might be one tiny little problem with this whole plan to convert the masses, though: I don't really think anyone will actually take this network seriously. I mean, unless they're already a Scientologist. The rest of us — because I can't be the only one — will tune in out of pure curiosity just to see how the heck Scientology thinks it can fix its reputation at this point. Oh man, I bet it will be hilarious.

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  8. I made the following comments on the ESMB thread that thought I might as well share my thoughts here.

    I believe the SCNTV channel will stay on for a long time -- indeed, as long as the COS continues to exist -- for a reason I believe nobody has discussed yet - the IRS. As Mike Rinder has repeatedly explained, the Church of Scientology has an IRS 501(c)(3) issue regarding excess accumulated funds. To date, the COS has dealt with that issue by buying buildings in which to deliver religious services. This had the advantage that nothing was really lost - the COS retained the economic value of the real estate. However, that strategy may not continue to be viable. I'm not sure the COS could get away with buying a building to deliver religious services in an area where there are no Scientologists. How many more buildings can the COS credibly buy?

    Spending the money on a TV channel to proselytize is perfectly appropriate under IRS regs, and makes sense when you consider the fact they have to spend money on *something.*

    Conversely, the channel is the perfect fund-raising excuse. Unlike a building, operating a TV channel is an ongoing expense -- it is never "done." The COS can continually raise funds to keep SCNTV "on the air" -- with no accounting for how much was actually needed, actually spent, or wound up in Sea Org reserves.

    The channel also serves the purpose of internal propaganda if little else. The COS can direct parishioners and allies to watch the channel. I"m sure it will be playing 24/7 in all of the Orgs, probably in the public reception area if not also elsewhere.

    Further, I can't see the COS shutting down the channel after DM made such a big deal out of having their own broadcast network, and after having raised so much money for SMP. It would be like closing an Ideal Org. Worse. A complete loss of fact, a complete fail. DM *has* to keep it running.

    Plus, the channel May snag some of the uninformed. We tend to assume that everyone knows about Scientology. They don't. As successful as the various documentaries, Leah's series, and the books have been, there are still a lot of people who are uninformed. I was, for example, saddened by some of the positive responses I saw on Twitter to Reza Aslan's episode. Many people so desperately want to be "fair," "open minded," "not biased," "not a religious bigot," and "hear both sides."

    Finally, to address an issue Karen raised, while this is not really a "TV network," it is a "TV channel." The fact that the COS had to buy a block of time is irrelevant. It is a channel if they own the time. This is particularly true if, as Tony wrote, it is intended to operate 24/7. If they operate 24/7, SCNTV will be the equivalent of CNN in form, if not in content, ratings or reach. SCNTV will be another channel.

    Indeed, SCNTV will get away with calling itself a "network" in the same way CNN or MSNBC or Fox News does.
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  9. The Wrong Guy Member

    This is discussed at the beginning of this interview.

    Scientology news with Tony Ortega - the MythInformed podcast April 3, 2017 | Tony Ortega

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    David Miscavige: Scientology TV launches by June 21, to show ‘planet’s coolest religion’

    By Tony Ortega, April 4, 2017


    Last week, one of our tipsters found evidence that the Church of Scientology has convinced the country’s second-largest cable television system, Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable), to make room for SCNTV, a channel that will carry Scientology’s programming.

    Our tipster also attended the LRH Birthday Event, and told us what church leader David Miscavige said about the upcoming Scientology channel. And now, that same tipster has done us another solid: They passed on to us pages from the new International Scientology News (ISN) magazine, which reports on that speech by Miscavige and gives us some new details.

    Most importantly, we can set a firmer date on the channel going live: In his speech, Miscavige claimed that programming would begin airing “by the time we reach the summer solstice,” which falls on June 21.

    That’s just 11 weeks away. (And it also means that Scientology will be firing up its 24-hour programming by the time we are gathering in Denver for HowdyCon. We may have to set aside some time for a watch party.)

    But really, we could never sell this channel the way Scientology does. You just have to get a look at the language in this ISN article:

    Camera crews have been deployed around the world. The editing bays and audio mix rooms have been buzzing with activity. Scintillating shows have been produced and packaged. Soon, the whole world will see what we’ve known all along — Scientology is the coolest, boldest religion on the planet.

    This summer, the highly anticipated launch of the Scientology Network will capture the world’s attention with never-before-seen programming that goes behind the scenes of Scientology. For the first time ever, we will be able to tell our stories in our voice and show the incredible scope and scale of the Scientology religion.

    Headquartered at Scientology Media Productions (SMP), a five-acre complex that opened last May in Hollywood, the network is producing original programming to fuel a 24/7 broadcast feed showcasing all aspects of Scientology. The state-of-the-art production studio sits on the oldest continuously operating studio lot in Los Angeles, dating back in 1912 when the silent film era was in its heyday. LRH himself worked on this very lot as a screenwriter in the 1930s. A multi-million dollar renovation preserved the historic character of the buildings while transforming the landmark studio into an ultra modern, high-tech, self-contained production campus where more history will surely be made.

    We are inviting the world inside the Scientology experience, showcasing our social betterment programs and introducing them to Scientologists making a difference around the world. Stay tuned for regular series like Meet a Scientologist, through profiles of parishioners it highlights how we are everybody and everywhere. Voices for Humanity will allow us to show how our religion is helping the world on every front of human rights. And Inside a Church will take viewers into orgs around the world, featuring the people, places and stories specific to each church.

    The network will enable us to reach more people than ever before. Unabashed. Unfiltered. Unlike anything on television. Planetary dissemination, here we come!

    We emailed and called media relations professionals at Charter Spectrum and received no response. And our friend and former colleague, James King, who wrote about the new channel for Vocativ, also heard nothing from Spectrum reps. Why can’t Spectrum answer a few questions about something that’s on its own website?

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    Scientology TV is Here! - Comments & Predictions | Chris Shelton

    Scientology Media Productions is going to start showing TV on Spectrum TV this summer. Are we ready for this? Do they know what they are doing? Is this going to flood new people in to Scientology orgs and turn the tide of negative media in their direction? All of this and more as I talk about SuMP and do some compare & contrast with Mormon TV by talking to ex-Mormon Jon Streeter about it.
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    Church Of Scientology Launches TV Network | Radar Online

    Find out how Tom Cruise will try and recruit YOU!

    By Radar Staff


    Scientology’s poster boy Tom Cruise and devout follower Kirstie Alley are gearing up to battle actress Leah Remini‘s trashing of their space-alien cult — with the church’s own cable TV channel! has learned Tom and Kirstie will lend their Hollywood clout and power to recruit followers by using the church’s new 24/7 cable station that kicks off this summer.

    On March 18, Kirstie even tweeted she’ll soon have a new platform — and it wouldn’t be on current TV networks or cable channels.

    “Lord people I’ve been a Scientologist for 39 years!” she wrote. “Soon you will hear from me. Definitely won’t be on network TV. They’ve never invited a REAL 1.”

    Says an insider: “Tom and Kirstie have helped the church build a giant production studio complex in Hollywood and secure a channel with Charter Spectrum cable company.

    “Kirstie is talking about her own program, and Tom is being singled out to host a variety-type show that will lure more members to the cult.

    “More Scientologists mean more money for the church!”

    The channel is part of a plot to torpedo Leah’s cult-bashing A&E series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, and other films that expose the cult’s terrorizing tactics.

    “Tom and Kirstie are being used to help Scientology get its revenge on ‘suppressed persons’ and other people considered to be enemies of the church,” notes the insider.

    Scientology Media Productions took over the old KCET facilities in Hollywood and celebrated its grand opening in 2016.

    The planned TV line-up includes What is Scientology, Drug Free World, Youth for Human Rights and The Hubbard ElectroMeter.

    The company is also working on a show for Tom, who is best friends with church leader David Miscavige.

    “Tom is obviously fired up about a new cable show, and don’t be surprised if you see some major couch-jumping like he did on Oprah’s show,” adds the insider.

  13. The Wrong Guy Member

    Sinar Parman, 1954-2017: Chef to Scientology’s celebs who escaped to dish on L. Ron Hubbard

    By Tony Ortega, November 18, 2017


    Sinar Parman, a longtime Sea Org worker who was chef to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and later to its current leader, David Miscavige, was found dead at his Yucaipa, California home on November 11. He was 63.

    Parman cooked not only for Scientology’s leaders but also for its celebrities, including catering the 1990 wedding of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. But we remember him best as a crucial source for the history of Scientology’s “Int Base” and the later years of L. Ron Hubbard’s life. We considered him one of the best sources for Scientology history, and his sudden, unexpected death is being dearly felt at the Underground Bunker.

    “I first got to know Sinar when he was Hubbard’s chef at La Quinta. We became good friends, he was an easy guy to like. Because he was Indonesian we had an immediate kinship being from the same part of the world,” says Mike Rinder, the Australian who was once Scientology’s top international spokesman and is known today for co-starring on A&E’s series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.

    “Subsequent to Hubbard’s death, Miscavige took advantage of Sinar’s talents and had him appointed as his personal chef. In that role I came to know Sinar well. I spent a lot of time with him in Clearwater when Miscavige was there for the Lisa McPherson matter. A kinder, gentler, more caring man you could never meet. After he left the Sea Org we reconnected. It was like we had been with one another the day before,” Rinder says. “The level of kindness and thoughtfulness for others was exemplified in his care for his parents. After he left the Sea Org he literally devoted his life to helping them in their old age. When they passed away, he was devastated. I truly believe Sinar died of a broken heart.”

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    Scientology officials from around the globe called to Florida for news of ‘Scientology TV’

    By Tony Ortega, February 7, 2018


    Is it really finally happening?

    Last March, we told you that evidence had turned up of “SCNTV,” a cable channel all about Scientology that was being prepared on Spectrum, the country’s second-largest cable system (and formerly known as Time Warner Cable).

    Pages at the Spectrum website showed that “SCNTV” was being prepared, as well as a number of Scientology-produced videos. And this was consistent with what Scientology leader David Miscavige was telling his followers at major events, that a Scientology TV channel would debut by the summer of 2017, and that it would be on a major cable system that matched the description of Spectrum.

    The promised cable station was supposed to be the culmination of “Scientology Media Productions,” the studio complex the church purchased from television station KCET in Los Angeles in 2011 and opened with much fanfare in May 2016.

    But summer 2017 came and went, Spectrum dropped most of the SCNTV placeholder pages (but not all of them), and the plans for a TV station seemed to be put off indefinitely.

    Now, however, there are signs again that the launch of the new station is imminent — at least, that’s what Scientologists are being told, and at considerable expense. Take a look at what a Seattle Scientology Facebook page posted this week:


    Just imagine the expense to fly out representatives from every org on the planet in order to tell them, “the TV channel is really, truly coming.” They couldn’t do that in an email?

    Anyway, we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for the new station. Is it still going to show up on Spectrum, or some other system? If you spot something, let us know.

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    Scientology TV is now installed at the Ideal Orgs — when do the rest of us get to see it?

    By Tony Ortega, March 2, 2018


    David Miscavige has been preparing for the launch of the channel for quite a while. Millions were spent to open a new set of TV studios in Hollywood, which was opened in May 2016. Since then, Miscavige has made repeated references to the channel coming at major events.

    We even found evidence that a channel was about to launch last year on Spectrum, the country’s second-largest cable system, formerly known as Time Warner Cable. But after our story appeared, Spectrum removed most of the pages about “SCNTV” (but not all of them), and so we’re not sure where Scientology’s new channel is going to launch.

    But it sure looks like the premiere is imminent.

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    Scientology turning to focus groups in anticipation of its TV ‘network’ premiering

    By Tony Ortega, March 5, 2018


    We spoke this weekend to Alexander, a New Yorker who last week participated in a focus group in Manhattan at a research company where he’s participated in other surveys in the past.

    But this one was pretty unusual, he tells us. The focus group was told that the Church of Scientology is about to premiere its very own television network, and it wanted some feedback on the sorts of commercials the church plans to run to promote the new TV channel.

    “We saw about five commercials. Only one featured L. Ron Hubbard,” Alexander told us. For his participation in the focus group, he was paid $100.

    The thing the research company seemed most interested in getting feedback about, he says, was whether the new Super Bowl ad was better with a tagline of “Scientology. Curious?” or “Scientology. Curious? We Thought so.”

    “Most people preferred the first instead of the second. Only two chose the second,” he says.

    He confirmed that the Hubbard ad they were shown was this one, which has been airing for a number of years and can be found at Scientology’s YouTube channel.


    Alexander also says that they were shown “Meet a Scientologist” spots, which can also be found at Scientology’s YouTube channel. (Here’s one that features Joy Villa before she blew up in fame for her support of Donald Trump.)

    And what was the general reaction in the room?

    “Some could not fathom watching [the channel],” he says. “All of us indicated no influence would succeed, but we might watch out of curiosity. And I pointed out to the group that not one single fundamental fact as to the beliefs of Scientology was ever explained in the videos. No tenets were discussed in any of the commercials. It was just smiles and sunny dispositions.”

    Well, he’s certainly right about that. L. Ron Hubbard himself said the best way to sell Scientology was by giving the public a “mystery sandwich” and reeling them in through their natural curiosity.

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    What Scientology TV should be about — but won’t dare to put on the air

    By Tony Ortega, March 6, 2018


    With the news yesterday that Scientology TV is so imminent the church is having its videos tested on focus groups in Manhattan, we’re more anxious than ever to see what Scientology leader David Miscavige is going to put on the air, perhaps as early as this weekend.

    But the focus group also confirmed one of our worst fears — that Scientology TV will be little more than “mystery sandwich” propaganda which we’re already quite used to from the church and its YouTube channel, the kind of stuff it’s been airing during Super Bowls the past five years, for example.

    Those slick ads are designed to make viewers curious about Scientology without actually telling them anything concrete about it. And we have grave doubts that Scientology TV, the cable channel, will itself go anywhere near explaining what really happens in the Church of Scientology.

    What the new network really ought to do is what we’re going to do here at the Bunker today, and that’s bring you even more of Scientology’s actual source material — the wonderful wacky metaphysics of L. Ron Hubbard.

    We recently found a lecture of Hubbard’s that is pure gold for explaining the underpinnings of Scientology. It’s an early lecture, from 1952, and it’s not part of the confidential upper-level “OT” materials, so it’s not a secret. But it’s the kind of thing Scientologists aren’t supposed to talk about with outsiders, which is a shame. This is the stuff that is most fun about Scientology, and also makes you scratch your head that anyone ever took Hubbard very seriously.

    The lecture is “Technique 88 and the Whole Track,” and knowing its historical context will add to its enjoyment. Remember that Hubbard had started things off in 1950 with his book Dianetics, a huge success that by 1951 had subsided as Hubbard experienced bankruptcy and a nasty divorce. In 1952, He was regrouping in Phoenix, having renamed his movement “Scientology.”

    Dianetics had encouraged Hubbard’s readers to search for crucial memories during their time in the womb. Now, Scientology asked them to go back even farther in time, to recall traumatic experiences in their past lives. It turned out that we are all immortal beings, which Hubbard called “thetans,” and each of us has lived trillions of years — our “Whole Track” of existence. Only through Scientology’s counseling can we retrieve those memories of countless previous lives. By doing so, Hubbard says, the results are miraculous. Here, in this first Fair Use segment from the lecture, he tries to sell his listeners on just how universe-shaking his new counseling techniques have become, that through them you can become a god, and that all of civilization will be forever altered.

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    Scientology TV goes live tomorrow at 8 pm Eastern on app, DirecTV

    By Tony Ortega, March 11, 2018


    Last night in Clearwater, Scientology leader David Miscavige revealed that Scientology TV is now an app which is downloadable for both Android and Apple systems, and that programming will begin streaming on the app, and at DirecTV, tomorrow night at 8 pm Eastern.

    L. Ron Hubbard Way in Los Angeles, meanwhile, has been blocked off at the southern end so that a celebration can take place there when the network goes live Monday night.

    Also yesterday, Rod Keller spotted that a billboard in Miami was advertising that Scientology programming will show up on DirecTV channel 320.

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    Chris Shelton‏ @sheltondesigner 3 hours ago
    Now I know why it took #Scientology a year longer than they said to get their station up: they had to hire all these actors to pretend to be Scientologists in the background to fill up their empty buildings. So far, over half their claims have already been debunked on my channel.

    Tony Ortega‏ @TonyOrtega94 1 hour ago
    So for the past hour and a half, #ScientologyTV has been telling us that Scientology is all about people helping people. When do they bring up the price list?

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    Scientology TV kicks off with Miscavige monologue, settles into familiar propaganda

    By Tony Ortega, March 13, 2018


    We’ve seen a lot of video of Scientology leader David Miscavige over the years. We’ve lost track of how many Scientology events we’ve watched him address.

    So we can tell you from experience that the David Miscavige who kicked off last night’s premiere of Scientology TV played things a lot cooler than we usually see him. He was more measured, and did his best to sound reasonable as he described the new network and its new shows.

    “We’re not here to preach to you, to convince you or to convert you,” he said. “No, we simply want to show you, because after all the first principle of Scientology is that it’s only true if it is true to you. So, take a look and then decide for yourself.”

    Well, we have to give him credit for kicking things off with his brief address. But then the channel settled into the kind of infomercial style that we were expecting.

    The next couple of hours did consist of new material shot by “Scientology Media Productions,” but it sure felt like the kind of Scientology propaganda we’ve been seeing for years — happy people saying that their lives gained more meaning when they took courses in Scientology.

    The shows are very professional and slick, and no doubt some new viewers will become curious enough about it to head on down to their local orgs. But anyone with a lick of sense will ask themselves what Scientology isn’t telling them while they watch these shows.

    A “Meet a Scientologist” show focused on banjo makers Greg and Janet Deering. It was followed by a look at the Inglewood Ideal Org and Community Center, and it featured Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s man in Los Angeles, Tony Muhammad. Then another show looked at Scientology’s efforts in Colombia.

    A new biographical video series about L. Ron Hubbard then premiered, and it went full tall-tale on Hubbard in a way we haven’t seen the church do in a while.

    Hubbard got lots of mentions all night, but just before the channel went live, Chris Owen pointed out to us that a new website had been launched which features David Miscavige, and Scientology’s own main channel had also been taken over with a new look at the church leader:


    There’s simply no question that the new television channel is trying to sell Miscavige as a charismatic leader in his own right, and not just the caretaker of L. Ron Hubbard’s spiritual “technology.”

    What do you think — is that a good strategy or not?

    Update: Great insights from former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder, in Lloyd Grove’s piece at the Daily Beast:

    …the new channel serves “to divert attention from the steadily declining state of Scientology in the world with a show of ‘We’re here, we’re strong, and we are proud,’” emailed Scientology defector Mike Rinder, the religion’s former chief spokesman. “Though this is what Miscavige TELLS his followers, in truth this step is nothing of the sort, as it’s actually accomplishing nothing they don’t already have.

    “He cannot afford to have anyone speak to the media or attempt to counter the stream of negative press that Scientology gets. No spokesperson can deal with the inevitable questions that would come if they were to be questioned by any reporter. So, they have to ‘speak’ through controlled media.”

    Rinder added that Miscavige can use the new channel as a fundraising tool with wealthy donors, arguing that the mere existence of the Scientology Network demonstrates that the religion is expanding and deserves their support.

    “Will it be successful? From Miscavige’s perspective, it already is,” Rinder emailed. “He has been able to point to this another significant ‘accomplishment’ and that is all that matters. He will be telling them at their next event ‘three people every second tuned in’ or some other such rubbish. When the metrics of viewership become available, it’s going to be clear to everyone else in the world what a bomb this is—but that doesn’t matter to Miscavige… I doubt they get a single person to come in the door as a result. In any other organization this would be catastrophic. Miscavige just spins it as a ‘big win’ and the Scientologists follow suit.”

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  23. I guess this is not a clam link? Still, be careful. Idk what analytics YouTube gives to a given user about the watchers of said user's videos.

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    I Watched Scientology TV for 24 Confusing Hours Straight

    I learned that "the eighth dynamic is the urge towards existence as infinity" and also a lot of stuff about banjos.

    By Jamie Lee Curtis Taete, VICE

    Another of his articles is in this 2015 thread:

    I Took a Tour of Scientology's Los Angeles (and It Was Pretty Creepy)

    'I had my first nightmare in years': Man who watched Scientology Network for 24 HOURS reviews the shows he saw, revealing channel is full of 'agonizingly boring' and 'offensive' content
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    Scientology TV gives viewers a glimpse of the church’s most secret locations — but why?

    By Tony Ortega, March 22, 2018


    Scientology TV is still unwatchable, but since its debut more than a week ago, we’ve enjoyed keeping an eye on the reactions it’s generating on social media.

    People are stunned, outraged, and downright astonished that DirecTV now has a channel for the church to spew its propaganda 24 hours a day. And some viewers are grabbing shots they find really funny or bizarre, which we’re finding pretty useful. There was this wonderful example a couple of days ago:


    And there was another screen grab by a random viewer that really got our attention.

    The images the viewer grabbed should be pretty familiar to longtime readers here at the Bunker. And we hope you realize just how sort of shocking it is that Scientology put these images up on its television network for the world to see.

    Here they are:


    These, of course, are inside scenes from one of Scientology’s legendary and super secretive underground vaults. They look very much like the photos shown to Scientologists in a 2015 copy of International Scientology News that we got a copy of. In fact, we have a feeling they come from the very same photo shoot.

    These are looks inside the archiving process and the underground vault at Scientology’s most secret entity, the Church of Spiritual Technology (CST), and were probably shot at its headquarters compound, which is in the mountains above Los Angeles near a place called Lake Arrowhead. The small compound goes by several names among the few Scientologists who knew anything about it, including Twin Peaks, Rimforest, and Rim of the World. CST also has two more vault locations in California, and one in New Mexico. (In 2016, we premiered amazing drone footage of all of the secret CST locations.)

    In the first shot, you can see technicians lowering titanium containers into protective outer coverings. Inside the titanium containers will be stainless steel plates with the words of L. Ron Hubbard etched on them, and inert gases to keep those plates stable. In the second photo, you can see the racks inside the underground vault where those containers are stored in order to be available for centuries, in case of “civilization collapse.” In other words, if a nuclear holocaust or natural disaster wipes out civilization, at least the wisdom of L. Ron Hubbard will survive.

    CST’s is a bizarre mission, and it was set in motion by Hubbard himself when he oversaw a reorganization of Scientology’s corporate structure in the early 1980s, while he was in seclusion. The late Denise Brennan, who was directly involved in that reorganization, told us that the idea for the vaults had come from Hubbard’s novel Battlefield Earth, which was just coming out at that time.

    Another reason we have kept a close eye on CST and its headquarters compound at Twin Peaks is because we believe it’s the location of Scientology leader David Miscavige’s wife, Shelly, who was sent there in late summer 2005. Shelly was once a very visible leader of Scientology in her own right, but since she was sent to the Twin Peaks compound, she’s only been seen in public once, at the funeral of her father in the summer of 2007. (She may have also been spotted in the nearby town recently, a sighting we’re taking seriously.)

    But despite the secrecy of the CST compound in general, and the risk of reminding people of Shelly’s disappearance in particular, the church decided to show these images for the public to see.

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    Scientology’s secret vaults get their star turn on the new TV network, and it’s nutty!

    By Tony Ortega, March 27, 2018


    Last night, the show about Scientology’s “Archival Project” aired, giving outsiders a pretty amazing look at some of the inner workings making sure Scientology’s wisdom can survive natural disasters and a nuclear holocaust.

    We had noticed this look at Scientology archives being promoted on its Scientology TV network earlier (and which Marc Headley noticed). And we’ve had a pretty good look at this stuff before, through Scientology’s own publications. But it was still pretty stunning to see on television.

    The hour-long program gave some intimate looks at the kind of work that archivists are doing at a small mountain compound above Los Angeles, the headquarters of the Church of Spiritual Technology (CST).

    However, CST itself was never mentioned, and neither was the location, and the vaults where the archived material is stored were also not located.

    As former CST employee Dylan Gill explained to us last time, the archival project of storing L. Ron Hubbard’s words is well known among Scientologists, but CST itself is one of Scientology’s most closely-held secrets.

    But we’re expecting that non-Scientologist viewers probably had two reactions:

    1. The expense for storing Hubbard’s books, lectures, and films on nickel-plated grooved records and stainless steel plates in titanium time capsules has to be monstrously expensive.

    2. Why in the hell is this much effort being put into storing, of all things, the words of L. Ron Hubbard?

    And third, for those in the know, were they really showing us the archiving work being done at a small compound where we believe that Scientology leader David Miscavige has been keeping his wife, Shelly Miscavige, out of sight since the summer of 2005?

    “There’s no archiving being done anywhere else. It’s all up at that main base,” Gill tells us.

    We couldn’t help wondering if one of the workers wearing protective clothing might have been Shelly herself. Here are some of the images from the show:

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    Scientology TV was launched with a massive ad campaign — is it working?

    By Tony Ortega, March 28, 2018


    It’s been more than two weeks since David Miscavige premiered Scientology TV, a project he’s been working on for years. And not only is he spending a boatload for his TV channel — carried on DirecTV and a mess of apps — but it’s pretty obvious that the church has paid for a truly massive advertising campaign in the days since the March 12 launch.

    We know that because we keep seeing complaints on social media from listeners and viewers who are shocked and dismayed that their favorite stations are running frequent ads for the channel.


    David Miscavige is going for broke on this thing. He even appeared in the initial broadcast and introduced the network. We finally got a chance to snag the entire transcript of what he said. Here’s his monologue:


    When the channel launched, we saw a lot of bluster online coming from Scientologists who claimed that their churches were stuffed with new people lining up to join after seeing the new media campaign.

    We saw claims by Scientologists that orgs were so crammed with the curious, the local fire department had to be called in New York. Another said that traffic to Scientology’s main website had reached 17 million visitors in a single day. We saw a lot of Scientologists passing around these claims, and naturally, they were excited that the TV channel was finally bringing them the expansion and mainstream acceptance they crave.

    But a couple of weeks later, reality seems to be setting in. Just a couple of data points to show you what we mean.


    According to the Alexa service, after more than two weeks since the debut of the network, Scientology’s official website has still not overtaken this modest one-man operation that you are reading right now.

    Alexa says that Scientology’s website is currently ranked 27,694 in the United States — the lower the number, the higher the ranking. The Bunker? 26,799.

    And just think of all that money Dave is spending.

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    Scientologists are trying to convince each other that the new TV network is a roaring success

    By Rod Keller, April 1, 2018


    The media buzz about Scientology TV is over, but members are being told the network is thriving and achieving all the goals set out for it. This is being played out in typical Scientology manner – through “Success Stories.” They are the counterpart to the statistics given at major events about how many books were sold, or how many volunteers were sent to disaster areas. Scientologists must write a success story with all the details about how much they have been helped in order to graduate to the next service on the Bridge. Similar anecdotes serve to convince members that their donations are well spent to combat Black PR and antagonism, and that Scientology is constantly expanding.


    It’s true that many people saw and heard Scientology TV ads on billboards, online and radio. It’s impossible to say if this “film coordinator” and “attorney” exist, but anonymous sourcing is typical of this kind of success story. The narrative is that network is succeeding in recruiting “allies,” which is the main goal of safepointing Scientology. Recruiting new members is secondary to keeping Scientology safe from attack, which L. Ron Hubbard instructed is the purpose of safepointing.

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    Our prayers are answered — Freedom magazine is coming to Scientology television!

    By Tony Ortega, April 9, 2018


    You can hardly imagine our glee when we opened the special issue of Freedom magazine that hit Scientology’s website yesterday and found what’s going to be coming soon to the Scientology television network.

    The entire special issue of Freedom is about Scientology TV, which debuted with a monologue by church leader David Miscavige on March 12. Since then, on DirecTV Channel 320 and on various streaming apps, Scientology TV has been broadcasting 24 hours a day, with most of it being pretty unwatchable church propaganda about itself.

    We did find one program pretty fascinating, about the nutty project of storing L. Ron Hubbard’s words so they last 12,000 years, but otherwise, trying to watch these slickly produced infomercials is simply brutal.

    Until now! According to the Freedom magazine special issue, we’ll soon get to see the great minds of Freedom itself on the Scientology channel!

    Freedom TV will offer news, public affairs reporting, documentary-style investigations and behind-the-scenes work stressing journalistic ethics and covering stories corporate-controlled mainstream media chooses to ignore: factual and responsible coverage addressing social justice, individual liberties and social reform.

    That’s a lot of coded language, and it’s hard for us to know if that means Freedom TV will be like the extremely boring public-affairs stuff it was doing in recent years.

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    Scientology’s greatest lecture of all: It’s finally time we look closer at Xenu in all his glory

    By Tony Ortega, April 19, 2018


    Over the last few months, we’ve made an occasional series out of bringing you Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard in his own words. On its new television network, Scientology itself has a program it calls “L. Ron Hubbard: In His Own Voice,” but that’s the safe stuff, Hubbard’s recollections of his travels that helps to perpetuate his myths about himself.

    Our series has been an attempt to bring you the unadulterated Hubbard, the space opera and superhuman claims that is meat and potatoes to Scientologists, who believe that they are creating a new species of human being with Hubbard’s vast galactic wisdom.

    We’ve brought you Hubbard on space aliens, on the true name of our society, on his days as a race car driver tens of thousands of years ago, his claims that we’ve all lived so many trillions of years we all have horrific crimes against children in our pasts, on religion (before Scientology was a ‘church’), and on how to read people’s minds and control them through lying, and more.

    But there’s one Hubbard lecture that is more notorious than any other, and we figured it was finally time to dive into it. Sure, you probably know it. It’s the time in 1968, aboard the yacht Apollo, when Hubbard was giving his “Class 8” lectures to create a new, higher level of auditor among his followers. And on October 3, in the tenth lecture of the series, titled “Assists,” he spelled out for them an ancient memory they were going to have to deal with among their subjects, a memory he had discovered the year before for something called “OT 3.”

    It was the story of Xenu.

    You’ve no doubt heard most or all of this lecture. Alex Gibney and Lawrence Wright used parts of it to great effect in their 2015 HBO documentary “Going Clear,” and it was the basis for what you saw in South Park’s 2005 episode, “Trapped in the Closet.” But we’ve never dug into it for this website before.


    One of the results of the R6 implant is that we react to the symbol of a volcano, where the corpses were blown up by Xenu. And that’s why Hubbard had an erupting volcano put on the cover of his book “Dianetics,” which he holds up to the class.

    Another symbol in our implant is that of crucifixion, which is common in R6. “Everybody is shown crucified,” he says. But someone around the year 600 BC somehow “found a piece” of R6 and used it to create what became Christianity.

    “There was no Christ,” Hubbard says. But pretty much everyone you audit is going to say that they remember being Christ in a past life – that’s just the R6 implant talking.

    The implant also causes illness, and makes sure that we only live around 70 years, which was not the case before Incident Two.

    In general, the people living on this planet are a mess, but now that Hubbard had discovered the implant (and had supposedly almost paid for it with his life during his “Wall of Fire” incident the year before), Scientology was now the only answer to combating it.

    Removing the implant, living as free “operating thetans,” Scientologists could live longer and without the false ideas of Christ, the devil, and other religions.

    Hubbard, not being of this planet, is less concerned about it: “The truth of the matter is that it is more the business of the inhabitants of this planet than it is mine.”

    Wow. Is that something or what?

    Why don’t we see this stuff on Scientology TV?

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    Here’s proof that Scientology members have to be forced to watch Scientology TV

    By Tony Ortega, June 8, 2018


    We mentioned the other day that former Scientology mission leader Dani Lemberger told us he assumes that Scientologists will be interrogated on whether they’ve been watching the new unwatchable Scientology TV network. Well, that was a pretty good guess, because one of our sources in the church has smuggled out to us a document that proves it!

    We really enjoy the beginning of this document which describes a Scientology org where none of the staff was watching the new DirecTV channel! Horrors! To make sure that doesn’t happen again, this document was sent out to the staffs around the world — you better watch this thing David Miscavige is spending so much money on, or else!

    We’re reproducing the entire document here, even though the white pages will give you flashbacks to just how awful these shows are, if you have dared to give them a peek.

    Just keep pouring money on that fire, Dave! Even your own people won’t go near this thing!

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    Celebrities pushing Scientology TV?

    By Tony Ortega, June 28, 2018


    Is this a sign of things to come? Minor Scientology celebrity Jim Meskimen, son of Marion Ross and an impressionist of some note, sent out an email to friends recently which made its way to us.

    “I don’t often discuss religion in my mailings,” he said. “Many of you may be aware that I’ve been a Scientologist since 1983. Over the decades I’ve kind of gotten used to being called a member of a ‘controversial religion.'”

    He then suggests that it might have been difficult for his friends to compare their experience with Jim from what they read in the press. But now, there’s an opportunity to learn the truth!

    “I wanted to let you know that we now have our very own TV channel, online and on Direct TV channel 320….the purpose of the channel is to simply present our religion as it actually is. (Don’t be surprised if it doesn’t look the way it does in the pages of US Magazine or The National Enquirer.) If you’ve ever read or seen something about Scientology that didn’t fit with what you know about me, have a look at the other side of the story.”

    His email provides a link to the TV network.

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  33. Scientology TV is now offering Ringtones, Wallpapers &amp; Extras


    It appears Scientology TV has Ringtones and Wallpapers for all of their major shows. I must say, the wallpapers look quite good. I have not downloaded any of the ringtones.










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    With Scientology TV premiering a new ‘season’ tonight, David Miscavige is having a moment

    By Tony Ortega, October 8, 2018


    Scientology never gives up. We have pointed this out to you countless times, and now more than ever we can demonstrate how true it is.

    Sure, the press for Scientology is as miserable as ever, and we see plenty of signs that the organization is still shrinking, is having staffing problems, and is getting a good look from various government investigating agencies during what has turned out to be quite a long lull between Leah Remini’s season two and three.

    Leah’s looming new set of episodes apparently begins with a special on Jehovah’s Witnesses on November 13, but if that should give Miscavige pause, he isn’t letting it slow him down.

    We’re barely keeping up with all of his launches and premieres and events, so imagine how his put-upon followers must feel as they try to figure out which direction they need to do their latest bowing and scraping and writing of checks.

    Tonight, specifically, they’ll all be expected to be glued to their televisions and other devices — or better yet, to be in attendance for watch parties — for the premiere of Scientology TV’s new fall “season” as Miscavige rolls out another set of propaganda programs to put on repeat 24 hours a day.


    As you can see from sneak peeks of the upcoming new shows, it’s the same slick and frenetic stuff that Miscavige has paid top dollar for over the last decade or so, but from what we can tell, the public at large has no use for it.

    DirecTV isn’t talking about how many people are tuning into Scientology TV, but there are still signs that it isn’t catching on as Miscavige might have hoped, despite the huge amounts of cash he’s pouring into it.

    When we want to take a peek at what’s airing, we check in at, where you can pretty easily scan the current schedule without having to actually, you know, watch any of it. Admittedly, is only one way of many that viewers can tune into Miscavige’s hype, but we find it interesting that after an initial spike in viewership — purely out of curiosity after a huge and expensive advertising campaign — traffic to pretty quickly settled back into a negligible stream.

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    What it was like last night at Scientology’s Los Angeles TV ‘season’ premiere party

    By Tony Ortega, October 9, 2018


    Once again we had a correspondent on the scene at last night’s event on L. Ron Hubbard Way in Los Angeles as Scientology celebrated the premiere of its second “season” of propaganda airing at Scientology TV. Here’s their report.

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  38. I tweeted Phil Jones's comments to the Twitter account for "Men in The Arena," a documentary featured on the Scientology Network Documentary Showcase. They responded.


  39. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology TV wins a boatload of awards, and is the ‘fastest-growing TV network in history’!

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, February 6, 2019


    ...we know we’ve been a bit hard on David Miscavige’s new obsession. A steady 24-hour diet of church propaganda (interrupted by some legit films on Friday nights) might be tough for us to sit through, but that doesn’t mean that someone out there might not actually enjoy Dave’s taste in programming.

    And now, here’s proof. The latest copy of International Scientology News includes this happy announcement of the 24 — count ’em, 24! — awards the young channel has already pulled in:

    This year marked the launch of the Scientology Network, and it was a splash of epic proportions. From the day it premiered in March, the Network — whih airs 24/7 with original programming produced in-house — has been a powerhouse of dissemination. Shows invite viewers inside our Orgs, tell the story of humanitarian campaigns and introduce the world to Scientologists from every walk of life. The programming is beamed to 24 time zones across the globe, and that just happens to be the number of awards the Scientology Network has received, recognizing excellence in categories ranging from technical expertise to powerful storytelling. We’ve garnered five prestigious Telly Awards that honor the best in TV and video production on multiple platforms. Nods included a Silver Award for Art Direction and another Silver Award in the Not-for-Profit Series category. There were also 11 Silver Davey Awards, which recognize the very best in not-for-profit television. Our Network struck gold and platinum too, with eight MarCom Awards, one of the world’s most respected competitions acknowledging excellence in marketing and communications. Beyond the multitude of statuettes, we are also winning hearts and minds, as the fastest-growing television network in broadcast history gives rise to the largest surge in services in Scientology history. Opening access to the Bridge for millions the world over, well, that is the biggest prize of all.

    Telly Awards? Now where have we heard that before. Oh, that’s right. In 2011 Scientology boasted about one of its DVDs winning a Telly, and that’s when we learned that of the 11,000 entrants in the contest that year, more than 2,750 ended up taking home awards. That’s a pretty generous proportion!

    We’re sure that the Daveys and MarComs are just as prestigious, and wouldn’t we all be proud to have those statuettes on our mantles!

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    Scientology TV debuted one year ago, and it’s still unwatchable propaganda

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, March 12, 2019


    Scientology and DirecTV aren’t releasing viewer numbers. But almost from the beginning, we were seeing evidence that Scientology TV was underperforming. Church members, for example, were admitting to each other that they were disappointed, and had hoped that the channel was something they could recommend to outsiders. Instead, for insiders it just comes off as nonstop fundraising fodder.

    Sure, there was an occasional program we found interesting. But for the most part it’s been unwatchable. (Even various people trying to have fun by writing about watching the channel for several hours straight soon found that it was pure torture and not a fun stunt at all.)

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