|Launched||February 18, 2002|
|Owned by||Trinity Broadcasting Network|
|Picture format||480i 16:9 (SDTV)|
|Slogan||Positively Good Movies|
|Formerly called||JCTV (2002–2013)|
JUCE TV (2013–2020; branding remains as part of separate YouTube channel)
|Available on full-power and some low-power stations in most markets||x.5 on most TBN owned-and-operated stations and affiliates; check local listings for stations|
|Available on some cable providers||Check local listings|
|AT&T U-Verse||Channel 570|
Positiv (stylized as POSITiV) is a Christian television network owned and operated by the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Formerly as a youth-focused network in the past, it was aimed at teenagers and young adults between the ages of 13 and 30 years, and a format similar to MTV and MTVU, airing Christian music videos, and original content such as Christian-themed entertainment and lifestyle programming, along with some church services. In its current form, it mainly consists of a lineup of all Christian films, varying between smaller industry productions and major Hollywood studio productions.
Positiv is carried over-the-air on digital subchannels of TBN owned-and-operated and affiliated stations nationwide, usually on that station's fifth subchannel. Positiv is also available on pay television providers as well as on select digital streaming platforms that offer TBN's six U.S. networks.
The network is also currently available through various cable providers nationwide as well as across North and Central America on Glorystar through the Ku band Galaxy 19 satellite and on C-Band Galaxy 14 satellite. Positiv and other TBN-owned networks are broadcast internationally free-to-air via satellites such as ABS1 to India and Middle East on Ku band, Intelsat 701 and DTH to Australia and New Zealand on Optus B3 and also to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East via Eutelsat (Hotbird 13°E) and Agila 2 satellite (both C-band and Ku band signal) in Asia and the Philippines. The network is only live-streamed on its own desktop website, and not any of TBN's mobile web presences, likely due to contractual restrictions with the studios providing content to Positiv.
As a youth-oriented Christian network
The network, originally named JCTV—launched at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on February 18, 2002. The network was founded by Paul Crouch Sr., founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), who intended to develop a service targeted at Christian youth worldwide. (The service would eventually reach most of North America, Europe, Asia and South America through its broadcast service as well as TBN's streaming platforms.) The network incorporated original programming (including adventure sports and faith-based reality series), traditional pastoral programs aimed at the network's target audience, and specials. The network was rebranded as JUCE TV on January 1, 2014.
On June 1, 2015, JUCE TV was combined into a single subchannel with sister network Smile of a Child TV (which targets a younger audience, children between the ages of 2 and 12). Under this arrangement, the latter network began occupying nine hours of programming daily (from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. local time) over the third digital subchannel occupied by JUCE on the 38 stations TBN either owns directly or through its Community Educational Television subsidiary. One week later on June 8, TBN modified the timeshare arrangement, giving Smile of a Child and JUCE each a daily 12-hour window on the .3 subchannel, with JUCE now airing over the space from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. in each time zone and Smile of a Child airing for the remainder of the day.
The change – which is the result of technical limitations with its stations' existing digital compression equipment – is a byproduct of the launch of TBN Salsa, a digital subchannel network targeting English-speaking Latinos which launched on that date. JUCE TV continues to maintain a 24-hour-day schedule, however, with all programming not shown over-the-air during Smile's programming hours over the subchannel space remaining available via live stream online through TBN's website and various mobile and digital media players.
On January 1, 2020, TBN resumed offering a 24-hour feed of JUCE on its multicast tier over the DT5 subchannel of its owned-and-operated stations, a flipped orientation from its former channel alignment prior to June 2015. The network occupies the former space assigned to TBN Salsa, which TBN removed from its broadcast stations in May 2019, temporarily replacing it with a placeholder standard definition simulcast of the main TBN network feed. Concurrently, Smile resumed airing full-time on the DT3 feed. Because both Smile and TBN's Saturday morning lineups contain more than enough children's programming compliant with the FCC's E/I guidelines, Positiv carries a full-time format of film programming.
Relaunch as Positiv
On January 26, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time (with the 2006 film Hidden Secrets as its first telecast), TBN relaunched the network as Positiv, a multicast service offering family-oriented and faith-based movies (including many titles in TBN's existing film library that had aired on the network under the JCTV/JUCE TV format). The JUCE brand remains in use by TBN primarily through a dedicated YouTube channel offering original short-form content aimed at Christian youth, which the ministry had been in the process of transitioning the brand towards beginning with the formal launch of the YouTube content offering on October 23, 2019.
- Kent Gibbons (May 29, 2015). "TBN Salsa Targets English-Speaking Hispanics". Multichannel News. NewBay Media.
- "Modified SoaC/JUCE timeshare". Trinity Broadcasting Network. June 8, 2015.
- "Positiv.tv". Trinity Broadcasting Network. February 1, 2020.
- "JUCE TV - Channel Name Change To POSITIV TV". National Cable Television Cooperative, Inc. January 1, 2020. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
- "Positiv Jan-Feb Grid" (PDF). Positiv. Trinity Broadcasting Network. January 26, 2020. Retrieved January 29, 2020.