The four major religiously themed cable networks -- Mother Angelica's Eternal Word Television Network, Odyssey, the Trinity Broadcasting Network and The Inspirational Network
-- are growing, while several other would-be networks are on the drawing board.
The New Inspirational Network
offers 18 of the most popular TV preachers on 550 affiliated cable systems.
Cancellations by television affiliates and cable TV operators for PTL's failure to pay its bills have already affected its Inspirational Network
. Last year Tele-Communications Inc., the largest cable operator in the country, dropped PTL programs from nearly all its cable systems carrying them.