Well, my friends, the time is all-too-near when we will no longer have the blessing of convenient access to the wealth of programming Sky Angel has brought into our homes for many years. I recall how excited I was that day (I think it was in the early 80s) when I saw a full-page ad in a Christian magazine for the new Sky Angel satellite service. I could not wait to find out what I needed to do to bring all that programming into my home, and then take the steps to make it happen!
Back then, the Christian TV offering was limited to a few early-morning ministry broadcasts on the weekend and maybe one or two weekday programs, and Christian radio was mostly one local station, or maybe a low-signal station in a nearby town. I recall searching the radio dial to find a station, any station that would bring biblical teaching into our home. There was no choosing a favorite station format or listening to radio via a crystal-clear signal. I was grateful for everything that was available, but when Sky Angel came along, I reveled in having so many choices! In those early days, my favorite trick was setting a 5-minute recurring recording for each of my favorite programs, thus utilizing the satellite receiver to automatically change the channel to my next “favorite” program all day, every day. It was like setting up my own custom Christian station…sweet!
When the IPTV service started, I added an FM transmitter that sends Sky Angel audio to radios in every room in my house, even the garage. And I am able to keep a remote on my nightstand and change the channel during the night without leaving my comfy bed. It’s been a blessing beyond words!
We are losing some features I will really miss…having so many TV and radio offerings accessible in one convenient, readily-accessible format…being able to choose from all the faith programs that were broadcast over the last 48 hours…even the simple convenience of having a program guide that consolidated all program listings in one place for quick reference. In today’s increasingly godless culture, I’ve concluded that we need to take in biblical truth and uplifting, family-friendly programming at every opportunity, and these are features that made it easy to do so.
Can I still find a way to watch a favorite TV broadcast or listen to a ministry’s daily radio program? Yes I can, for much of the programming at least, but it will take a lot more time, effort…and intention. Not to mention adding additional equipment and setting up a variety of alternative means for accessing the programs. The truth is, because of its all-in-one-place format, Sky Angel made it much more likely, for me at least, that I would take the time to “feed” myself a steady diet of excellent, edifying TV and radio program content. Thank you, Sky Angel, for making that possible over the years!
My friends, I know you share my sadness at what we will lose when Sky Angel ceases broadcasting in a matter of days. Like you, I’d be so delighted if it just were not so! But even as we lose the Sky Angel offering we have enjoyed, let’s not stop being intentional about feeding ourselves—there are solutions. For those of you who are current DISH NETWORK subscribers, and those who may decide to become DISH subscribers now—I pray you will be richly blessed by Sky Angel’s Angel One, Angel Two, and KTV (Kids and Teens Television) channels that are part of the DISH lineup. Be sure to visit Sky Angel’s Facebook page for information about the programming that will be offered on these channels, and take advantage of everything they offer—we see now how important that is! If you are a senior adult like me, I know you can remember the days when we didn’t have any Christian TV channels at all—thank God for all those, like Sky Angel, whose mission vision is to keep on working to make the gospel available to all! May God go before them and give them success!
I have started a Facebook group where we who will soon be “former Sky Angel subscribers” can discuss ideas and share solutions that will help us all to continue enjoying our favorite faith and family-friendly programming. Today’s technology opens up so many exciting possibilities! Please come join the conversation! You can find the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChristianTVInfo/, or simply search Facebook for “Former Sky Angel Subscribers” — I hope to meet you there!
And once again…thank you, Sky Angel, for using the power of technology to impact our lives for all these many years! Only eternity will reveal all that God has accomplished in so many lives! May we continue to cross paths as you keep on with your vision to reach many with the gospel!