Posts Tagged ‘Family Entertainment’

ROKU-Sky Angel

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

After I learned that Sky Angel is now available on ROKU, I decided it was time for me to get a ROKU streaming device. It attaches to my front room TV via an HDMI cable and uses my high-speed Internet via Wi-fi just like the Sky Angel IPTV box does. I had checked out the ROKU device and programming in the past, but the addition of Sky Angel is what tipped the scales to help me decide to get it now.

I am a techie at heart, anyway, so I wanted to check out the ROKU technology. It was ridiculously easy to set it up–connect the HDMI cable, enter my network password in the ROKU setup, choose the Sky Angel channel from the ROKU channel store, and VOILA–Sky Angel on ROKU! (If you already have a Sky Angel IPTV box, you should call Sky Angel to get the Faith Everywhere package pricing. When you choose Sky Angel from the Roku channel store, you are actually subscribing to a new account with a 48-hour free trial.)

I switched from having two Sky Angel IPTV boxes (the second one at a discounted monthly subscription rate of $10) to having one IPTV box and now the ROKU in place of the second box (a SAVINGS of $5/mo.!). The ROKU offering is the same as the TV channels on Sky Angel WebTV; at this point in time, the ROKU offering does not include radio, but there is some OnDemand programming, including G-Movies. It also does not include FAVE family channels–you would need the FAVE IPTV service to get those. Since I already have a Faith Everywhere package, the ROKU add-on is priced the same way as adding WebTV and/or the iPad app–just 5.00/mo. for each added device. If I did not have the IPTV box, I think I would then be paying $14.99 for the ROKU Sky Angel channel, which I would still consider to be a good deal.

For me, this switch made sense because the faith channels are the reason I am a Sky Angel subscriber. The 48-hour playback feature is part of the ROKU programming, so that makes a whole lot of viewing options available at any point in time! ROKU offers a lot of other programming, most of it free, including radio, news, sports, special interest channels, games, etc. Hulu, Amazon Prime video, and Netflix are available on ROKU as well. There are many new channels coming on each month, so ROKU’s offering is constantly expanding.

You can simply “add” whatever channels you want, totally customizing your ROKU guide. It takes only seconds to add a channel, then if you decide you don’t want a channel after all, it takes only seconds to delete it. There are a few channels that carry a fee–I subscribed to Parables TV and Gaither TV, both well worth the small monthly charge, and I can also access those on my iPad with my subscription. And the free FFE channel (southern gospel videos) is also on ROKU. Some of the channels and ministry programs that are on Sky Angel also offer OnDemand programming on separate ROKU channels. I can even access my own church’s OnDemand library of church services and special events on the ROKU Vimeo channel.

I feel like I have a huge smorgasbord of choices! My Sky Angel IPTV box is the perfect fit for my computer room, where I spend most of my daytime hours working. The ROKU is a perfect fit for my leisure time in the evening. And my iPad allows me to carry Sky Angel WebTV with me wherever I go. Sounds like I have a lot of viewing options, doesn’t it? I do, with a Sky Angel Faith Everywhere package—my total monthly bill for all that is just $32.99. So…if you have Sky Angel IPTV on one box, you can now expand your viewing options for very little additional cost. And if you have a ROKU device, you are just a couple of minutes away from being able to have Sky Angel faith TV and the 48-hour playback feature on your ROKU. Check it out!

Vampire, Occult Entertainment Going Too Far?

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Family Issues & You:

Vampire, Occult Entertainment Going Too Far?

Eryn Sun’s recent article raises concern about the increased interest in the occult depicted on television, in movies, music videos and featured in popular magazines:

“Twilight fans may need to step back and reassess their love of vampires and werewolves, as a recent rise in occult activity throughout the world is alarming some Christian scholars.”

Read more here:

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Graphic Violence, Abuse and Sex on TV: Glee creator pushes every boundary with American Horror Story

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Family Issues & You:Graphic Violence, Abuse and Sex on TV: ‘Glee’ creator pushes every boundary with American Horror Story

“Glee” co-creator Ryan Murphy has famously stated that his goal is to “remove every barrier to the depiction of explicit sex on TV.” His latest TV drama, American Horror Story, is doing just that.

Here’s a link to the full article from author Erin R. Brown of the Culture and Media Institute:

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“The Nutty Professor” Cleaned up!

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

I don’t particularly care much for Eddie Murphy or most of the garbage movies he stars in. That’s pretty much why I have not seen “The Nutty Professor” until now. I really appreciate GMC for cleaning up this flick so my seven year old son and I can watch it without me having to explain away those embarrassing situations or crude words. I noticed various places in “The Nutty Professor” where some “words” were edited out, and I am really thankful for this. My son does not need a new vocabulary, and I especially don’t want to feed him movies where foul language is the norm!