As of 11:59 pm Eastern US time on 01/14/2014Â Sky Angel has shutdown it IPTV Service knows as “Fave TV”,Â “Faith and Family service”Â and on demand programming. This information was mailed in a letter to its subscribers near the end of 2013 and also a copy of the letter was posted on their website at http://www.skyangel.com/updateÂ A copy of the letter from their site is shown below. Click the image for full size view.
Below is an article posted by DanielÂ Fisher, on Forbes website 8/23/2012 @ 7:00AM The article was titled:
The Tiny TV Broadcaster That Cable And Internet Giants Are Trying To Kill
Â Sky Angelâ€™s satellite farm outside Chattanooga, Tenn. looks like any cable-television headendâ€“down to the gray-haired engineer who strides out of the electronics shed sporting a short-sleeved dress shirt, narrow tie and pocket protector. With 19 state-of-the-art satellite dishes, the faith-based and family-themed broadcaster can download more than 50 cable-television channels and deliver them potentially to hundreds of thousands of customers nationwide.
One big problem: Sky Angel distributes its signals over the Internet instead of a conventional cable-TV system. Thatâ€™s got the cable-TV industry in a big-screen snit. If enough companies do what the Naples, Fla. firm is doing, a new wave of competition could demolish the cozy duopoly between land-based cable TV and satellite competitors like DirecTV. Rates could drop, and cable operators might lose their most cherished power: compelling consumers to buy bundles of programming instead of ordering channelsÂ Ă la carte.
Sky Angelâ€™s chief executive, Robert Johnson, doesnâ€™t look like a troublemaker. A devout Christian with a degree in accounting from Oral Roberts University, Johnson, 49, runs an utterly conventional cable-TV broadcaster with offerings like the NFL Network, the Hallmark Channel and the Weather Channel. He switched to the Web only after the costs of distributing his signal over direct-broadcast satellite got too high. â€śWe never tried to be the big bad wolf,â€ť Johnson says. â€śJust let me run the business the way I want to run itâ€“sell me what I need.â€ť
Not so simple. Sky Angelâ€™s president, veteran corporate lawyer Thomas Scott, says he had little difficulty at first negotiating contracts with programming companies. Most were excited about the new technology. But in 2010 Discovery cut off access to some of the most popular channels, including Animal Planet and the Military Channel, saying Sky Angel violated its contract by distributing them over the Internet.
Scott says the seven-year contract explains how Sky Angelâ€™s system operates. But since then itâ€™s been tough getting programming. Discussions with one prominent company recently stalled out, Scott says, after an executive told him â€śit would be bad for themâ€ť to sell to Sky Angel.
â€śThis technology scares them,â€ť says Charles Naftalin, Sky Angelâ€™s lawyer in Washington. â€śFor a relatively small amount of money, anybody can have the equivalent of a cable-TV system.â€ť
Scott and Johnson have met with Justice Department lawyers who are investigating possible antitrust violations in the programming industry. And Sky Angel has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to force Discovery to honor its contract under rules designed to prevent companies affiliated with cable-TV networks from discriminating against competitors. This last move has drawn opposition from unlikely sources, including Google, which may not want its own online-video business to fall under FCC regulation.
Johnson inherited Sky Angel from his late father, Robert Johnson Sr., a Detroit marketing executive with a dream of building a religious, and family-themed, television network free of the sex and violence on popular TV. After working with religious broadcaster Pat Robertson, Johnson Sr. realized his biggest barrier was distribution, so he applied for the first allocation of direct broadcast satellite frequencies in 1980 and won eight. He then struck a joint venture with Dish Network, under which Dish paid for the use of some of his frequencies and carried Sky Angel over its EchoStar III satellite. Sky Angel grew to 115,000 customers paying $14.99 a month, most of them in the center of the country.
EchoStar III was close to failing in the early 2000s, and the Johnsons balked at investing $300 million to $400 million in a replacement. Meanwhile, the Internet had come along, and Johnson got an idea: Why not distribute programming over the Web instead of expensive, failure-prone satellites?
Sky Angel hired outside vendors to develop small boxes that could receive encrypted signals over the Internet and deliver them to television sets. Its receivers look and function like an Apple TV device, except they can handle streaming video as well as stored entertainment on demand. Johnsonâ€™s strategy may have gotten some backhanded validation in recent reports detailing how Apple is reportedly in talks with cable-TV operators about upgrading its technology to distribute streaming video. Sky Angel, of course, commissioned boxes with that capability years ago.
By 2007 Johnson was ready to pull the plug on satellite, selling residual frequencies for a good price (how much he is contractually barred from saying). â€śWe could have decided to shut the company down, take the money and run,â€ť Johnson says now. But he didnâ€™t want to lay off Sky Angelâ€™s 160 employeesâ€“now down to 76â€“and he felt he â€śhad the opportunity to do something innovative.â€ť
Johnson poured $15 million into the satellite farm and an office building in Chattanooga that houses video-mixing equipment, engineers and customer-service employees. He uses 200 megabit-per-second Internet backbone lines to carry his signals to hubs in Long Island, N.Y. and Palo Alto and then pays to have its content delivered to individual subscribers by companies like Level 3 and Akamai.
Well as of January 15th, 2014 it looks like they succeeded in killing yet another Christian based
and family friendly small network.
Here is a Screen Shot of their programming just prior to shutdown.
Â We will miss you Sky Angel, God Bless.
Allen of CSN.
Are many of us being drawn too closeÂ to the Social Media Flame? Some seem now days to live by or spend many hours drawn to the hold of theÂ social mediaÂ websites of this day. TheseÂ sites areÂ user friendlyÂ for the novice computer user. This trend is notÂ new. In the past for the more techieÂ group of people in theÂ 90s IRC (Internet relay Chat)Â was the big thing.Â These sources have made an impact on our families and more important our children. With the advancement of the Internet they have become by far too easy for anyone to use and give instant access to children. Most parents now days do not monitor or seem to care about what their children are doing with it. They have been to busy in todays high tech world to even notice.
Society today has changed alot in the last 50 years more so than in any other 50 year period throughout history. Even today its still not known what actual impact this sudden change will have in the long run.Â This new medium of Internet SocialÂ websites though is changing how manyÂ intereact with each other and drawing people away from real life relationship and replacing them with cyberspace emotionless copies. Humans loose true shared emotions when communicating online only. This is begining to have an impact withÂ people relating to real word relationships which are dwindling because of the amount of time spent on Social Media Websites. Alot of people today are actually loosing the ability to communicate with real world people and situations.Â
Like the rest of the Internet which contains pornographic,Â pagan, anti-Christian and violent content; TheÂ social networks are cluttered with this material as well. Many of theÂ social networks claim theyÂ don’t contain, hateful, pornographic and violent material or support it, yet these networks are teaming with this vile material. Those of us, who care about what families and specially children see and hear need toÂ tell theseÂ networks to clean up their act or we should pressure our congressman to do it and if they still refuse to do so then Government shouldÂ shut them down. For they have helped rob the Innocence of our children.
Another provision if the networks feel they can’t comply with such an issue or think they just can’t do it, isÂ make all the open public chat sites/Social Networks of an adult nature and not allow exposure to children. This applies to the ones that operate onÂ USÂ soil. Other countries could do the sameÂ to protect their families and childrenÂ It would seem important for them to address this issue.
This is just a thought, anyone withÂ more information or other ideas please join in.
Many Websites and Blogs now days see a lot of bots. What alot of the bots are doing now days instead of presenting the usual bot user agent are now presenting themselves as users (by a user client User Agent) so the bot may appear at first as the normal user client web browser. The bots we want usually obey the robot.txt file on your site, such as search engine bots. Other bots will not obey it and their intent on your site is usually to spam, clog your host, etc.
We have been watching bot activity for serveral years now and find the bot count has been increasing the last 6 months or so. We would like to hear from you about your experience with bots. What you have been doing to counter spam and other bot types and if you are using honey pots.
Its now the last week of April, 2013. Spring is in the air up north as well as here in Florida. We have recently added more pic’s in our pictures page here so enjoy. Another month or so and our kids will be getting out of school for summer vacation!
Take a look at the Cartoon Strips below, share it with others that may need help in finding the Lord.
Well now Barack Obama has been re-elected for a second term as our President. It is the middle of November and we are approaching the end of the 2012 year. We all here on the news still that we are headedÂ toward the “fiscal cliff” unless the US Congress does something. Does anyone have any views on this? If so please give us your thoughts here!
Have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving Holiday and weekend!