Christian Alternatives to Cable TV and Movies
Looking for Christian alternatives to cable TV and movies? It’s no secret that the entertainment industry has become a contaminated well of lust, violence and greed, to name just a few things. Sadly, Hollywood has taken the old adage that “sex sells” to new levels of low. And they have added to it by assuming that filthy language sells too 🙁
A very large majority of movies and TV shows released nowadays aren’t fit for families or believers to watch. Even prime-time TV has become a hotbed for filth, with incredibly bad language and sex-laden programs dominating the airwaves.
And what makes it even worse is that millions of families pay big money every month to have this terrible content brought into their homes. Parents and children by the millions sit hypnotized each evening, as they absorb this non-stop spewing of negative media.
According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 28 hours/week, or 2 months of nonstop TV-watching per year). In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube.
And with the terrible stuff that’s being pumped into the airwaves, that’s an unhealthy diet of junk that will clog our spiritual arteries and corrupt our morals if we consume it. There’s an old saying that tells us that we are what we eat.
Well, the same can be said for what we watch and listen to. What we consume with our eyes and ears will eventually affect the way we think and perceive things. And it will eventually manifest itself in our thinking and our actions.
So when you take a good, hard look at this, and the reality of it, we’re spending our money (God’s money) to have our hearts and our minds corrupted by a system that has been schemed up by the enemy of our souls. And the end result is spiritual and moral corruption.
So what can we do to stop throwing our money in the modern trash can of Hollywood and keep that money in our own pockets, where we can use it to help ourselves and others in need, where God intended it to be?
We’re glad you asked! One of the benefits of all of this modern technology we have been inundated with during the last 15 years is that the old means of getting TV shows and movies in your home has become almost obsolete.
Oh, sure, cable TV and similar companies will still offer you 400 channels for $150 per month, but who really watches 400 channels anyway? And who in their right mind wants to spend $150 every month on TV shows?
Seriously. That’s an insane amount of money to watch stuff that’s bad for us. And if we’re not watching the majority of it, why are we paying for it?
We might as well flush our money down the toilet!
But we don’t have to waste our money like this. It’s time we stop the bleeding and the wanton wasting of our financial blessings.
And it’s time to cut the supply line for the garbage that’s been entering our homes via the TV and DVD or Blu-Ray player.
So, getting back to the modern technologies we mentioned a minute ago, streaming entertainment is here and now. It’s cheap, efficient and it just plain works.
And it gives us a much better handle on what we allow into our homes and into our eyes and ears.
And we’ve had some of you ask us where to find these kinds of services, so here’s that info for you.
We’ve tried several streaming services that offer family and faith-based entertainment. Some were OK. Some were very good, with a large library to choose from, and some were very poor, with a very small selection of movies and shows.
But the one we felt gave us the best value for our money was Pure Flix. Pure Flix is a modern streaming service that is constantly adding to their library. So there’s no danger of running out of things to watch. And let’s face it. It’s not good to spend 4 hours a day watching TV! So if we are running out of things to watch, we’re probably spending way too much time in front of the TV anyway!
Oh, and as we mentioned above, Pure Flix is extremely affordable, so it saves you a lot of your hard-earned money.
So let us give you a quick run-down on how this whole streaming thing works, for those who aren’t really familiar with it. First, services that stream their content via the Internet usually have several different ways of watching it.
The most obvious way would be to watch on a desktop computer or laptop. And this is a great option in some ways, but nobody wants to sit at their desk to watch a movie or TV show. Laptops make it handy to watch a show or movie in bed or on the back porch.
Another option is to watch on your mobile devices. Modern smartphones and tablets do a great job of handling high resolution movies and other content, so everything can be watched on the go, or sitting just about anywhere. And most modern streaming services, including Pure Flix, offer an app that can be installed on your phone or tablet, so you can watch their entire library on the go.
But if you want to watch something on your TV, as is usually the case with families or couples, what happens then? Good question!
There are a few devices available these days that take internet-based streams and dump them right onto your TV screen. So whether you’re watching on a 19 inch TV or a 55 inch TV, you can hook one of these devices up to your TV and watch to your heart’s content, in big-screen, high resolution wonder and glory 🙂
The most well-known of these devices is called Roku. Roku is a very small box that connects to your TV and uses the wireless internet signal from your home WiFi network to bring entertainment from the internet to your TV.
It’s inexpensive, starting at around $40 or so, and it’s drop-dead easy to connect and get working. And once it’s working, you can choose from a host of free or paid services that allow you to watch various types or programming on your TV.
Pure Flix is one of the services available to watch on your Roku player. Once you’ve created your Pure Flix account, you can add it to the Roku player. That gives you instant access to the entire Pure Flix library, at your fingertips.
Roku will also give you access to so many other services. Some are free and others are subscription-based. Remember, this is about cleaning up the entertainment coming into your home, and about saving you money! So be careful not to get carried away signing up for too many of the paid monthly services. Doing so will defeat the purpose of getting rid of that $100+ per month cable bill.
So if we look at the math really quickly, let’s see how much money you can save by dropping cable and switching to, let’s say, a Roku player and Pure Flix.
Cable TV at $150 per month will cost you $1800 per year!
A Roku player, which will cost you roughly $50 (give or take a few dollars), and a subscription such as Pure Flix, which will cost you $7.99 (after the free 30 day trial) will cost you $140 the first year. Talk about saving big money!
$1800 vs. $140 doesn’t even require any thought to pick a winner. The second year will cost you $95.88, since you won’t have to buy a Roku Player again. You’ve just saved yourself $1700 per year and eliminated a ton of garbage from coming into your home.
Now that’s a big deal, right there.
So, we hope this will help you to see how you can clean up your home and save some big money at the same time. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to show us how to make positive changes that please God. And we hope these suggestions will help put you on the right path.
Once again, here’s the link for Pure Flix. Click Here. And remember that you can sign up and try Pure Flix 100% free for the first 30 days.
We won’t get into details as to where to buy a Roku or a similar player. Suffice it to say that major retailers that offer electronics will carry them. They can also be bought at just about any online retailer that offers electronic items for sale, such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy or Amazon.com.
Be blessed and enjoy the savings!
Pastor Curt & Pastor Ellie