by Edwin L. Carpenter, Editor - The Dove Foundation
a device that is approximately a foot wide and a little over an inch in height,
the Sky Angel IPTV set-top box delivers an incredible experience! Sky Angel
powers its way into your home with a great picture, a fantastic variety of
programming choices, and is extremely user friendly.
The features are one of the first things I
noticed, as I got to play with the equipment recently (Warning: It can be
addictive. Then again, the programs are wholesome and great so who cares). You
can use your easy-to-follow remote and freeze pictures as well as look back to
the faith-based programs you might have missed, as far as two entire days! That
is pretty amazing considering I can’t remember what I had for breakfast two days
ago... Never miss one of your favorite programs again.
Selecting programming with the remote is easy
and the variety is remarkable for the small monthly cost. Seventy or more TV and
radio channels are available in the Family Values Pak, including six Christian
music video channels. The choices are familiar too -- Angel One, Discovery Kids,
the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel, God TV, Animal Planet,
Discovery Channel, QVC, sports channels and many others.
If you select the faith package over fifty
faith-based channels are available. These channels include Christian
documentaries, concerts and movies.
There are three basic packages, the Faith
Package, the Family Package, and the Family Values Pak. The highest priced
package is a mere $24.99 a month. Compare this to cable or satellite prices and
the remarkable value becomes quite obvious. Sky Angel also has a 30-day
risk-free trial period.
There is clear reception on each channel and if
you’re looking for some inspiration, you are bound to find your favorite
preacher on this great set-up! The Video on Demand feature includes programming
for teens and kids, music, movies, sports, documentaries, series, and news and
In addition, new channels are coming all the
time, including more sports channels like NFL Network. The Subscription Video on
Demand features the Worship Network, Church of God programming, and other
choices. Over 2000 programs are available to you instantly when all the choices
Another nice feature is that if you want to
know the weather forecast, you can check it out immediately on Sky Angel using
the “Today’s Weather” feature. It is also easy to go to “My Account”and
find information about upgrading your programming package at any time, the Refer
a Friend program, and how to reach customer support. Best of all, it’s all right
at your fingertips.
The following is available on the main menu:
1) TV Channels. 2) Radio Channels. 3) Video On Demand. 4) Subscription Video On
Demand. 5) Sky Angel News. 6) Today’s Weather. 7) My Bookmark. 8) My Account.
The picture is comparable to what you can
receive on cable or satellite which is another way of saying it’s clear and
crisp. There are some TV commercials, which is the norm with all formats of
television broadcasting but the 48-hour playback feature on the faith channels
makes it easy to skip commercials when you’re not in the mood. I took a little
time and watched part of a faith program titled “Changing Your Life” on the
Golden Eagle Broadcasting channel, and Tim LaHaye, the best-selling Christian
author, was the guest. I enjoyed it very much as he is an interesting man to
listen to as he speaks of prophetic doctrine from the Bible. There is truly
something for everyone on Sky Angel.
Overall, my experience was grand in enjoying
Sky Angel. In fact, I could omit the word “overall” because I can’t think of
anything to criticize. How often do you come up with a broadcasting system, be
it cable or satellite, and you can say that? I highly recommend Sky Angel. It is
extremely affordable, offers a nice variety of choices and new programming is
added frequently. The viewer can even use Video On Demandas desired.
Look up to the sky! It’s something super. It’s Sky Angel!
Edwin L. Carpenter is an editor at The Dove
Foundation in Grand Rapids, Mich. He earned a bachelors degree in writing at
Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids and a degree in Ministerial Studies
from Berean College in Springfield, Mo. He travels around Michigan,
preaching regularly, and he and his wife Jackie have a 15-year-old son named