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Satellite (and IPTV) Ministry of the Twin Peaks SDA Church

If you are interested in a system to receive Adventist/Christian programming, the Satellite (and IPTV) Ministry of the Twin Peaks SDA Church can provide free assistance, including checking your site for feasibility of a satellite dish, and help with installation of either a satellite dish or IPTV box.

Based on our experience, if you already have a high-speed and unmetered Internet connection, you will most likely prefer a Roku or MySDATV box rather than a satellite dish, as the cost is lower, more channels are available, and on-demand programming is available in addition to live-streaming content. Skip to the IPTV Systems section below.

Satellite Systems

If you or your church have an existing satellite system which is in need of repairs, our Satellite Ministry can fix that at no charge. If you have bought a satellite system but not yet gotten it installed or working, we can help with that. If you would like to sponsor a system for someone else, that can be arranged. If you would like to volunteer to help with satellite ministry in your area, or would like to start a satellite ministry at your church, a free seminar, training and support will be provided. If you would like someone to speak to your church about Satellite Ministry, a speaker can be provided. For any of these needs, please contact Keith Parris at 719-359-1643 or by e-mail to keithparris (at) yahoo.com.

If you would like to support this ministry financially, donations to the Satellite Ministry may be made by turning in an offering envelope at Twin Peaks with the funds designated for Satellite Ministry, or may be made online at https://www.adventistgiving.org/?OrgID=ANGMTW or may be made by mailing a check with "Satellite Ministry" marked on the memo line to the treasurer for the Twin Peaks SDA Church at 9696 Paschal Dr., Louisville, CO 80027-2308, and are tax-deductible. There is no overhead expense taken from the funds for this ministry; all donated funds go to pay for satellite equipment and supplies for the systems installed and repaired for the people served by the ministry. By purchasing equipment and supplies in bulk quantities, we receive quantity discounts and wholesale prices, which allows us to serve more people with a given amount of funds. We work in partnership with individuals at churches (in fact, more than 30 churches so far) who are doing satellite ministry, across the entire Rocky Mountain Conference, covering Wyoming, Colorado, and parts of New Mexico, as well as churches from the Central States Conference in the same geographical area. We can supply satellite systems at our cost to meet the needs of these cooperating churches. And we know of at least one church which has started its own Satellite Ministry based on our model.

We are grateful to God for providing the resources for the Satellite Ministry to be able to supply about 600 systems in the roughly 10 years it has been in operation, and the repair of 200 to 300 additional systems. We're aware of at least 3 baptisms so far among dish recipients. We're also aware of some families who remain in the Adventist Church who might not have if they had not had the nurture of a satellite system at a critical time in their lives. (We've also helped install about 50 Roku IPTV boxes so far.)

The Church Boards of several churches across our Conference (including that of our own Twin Peaks SDA Church) have voted that all new members who join the church and desire one are supplied with a satellite system as a gift from the church, for the nurture of these new members. In some cases, churches or individuals have not waited for a person to join the church before arranging to provide their family with a satellite dish, but instead provided one proactively to those who have begun to seriously study the truths of the Bible. Some churches are starting to provide satellite systems to interested members of the public within their community as an outreach/evangelism tool.

In a new joint effort with the Rocky Mountain Conference, members who live in remote areas and do not have an Adventist church nearby are being made aware of the material available on satellite and the Internet and offered help by our Satellite Ministry in obtaining, installing, or repairing a system to take advantage of these materials and thus make up to some extent for the lack of fellowship of a local church. One family lived more than 80 miles from the nearest SDA church and had a satellite system which they had purchased 6 years before but were not able to get working. Their only contact with the church was the monthly Adventist Revew and Outlook magazines. They had recently prayed for help with their satellite system and just two days later received our information packet in the mail. We were able to help them get their system working.

We would like to thank all who have supported the Satellite Ministry with their funds, prayers, time, and talent. We solicit your prayers for the Twin Peaks Satellite Ministry as we continue working to enlarge the Kingdom of God.

More information about the excellent programming available on satellite (and the Internet) follows.

Adventist Satellite and Internet Programming Information

There is quality Adventist video and audio programming available 24 hours a day, including children’s programs, musical programs, programs on missions, health, vegetarian cooking, exercise, nature, Religious Liberty, and more, plus the best of Adventist preaching, with speakers like Doug Batchelor, Shawn Boonstra, Mark Finley, David Asscherick, Derek Morris, Dwight Nelson, John Bradshaw, Walter Veith, Lyle Albrecht, and Kenneth Cox, among others.

You might want to consider installing a satellite dish at your home to receive Adventist programming (or you can receive the same material over the Internet). 13 channels of Adventist TV are available on satellite, plus 4 Adventist radio channels. (3 Spanish SDA TV channels and 1 radio channel are available, and LLBN has an Arabic channel.)

Adventist TV and Radio Channels
TV Radio
3 Angels Broadcasting Network, 3ABN Proclaim, and 3ABN Latino: http://3abn.org/ 3ABN Radio and 3ABN Radio Latino: http://3abn.org/
Hope TV, Hope Church Channel & Esperanza: http://hopetv.org/ LifeTalk Radio: http://lifetalk.net/
Loma Linda Broadcasting Network & Smart Lifestyle: http://llbn.tv/ Radio 74: http://radio74.org/
Amazing Facts: http://amazingfacts.tv/
Amazing Discoveries: http://amazingdiscoveries.tv/

Complete satellite dish/receiver packages are available for $199 retail (plus shipping of typically about $46). These satellite channels are all part of what is known as “Free-to-Air” satellite service, so there are no monthly fees, ever. (Unlike DirecTV or DISH Network, where you pay a monthly subscription fee, each of the individual ministries on Free-To-Air channels pay for their own uplink out of voluntary donations that they receive from viewers who wish to support them.) Adventist companies providing satellite equipment include:

Satellite Equipment Sources
Company Toll-free telephone number Website / address Comments
Adventist Satellite / Glorystar 866-552-6882 http://adventistsat.com/ or http://glorystar.tv/ I like their equipment because their receivers automatically update the list of channels available, so you don't have to periodically re-scan to pick up new channels, or manually delete old ones.
Ideal Satellite Services 877-875-6532 http://idealsatelliteservices.com/ An alternative source offering lower-cost satellite packages with manual channel list updates.

The satellite receiver comes programmed to receive all of the Adventist TV and radio channels, plus other Christian and news channels, for a total of over 50 TV channels and over 20 radio channels (see http://glorystar.tv/ for a complete list). The satellite carrying all the Adventist/Christian channels is Galaxy-19. Here in Colorado this satellite is located in the sky somewhere between 42 and 46 degrees elevation, or roughly halfway up between the horizon and straight overhead, and it is located just a little east of straight south, at a heading of between 155 and 167 degrees on a magnetic compass. (You can find the exact angles by entering your zip code at http://geosatfinder.com/, or see an aerial satellite view of your house with a pointer to the satellite by entering your street address and selecting the Galaxy-19 satellite at http://dishpointer.com/.) Tree leaves or buildings block the signal, so you need a clear view of the sky up in the direction of the satellite.

Homeowners can mount the dish on a wall, deck, shed, roof, or on a 1 5/8-inch pole in the yard. Apartment dwellers will need a suitable spot for the dish within their own private dedicated space, such as on their patio or deck. (The dish can sit on a flat surface, and no drilling of holes or other damage is necessary for installation; we have thin strips which can bring the signal in through a window or door. Plus, the system can be taken with you when and if you move). Condominium or townhouse owners can typically use their own deck or patio, or mount the dish on their own garage, roof, or wall.

Internet access to Content

You can also receive all the same material available via satellite (plus more) over your high-speed “broadband” Internet connection, using your computer, directing your browser to the websites listed in the first table above. In addition to all the channels available on Free-to-Air satellite, on your computer you can also receive additional Adventist channels.

Some people prefer watching programming on their TV rather than on a small computer screen. A member tells me you can use a Google Chromecast device ($35 to $40 at Wal-mart) to send your laptop, tablet, or smartphone display to your TV over Wi-Fi.

IPTV Systems

Many folks display the programming available over the Internet using an IPTV box, which connects both to the Internet and to your TV set, and is available from:

IPTV Equipment Sources
Company Telephone Number Website
Roku   http://www.roku.com/ or Tiger Direct or Amazon or many local retailers like Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, Costco, Sam's Club, or Radio Shack
mySDAtv 618-627-2300 http://mysdatv.com/

An IPTV box costs from $30 to $130. The Roku box has been the most popular and is also the least-expensive option, with prices starting at $30, and all the Adventist channels available on satellite (plus more) are available for free on Roku, including:

One major advantage of an IPTV box over a satellite receiver is that content is often available on-demand in addition to live streaming; if, for example, you like watching Sabbath School Study Hour with Doug Batchelor or Hope Sabbath School with Derek Morris in preparation for your Adult Sabbath School lesson, you can view those any time on an IPTV box instead of having to wait to view them when the are scheduled for broadcast on satellite. The disadvantage of an IPTV box is that it requires some sort of high-speed Internet connection; while this is no problem for most residents of metropolitan areas, this is can be a problem in rural areas or areas in the mountains with only satellite-based or cellphone-based Internet services, which typically put limits or caps on download volumes, and viewing streaming video may cause you to quickly exhaust your bandwidth limit and then your Internet connection may be throttled back to a painfully slow speed for the rest of your billing period, or you may have to pay additional charges.

People ask me about the different Roku models. The least-expensive Roku models typically meet most people's needs. Roku released a new set of models in October 2016. The Roku Express is the lowest-priced model at $30 list price, and has only HDMI output for new flat-panel TVs. The Roku Express+ (available exclusively at Walmart and Walmart.com), replaces the Roku 1 and lists for  $40, and has an HDMI connection plus composite video (with yellow, red, and white RCA connectors) for connection to most older TVs. (If your TV is so old it has no composite video input connction, you can buy an RF Modulator at Wal-mart for $20 to convert the composite video signal to RF analog TV channel 3 or 4.) If your TV is new enough to have an HDMI connection, you can also use the Roku Streaming Stick, available at Roku.com for $49.99 or Wal-Mart for $49, which is about the size of a large USB flash drive and plugs directly into an HDMI port on the TV, for a compact installation (it does connect to either a USB port on the TV or else an included USB adapter for power; the HDMI port does not provide enough power), but does not have any other type of video connection than HDMI so it doesn't work with older TVs. The Streaming Stick does not need any HDMI cable ($10 at Wal-mart) like the Roku boxes would. Its remote connects via Bluetooth instead of infrared light, so you do not have to point the remote at the receiver for the remote to work. The Roku Premiere, which replaces the Roku 2, adds 4K UHD resolution, and lists for $80. The Roku Premier+ replaces the Roku 3, and to 4K resolution it adds HDR10 support for playing high dynamic range content, an RJ45 Ethernet jack (in case you have only wired Internet and not wireless, aka Wi-Fi, on your router), and a headphone jack on the remote control, and lists for $100. The Roku Ultra, replacing the Roku 4, adds optical digital audo output, an enhanced remote control, and a remote control finder feature (just push a button on the player and the remote control will beep until you pick it up), and lists for $130. All the Roku models can connect to a wireless router; if you have only a wired router with no wireless capability, you will need either to add a wireless router (roughly $20-40 at Wal-Mart) or else purchase the Roku Premier+ or Roku Ultra, which have a physical RJ45 Ethernet jack to allow you to connect to a wired router using a Cat5 Ethernet cable.

Note that although the normal Roku web-based registration process normally asks for a credit card number to which to bill subsequent paid services, if you wish to avoid any possibility of credit card charges, you can create a Roku account without a credit card number, by going to the website https://my.roku.com/signup/nocc to register your new Roku box instead of going to the default http://www.roku.com/link website that the instructions point you to. (If you already created a Roku account with a credit card number, you can call the Roku Support number listed on the Roku website, 1-888-600-ROKU (1-888-600-7658) and have the credit card number removed from your account.)

Once your Roku account is created, you can add all the channels you wish to watch. Select the Streaming Channels on-screen menu item and select the Religious channel category and scroll through, selecting each on and selecting Add Channel, or instead use your computer and go to the Roku Channel Store on the web and add all the SDA channels under the Religious category. To make this easier, you can log in to your Roku account at the http://roku.com/ website on your computer and then click on each of the [Add] links in the list of SDA channels above.

MySDATV is a new IPTV box from 3ABN that is aimed at SDA viewers. 3 models are availble: the Model M8 lists for $89 and has a plastic case. The Model M10 has a metal case and lists for $99. Both have both USB and Ethernet connections in addition to Wi-Fi. The HDMI Dongle plugs into an HDMI port, lists for $59, and has Wi-Fi. Channels presently available on mySDATV include the 3ABN channels (English, Dare to Dream, International, Latino, Francais, Kids Network, Proclaim, Russia), Amazing Discoveries, Amazing Facts, some foreign-language Hope channels (Esperanza, Nuevo Tiempo, Novo Tempo, but not Hope Channel in English or the Hooe Church Channel), several LLBN channels (International, Latino, Arabic, Korean, Chinese (South Asia), and SmartLifeStyleTV, but not His Word or His Light), plus Mission TV. The advantage of this box over a Roku would be its carefully-chosen all-Adventist content with an automatically-updated channel list. It is also possible to view programs from the 3ABN channels which have aired anytime in the last week or so on an on-demand basis.

Alternatives to Christian Satellite or IP TV

Another alternative is a commercial satellite TV service. DISH Network provides 3ABN (English) on channel 9393 as part of their basic package, and DirecTV provides Hope Channel (English) on channel 368 if you have a High Definition (HD) dish. (The Comcast cable system does not presently carry any Adventist channels in the Front Range area. If you petition them, it's possible they might do that. I've heard such an effort was successful in Riverton, WY.)

But commercial satellite or cable TV service requires a monthly subscription fee, and may require a 1- or 2-year contract to begin with (and the low initial price will go up and up over time), so I recommend that folks interested primarily in Christian programming install a Free-To-Air (FTA) satellite system instead. The savings in as little as 2-3 months of fees for commercial satellite or cable TV service can often easily pay for the cost of an FTA satellite system.

If you're concerned that by giving up commercial satellite or cable TV service you would lose access to local TV programming, I recommend that you instead use an over-the-air antenna to receive those channels for free, isntead of paying DISH Network or DirecTV or Comcast to bring those local TV stations' signals into your home for a steep price. (I built my own TV antenna from these plans and it performed better than the $35 RCA flat-panel amplified antenna I had bought at Wal-Mart. This one is a similar design; maybe a little better-looking. If you are a long way from broadcast antennas, this design is twice as big and would double the signal strength.) The websites of AntennaWeb or TV Fool allow you to enter your address or zip code and they provide a map showing all the local TV stations in your area and in which direction and how far away their broadcast antennas are located.

You may find the answers to additional questions in our Frequently-Asked Questions document.