Some of the best programming today is available on both television and streaming sources. PBS, for example provides for both. On September 24, PBS, presents live streaming with a news report online of the Pope’s speech to the U.S. Congress, while at the same time providing its regular children’s programming on television. On September 24, NPR (National Public Radio), also provides video streaming of the Pope’s address to Congreess. Video streaming (live or filmed) though an ever-growing array of services and sources is competing with and even superseding older forms of entertainment and news delivery (network, cable, satellite television), especially for young generations. However, many producers are providing news and entertainment via multiple sources and services and the choices for content and delivery are ever-growing.
For example, PBS.org offers good programming for families both on television and streaming that includes series such as the following: “Great Performances,” “Masterpiece,” ”American Masters,” “American Experience,” “Pioneers of Television,” “Live from Lincoln Center,” “National Parks,” “Sesame Street,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Curious George,” “Arthur” and more. Today, the PBS.org Web site streams last evening’s program, “Nature’s Miracle Orphans” for those who may have missed its live airing.
Some of the best content provided by major networks via television and streaming today has included the presidential debates and the Pope’s many speeches and homilies during his American visits as he has referenced the Bible and in which he has addressed vital issues: prayer, opening our hearts to the Jesus’ knocking there, compassion, mercy, support of marriage and families, care for children and the unborn, importance of religious liberty, and much more.
In exclusive interviews on September 24 with Movieguide.org managers and Austin Movie Examiner, it has become clear that MOVIEGUIDE® provides invaluable support for families looking for good programming in multiple formats and via various sources and services. Its leading professional reviewers of redemptive family content (who have the best of training, experience, and education) provide reviews of content and quality for movies and television programs for Netflix streaming and DVD delivery. MOVIEGUIDE® also has a rich library of videos on Youtube that guide families and individuals to find the best in redemptive programming via an array of delivery sources. Further, Reelz TV also airs MOVIEGUIDE® programming, especially of their beautiful awards galas for the best in movie and television programming. Furthermore, MOVIEGUIDE® provides rich redemptive support for families in terms of videos and wonderful quotations with excellent graphics from the best in the industry and more on all major social media outlets and on its Web site.
Streaming services today offer both current and past television series. Netflix now streams “Mash,” “The Wonder Years,” “Friday Night Lights” and other appropriate (and inappropriate) programs. Complex.com lists by category programs that are now streaming on Netflix.com: 50 tv shows, 25 documentaries, 100+ movies and more. Now that Netflix.com offers tv shows and movies via streaming or DVD, MOVIEGUIDE®’s Netflix service is especially valuable for viewers to review programming before they watch it.
Hallmark, long known for its wonderful family programming, also provides its family and holiday programs and series by the best of producers, writers, and directors (Michael Landon Jr. and Brian Bird, “When Calls the Heart;” Martha Williamson, “Touched by an Angel,” “Signed. Sealed, Delivered”…) on television and via streaming, as well on DVDs. On the Hallmark Channel Web site, viewers can see streaming of interviews and previews of their programs.
Today programs that have seemed in the past or seem today as appropriate are not necessarily suitable. Reading reviews by knowledgeable, experienced, trained, as well as moral media professionals before watching tv programs or movies is more important than ever today. This is because our world has become desensitized to much evil that is both subtle and overt. Today there is a great deal of moral confusion, lack of ethics, and dearth of integrity. Even renowned actors, directors, and producers have expressed concern that our country and world today have lost their moral compass.
Television and movies leave a lifetime imprint for good or bad on the memories, hearts, and souls of viewers. This is particularly significant for the minds of youth whose brains do not fully develop until they are 24 or 25. What viewers see and think affects their actions and behavior. What they see can inspire them to great good or to dire destructive behavior.
Fortunately, today among many sources for good and bad choices, there are many sources of good, uplifting, inspiring entertainment and programming. There are also valuable sources of reviews to lead viewers to make the best choices. What viewers choose can make all the difference.