Consumers Consider Cable TV Companies Predatory
Consumers Consider Cable TV Companies Predatory
June 25, 2014

The Huffington Post reports that, according to a survey by the cg42 consulting firm, 73 percent of consumers consider Cable TV companies to  be “predatory in their practices and take advantage of consumers lack of choice.” The survey also found that 53 percent of cable subscribers would leave their cable company if given a choice. Finally, 72 percent worry that “the larger cable companies become, the worse off consumers are.” In related news, the American Consumer Satisfaction Index released the results of a major survey that found Comcast and Time Warner Cable sinking to the bottom of the list of customer satisfaction among companies in the communications industries. Claes Fornell, ACSI Chairman and founder said, ...
 

 
How the Internet is Changing TV
How the Internet is Changing TV
June 23, 2014

eMarketer, a website dealing with Internet marketing, reports that 113 million Americans (35.5 percent of the population) use the Internet to serve programming to their televisions. They predict that by 2018 this will rise to 191 million people, or 58 percent of Americans. This bodes well for services like Netflix and Hulu. It doesn’t bode well for Cable TV providers. The more viewers can access reasonably priced online services, the less desirable expensive Cable bundles will be. Cable TV companies have been able to offer expensive “basic” bundles that include channels many consumers don’t want (different channels for different consumers). They can do this because only one company provides cable service to each specific n...
 

 
A Pastor’s Stand Against Pornography
A Pastor’s Stand Against Pornography
June 23, 2014

By Mike McManus Pastor Jay Dennis is not your usual pastor – quiet, modest and gentle.  He’s loud, passionate and inspiring.  He’s been successful.  In 1999 he led a revival that so grew his church in Lakeland, Florida that he moved the congregation into the civic center of an old mall. In 2010 a woman came to Pastor Jay to say, “I am concerned about my husband who is struggling with pornography, and I have a friend who is as well.” Pastor Jay replied, “There are great resources available. People in the church are the people of hope who have faith, love, and who have every reason to believe we are on the winning side. The revival needs to start in the church with pornography-free living.” Later he told his c...
 

 
Kickstarter Rethinks Campaign Acceptance Policy After Gosnell Backlash
Kickstarter Rethinks Campaign Acceptance Policy After Gosnell Backlash
June 19, 2014

Andrew Drexel, Contributing Writer Kickstarter, the predominant crowdsourcing platform, announced earlier this month that it’s altering its project submission rules so that fundraising campaigns can launch without the previously-mandatory approval of a staff member. Called “Launch Now,” the new feature “gives creators a simple choice: go ahead and launch your project whenever you’re ready, or get feedback from one of our Community Managers first.” 60% of projects have access to the feature, and that number will increase in the coming weeks, according to Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler. Some are concerned that this further exposes Kickstarter and its users to fraudulent campaigns. However, a number of such fraudulent ca...
 

 
Lili Baehr finally gets her dream picture with Pat Boone, her childhood idol, at his 80th birthday bash
Lili Baehr finally gets her dream picture with Pat Boone, her childhood idol, at his 80th birthday bash
June 18, 2014

Lili Baehr finally gets her dream picture with Pat Boone, her childhood idol, at his 80th birthday bash By Dan Wooding Founder of ASSIST Ministries   The dream picture. Lili Baehr (center), with Shirley and Pat Boone (Photo: Dan Wooding) BEVERLY HILLS, CA (ANS) -- Lili Baehr, the Argentine-born wife of Dr. Ted Baehr, the founder and chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission and Movieguide®, a family magazine, radio program and TV show which reviews all movies from a biblical perspective, has had pictures with many Hollywood celebrities during the annual Movieguide® gala. But on June 1, 2014, Lili was finally able to get me to snap a picture of her with her childhood idol, Pat Boone, during the “Pat Boone...
 

 
How To Produce a Hollywood Movie and Television Show
June 16, 2014

How To Produce a Hollywood Movie and Television Show By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher  One of the best conferences every year is the PGA’s “Produced By” Conference. Some of the talks, such as Joe Roth’s, are absolutely extraordinary. Even so, of course, some of them leave something to be desired. The first session I attended was called “One World, Many Choices.” It gave an important insight into the tax and other incentives available throughout the world. Joe Chianese hosted the panel and brought focus to understanding the issues. He noted there are 39 state incentive programs in the U.S. and more than 30 worldwide, with many being added every year, such as Malaysia. Incentives raise as many questions as they answer, not j...
 

 
Celebrating Fatherhood in HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2
Celebrating Fatherhood in HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2
June 13, 2014

Celebrating Fatherhood in HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 By Job Garcia, Contributing Writer As Father’s Day approaches, we acknowledge and highlight the vital role that fathers play in families, communities and societies. These unified bodies of people (families, communities and societies) thrive and succeed when fathers fully embrace their God-appointed role and function. In the upcoming DreamWorks Animation movie, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the Academy Award nominated HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, starring Gerard Butler, star of the upcoming movie GODS OF EGYPT, the worth and significance of fathers is presented. The movie highlights the inherent characteristics of a father – leadership, protection an...
 

 
Top Father's Day Movies
Top Father's Day Movies
June 13, 2014

Top Fathers Day Movies In honor of Father’s Day, here is a list of MOVIEGUIDE®’s 10 favorite movies celebrating fatherhood:   1.  FINDING NEMO:  Quality:  * * * * Acceptability:  +4− 2003:  FINDING NEMO is a wonderful animated adventure about a small clownfish who goes in search of his son, who’s been put into a fish tank by human beings. Every second of FINDING NEMO is beautifully animated, spectacularly directed and written with great heart and strong moral values.   2.  SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON:  Quality:  * * * * Acceptability:  +4– 1960:  A rollicking good family movie adapted from a famous classic Christian novel.  In accord with Johann Wyss' story, Christian elements have been designed into the s...
 

 
What Happens When You Let Your Church Play Matchmaker Instead of Hollywood?
June 12, 2014

Evy Baehr and Lydia Jambazian For years Hollywood has produced TV programs about “finding love” but really they are just finding sexual attraction. We all know these programs, the BACHELOR, THE BACHELORETTE, the new I WANT TO MARRY HARRY, etc., etc. Mostly, these programs are filled with catty reactions from girls who will put themselves out there to get the guy. It takes only a few minutes to realize that these programs do not have the same morals you have nor do you want your children’s, your own, or your grandchildren’s dating life to be anything like this! Well, now there’s a new program allegedly applying Christian, biblical values to this subject, called IT TAKES A CHURCH. What happens when you let your church play ...
 

 
A BRIEF CHRONOLOGICAL SURVEY OF SOME OF THE MAJOR MOVIES & TV PROGRAMS FEATURING JESUS
June 12, 2014

By Dr. Ted Baehr MOVIEGUIDE® thought that this brief chronological survey of the major movies and television programs featuring Jesus would be of interest to you. THE EARLIEST REPRESENTATIONS The earliest representations of Jesus on film were straightforward recordings of various Passion Plays. 1897: Passion Play This film was produced by American theatrical producers, Marc Klaw and Abraham Erlanger, in Horitz, Bohemia. 1898: Passion Play R.G. Hollaman and A.G. Eaves photographed the Passion Play on the roof of a NY skyscraper. The length of the film was 2,100 ft or about 20 minutes. A narrator took the place of captions. Oberammergau Passion Play This film was photographed by a Mr. Hurd, Lumiere’s Ameri...
 

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