Bid to make free Christian TV available

17:00, Sep 04 2012

A United States Christian web-based television service known as Sky Angel may soon be available for free in New Zealand if a New Plymouth businessman has his way.

James Cope is negotiating with several New Zealand broadband providers to offer the service for free rather than for a monthly subscription of about $17.

Mr Cope, who manages the audio store Life Tek in the Metro Plaza, said Sky Angel offered an alternative for people who preferred family-friendly viewing.

"This is a great opportunity for people here in Taranaki and New Zealand to experience family and faith programming that over 55 million other people enjoy every single day," he said.

Mr Cope, who also manages the One Christian Radio 87.6FM station, said Sky Angel had previously only been available in the United States, but 30 channels were now available around the world for the monthly subscription through the internet.

He hoped to secure an internet provider to offer the service for free from October 1. The provider would benefit from the publicity, he said.

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Mr Cope, who is also Sky Angel's Australia representative, said the service was not only for church-goers.

"The feedback we've had is that it is great to be able to have family friendly programming in New Zealand . . . in the church, and outside the church. There are channels [with Sky Angel] that don't necessarily have Christian content," he said.

"We're also negotiating with TV and radio services in New Zealand to offer New Zealand content in the very near future."

Mr Cope said he could demonstrate how to hook up the television to the internet for larger screen viewing at Life Tek.

A 48-hour free trial of Sky Angel is available at 392.tryskyangel.com.

- Justin Butler is a WITT journalism student

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