Author: skp

NBC Un-Olympic Coverage

This Olympics was very frustrating for our family. We decided that we would be willing to pay a little extra to be able to watch the Olympics together as a family. But, we didn’t get to watch hardly any of it!

After some Google searches, I found that Sling TV was one of the best options to stream the Olympics. I read that we needed Sling Blue to get NBC Channels, which was $25 a month. I thought it was worth it to pay for a month.

The problem is that NBC is only offered in certain areas. Our area isn’t one of them. We were able to get NBCSN, which included some of the Olympic coverage, but it didn’t include the main stuff we wanted to see. We missed the opening ceremony. NBCSN didn’t seem to cover the figure skating. The commercials were long and horribly repetitive. Sling TV wasn’t very reliable and would buffer. I looked into YouTube TV, but as I understand it, it didn’t matter which company we used, our zip code wouldn’t include NBC.

NBC supposedly live-streamed everything, but you have to have a Cable subscription, and you have to provide the login to be able to watch it on their website. We’ve found that Cable TV doesn’t hold enough value for us to pay for it every month. I wasn’t interested in trying to get a cable box and pay for a month of cable.

I don’t think NBC gets it. Surely, I am not the only one who has ditched the Cable. Netflix and Amazon Prime allow us to watch TV when we want to watch it, not when the TV company schedules it. For us, these streaming services have as much or more content that we would watch. This Internet age allows me to watch when I want and where I want with a reasonable price. NBC is still back in the old age.

To me, the Olympics is about bringing everyone together in a peaceful, competitive platform. Even countries with no snow like the Kingdom of Tonga could compete in Winter sports. Even differences were set aside long enough for North Korea to join. Does it fit to have broadcasting limited to only allow regions of people in the US to watch or only those who can afford Cable?

According to AdWeek, NBC was forecast to make $900 million from advertising. Would it really have reduced ad revenue to have opened the streaming up to anyone?

The Olympic Committee has given broadcast rights to NBC through 2032. So, do we have to put up with this for another 14 years? At least after that, could we get a company that can include a wider audience? What about YouTube or something like that?

Does anyone else feel the same way? Am I offbase? Please comment.


Bible Study: Teaching the Family

When God says something twice, we should probably pay attention.  One of those things is:

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)

God says it again in Colossians:

Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. (Colossians 3:21 [KJV])

It is easy to focus on the negative: provoking our children to anger.  We shouldn’t hinder their growth, especially in the Lord.  But, in following the cross references, God gives another pattern of repetitive instructions on the positive side to teach our children:

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Pre-Trib Rapture

We discussed the rapture in church the other day, and I learned a new passage that describes when in God’s timeline it will happen.  It always helps me to talk through what I learn to make it stick in my mind.  So, here it goes…

What is the Rapture

The word rapture is nowhere in the Bible.  The concept on the other hand is.  This passage describes what we call the rapture:

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 15:51-57 [KJV]

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Moving Time Again!

Well, it’s time to move my website to a new host. I think that I have been the longest with Hostgator, and it was a good experience, but it is time to move. My main reason for moving is trying to get SSL. I wanted to add security to my website, but it was going to cost way too much to do it through Hostgator.

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Pardon the Dust: Transition in Progress

Things might look a little different on the blog if you haven’t been back in a while.  And, things might not be working quite up to par for a bit.  Please pardon the dust.  I’m trying to get things back in order as quickly as my schedule allows.

So, here’s what’s going on: I am moving my website to a VPS.  My term at Hostgator expired, and I decided that this next year, I want to include SSL on my site and take it to the next level.  Doing so at Hostgator was not cost effective in the least.

So, I am rebuilding everything on my own VPS.  It’s exciting but things may be a bit rough for a few weeks.  I hoping to pull together a new theme on the blog, SSL for securit/SEO, and tie it all together on a multi-site WordPress installation.

Please keep checking back and see how it goes!