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Together we can reclaim our culture
Together we can change America’s viewing habits
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There is a real battle for the hearts and minds of your children and our culture! Do you see it all around you?
By the time the average Christian kid reaches college, they have watched 14,000 hours of TV and only spent at most 800 hours at Church. In college their professors mock their parents’ faith and offer a humanistic world view. Is it any wonder that 60-75% of Christian youth leave the faith and abandon their parents’ values when they get to college? Worse, we are paying studios to corrupt our kids and our culture with our hard-earned dollars or our viewing time.
How do we change the major influencing force of our kids?
How do we battle BIG TV, BIG News, BIG Entertainment & BIG Hollywood?
We can’t fight them head on. We can’t fight them with big money. But if we pool together and build something that can grow, we can change what we consume and what our kids consume without compromising quality. We can equip our kids while they are having fun.
Read more in the FAQ below.
The American Family Network was conceived as a way to take back the biggest influencing force on our kids and our culture. This is a huge plan, with a long-term vision.
Can you catch the vision? We can do it with you by our side.
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Protect Your Family
Television plays a significant role in shaping our society. Today’s Television programs leave Christian values behind and often promote depravity or make Christians out to be the bad guys. Our nation is moving away from the values that made it great.
Our culture is at stake… the soul of our Nation.
Wholesome Entertainment for the Whole Family
The American Family Network is brought to you by experienced Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs who are Christ followers. Find out more in the “About Us” section below.
We have now partnered with many of the reputable ministry partners that you are familiar with, like the American Family Association AFA, American Family Radio, Josh McDowell Ministries, Living Waters/Ray Comfort, Southern Evangelical Seminary, The Frederick Douglass Association and many moral entertainment content providers. All to achieve the goal of offering lots of family friendly content inexpensively in one simple and easy location. Our goal is to provide quality family friendly Entertainment, Information and Education. Yet we believe that not every thing you watch needs to be a sermon or be evangelistic. Often you just want to laugh and be entertained or be informed without compromising your morals or quality. Content should be moral, but it needn’t always be about teaching a moral.
But most of all, the experience must be quality. Quality story writing, quality production, quality transmission and yes, quality playback.
AFN will be an alternative to current Cable TV & Satellite TV providers. With over 200 family-friendly television channels aligned with Christian values. We will deliver news, sports and entertainment that will rival current networks, but without depravity. Ad supported channel providers will compete for your viewership ensuring quality and variety.
You download our app to your smart TV or handheld device or a Apple TV/Roku/Chromecast etc. Once you launch the app, it will look and feel just like cable TV. Your up and down channel buttons will allow you to surf through the channels and find content that is interesting to you. If you find a show that you like, you can even hit the “Start from Beginning” button to watch the show in entirety.
You can keep your current Cable or Satellite provider, but our goal is to eventually provide you with enough Family Friendly Entertainment to replace them completely if you wish.
How do we compete against Multi-Billion Dollar Big Entertainment, Big News, Big Media (the MSM)? It has to be a grass roots movement. Just as importantly, we don’t want secular venture capitalists or banks to control us. So, to ensure the network remains true to our and your statement of faith and our vision, it was obvious that funding had to come from our viewers; as a membership for the actual service. If you share our VISION, we invite you to become an early member at a discounted rate for 18 months or more.
Service (the first 21 or more channels) will start 4 months after we meet our funding and membership goals. Credit cards will only be charged the full amount after the goal is met, (we do charge you $1 initially, that will be fully refunded if we do not meet our goals). New channels will be added quickly – as soon as we can qualify them.
Note: portions of this amount and your future membership fees may be written off as a donation – you’ll get a donation letter at the end of each year if so.
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Join our vision at discounted membership rates
Do you share our vision to stop the influence of Big TV, Big Entertainment and Big Media? As is common with Crowd Funded Companies, we will charge your credit card $1 now and only charge the rest when we reach our goals. Service will begin 4 months after we reach our goals and your membership term begins then. Your $1 will be refunded if we do not meet our membership goals. Our payment processor handles all transactions, no card numbers are seen or stored by us.
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One 65” 4K Dolby Vision TV shipped to your home
Once you sign up, we’ll send you a referral sign-up link. Send this link to all your friends and family. Whenever anyone signs up with your link, you get 50c a month rebate from us for each person as long as they remain paying members. Sign up enough people and your membership is free.
The American Family Network is composed of team members have a number of successes in their past. They have multiple patents, transmitted the first ever digital video over fiber in the 80’s, co-architected the first ever MPEG 2 Layer 2 chip and designed the first player for compressed digital audio (later MP3). They designed the very first MPEG Encoders systems and helped design the first MPEG Players for Samsung and Panasonic (even before DVDs). We also designed and installed the first ever transmission of video over phone networks (MPEG2 over DS2/DS3 as well as MPEG2 over ATM over DSL) and designed the first HDR (High Dynamic Range) TV/Monitors in the world and all the Dolby Vision™ monitors ever made by Dolby Laboratories®. We also enabled the first production of HDR content.
What is crowd funding?
Crowd funded companies (also called crowd sourced companies) are very common these days, as it takes good ideas out of the realm of smoky banker meetings who think they know better than the public and puts it in the hands of those who actually want the product, by asking them to pay ahead of the actual service. This prepayment is then used in the case of manufacturing to create the tooling and pay the upfront production costs. In the case of a membership service like ours, the pre-payments are used to set up the channels and prepare the software etc. In our case what that means is that we ask our potential members i.e. individuals, parents & grandparents who realize the need for a Godly yet quality alternative to TV, to join us in funding this vision slightly ahead of when they’ll get the actual service.
So what we are asking you to do is to pre-apply ahead of time for 18 months (or longer). We will use these memberships to launch the network in 4 months of receiving the minimum funding, while reserving an ample buffer to ensure service for the full 18 months while growing the network. If we don’t get the minimum funding we’ll refund your money in full.
What is the membership fee?
We work on a membership basis. If you become a member now for 18 months, it’s $199 (this comes to $11.05 a month). Your card will be charged $1 and the rest won’t be charged till we hit the minimum membership goal. If we don’t meet the goal, we refund your $1. The service will start 4 months after we hit the our funding goal. For the 18 month plan, 18 months after services starts, your membership rate for life will be $13.49 (that’s the normal rate of $14.95 minus about 10%).
In addition, once you sign up, you’ll automatically become an affiliate and we’ll send you a sign-up link. Send it to all your friends. If you are an organization send it to everyone on your mailing list. Whenever anyone signs up with your link, you get 50c a month from us for each person as long as they remain members. Sign up 1000 friends, donors, Facebook followers and get a $500 check every month from us with no maximums. You also get minor residual affiliate payments from those who become members using your friends links. So encourage your friends to send it to their friends too.
Please note too, that a major portion of your initial $199 and future monthly subscriptions may be Tax Deductible (we will know before we launch and before we charge your Credit Card).
What if you don’t meet your goal?
If we don’t meet our goal we will refund your $1 and your credit card will not be charged. The way crowd-funding membership works is that after we charge you the $1, our credit card processor takes your information (we actually never see it) and they hold it till we hit the necessary funding level. If we don’t have enough members, we won’t charge you.
Could the whole service fail after you reach the full funding due to technical issues?
Unlike most Kickstarter/Crowdsourcing deals, there are no technical or manufacturing barriers to the AFN service deploying. If we meet our funding and membership requirements, the network will launch. We already have much of it up and running. All we need the crowd-sourcing for now is to finalize the User Interface and User Experience (UI/UX) and to build the AFN Content Portal and the AFN Ad Portal.
What channels will be on AFN when it starts?
Will you have all 200 channels?
Not right away, remember we are trying to create and grow something that can compete with the Billions of Dollars of Fake News, Moral Depravity, and Socialistic brainwashing.
There will be about 21 channels to start with (this number is growing).
The backbone of AFN will be the news and opinion channels. A24 hour headline news network. A nightly newscast that deals with the news of the day. A Fox news type Opinion Channel. Nightly entertainment talk shows. Multiple channels of University and other educational content. Multiple Channels of Christian Music Video content (e.g. Praise and Worship, Country Music, International, the Church Choir Channel etc.). Home School channels. CUREtv with Star Parker, Issues4Life, The Urban Family Channel. The Frederick Douglass Association Channel. The old-time Movie channel. The old-time Sitcom channel. The Indie Movie Channel. The Wayne TV Channel. The Josh McDowell Channel. The Southern Evangelical Seminary Channel. The Ray Comfort/Living Water’s Channel. The Reasons to Believe Channel. The Real TV channel and others.
As you can imagine to enable this sea-change in American culture, it’s going to take us all some time to get there. We have to grow the market for good content. The good news is there are hours and hours of good content already out there, but it’s not enough for us. While AFN is adding subscribers, we are also creating a new ecosystem for 1000’s of content producers. That’s why we need you to partner with us to make this happen. We need to enable independent production of moral content.
Is this a Netflix or Amazon Prime or Hulu replacement?
No. We are not talking about just a NetFlix, or CRNTV, Hulu or, Amazon Prime etc. we are talking about 200 independent channels of Netflixes, ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox, Hulu etc. This means you’d turn on your TV and see 200 independent channels, each competing for your viewership. You’d flip through them just like you do now on your Cable or Satellite box. Except it’ll be profamily and won’t attack Judeo Christian moral values. We are talking about giving you an option to eventually replace your ENTIRE Cable or Dish TV services.
Note, some of our Channel hosts will also to offer their content similar to Netflix (i.e. Video On Demand). In these cases you’d simply click open their offerings and it’ll look similar to Netflix where you can review and choose the movie or show you wish to watch.
This is the best of all worlds.
Will I be able to get existing channels on AFN?
If you mean “can you get existing shows on AFN?” If we are able to license any existing shows that meet our standards, YES, we will add those shows to the line up.
If you mean “can you get FOX News, CNN, HGTV, TLC etc?” Not on AFN, but there’s nothing to prevent you from having them as well as AFN (see the next item for more details).
But I still want Fox News or TLC or HGTV or Live TV or ABC etc.
There’s nothing to prevent you from keeping and accessing your current cable or dish services or over the air simultaneously. Since AFN will be an app on your SmartTV, or Roku or whatever, you can always switch over to those services when you want what they have. We of course intend to earn your confidence to eventually replace all your viewing, but until then we’ll enjoy the competition.
Will you have news, sports, sitcoms, cartoons?
Yes. The American Family Network is arranging to provide up to the minute 24 hour headline News as well as a National Nightly News Broadcasts dealing with the issues of the day across the nation. Eventually we will also have local County News Broadcasts. We are also encouraging other channel hosts to provide their own Broadcast News programs. Competition is good for everyone. The huge difference is that instead of a biased liberal news source, you’d get a multiple professional independent nationwide and international news sources.
You will still be able to get all your over the air channels without interruption. However, we believe it is going to be important to provide a moral “facts only news service” that is local to your county. So, AFN will be developing local AFN affiliate studios to produce high quality Local County News services around the nation. That is, news produced in your county by a local AFN affiliate with production experience who will focus on fact-based news that is exclusive to your county.
Sports: We plan to bring that in as soon as we can arrange it. The more subscribers we have the more leverage we will have for sports channels and content. Just like ESPN started slow, we may have to start there. But we intent to have lots of Sports New and Sports Talk shows as soon as we can arrange them… Lots.
Sitcoms: We will start slowly with existing old time sitcoms and will grow the number of sitcoms and new content is originated and created. But rather than sitcoms that destroy the family structure and violate God’s laws, the shows we will be funding and looking for will be high quality, non-campy Godly shows based in reality.
Cartoons: As we grow, your kids will find healthy cartoons and educational programs including a few special productions. Note, all shows will be critically evaluated for production value and content value before being allowed to be broadcast. It is not our intention to allow any low quality, low production value, low interest, “community channel” type programming. In addition, quality will determine the number of viewers a channel will gain, this in turn will impact how long they last on AFN.
Is this going to be 200 channels of Sermons asking for donations?
Horrors…not at all! The first word in our motto is Entertainment. Church Channels will be few and far between. We think your best source for sermons is your local Church body and your own pastor, not us. We are focused on Entertainment first, then Information and Education. And if you think about it, we aren’t ever going to become a substitute for Big TV by only broadcasting sermons.
In addition, asking for donations is limited on AFN. Our plan is to have AFN mostly sponsorship based.
Will AFA produce all the content on AFN?
Not at all. That would be rather hard and may not appeal to various demographics. AFN will be 200 INDEPENDENT channels run by almost as many independent Channel Hosts. Each Channel Host will be responsible for procuring their own content and will want to compete with all the other channels for your viewership and thus ad dollars, which will result in quality programming and family friendly entertainment content. AFA will host about 5 channels of the 200. A 24 Hour News Channel with a nightly news (One News Now), The Opinion Channel, The Urban Family Channel, The Home School Channel and the American Family Studios Channel.
What are the plans for growing AFN to 200 channels?
Growth will be steady as there are 1000’s of content producers who have the skills and can produce quality shows. But these content producers till now have not had an avenue to release their content in a way that provides them with enough income to live off. We are creating an ecosystem to do this with the American Family Network Content Portal. The AFN Content Portal will allow content producers a way to connect with the 200 AFN Channel Hosts and schedule their content for broadcast without having to spend hours signing papers and negotiating contracts and ensuring their digital assets don’t become public. Once that content is uploaded, our trained screeners will screen the content and the production quality, before allowing Host Channels access to schedule them on the air.
Here’s what we are looking for in new Channels:
A “real” History Channel, that does not ignore the faith of the great men and women of the past.
Multiple talk-show channels, highlighting some of the well-known radio show hosts as well as Opinion shows. Multiple Apologetics Educational shows targeted at kids.
New kid’s shows that teach theology, apologetics and Constitutional principles in a winsome way through stories, sitcoms, comedy shows and cartoons.
AFN Original Shows.
International News targeted at various communities.
And many others. If you have the production experience and the organization behind you to be able to run a 24 Hour Channel and think you can grow the content quickly we urge you to contact us at: ChannelHosts@americanfamilynetwork.org
How do I access these 200 channels?
It would not be over the air. All you would need is a high-speed internet connection (over 3Mbs ideally, but we can work with less) and a “Smart TV.”
If you don’t have a “Smart TV”, we’ll direct you to a compatible set top box from Amazon for about $38, with directions how to plug it in and run the AFN app.
You then download the AFN app and run it on your smart TV, your smart phone, your tablets, your laptops, your desktops etc. You can watch family friendly TV anywhere in the world.
Once you run the AFN app, it opens up and it looks just like your cable box (but without trying to program your kids with immorality). You can surf channels just like in the old days. You don’t have to read all the reviews of each show before you click watch and wait minutes to see what the show is about. You can just flip around…you are free to surf again.
How many streams can our family watch at the same time?
You will be able to have 4 simultaneous streams.
Is this just free content that I could just find on the internet?
No, since this is sponsored content, it makes sense that if Channel Hosts are earning income from viewers on AFN, they won’t want to stream it for free. Also, the new content ecosystem will reward those who create quality content with sponsorship dollars.
What if we want to provide content for this network?
If you are an organization with quality content please fill out the form at AFNTV.net, include the type of content you have, whom you’ve produced for before and samples of your work. We have a team of very critical evaluators who will be screening content. If you pass the reviews, your name will be passed on to our Channel Hosters who will then contact you directly.
Once the AFN Content Portal is up, you can submit your content directly. Payment rates can be set to the minimum you’d want for the content to the maximum. E.g. 3c per hour of content per viewer/stream or 6c (which is what Amazon starts at) or as high as 15c or more with no maximum, paid every 60 days, and accumulated in increments of 10 minutes. The Channel Hosts fill in their range as well and our algorithm matches you to get you the best rate. Higher rates can be negotiated on the portal with each channel host.
What if my organization wants to host a channel?
Channel Hosts are carefully screened and vetted. All channel hosts have to adhere to our statement of faith and reaffirm it annually. Their production quality has to meet our exacting production and entertainment quality standards.
If you are an organization with the ability and experience to host an entire channel and produce or procure over 4 hours of original programming per weekday, contact us at ChannelHosts@americanfamilynetwork.org
If you have or currently own or manage a Network affiliate (e.g. ABC, CBS etc), believe in our statement of faith and are interested in having a Channel on AFN, contact us as well.
We will require example footage (so we can evaluate the quality of your content), and you will have to confirm that you agree with our statement of faith.
We are a big well known organization: Why didn’t you contact us before going public? We would have been interested!!!
We tried to contact as many organizations as we could. If we missed you it wasn’t because we didn’t want you, it’s probably because we didn’t have a phone number for your CEO/President. Do have him/her send us an email at: ChannelHosts@americanfamilynetwork.org
Are you creating a Christian "Benedict" option to retreat from the world?
No, our goal is not to create a retreat from the world. Our goal is to create a bulkhead and a training ground, from where we can influence the world. Our vision is multi-fold (not in order):
1. Protect the next generation of Christians. Somewhere between 50-75% of Christian kids leave the faith when the get to college. They have an emotional faith, not an intellectual faith. They’ve been influenced by the culture, they’ve never been taught apologetics, they’ve never been taught how to defend their faith and they’ve been brainwashed by TV. We need to stop the terrible loss. We need to equip them.
2. Create an ecosystem that will allow the flourishing of great works of art by those who respect and worship the original Artist. Many potential artists find that they can only flourish if they compromise their value system. Our dream is to enable the development of excellence so it can influence the world. We want programs on AFN to be so popular that the secular world starts recruiting that talent into the Main Stream Media. We want them to realize that they need to try and put AFN out of business by competing with us with genuine family friendly content. We look forward to the competition.
3. Encourage secular companies to see the Christian demographic as an important component of their business success by advertising.
4. Provide the real news that the MSM (main stream media) is not reporting or worse twisting.
Is this only for Christians?
No, while there will be explicit Christian content (like apologetics), most of the entertainment content will be of interest to any family with kids who crave a safe place for moral entertainment.
How will I regulate the number of hours of TV my kids can watch?
Every child can be allocated a pin. Kids will have to remember and enter their 6 digit pin to watch these shows. Using the AFN dashboard, at anytime you as a parent can view what shows they watched, when they watched and how long they watched. You can also set maximum time limits. E.g. Pin 123456 can only watch 30 mins a day, for a maximum 2 hours a week and can only watch between the hours of 7am-7pm. Pin 654321 can only watch only 1 hour on Sat and Sundays. Etc. or Pin 1111111 can only watch 2 hours a week (if they use up their hours the first day, they then have to wait a week before they can watch any more TV).
You will be able to remove all pins if there are no kids in your home. You can also set a default setting for all shows.
How will I protect my kids from this age sensitive content?
AFN will have entertainment, talk, advice, counseling and news that covers all sorts of “real world” situations. As such, some debates, news, and shows may not be suitable for younger kids (e.g. a show dealing with the consequences of adultery). To control this AFN gives you the ability to allocate pins with varying levels of access. e.g.
Level 0: No pin. Only kid friendly shows will be able to be watched and viewed (even the Program Guide will not reflect any content above this Level). You can also set this Level to require a pin.
Level 1: Teen level content, dealing with more mature subjects. You can allocate pins for this level, (again the Program Guide will not reflect any content above this level). Kids will have to remember and enter their 6 digit pin to watch these shows. Using the AFN dashboard, at anytime you as a parent can view what shows they watched, when they watched and how long they watched. You can also set maximum time limits. E.g. Pin 123456 can only watch 30 mins a day, for a maximum 2 hours a week. Pin 654321 can only watch only 1 hour on Sat and Sundays. Etc.
Level 2: Parent Level content. Pins at this level will have access to all shows. A summary of what was watched is also available by pin.
You will be able to set a default pin if there are no kids in your home.
More levels maybe added if we see the need. Some of these features will be rolled out gradually.
Can anyone even compete with Big Entertainment?
If we work together, to grow our subscribers, it will grow the ad market (the folks who will effectively pay for good shows to be produced), that will grow the content providers (the folks who produce those quality shows), which will grow the channel hosts (the folks who run the 200 channels), and at some point soon, we can provide a quality and moral alternative to every entertainment, education and information (news) outlet. And within a few years we can replace Satellite, Cable, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu etc. as a major influence in your children and grandchildren’s’ lives.
We aren’t saying that non-Christians can’t create moral content, or that such content does not already exist. What we are saying is that we are exposing our kids to immoral content by bringing it into our home and worse subsidizing immoral content with our dollars and viewership. We need to a kickstart an ecosystem of content providers and channels who create content that is family friendly. The good news is that family friendly content is in far more demand that most of the stuff that is passed on to us as art and entertainment by Hollywood, the Media and TV.
Will you join us as we grow, will you partner with us through thick and thin as we build a network that takes back news, entertainment, education, and our kids. No more compromises.
Did you confuse Socialism with Communism in your video?
No, but socialists don’t have a symbol that’s easily recognizable, and we didn’t want to use the National Socialists’ symbol.
Are you trying to create a market for sub-optimal content that isn’t able to compete with the BIG boys?
For centuries the most venerated art and music were made for the Glory of God. And now centuries later, that art and music from the past still eclipses modern art and modern music. We want to recreate that kind of climate for excellence. We will be screening much of the content, but as it grows, we will depend more and more on the crowd sourced ratings, i.e. you. Through the rating system and viewing choices, you the viewers are tasked with qualifying and elevating good art and ignoring or down voting bad.
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