I am not sure if having a tv in the youth office is common or not. Chances are many of you bypass a tv and watch content on a computer…less space and you already have it in your office. I have seen a few cool youth offices that have tv’s for prep and preview and some that even use a tv as a computer monitor.
I found a great deal on a 55″ tv…so I bought it, mounded it in my office, and brought one on my Roku streaming devices to my office. Here are 5 reasons it is great for me.
I can easily use an Apple device to watch and listen but this Roku Channel (Roku calles their apps “channels”)allows me to see the videos on the big screen. The audio is ok, if I wanted to I could connect my tv to my stereo but my office is not that big that this is necessary.
SERMONS and SERVICES
I watch a few sermons here and there. North Point has a Roku Channel, LifeChurch.tv has a Roku Channel, and there are several other options. You can get any church service that puts out a video or audio podcast with the Roku iTunes Podcast app, but the LifeChurch.tv and North Point apps have live church online choices.
Instead of a DVD player I use the Roku USB Media Player channel to play digital files; music videos, video curriculum, movies, etc. (look for it in the channel store, it is free). However, to do this you will need a Roku XS or Roku 3, they are the only models with a USB port. I legally convert/backup DVDs that I own to a thumb drive (tiny like this) and stream the content. I can have 20 or 30 videos ready in an instant…no searching through shelves of DVDs or loading disks, just click and play.
There are times I need to have my kids (not my student…my children) in my office for a longer period of time; maybe I bring them before church starts or they need to sit and wait for 30 minutes after a service. I just turn on PBS Kids or play something from Netflix, both apps are free and keep my kids from running in the halls for a short time.
Unlike the Apple TV, Roku functions like a computer or smartphone in the sense that you can download apps from an app store. There are some great channels like; weather, Spotify, Pandora, Angry Birds (yep, the Roku remote is kind of like a Wii remote). Google Roku Channels to see all that is available.
Are you using a streaming box in your office or your ministry? How are you using it?