There are many different devices available for streaming videos. Each device uses different operating systems and browsing methods. We would like to make RightNow Media available on as many devices as possible and in particular on the devices that churches and their members would use the most often. Here is some information on some of the devices that are most commonly used to stream videos.
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Desktop or Laptop Computer
The most common way to stream RightNow Media videos is through your computer. All you need to stream videos on your computer is an internet connection and a modern web browser. See here for recommended browsers. You can also connect your computer to a TV or projector to show videos in a group setting. Learn how to connect to a TV or projector here.
Tablets and smart phones
Another common way to stream RightNow Media videos is through a tablet or mobile phone. Like using a computer, you would just need an internet connection.
We are excited about the release of our new iOS app for iPhones and iPads as well as an app for Android devices. Currently these smart phone apps only include the Bible studies and kid's content although we would like to include other types of content in the future.
In addition to our apps, you can also access RightNow Media from our mobile website. You can learn how to create a bookmark for Android and iOS devices here.
The Apple TV is a great way to stream videos to a TV or projector. We are excited about the new release of a RightNow Media app for the 4th Generation Apple TV. You can learn more about it here.
Apple hasn't opened the full app store for 3rd generation Apple TVs so for those models you would need to use the Airplay feature to stream our videos from an iPhone or iPad to your Apple TV. You can learn how to do this here.
The Roku has become a favorite among churches and their members for streaming RightNow Media. The Roku 1, 2, 3 and 4, as well as the Streaming Stick, are all good options. We do have a channel in place that makes it very easy to stream Bible Studies to your TV or projector. You can learn how to stream RightNow Media through your Roku here.
The Roku channel is designed to stream our Bible Studies and kids videos so it does not include our Customizable Training content or Leadership Events. The way that these training videos are viewed (within a training post) is different from the way that the Bible Studies are viewed and would require a completely different interface that would work well with these videos on the Roku. At this point we haven't developed this type of interface although it is something that we plan to explore as a possibility in the future.
For the last few years there has been a RightNow Media app available for select smart TVs. In today's technology environment, the pace of change can move rather quickly. In order to deliver our app we used the Yahoo! Connected TV store which was available on smart TVs by several manufacturers and recently we've seen fewer and fewer models compatible with this Yahoo! store. This has led to fewer TVs capable of successfully running our app and Yahoo! phasing out it's support for apps delivered through it's Connected TV Store. In addition the trend among TV manufacturers has been to move towards "casting" functionality instead of using apps installed directly on the TV. Casting technology allows you to select a video on a smart phone or tablet and send or "cast" it to your TV screen.
All of these changes along with an inconsistent user experience on smart TVs have led us to a need to discontinue our current smart TV app. Unfortunately the process of discontinuing our app removes it from the Yahoo! Connected TV Store and uninstalls it from your TV so it is no longer available.
The good news is there are lots of other great ways to stream RightNow Media content to your TV, possibly using devices listed on this page which you already own.
We're excited to that we've been able to add Chromecast functionality into both our iOS app for iPhones and iPads as well as our Android app for Android devices. If you own a Chromecast streaming video player, you can learn how to stream our content through your Chromecast here.
Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
At this time we haven't built an app for the Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick because we've had higher demand for other devices. However, our software team is currently investigating the possibility of building a Fire TV app in the near future . . . Stay tuned.
Video Game Consoles, DVD/Blu-Ray players, and other devices
Each of these devices uses a different operating system and a different browsing experience. It may be possible to find our website using the web browser that is built into these devices but from the feedback and research that we have found, they aren't always very reliable for streaming videos. The services that are able to offer a reliable method of streaming videos, typically do so by creating an app for that specific device. This can be very expensive for an organization our size and in an effort to keep costs low for churches, we have chosen to focus our efforts initially on the devices that are most heavily used by church members and leaders.