Pew potatoes? Florida church uses Roku channel, set-tops

A Florida church is using Roku to fulfill its vision of Religion Everywhere. Northland, a self-proclaimed "church distributed" has already used such new wave devices as iPhone, Android and BlackBerry to connect its worshipers. It's buying Roku set-tops for some congregants because "you can use it to connect to church services without a computer," according to the church's resident "tech whisperer," Chris Gerrish.

The church, based in Longwood, Fla., uses a combination of Roku boxes costing under $100 and a channel on Roku's lineup to reach folks who might not otherwise be able to make it to church or who are so remote that it's impossible to travel there for services. The church claims to have more than 2,100 Roku users who have downloaded the its worship channel and about 4,000 people who attend services online each week.

Gerrish is credited with bringing Roku and other modern media to Northland and Northland to the world. "He recently traveled to China to help one of Northland's partner churches begin streaming live worship to remote sites," reported Robert Andrescik, Northland's "PR Guy."

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