GoodStreams.org is a video on-demand service that serves as a gateway into the Catholic Faith – echoing and amplifying it – and making it far more discoverable on the digital continent. We are an aggregate of the best and clearest portrayals of the works, faith and instruction of the Church, all within a fun and familiar, entertainment-styled environment!
It can be quite a challenge these days for those trying to explore their faith on the Internet. Even if you do manage to discover authentic Catholic teaching through a secular search engine or video site, chances are there are distractions, competing ideologies, or negative commentary on the same screen. However, if you know just what to type into a search engine, you can discover great video content that has been made available through the Church these days!
But what if you are among the vast majority who do not not already know the precise names, organizations, and terminology needed to find reliably Catholic videos and content providers? GoodStreams makes it much easier to discover the Faith by curating and aggregating the clearest and most compelling Catholic video content all in a single location! Furthermore, we are working to make Catholic videos far more visible to search engines. This means that the Church can be discovered in the popular culture through her own voice and narrative!
So what is official “Catholic teaching” in terms of video content? Is there an imprimatur or stamp of approval by the Church for videos in particular? At this time, there is not. For matters relating to the instruction of the Faith, GoodStreams will only use video content that in some way falls under the umbrella of a Catholic bishop. This means that content must be presented by someone who:
- has been incardinated, (or has been placed under the specific jurisdiction of a bishop).
- has been approved to speak at diocesan events.
- has been vetted by Catholic media ministries that are endorsed or supported by their local Catholic bishop. Examples include EWTN, Relevant Radio, CatholicTV, and others.
At this time, we believe this approach may be the best possible means for gathering video content that reliably represents the Catholic faith.
There are those sections that do not relate directly to instruction of the faith, such as Trending, Understanding Current Events and Some Good News. These sections directly relate to Catholicism, examine current events through a Catholic lens, are consistent with the Catholic understanding of human dignity, or are mean to draw our attention to matters that are important to the faith.
Everyone benefits by GoodStreams! Which camp might you belong to?
- Clarity About Hot Topics
- A Single Source
- Ability to Share the Faith Casually
- Search engine optimization (SEO) on video content
- Full page “ads”
- Younger audiences
- Digital Rights Management (DRM)
- ROI with Pay Per View
- Catholic Authenticity
- Quality Control/Clarity
- Our Story with Our Voice
- Presence in the Home
- Small Economic Footprint capable of making all ministries, vocations, charities and calls-to-action more discoverable
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