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‘The Chosen’ reaches tens of thousands of prisoners in over 300 prisons

The Prison Fellowship is bringing “The Chosen,” the very first multi-season series about Jesus’s life, to prisoners in over 300 prisons. The highly successful series is to become accessible to even more people as it is being promoted in varied cultures and translated into numerous languages.

Church Leaders reports:

The first-ever multi-season series about the life of Jesus, “The Chosen,” is about to reach even more people: those in prisons around the country. Through a collaborative effort, Prison Fellowship is making the life-changing series available to more than 300 prisons.

“The Chosen” has experienced success from the beginning. Fundraising goals for each season have not only been met—but surpassed—by individual and corporate sources. And, the series is well on its way to being translated into hundreds of languages and promoted in vastly different cultures. The story of Jesus continues with Season 4, expected to release in 2024.

Even though the series is available across various platforms including the new Chosen app, it is not available for streaming in prisons due to a lack of Internet in such facilities. This issue is to be resolved by the video streaming service Floodlight®, created by Prison Fellowship which will make “The Chosen” accessible to prisoners through DVD or streaming services.

While the ever-popular series is free to stream directly from the new Chosen app and across mainstream services — including Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Peacock — streaming isn’t allowed in prisons.

According to prison chaplain Paul Neilsen, who commented on the news on Facebook, “In most prisons, there is no internet and we’re not allowed to stream. but we can show DVDs and the guys can have DVDs in the cell houses.”

And, that’s where Floodlight comes in. “Floodlight®, a closed-circuit video streaming service, was created and developed by Prison Fellowship in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” explained the ministry. “As a result of this partnership, prisons around the country are now able to stream or order a DVD copy of ‘The Chosen’ completely free of charge.”

Read the full article here.

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