When a soldier goes off to fight for his country, he is leaving his family, friends and life for the time being. Soldiers miss the major milestones and the day-to-day happenings. They miss celebrating science fairs, attending ballgames, and even snuggling up to watch the same television shows together.
Though there’s no way to get a soldier back to see a science fair or ballgame, advances in technology make it possible for a soldier to watch television with his family — even if they’re a thousand miles apart. SimulTV, a new television service, connects soldiers and families around the world so they may stay in touch during deployment.
My stepfather was in the Air Force when he was young, often stationed overseas, which meant he was away from his family. He would go weeks (sometimes months) without speaking to the ones he loved, missing the day-to-day activities as well as the big moments. Those moments are lost, as he barely remembered them when he came back to his family.
What is SimulTV?
SimulTV is an evolutionary platform that intertwines cable television, interactive video, social networks, and text and voice chat all in one place. With this new platform, soldiers can watch a show where they are, and their families can watch the same show back home simultaneously. They can chat during the show and talk about their favorite parts or what they dislike about their favorite TV show.
The holidays are the worst time to be separated from family, especially when the separation is overseas. Now, SimulTV will make the holidays and every other day a little more bearable, allowing families to watch their favorite movies while reminiscing together and chatting through social media.
It all started with a football game rivalry, two brothers, and a dad. During a big Virginia vs. Virginia Tech game, SimulTV founder and CEO Steven Turner watched as his brother called their father every few minutes to celebrate big plays. That’s when Turner thought to himself, there’s got be a better way to do this. Enter, SimulTV, a global TV platform where people can watch TV with anyone, anywhere, anytime on any web-enabled device. (via SimulTV Facebook page)
SimulTV offers live cable television programming and video on demand (VOD) that works with mobile technology and various tech devices. If you are a subscriber, you can create “viewing circles” to invite people to join your viewing experience and connect with social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Skype in real time. No moment, big or small, will be missed between the soldier and their family.
How SimulTV Brings Military Families Together
Starting January 1, 2014, soldiers will be able to subscribe to SimulTV for as low as $5.99 a month. Each military member that subscribes to the network will receive a free SimulTV subscription for their family or loved ones.
Being away from family is hard but now the bond can be a little stronger with SimulTV. Families and soldiers can report every single moment that happens in their lives, whether it’s as small as losing a tooth or a big as a graduation. With one click of a button, soldiers and their families will be together once again, even if they are miles apart.
Update/Correction: Our initial price listed for military members to sign up with Stimuli TV was incorrect ($9.99/month) and has been updated to reflect the correct cost ($5.99/month) on 12/23/2013 at 11:30a (EST).