I’ve got bad news about Season 4’s release

The Chosen
10 Mar 202416:32

Summary

TLDRDallas, the creator of 'The Chosen,' addresses fans with a mix of bad and good news. He explains the delay in the streaming release of Season 4 due to legal and financial challenges, emphasizing the show's commitment to remaining free. Despite the setback, Dallas outlines plans to accelerate future releases and offers options for fans to support the show, including through the nonprofit organization 'Come and See.' He thanks the community for their support and involvement in the show's mission to reach a global audience.

Takeaways

  • 📣 The creator, Dallas, is upfront about the challenges and plans for the show's future.
  • 🎬 Season 4 of the show will have a delayed streaming release due to legal matters.
  • 🤝 The show aims to remain free and accessible to over a billion people globally.
  • 💼 The production and distribution of the show are expensive, with tens of millions of dollars spent annually.
  • 🏢 The company behind the show, The Chosen, has over 60 full-time employees and operates as a public company.
  • 🌐 The show's success relies on a small percentage of viewers contributing financially, with less than 5% donating.
  • 🎥 Theatrical releases are a strategy to generate income and ensure the show's sustainability.
  • 📅 The show's streaming release will be accelerated once the legal issues are resolved.
  • 💡 The show will be available in churches and prisons, and there will be extended theatrical opportunities.
  • 🔄 The release strategy will involve streaming episodes twice a week on The Chosen app.
  • 🙏 The creator expresses gratitude for the support and asks for continued engagement through donations, purchases, or prayers.

Q & A

  • What is the main reason for the delay in the streaming release of Season 4?

    -The main reason for the delay is due to legal matters that the team is currently dealing with, which they hope to resolve soon to better serve the audience and ensure the show remains free forever.

  • How does the financial situation of The Chosen differ from traditional studio-backed productions?

    -The Chosen does not have a studio or network with billions of dollars at their disposal. They rely on donations and creative income generation strategies to finance the production, marketing, and distribution of the show.

  • What percentage of viewers donate to the show?

    -Less than 5% of the global viewers contribute financially to the show.

  • How does the revenue from a theatrical release compare to the revenue from streaming for The Chosen?

    -A movie released to theaters can generate more revenue in a couple of months than The Chosen does in an entire year of streaming.

  • What is the role of the Come and See nonprofit organization?

    -Come and See helps finance the production and translation of the show into hundreds of languages, contributing to the mission of making The Chosen accessible to the entire world for free.

  • How is The Chosen addressing the delay in the streaming release?

    -They are working to release the show on the Chosen app as soon as possible for free, and are also offering the entire season at once on DVD and a paid streaming option for those who cannot wait.

  • What is the significance of the theatrical release for The Chosen?

    -The theatrical release is a strategy to generate income and contribute to the sustainability of the show, allowing it to remain free for viewers.

  • How often will new episodes of Season 4 be released on the Chosen app?

    -The release strategy will accelerate, with new episodes being released twice a week.

  • What is the long-term plan for The Chosen after resolving the current legal matters?

    -The long-term plan is to continue making the show free, translating it into hundreds of languages, and marketing it globally, ensuring sustainability and growth.

  • How can viewers support The Chosen during this time?

    -Viewers can support by purchasing tickets, gifts, donating to Come and See, praying, and spreading the word about the show.

Outlines

00:00

📢 Introduction and Upcoming Challenges

Dallas introduces the video, acknowledging the importance of the discussion and promising honesty. He mentions bad news related to the release of Season 4, addressing questions about the theatrical release and streaming delay. Dallas emphasizes the company's commitment to transparency and the impact of the current situation on the show's future. He assures viewers that the company is working on resolving legal issues to ensure the show remains free and sustainable.

05:01

💰 Financial Struggles and the Reality of Free Streaming

Dallas discusses the financial challenges of producing a free show without the backing of a major studio or network. He highlights the high costs of production, marketing, and translation, and the fact that less than 5% of viewers donate to the show. He compares the revenue from a movie's theatrical release to the income from the show's streaming, emphasizing the need for creative ways to generate income to sustain the show's free access. Dallas also addresses accusations of selling out and clarifies the financial and logistical aspects of the show's distribution.

10:04

🎥 Plans for Season 4 Release and Future Strategies

Dallas shares the good news about the release of Season 4, including plans for church screenings and extended theatrical opportunities. He announces that the show will be available on the chosen app for free, though with a delay. Dallas also mentions accelerating the release strategy for streaming, offering the entire season at once on DVD, and providing paid streaming options. He thanks viewers for their support and involvement in the show's success.

15:04

🙏 Gratitude and the Role of Community

Dallas expresses gratitude for the community's support, whether through donations, purchasing tickets, or spreading the word. He emphasizes the collective effort in sustaining the show and invites viewers to continue contributing in any way they can. Dallas concludes by reaffirming the show's commitment to being free and accessible worldwide, and encourages viewers to stay excited about the future of the show.

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Keywords

💡Theatrical Release

The theatrical release refers to the public screening of a film or series in movie theaters. In the context of the video, it is a strategy used to generate income for the production and sustainability of the show 'The Chosen'. The speaker mentions that theatrical releases can generate significant revenue, as exemplified by the movie 'Sound of Freedom', which grossed over $180 million in the United States alone.

💡Streaming Delay

A streaming delay refers to the postponement of making content available on online platforms. In the video, the speaker explains that there is a delay in releasing Season 4 on streaming platforms due to legal matters and the goal of ensuring the show remains free and sustainable. This delay is a point of concern for the audience, as they eagerly await the new season.

💡Legal Matters

Legal matters pertain to issues involving laws and the legal system. In the video, the speaker mentions that they are dealing with legal matters that are affecting the release of the show. These matters are critical as they impact the show's ability to continue operating and providing content for free.

💡Sustainability

Sustainability in this context refers to the ability of the show 'The Chosen' to continue its production and distribution without financial strain. The speaker emphasizes the need for sustainable practices to keep the show free and accessible to a global audience.

💡Financials

Financials refer to the monetary aspects of the show's operations, including income, expenses, and budgeting. The speaker outlines the financial challenges of producing a show without the backing of a major studio or network, and the importance of generating income through various means, such as theatrical releases and donations.

💡Logistics

Logistics involve the detailed organization and implementation of the complex operations required to produce and distribute the show. The speaker mentions logistical challenges as part of the reasons for the delay in streaming the new season.

💡Nonprofit Organization

A nonprofit organization is an entity that operates for purposes other than making a profit, often focusing on social, cultural, or educational goals. In the video, the speaker refers to a nonprofit that contributes to the production and translation of 'The Chosen', helping to make it accessible in hundreds of languages.

💡Marketing

Marketing is the process of promoting and selling products or services, including a show like 'The Chosen'. It involves strategies to attract and retain an audience. The speaker discusses the significant costs associated with marketing the show globally.

💡Live Stream

A live stream is a real-time broadcast of video and audio content over the internet. In the context of the video, live streams are used to release episodes of 'The Chosen' and engage with the audience.

💡Come and See Foundation

The 'Come and See' Foundation is a nonprofit organization mentioned in the video that supports the mission of 'The Chosen' by helping to finance production and translations. It aims to make the show available for free and in multiple languages.

Highlights

Dallas addresses the audience about important matters, emphasizing honesty and transparency.

The release of Season 4 is delayed, and Dallas shares both bad and good news regarding this.

Legal matters are being resolved to ensure the show remains free and sustainable.

The company behind the show operates without the backing of a big studio or network.

The show's production and marketing costs are high, and less than 5% of viewers donate.

The show's success is measured by its viewership, but financial sustainability is a challenge.

Theatrical releases are one way to generate income and maintain the show's free status.

The show's financial model requires creativity to sustain its free and high-quality production.

Dallas explains the financial and logistical reasons behind the delay in streaming release.

The Chosen app will release Season 4 for free, though later than initially planned.

The show will be available in churches and prisons, expanding its reach.

Theatrical opportunities are being extended, and discounts may be offered.

The release strategy will accelerate, with episodes being released twice a week.

A paid streaming option for the entire season will be available for those who can't wait.

The Come and See Foundation continues to support the show's translation and distribution.

Dallas thanks the audience for their support and emphasizes the collective effort behind the show.

The show's future remains bright, with a commitment to being free and accessible globally.

Transcripts

00:00

hey there it's Dallas and uh we're g to

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have a family chat uh there's a lot to

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discuss uh including matters of vital

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importance and I have always told you

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that I'm going to be as upfront with you

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as possible uh honest with you at all

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times uh sharing as much information as

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we're able to share good or bad and yes

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unfortunately as is reflected in the

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title of this video uh I do have some

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bad news to share with you that I'll

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share with uh first along with some

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details and some questions you've had a

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lot of questions about and even some

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concerns yes about uh the theatrical and

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the release of season 4 in general such

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as why why why do we do a theatrical and

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why has the streaming uh release been

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delayed uh and then also talk about

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again how the finances work how all this

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works why we're doing things the way

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that we have done them uh and why the

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situation that we're currently in is

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here and then also I do have some good

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news for you uh and I do want to give

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you uh our plans for the release and for

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our long-term future now it is important

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that you watch the whole video before

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you respond respond or conclude anything

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or even complain uh words do matter and

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these issues are of vital importance in

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fact they couldn't really be more

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important about the future of our our

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company in this show and they impact not

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only season 4 which I know you're very

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passionate about you're eager to see it

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if you haven't yet as soon as possible

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but also our entire long-term future um

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you always come first uh the vast

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majority of the decisions that we make

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are designed with you in mind uh we

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always want to get you things as fast as

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possible which is why uh this is the the

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bad news part of what I'm delivering

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which is that we cannot release season

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for to streaming now uh and there will

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be a delay a delay longer than we

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anticipated and hoped for uh there are

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some legal matters that we are dealing

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with right now that are hopefully being

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resolved um and they are in fact uh the

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goal is to have them resolved so that we

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can long-term and short-term better

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serve you uh ensure the show remains

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free forever and gets to over a billion

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people and also allows us to be

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sustainable forever and for the show to

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be free forever and for us to serve you

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better in every way that we can and we

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are in this process not only in the

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legal s uh the process that we're going

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through but also uh financially and

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logistically we are coming up with ways

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that we can give this show to you

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quicker once this is resolved which I

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will share shortly I unfortunately can't

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share many more details about the legal

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situation uh than I am right now but I

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can assure you that it is we are doing

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everything in our power to get this

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taken care of as soon as possible now I

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want to share with you why we're in this

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situation um and it's vital for you to

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understand it so I'm going to give you a

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few facts remember this I've shared this

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before but this is important to be

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reminded of we don't have a studio or a

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network with billions of dollars at

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their disposal that they can share with

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us and if they see that the show is

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starting to get successful they can pour

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more into it like what these media

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companies tend to do and uh in order for

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our show to be free and in order for

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come and see uh the nonprofit

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organization that helps contribute to

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the production and to the translation of

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the show in order for them to translate

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it into hundreds of languages and for us

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to Market this show around the world you

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have to be reminded that this costs tens

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of millions of dollars minimum every

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year even though we are uh our

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production costs and our marketing costs

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and all that are much lower than the

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vast majority of shows that you watch it

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is very very expensive to pay Cas and

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crew to to raise our production values

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each year to make sure that we are uh

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keeping up competitively with all the

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other shows and movies that are out

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there not only for your sake but for our

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team um and so movies and television

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shows and media is extraordinarily

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expensive and so the fact that we don't

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have a big Studio or network behind us

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to finance all that um you have to also

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remember that separate from production

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separate from what we do each year just

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to make the show itself we have a

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company The Chosen we have a company

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that has over 60 full-time employees and

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that allows us to do our International

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efforts our social media and our behind

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the scenes our legal our financial we

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have a

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board we have we have to be SEC

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compliant as as you hopefully know

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because we are a public company all of

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these things just leaving aside the the

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the uh the production just to keep our

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company going is extraordinarily

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expensive and marketing think about the

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fact that we have to promote this show

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and get eyeballs on it all over the

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world that costs millions of dollars

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here and around the world um so with all

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of that all of those things that you

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have to remember that we are responsible

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for we a free

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show you have the opportunity to watch

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the show for free now here are some

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sobering facts about the fact that we

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want to maintain being a free show but

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also want to make sure that we have to

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spend and finance all of these

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extraordinary efforts that you're seeing

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both in production marketing

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translations and uh and our social media

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and keeping this going and keeping these

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eyeballs growing all over the world uh

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so here's a few sobering facts number

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one we are one of the most watched shows

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in the world that's actually the good

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part of it that's not sobering that's

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great but fewer than 5% of the viewers

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pay for it or donate to the cumc

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foundation think about that so less than

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5% of people all over the world who

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watch this show contribute something

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financially towards the show now that's

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actually in some ways good news it's

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sobering but it's actually in some ways

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good news because it means that there's

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so many people who are getting to watch

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the show for free because some people

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wouldn't be able to watch it if it

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wasn't free if you weren't donating to

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come and see if you weren't purchasing

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tickets uh to to to see in theaters or

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purchasing gifts or any of the other

05:47

ways that we somehow are able to

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generate income if that wasn't taking

05:51

place then these people wouldn't be able

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to see it free so it's both good news

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and uh sobering news at the same time

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here's another sobering fact

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a movie released to theaters makes so

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much more in one month than we do much

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not only in one month but sometimes even

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in a year now again let me give you an

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example our former partner Angel Studios

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released sound of Freedom remember that

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movie uh and in the United States alone

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it grossed in theaters over $180 million

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this is information that you can find

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online and total internationally when

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you add up everything it was over $250

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million in gross receipts that's just in

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theaters alone now here's the sobering

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fact that movie in theaters alone

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generated more gross in just a couple

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months than the chosen has ever

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generated gross wise in an entire year

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and guess what here's what's even more

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sobering with a movie the money that

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comes in can be kept with us a show

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that's multiple Seasons we must keep

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spending money that is generated for the

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next season as I talk to you right now

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we have three more seasons left along

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with all the Translating and marketing

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and keeping a company going just for

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this show

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alone think about that so we've done

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Four Seasons already but there's three

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more to go and all of the things that I

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mentioned to you previously just now

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about all the costs that we have

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continue we can't just take the the the

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receipts from a theatrical release or

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any kind of release and just go wow that

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was successful that's a big profit

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that's great it has to keep going so to

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be very clear and this is very important

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it is extremely expensive to be

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free and without us getting creative and

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without us without us figuring out ways

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to generate income so that we can be

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sustainable and profit and you know have

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a career our previous path wasn't

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proving to be sustainable and so we have

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to keep coming up with ways for this to

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be sustainable and for you to be able to

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see this show free

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so just talking about our recent

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theatrical release in fact right now you

08:03

can still see uh some of the episodes in

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theaters bear in mind that just this

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alone the theaters get a large chunk of

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the grocery seips the distributor gets a

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large chunk of the grocery seips and

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then when we get a chunk of the grocery

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seats that's just a portion of the costs

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of our company

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alone so when we hear from you sometimes

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I've seen a a couple of comments on

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social media couple uh that oh you know

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the chosen is selling out or they're

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doing it just for money this theatrical

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release and they're delaying the

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streaming they're delaying the free

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streaming because they're just trying to

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just trying to make as much money as

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they can I wish we made enough money on

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the theatrical to justify that

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accusation now of course I'm being

08:42

light-hearted but you just need to

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understand the financial and um

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logistical ramifications of how all of

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this works and

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Theatrical as as fun as that has been

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and as successful as it has been by by a

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lot of objective measurements it's just

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one way for us to try to be more

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sustainable and for us to be able to try

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to keep this show free and keep our

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company

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going now what's happening right now is

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that we are sorting out all of the

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things that we can do to get this show

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to you as soon as possible for free so

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here's the good news I'm going to give

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you some of the good news now and what

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we're trying to do to make up for this

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situation not only in the short term but

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the long term now for those of you who

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couldn't see it in theaters or who are

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overseas now it is in theaters in some

09:28

parts overseas but there's a lot of you

09:29

who just aren't able to see it in

09:31

theaters even if you wanted to but I

09:33

know many of you aren't able to see it

09:35

even if you wanted to in theaters

09:36

because either a you're overseas or B

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you can't afford to or you don't live

09:39

close enough to the theater now keep in

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mind it's not coming as fast as we

09:43

wanted to it's the free streaming but it

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is coming to the chosen app so bear in

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mind it will be coming to the chosen app

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as soon as we can and it will be free

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forever so I've seen many comments in

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addition to what I just talked to you

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about where they're saying things like

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it's unfair

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those of us who can't watch it right now

10:01

that's unfair and I hear you and I know

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that it's frustrating and I know that it

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feels disappointing but hopefully you

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can now understand that it costs

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hundreds of millions of dollars for this

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show to be free for all seven seasons to

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be free forever cost hundreds of

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millions of dollars so if you do have to

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wait a little which I'm not denying is

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frustrating and it's frustrating for me

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and it's frustrating for our team but I

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hopefully think that you can realize

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it's it's a relatively small price to

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pay uh for that for the fact that you

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will eventually be a able to see this

10:31

free now number two we are working right

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now for season 4 to get to you in the

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short term and for this to all be

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sustainable in the long term come and

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see the nonprofit that is helping

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Finance production and translations is

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going to be bringing it to churches in

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the next week or so so along the bottom

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of the screen you can see it's comeand

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see.net Church come inc.net church this

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is going to actually start March 13th so

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you can check out that website for all

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the details and for maybe even an

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opportunity for you to bring it to your

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church but uh side note one thing I want

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to mention that Cy is also doing the

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same thing in prisons so in prisons all

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over the country they're going to get a

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chance to see this uh earlier so

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somewhat sometime uh and I believe it's

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March 13th but sometime during this

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month uh there are going to be

11:17

opportunities to be able to see uh the

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chosen in churches so that's one way

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that we are trying to get it out to you

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in any way that we can as soon as

11:25

possible another thing is we are

11:27

extending some of our theatrical

11:29

opportuni so keep checking your local

11:30

listings and another website I hope

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you're taking notes on some of this

11:34

stuff uh but along the bottom of the

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screen uh The Chosen rise up.com that

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has details so you can keep checking

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that keep checking your local listings

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we are working with the theaters to keep

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extending this opportunity to see uh

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season 4 and we will be bringing it to

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theaters sometime in the near future

11:51

hopefully before the end of the month to

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just again we're working all this out

11:54

right now um but we're bringing it to

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you at a discount uh so I know some of

11:58

you like well great you're going to

11:59

extend in theaters that doesn't help me

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much cuz I can't afford to we're going

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to again we're trying to get this to you

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as soon as we can we're trying to get it

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to you as cheap as possible and so uh we

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will be bringing it at some point to you

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uh at a discount uh so you can have that

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opportunity to see it in theaters which

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I know that some of you missed like

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episodes one through three and then you

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wanted to see four through six but you

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didn't couldn't catch up on one through

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three so we will be offering that

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opportunity again keep checking local uh

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listings and we will continue to give

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you those details now when it does come

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to streaming which again I don't want to

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be uh light too light-hearted about this

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but it is soon I know you hear that word

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in the show a lot um so it's going to be

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as soon as we possibly can I promise to

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give you updates the moment we have them

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we will be releasing it faster at a

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faster Pace than we've normally done it

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in the past so for example last year we

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did one live stream per week releasing

12:47

it once per week in the app this time

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we're going to be doing it twice a week

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so we'll be releasing it twice a week in

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the chosen app and of course every time

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we do a release we do a big live stream

12:55

where you can watch it with us and uh we

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have this Global event where everyone

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gets to watch it discuss it together and

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see it at the same time and so uh make

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sure if you don't have the chosen app

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that you get that now you just look up

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The Chosen and it's easy to find and you

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get that app that's where you will be

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able to watch it free you will be able

13:10

to join us on our live streams we'll

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also be doing our live streams on social

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media but that'll be twice per week we

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will be accelerating the release

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strategy and the release plans so that

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you can be seeing it quicker to try to

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make up for this delay we will also be

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offering the entire season at once if

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you want to do it that way if you don't

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want to wait if you just like I just

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can't wait for that twice a week thing

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on DVD and there will be a paid

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streaming option so if you're desperate

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to watch the whole thing at once not

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wait at all we will be providing you

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options to get the entire season at once

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and uh so stay tuned for that uh finally

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come and see uh you've heard this you've

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hopefully heard of uh of that wonderful

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foundation and organization in the past

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come and see is the nonprofit whose

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mission statement includes getting the

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chosen to the entire world totally free

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and to have it translated in hundreds of

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languages they've been doing that

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recently they've been doing that

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currently and they're going to continue

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to do that in the future that will

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continue to be the case and if you have

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donated to come and see thank you they

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wanted to make sure that I passed that

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along and once we get past these legal

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matters and can focus on keeping it free

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forever you can continue to contribute

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to that but I wanted to just if nothing