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Many ministries and Houses of Worship offer online video streaming. When searching online you may come across many websites that offer hosting sermon videos. Let us explore some of the benefits of streaming worship videos.

  1. Extends the reach within community

Is your church well-known in your community?  Does the public know what you stand for?  Do folks know what you can offer those in need who live nearby?

  • Homebound people. Some people simply cannot get to the church building. That shouldn’t limit them from attending “virtually” via an online live stream.
  • Experience. When young people* drive by your church, do they have to guess what goes on inside the building? Or can they logon to the internet and get a peek inside?
  • Connected members. It is important for the current members of your church to have as easy way to stay connected to your church via Live worship.
  1. Discipleship factor

Church and members can make use of video streaming on any day.

  • Working a weekend shift on Sunday? People can still be a part of the Sunday worship on any other day of the week. That makes it easy to follow the weekly teachings online.
  1. Harsh weather

Where are the snow birds?

  • During harsh weather conditions, most people are not able to attend church services.  Easily stream videos online and view right on the church website.
  • Watch and pray from your home or mobile device.
  • Interact with “prayer requests” and “online giving.”
  • Church services can be downloaded and viewed again-and-again.
  1. Economical factor

Do you pay high prices for radio or TV broadcasting now?

  • If you broadcast your church services now via your local cable provider, you know how expensive that can be. Live streaming each month costs about the same price of an average single monthly cell phone bill.
  • And churches with 100 members or less can expect to pay around $49 per month.
  • Streaming worship is very economical to watch. Easily access via your smart TV, mobile phones, tablets and desktops.

Re-watching ON DEMAND is also easy and convenient. A great streaming provider is http://www.worshipchannels.com/support.html.

 

*FACT:  “A young married couple will watch your church live stream an average of 6 times online before deciding whether or not to enter the church building.” 

-Shawn West, President worshipchannels.com

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Live streaming has taken the world by storm. It is not only church services and big conference events that are live streamed, but real-life events like weddings, funerals and other occasions are also streamed online for loved ones who cannot attend in person. Nowadays, even small churches want to stream their events. Thanks to the internet for bringing this revolutionary change.

Pastors are interested in live streaming for some serious benefits that it has to offer. The majority of new people who intend to visit a church, watch services online for an average of 6 weeks before stepping foot in the church.  So, live streaming proves to be an incredible tool to connect with new people who move into a town.

Creating a presentable live stream is extremely important. A live video streaming provider can be of great help here. Pastors may not be well-versed with the technology requirements for live streaming and can easily hire a service provider to do the proper setup. It takes more than a camera and a computer: having the right gear along with a workable network connection is essential.

Live streaming equipment

A camera, a dedicated computer or “streaming appliance,” such as a MATROX MONARCH HD or CEREVO LIVE SHELL PRO, an analog to digital converter and a live streaming partner are crucial for the job. Also, volunteers with an understanding of how all the stuff work together are a must to have.

4 MUST HAVES: 

  • Hi-speed internet access (4 MBS upload or higher)
  • Camera (1080i or 720p at 30 FPS)
  • Computer or streaming appliance
  • Volunteers who are consistent
  • A reliable Live Streaming Provider

It is good to note that not just any old computer would work. It has to be a dedicated computer with the best configuration required for streaming.8GB RAM and solid state hard drive should be minimum configuration to ensure faster access. CPU with 2.4 GHz or higher.A new computer should be chosen preferably. A separate computer should be used to run any operation or presentation software while streaming is going on. These are essential to ensure a smooth user experience for those who are watching the services the services online for the first time.

An analog to digital audio/video converter is also crucial to ensure a better viewing experience. Camera used for the service should be high-quality.Shots taken should look good. A professional live streaming provider would know the correct lighting and perfect camera angle for the best shot.

The internet

Having a dedicated network line for the streamed signal is essential. In addition to that, the upload speed should be good enough to let the things go smoothly.  We recommend 4 MBS of upload capacity or higher.  Enough bandwidth is important to ensure a glitch-free viewing experience for all users.

Right equipment and a professional live video streaming provider can make a big difference in the quality of church streaming. A high-quality stream can boost attendance and garner immense positive response.

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