When deciding on how to deliver your sermon or service to other sites, the options are numerous. Here are some considerations when selecting what's best for your house of worship.
Rachel Dawn Hayes · January 26, 2016
For ministry reasons, logistical reasons and usually some combination of both, more and more churches are choosing to go multi-site.
If that’s the direction your church is headed there are many questions to be answered, including how the service weekend’s content will be delivered to other sites.
There’s no shortage of options, so we spoke with industry experts, pastors and leaders who are veterans of content delivery. Their insights can guide you in choosing which content delivery option may be right for your church.
Internet streaming allows the delivery of live and on-demand content, such as a Sunday sermon, to an end user’s internet-connected device.
Streaming differs from downloading the video file because the user doesn’t have to download the video before playing it. Instead, only the part of the video that is currently being watched is temporarily loaded to the device’s video player. “[Internet streaming] is an inexpensive way to grow your ministry—it’s not a huge expense but comes with a tremendous upside,” says Brian Duerring, founder and CEO of StreamSpot, a streaming service provider for houses of worship.
Streaming is not without limitations, though. Delivering content to multiple sites requires use of a DVR where the ability to cue and pause video is available.
Matt Browning, President of Ikonik Media shares, “One of the issues with trying to use internet streaming for live video delivery to a remote campus is that those services are not designed with that goal in mind. While we provide internet streaming services, we always encourage our customers to utilize solutions built from the ground up to meet their specific goals, such as Cloud-Hosted DVR or real-time point-to-point video transmission. In addition, not all content delivery networks have the infrastructure needed to support sustained high-bandwidth throughput as well as the failover redundancy for reliable video transmission.”
Cloud-Hosted DVR solutions have been developed with the purpose of multi-facility video in mind. By using cost-effective, dedicated playback hardware and a robust multi-site content delivery infrastructure, Cloud-Hosted DVR services allow content to be accessed at remote campuses either live or on-demand via a playback interface and with an video output format that fits within production workflow.