In the March/April issue of Worship Facilities Magazine, my colleague Jim Kumorek did an admirable job of helping pastors navigate through the question of whether or not streaming their church services was the right course of action for their congregations. From there he detailed the various types of streaming options that are currently available to churches.
In an effort to continue to help churches and their pastors navigate through this very daunting task of broadcasting their services across the globe, I am going to attempt to build on Jim's advice by providing some information on various content distribution networks (CDNs) that specialize in church video streaming.
Content distribution networks, for those of you that aren't familiar with them, are outside broadcast vendors that manage the distribution of audio or video streams to the listening or viewing audience. In the case of CDNs for churches, these companies receive sermon messages or church services from the church they are working with, and then they distribute them globally over the internet.
Generally speaking, the bigger the streaming audience, the more bandwidth the streaming producer needs. Unless churches are planning to broadcast to only a handful of viewers they would benefit from the distribution help of a CDN. Using CDNs allows churches to broadcast to countless online audience members without having to acquire massive amounts of expensive bandwidth in the process. What are the best options for churches, then, in terms of CDNs?
Let's take a look.
Faith Network, based out of Bellevue, Washington, streams broadcasts globally for churches located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the UK, Nigeria, China and more. With prices starting at $100 per month, Faith Network offers three levels of service to best suite its various church and ministry clients. Along with podcast, live streaming and multisite streaming, Faith Network also offers complete church management services including website management, app development and implementation and online giving.
Edgecast, powered by Verizon, promises to take clients to the forefront of streaming technology when using their distribution services. The CDN offers both live and on-demand streaming of audio and visual content. When it comes to live streaming of church services, Edgecast boasts of distribution from multiple points of presence. This enables audiences throughout the world to pick up the feed that is closest to them, receiving the highest quality stream available in their area. Edgecast promises that church content streams will always be distributed at the highest possible quality. They even provide a 100 percent uptime and quality guarantee to subscribers.
CDNetworks, formerly Panther Express, with over ten years of experience, is the old pro in the field of content distribution networks. The privately held New York company is known nationwide for its highly reliable yet cost effective services. CDNetworks provides 24/7 global support at no extra charge for all of its clients. All clients can also take advantage of on-boarding and training services as well as a customer portal for performance monitoring. The only CDN provider with a presence on six separate continents, CDNetworks has the proven track record to grow audiences and satisfy customers throughout the world.