Have you ever thought about wanting to stream your church services, marriage retreat events, or other functions that go on in your church. Maybe you have congregation relates in another state that would like to see their niece’s performance, elderly in nursing homes that would like to still feel attached to their church, or want to offer an alternative to those that may never have walked into your church to see what it is all about.
No matter the audience, you need to figure out what service you would like to use. Like many services, there are Christian alternatives but they are a bit more expensive for less. But you do help a Christian organization and avoid the hassles that other businesses may bring. Here are a list of many different services that offer something unique.
You may think of Google+ Hangout more as just a videochat feature, but over 200 million people are on that social network and it is a great platform for transmitting video and audio to a huge audience.
Positives: Natively integrated into the Google+ social media network for a huge audience impact. Cost is free. You can utilize the On Air feature and have your videos automatically post to YouTube. You can create events within the network to advertise to all that have added your church’s page to their circles.
Negatives: To view live, they need to either have their own account or a special link created for each event. The quality is not HD. The program was not initially intended as a simply a broadcasting stream.
This is the premiere broadcasting service that has been around for a long time. They have paved the way in the world of streaming with numerous features.
Positives: You have HD streaming even at the basic free package with options of paying for premium services such as personal branding, analytics, and video editing. The service may be the most reliable out there.
Negatives: If you have ad-support you never know what you will get and have no way of filtering. The pricing plans may be the most expensive out there and not an option for many churches. You pay per video watched which means you do not control your price plan, your viewers do.
StreamingChurch.tv is the best Christian-based solution out there. Take a look at this viable option for churches serious about doing streaming video.
Positives: No advertisements. Mobile friendly. All of the settings and formating are specifically geared to a church’s use, including service times, a countdown display til the next service, and a chat area.
Negatives: Only have one package plan and no free options. The cost is variable based on the number of views as well as the bandwidth speed you use.
Livestream is the next up-and-coming broadcasting company that has great rates for the services they supply.
Positives: Paid packages are low. All services, including their free ones are ad free. Award winning reliability.
Negatives: You cannot embed livestreaming onto your website on the free or basic paid subscriptions.
This is definitely not a comprehensive list, but some of the best solutions out there. What kind of streaming service would you go for and why?