Streaming around the world
WORLD: Two very different churches in very different parts of the world both required a way of broadcasting their sermons to an ever-increasing audience. In America, this meant engaging in group services between TheMET’s multiple locations, whilst in Nigeria, the Apostolic Church required a method of reaching and engaging its 100,000 strong congregation. Luckily, StreamBox was on hand to help out.
With a primary campus in Houston, Texas and a second campus in Cypress, Texas, TheMET Church describes its congregation as ‘an eclectic community of people and their stories’, and considers it’s primary purpose to go and make new disciples of Jesus. The church had two goals in mind with its most recent project. Firstly, it was keen to find a way of broadcasting its message significantly beyond its previous scope, and secondly, it needed to find a system capable of streaming services from either church to the other on any given Sunday. On the recommendation of NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina, TheMET looked into Streambox multi-site streaming solutions.
Streambox is a point-to-point video distribution service allowing users to capture, send and receive video from anywhere. The service includes the option to deliver live video to the web and mobile devices with almost no delay, making it a great tool for houses of worship trying to spread their message. As well as broadcasting between sites, the technology also enables members of the congregation who may not be able to attend the service to participate.
TheMET turned to Streambox’s half-duplex HD 9300 encoders as these could stream from either site with a simple change in settings. This means that either Houston or Cypress could host the sermon and stream it to the other location, where a Streambox HD encoder would be functioning as a decoder. The church has a 10Mbps Metro-E connection between the two campuses and streams at 6,500Kbps. This provides it with a latency time of only five frames and provides a connection resilient enough to handle the streaming of services live on its website to any interested parties.
Halfway around the world, the Apostolic Church in Lagos, Nigeria had similar goals in mind. Again the church called upon Streambox, this time to provide a solution for its ever-expanding congregation. For this church, Streambox provides the capability for missionary workers to take part in services whilst reporting on current activities, and also allows like-minded churches to cooperate by breaking down geographical barriers.
The church is one of the largest congregations in the country, with a National Temple that holds up to 100,000 worshippers in any given service. The church selected the Streambox 5300 series rackmount units as an affordable solution to reach worshippers in Israel via video. It employed a pair of units to run 24/7 video from the church in Lagos to SatLink, a content delivery provider in Israel.
A major advantage of the Streambox solution is that it has saved the church the high costs of a massive satellite video uplink infrastructure. As a result, the Apostolic Church is more than satisfied with its Streambox units and now plans to use the same technology for live video transmission to other parts of the world for both television broadcast and church overflow purposes.
These are just two houses of worship that have embraced this technology recently. Ryan Davis, director of marketing at Streambox, sums up how other churches can also benefit. ‘As society becomes more dependent on technology as a means of communication, video over IP technology will assist houses of worship in extending their message to reach a wider audience. Networks are becoming more and more reliable, and transmitting video to anyone, anywhere, will be a great tool in the future for staying in touch with congregation members that are constantly on the go.’