This is Why Your Live Stream Lags

December 28, 2015

It happens about once a week — a new customer starts their very first stream with a camera pointed at themselves; while watching it on their computer or tablet, they’re surprised to discover that they’re watching themselves from about 30 seconds ago, and they call us to ask why their stream is so delayed.

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[Exceedingly Enough:] The Sinners are Much More Fun

December 16, 2015

These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” 

John 15:11 ESV 

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5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Church Volunteers Happy

December 16, 2015

Churches around the country depend on loyal volunteer labor and ministry. These dedicated members faithfully give you their time and perform countless functions that otherwise would go undone.

Keeping your volunteers happy and managing their time is crucial to the success of any ministry. Here are five ways to keep your team members excited and engaged:

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[Interview:] How to Share Your Ministry With the Corners of the Globe

December 14, 2015

Bringing value to our customers is our main priority, so we regularly seek direct feedback to better serve and connect with them. 

We recently got in touch with Christ’s Community Church, a non-denominational church in Hayward, CA. We asked Worship Pastor Tim Jameson to explain how BoxCast live video streaming helps his church.

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How LeBron is Transforming What it Means to be an Athlete

December 11, 2015


What do LeBron James and the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices have in common?

As of this week, they all have jobs for life.

Justices are guaranteed their positions until they retire. James, according to credible media sources, just signed a lifetime deal to endorse Nike shoes.

A lifetime deal. What does that even mean?

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3 Reasons Why Your Christmas Eve Service is So Important

December 10, 2015

Every year, millions of Americans pile into their cars and head to church on Christmas Eve. Attendance can be so high at this time of year that some ministries will hold several services - some as many as five or six - to ensure that everyone who wants to worship can.

As a leader in your church, putting adequate time into preparing for the Christmas Eve service can ensure that it has the greatest impact possible. Below are the three reasons that if done right, this service will leave a lasting impression on both your church body and surrounding community.

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The Unconventional Way this Church is Attracting its Youth

December 03, 2015

Churches around the country are dealing with the same obstacle: attracting and engaging their church’s youth.

But the struggle to attract today's youth is often not a direct reflection on a ministry. Instead, we can credit it to the trend that younger members often vanish during those teen years when they’re learning to become independent and are prone to reject things associated with the family. Sadly, that sometimes includes church.

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Can Virtual Reality Tech Secure You a Winning Season?

December 03, 2015

Simulated sports training (and recruiting) is now a virtual reality.

It was only a matter of time.

Virtual reality, the technology used to train pilots (and inject realism to video games) is advancing from simulated cockpits to computer-generated football fields and baseball diamonds.

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[Interview]: Is Video Equipment Important for Your Ministry?

November 24, 2015

Current: A Christian Church is a large, non-denominational church in Katy, Texas, west of Houston. We asked Worship and Creative Arts Pastor Evan Schwartz to explain how live streaming with BoxCast enhances their ministry.

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[Interview:] This is Why Students Should Run Your Broadcasts

November 23, 2015

At BoxCast, we know that testimonials from our customers are much more valuable than anything we write ourselves. So, each month we reach out to someone, hoping that the way they use BoxCast can inspire you to do something similar.

This month, we were lucky enough to chat with Glenn Gonsalves, the Associate Director of Athletics and Recreation Operations at Bridgewater State University (MA). He and his team were early to the streaming game, having started seven years ago. They made the switch to BoxCast earlier this year and aren't looking back.

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Are Your Sermons Actually Engaging? Here's How To Check.

November 23, 2015

Public speaking is hard.

Or, at least it is for most people. But if you’re a pastor, you know how to command a room and have the uncommon knack for speaking in front of an audience and connecting with them.

What happens when live video streaming enters the mix?

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What Ever Happened With the NFLPA and ACE Media?

November 23, 2015


Remember when the NFL Players Association announced their brand new venture, ACE Media?

Well...maybe not.


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[Exceedingly Enough:] Truly Knowing Your Savior

November 18, 2015

Jesus said to him, Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip?’”

(John 14:9a ESV)

It had been three years since Philip had become intimately involved in the daily affairs of Jesus. In his book Twelve Ordinary Men, pastor John MacArthur astutely notes that Philip was technically the first disciple that Jesus proactively called (John 1:43). Yet, as they sat beside one another years later in the upper room, Jesus’ words to Philip were weighty and confrontational.

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5 Easy Ways to Improve the Audio of your Church's Live Streams

November 12, 2015

Live video streaming is taking off. Churches around the country are realizing that when they stream, they can connect with their communities in new ways and engage members when they can’t make it in person.

Still, even the most devout believer is going to have a hard time watching with a live stream if the sound quality is poor.

Muffled sound, background noise, wild swings in volume and distortion can essentially ruin a live stream. Anyone who has ever watched an amateur video or live stream knows that the sound is one of the hardest things to get right — and one of the most difficult flaws to overlook.

While most viewers don’t expect Hollywood-caliber post-production sound, there are simple things a church can do to improve the audio on its broadcasts:

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The 4 Reasons Basketball is the Best Sport to Stream

November 12, 2015

 

There’s little sports fans love more than passionately fighting about issues that have no real winner: the best sports team, the best sports city, the best sport. (All answers are obviously secondary to the Cavaliers, Cleveland, basketball).

Though those topics may be heavily contested, there's one thing we're certain of: when it comes to streaming, basketball is easiest. 

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The 4 Huge Problems with Multi-Site Churches

November 12, 2015

As an involved member of your community, you’ve likely heard of the increasingly popular trend in the church space: that of the multi-site church. Those in favor of them claim that with more campuses, a church is more able to achieve its goal of spreading God’s word.

Others argue that just because you can open new locations doesn’t mean you necessarily should. It’s a major step – one that could fundamentally alter the course and nature of your church. As more churches take this route, it’s important to learn about the risks and rewards involved and the right way to go about it.

Last week’s blog post presented arguments for multi-site churches, so this week’s will encourage proponents of multi-site churches to consider the other side.  

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The Best Live Video Streaming Equipment for Your Ministry

November 11, 2015

Ministries around the country are finding the value in live video streaming, as it allows them to reach and engage their communities in ways that they were unable to before. Since you’ve found your way to this article, chances are high that you’ve decided that streaming could enhance your own ministry! 

Choosing video equipment can be an overwhelming task. We’ve put together a list of our favorite equipment to make your decision as simple as possible.

Though BoxCast works well with all kinds of cameras and production equipment, these are our top choices for whether you’re new to the world of streaming, a professional videographer, or fall somewhere in between.

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What Happens When Sports Uniforms Become Advertisements?

November 09, 2015

Every nook and, yes, even the crannies of professional and college stadiums, ballparks and arenas are blanketed with advertising.

Every first down, home run and three-point basket is “brought to you by…(fill in the sponsor)” on the local radio broadcast.    

In the multi-billion-dollar industry of sports, no revenue-generating advertising opportunity goes untapped … except for the Holy Grail of America’s Big Four –  the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB – the uniform.

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The 5 Reasons Multi-site Churches are Here for Good

November 05, 2015

If your church is thinking about opening up one or more additional sites, congratulations!

That means you’re reaching a growing number of engaged members and people are excited about joining your community. Things like this can only happen when a church is truly connecting with its members and delivering a message they want and need.

Still, the growing trend of multi-site churches remains controversial. Because the subject is so broad, we’ll cover different aspects of it in this blog. This post will lay out some of the common arguments for multi-site churches. Next week, we’ll present the opposite case.

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Did Yahoo! fumble the NFL's first live-streaming experiment?

November 02, 2015

NFL’s first global live-streaming experiment: A touchdown or fumble?  

As far as gambles go, the NFL’s first live-streamed, online game was a relatively low-risk experiment.  
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How to Better Connect With Your Live Stream Audience

October 23, 2015

As wonderful a tool as live streaming is, watching a worship service online is not the same as attending one.

So much of the worship experience is enhanced by connecting with fellow members and the greater church family.

Those aspects are harder to achieve from a distance.

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The Best Live Video Streaming Equipment for Every Level

October 20, 2015

So, you’ve decided to start live video streaming.

Or you’ve at least started to do your research. As you’ve probably already discovered, choosing equipment can be challenging and time consuming. 

Let us help.

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3 Big Questions Pastors Have About Live Streaming Video

October 20, 2015

This post is based on"How to Reach and Engage Your Congregation In a Digital World: The Pastor's Guide to Live Video Streaming." If you’re interested in learning more about live streaming and how it can help you share your ministry, download the free guide.

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The Four Ways Major League Baseball Needs to Improve

October 16, 2015

For Major League Baseball fans, there’s nothing better than post-season. We’re in the throes of it right now, of course.

The game’s pace seems to quicken. Mistakes and heroics are magnified. TV networks bring in their A-list announcers and fill the ballparks with cameras to catch every angle and drip of emotion. Home fans are out of their minds.

As a viewer, it’s hard not to get swept up. But why does it take until October to get there? What about the other 162 games — the regular season?

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8 Reasons Why Hardware is the Best Option For Streaming

October 15, 2015

Hardware or software encoder? The battle rages on. Well, battle is a strong word, but there are important distinctions to point out between the two.

When it comes to live video streaming technology, the decision between hardware or software encoder will inevitably come up. The goal of this post is to arm you with information so that you can make the right choice that best fits your streaming needs.

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What you should know about the NFL and drones

October 06, 2015

Get ready for takeoff: the next big thing in broadcasting

The genius of sports broadcasting has always been the ability to think like a fan. And not just think, but to actually imagine Joe Fan with his beverage, brats and Barcalounger plopped down in front of the big-screen TV.

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5 Steps to Promoting Your Biggest Game of the Year

October 05, 2015

Rivalries. Every school knows which opponents they love to hate. And each year, teams work hard preparing for the big game when - in front of screaming crowds - they’ll face off to declare that year’s victory.

While coaches and players put in hours in the gym, on the courts and fields, there are several things you can do as an athletic director to ensure you successfully promote the big game:

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Trophies: The Strange Way to Guarantee a Profitable Rivalry

September 24, 2015

Wacky trophies actually mean something. 

College sports rivalries develop for all sorts of reasons: Geography. Winning tradition. Insults exchanged on Twitter.

No matter the genesis, healthy rivalries are worth cultivating.They stir and maintain fan passion, especially among alums, students, corporate sponsors and the season-ticket base.

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Is Your Church Using Social Media the Right Way?

September 19, 2015

Your church might already have a presence on social media, but is it doing enough to attract and engage worshippers? Below are ways to strengthen your ministry through social media.

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Kick like a girl: Div I football player makes history

September 16, 2015

Amid the blur of highlights from Saturday’s collage of college football games, perhaps the biggest news came on a mere “meaningless” extra point in a game that drew just 15,091 fans.  

The kick was sloppy, barely arching over the right side of the crossbar. It wasn’t even a game-winner.

But the kicker made history. All 5-6, 134 pounds of her.

That’s right, her.

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Is $500,000 too much for a high school scoreboard? This school says no.

September 09, 2015

Scoreboard: High school football $500,000, air-conditioning 0

Is there any doubt that high school sports programs are moving toward becoming big businesses like their college brethren? Take a glance at the end zone of the Norcross (Ga.) High School football field.   

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How Fantasy Football Costs Us $13 Billion Every Year

August 28, 2015

The NFL is unquestionably America’s sports pastime, and fantasy football is how Americans burn time — especially at the office.

Employers, you’ve been warned: The NFL season opener on September 10 means that time suck is all about to rev up again as fantasy football leagues across the continent (and beyond) conduct their annual player drafts. And for the following 17 weeks, participants will continue their chase for cash and bragging rights.

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How To Give Your Player an Edge in the Recruitment Game

August 17, 2015

Nothing determines an athletic program’s long-term success quite like talent evaluation. Not even a Hall of Fame coach can squeeze winning out of a talentless roster.

That means if you have a talented player on your team, scouts are looking for them. But finding the skillset they seek is not always such an easy task. As a coach or AD, you have to help your players get recruited.

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[Interview]: Can Live Video Streaming Stengthen Your Church Community?

August 13, 2015

Deciding whether to incorporate live video streaming into one's ministry is a complex decision that is facing more and more church leaders around the country. Video streaming is a wonderful tool to better engage communities and touch more lives, but determining if it's right for you can be overwhelming.

It can be helpful to hear from other customers when deciding whether to use a service. In this post, Pastor Charles Moore from First Baptist Summit (Summit, OK) explains why he has found BoxCast to be a wonderful solution for his needs and how streaming his services has brought his community closer together than ever before.

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The Trick to Squeezing More Dollars from your Hall of Fame Banquet

July 31, 2015

The four newest members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame — Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz — were inducted last weekend, capping off a four-day celebration in Cooperstown, N.Y. And, it was all captured live on MLB Network.

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Should Your Ministry Make Room For Live Video Streaming?

July 30, 2015

Imagine going a month without your smartphone. Would you survive?

How would you get from point A to point B? Would your reputation suffer if you couldn’t respond to an email within 30 minutes? Would your relationships hurt if you couldn’t send a quick text at any given moment? How would you handle your time in an elevator? Could you overcome the silence enough to talk to a stranger for just a few moments?

This technological revolution isn’t just changing our personal lives - it’s also changing how we “do” church.

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[Tech:] The Flash Revolution Will Not Be Live Streamed

July 28, 2015

The internet has recently been flooded with news about Adobe Flash and its three recent hacker vulnerabilities (Exp.CVE-2015-5123, Exp.CVE-2015-5122, and Exp.CVE-2015-5119), prompting The Guardian to declare that “Flash is dead, and YouTube dealt the killing blow”. But what is all this noise really about, and how does this pertain to live streaming video? 

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Halftime: Take yours from nap time to show time

July 24, 2015

A great halftime show isn't just for the Superbowl. Top high school and college marching bands can draw and maintain a loyal audience, too. Don’t believe it? Creatively amusing halftime band shows are some of the mostly widely shared videos on YouTube.

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Top 5 Reasons Your Church Should Be Live Streaming

July 20, 2015

Increased access to the internet has transformed the way people communicate. It is nearly impossible to be in a public place for more than a few minutes without seeing someone use a smartphone to check Facebook, read an article, or send a quick text.

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[Video]: Wirecast Integration with BoxCast

July 17, 2015

Want to add other camera angles or incorporate overlay graphics into your stream?  

Your BoxCaster integrates beautifully with any production tool, without the hassle of installing drivers or complex configurations. Here's the trick - use the BoxCaster like a second monitor or projector. 

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5 Ways to Attract Fans to Your Games

July 16, 2015

Every year, fans across the country get swept up in Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby or the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest.

Modern sports marketing seems to be all about “the fan experience.” Though we don't like to acknowledge the truth in it, that expression suggests that the game itself isn’t enough of a draw anymore.

And for many fans, it isn’t.

To draw a broader audience and extend the shelf life of your events – whether it’s a conference tournament, rec league all-star game or even a league championship – you may want to consider creating fan-friendly attractions.

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6 Ways to Attract Sports Fans With What You Already Have

July 09, 2015

Everybody loves a winner.

It’s how the New York Yankees became THE franchise. How the Dallas Cowboys evolved into “America’s Team.”

And how the USA’s 5-2 victory over Japan to win the Women’s World Cup Final drew the more than 25 million viewers (the largest American TV audience in history for any soccer match — men’s or women’s.)

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Why Your Ministry Needs a Strong Social Media Presence

July 02, 2015

Pastors around the country are rapidly discovering the importance of social media.

Social media giants like Facebook and Twitter are no longer solely geared to college students; now, they’re how people of all ages communicate. Church leaders, in their unique position to spread God’s word, have begun to use these platforms to their advantage.

This post articulates why – when it comes to your ministry – social media is here to stay.

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3 Ways to Grow Your Team’s Fan Base

June 25, 2015

We all know there are few things more enjoyable than being in the stands of a great game. Emotions run high and the strangers who fill the arena seem suddenly to be best friends, brought together by the love for your team.

However, generating this enthusiasm for your team doesn’t happen automatically.

Here are three things you can do to build your fan base and foster a community that people are excited to be a part of.

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3 Easy Ways to Grow Your Church

June 18, 2015

If you have fewer than 100 members attend your church on a given weekend, you’re in the majority. In fact, 60% of Protestant churches fall into this category.

And though becoming a mega-church (church bodies that typically attract more than 1,000 adults each weekend) is in no way the goal for most pastors, you probably want your ministry to touch as many people as it can. 

Here are three small things every church can do to grow and become more inviting to its members - old and new alike.

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Five Ways to Ensure Fans Find Your Sports Stream

June 11, 2015

We’re all seeing it happen - streaming is taking off. Whether it’s people bingeing on Netflix or listening to their favorite tunes on Spotify, this popular technology gives us what we want when we want it.

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Is Live Video Streaming Right For Your Church?

June 04, 2015

Churches across the country are finding they can better engage their congregations through live video streaming - a tool that enables viewers to join their communities when they can’t make it to church.

Still, some people question whether live video streaming has a place in church ministry at all. In his article “Stop! Don’t Record Your Church Services,” Brady Shearer of Pro Church Tools claims that “most churches should never video-record their services.”

How valid are his concerns? Is he right? Or is video streaming a great solution for almost any church hoping to connect with its congregation?

Let’s take a closer look at Mr. Shearer’s objections:

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What to Remember Next Time You Buy New Team Uniforms

May 28, 2015


As the academic year comes to a close, athletic directors and coaches alike can rejoice -  the season has arrived to shop for new uniforms.

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Is It Time to Take Your Church Online?

May 21, 2015

Churches everywhere are starting to stream their services -  is it time for you to consider live video streaming yours?

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3 Reasons Helicopter Parents Could Be Your Next Best Friend

May 14, 2015

Many coaches have had to deal with with hyper-involved parents in their careers.  You know the type. They would be sitting next to you on the bench if they could.

These sports-crazed, self-appointed, wanna-be assistant coaches have been around forever -- they become super-involved in their child's success and can't believe their child isn't perfect or going to go in the first round of the draft.  

How do you manage this type of parent and what does it mean for your program?

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How to Keep Your Church Relevant in the 21st Century

May 07, 2015

How many times a day do you check your phone?

Though many of us hesitate to admit it, a recent study shows that average users actually check their phone an amazing 110 times a day.  

There’s no hiding it - we live in a mobile society. We've grown accustomed to sending an email and getting a response almost immediately. Social media makes pictures of all of our closest friends – and distant acquaintances – instantaneously accessible in the palms of our hands. And with text messages, we can get quick answers to our pressing questions without having to take time to make a phone call.

What does all of this mean for the church?

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The Secret to Keeping Your Organization Relevant

May 01, 2015

Have you ever taken a step back to evaluate the constantly changing dynamics of media communication?

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Learnings From Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Make Money for Your Team

April 30, 2015

On May 2, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will meet in the most anticipated boxing match this century. Revenue, both ticketed and pay-per-view, is expected to shatter records.

Should this mean anything to your sports team?

Short answer: yes.

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We're back!

January 28, 2015

After taking a brief hiatus from the blogging world, the BoxCast Blog is back in action. Like everything we do here at BoxCast, we aim to provide meaningful experiences for our customers. We’re applying the same approach to our blog.

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