BoxCast 2016: A Year In Review

December 30, 2016

2016 was a big year at BoxCast. From number of broadcast views to the amount of coffee consumed, this infographic breaks down our year by the numbers.

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Can These Tech Trends Help Your Church Reach Members?

December 27, 2016

In recent years, many churches have turned to technology to help them spread God’s Word. Though some would argue that the use of technology in ministry can be controversial, many others would argue that such a practice is unavoidable. In fact, as Pastor Carey Nieuwhof says in his book Lasting Impact, “if the change inside the church isn’t equal to or greater than the change outside our walls, irrelevance is inevitable.”

This post explores technology trends that are aiding ministries around the world to reach their communities in new and meaningful ways.

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What Does 4K Actually Mean?

December 14, 2016

This post is a brief introduction to the world of 4K. It covers the basics of the video resolution and addresses what makes it better than HD resolution. It's part of our series on 4K live streaming.

Whether you work in the world of video production or are merely a purchaser of electronics, you’ve likely heard about 4K video. 4K isn’t just a buzzword; it’s an incredible, new quality of video that’s soon to be the standard quality for any TV, computer screen, or camera. 

Understanding what 4K technology actually means will help you make educated purchasing decisions on 4K labeled products, regardless of whether they’re at the consumer, prosumer, or professional level.

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3 Myths About Live Streaming for Associations

November 29, 2016

Associations are fantastic at staying up to date with the latest technologies to meet their members’ needs. However, when it comes to live streaming their events, they always bring up one of three concerns: attendance, complexity, or cost.

This post address those concerns head-on, aiming to clarify the three most common misconceptions about live streaming when it comes to associations.

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Two Simple Ways to Include Audio on Your Streams

November 17, 2016

This post covers two ways you can integrate audio into your sports team's live stream. It's part of our series on audio tips for live streaming.

Imagine turning the TV on to watch your favorite sports team only to discover that no sound was playing. You’d think something was broken. That frustration would quickly turn into anger and you’d likely watch something else.

Viewers’ expectations of your streams aren’t any different. Sure, when people tune into a sports game, they want to see the action. But they also want to be able to hear what’s going on.

If you’ve opted not to include sound because you’re short-staffed or don’t have appropriate resources, there are still ways to provide your viewers with a better experience. This post outlines two easy ways to do just that.

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Research Shows This is Why People Switch Churches

November 10, 2016

This post addresses what the data says about why people move to a new church. It's part of our series on church growth.

Approximately half of U.S. adults have looked for a new religious congregation at some point in their lives, most often prompted by a move. A 2016 Pew Research Study explored the various reasons why people switch churches and the factors that influence how they find a new one.

This post dives into the research data to further explain why people switch churches.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Stream: A Swimmer's Perspective

November 09, 2016

As a high school swimmer, I spent countless hours in the water. Our exhausting practice schedule proved worthwhile during weekly swim meets and larger competitions.

For my team and me, meets were a fun opportunity to showcase our ability, earn respect, and meet other swimmers.

The magic of meets was lost on some people, however. For many of our parents, meets meant spending a long day or night in an uncomfortably humid facility. And no matter how much they loved us, many of our parents couldn’t justify sacrificing entire days to watch us swim, especially when we might have only competed in a few events.

This post explains why, from a swimmer’s perspective, more facilities should stream their meets.

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Video White Balance 101: What You Need to Know

November 01, 2016

Live video has emerged as a powerhouse communications tool. If done right, it provides remote viewers with the ability to feel involved in your event.

A huge component of any live experience, however, is the vibrancy and color of the environment. Though many people do not know it, colors captured on camera are often skewed from reality. A process called “white balance” addresses this head-on. This post explains everything you need to know about white balance and how it affects the quality of your videos.

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The Top 4 Reasons Your Swim Club Should Absolutley Stream

October 13, 2016

Swimming fans flocked to online Olympics coverage this year. Though commercial-heavy, NBC’s streaming coverage was overwhelmingly praised. People reported that they loved listening to the arena’s natural sound; they could even hear the coaches and competitors.

This streaming technology isn’t only available to networks willing to pay millions of dollars. In fact, swimming venues around the country are finding that they can stream their meets for a tiny fraction of that cost. The return is invaluable: parents and fans can tune in to watch their kids in the water, even if they can’t make it to the arena itself.

There’s a common misconception that streaming meets would be tricky. It’s not! This post outlines four reasons that your swim club should start live video streaming.

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6 Benefits of Using Church Online Platform

October 12, 2016

The world is more connected than ever. Let’s connect it with Christ.

These are the words that greet you on Church Online Platform’s website. It’s true – we spend an increasing amount of time connecting with people online, whether it be friends and family on Facebook or colleagues on LinkedIn. In a world where technology is so readily at our fingertips, why not use it to grow closer to Christ?

Church Online Platform makes this easy to do. Founded on the idea that “church” isn’t confined to a building, this free platform leverages technology to build a community that extends beyond one location. In doing so, they’ve been able to engage more people in ministry and reach seekers that may never have otherwise had an encounter with Christ.

As a BoxCast customer, it’s clear that your ministry is aligned with this mission. As you look to amplify your church’s impact, consider these six beneficial features of Church Online Platform:

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[INFOGRAPHIC:] How Live Video Streaming with BoxCast Actually Works

October 11, 2016

Live video streaming has historically been complex and confusing.

Every day, we work hard to defy that precedence, building a high-performance platform that's simple to use. To stream with BoxCast, all your organization has to do to successfully stream events is capture the video. We take care of the rest.

Here's how we do it:

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How to Recruit a Media Team for Free

October 06, 2016

Working in sports administration isn’t easy.

There’s always so much to do, whether it be to compile stats for each sport, collect information on each athlete, communicate with the conference, write press releases, update the school’s website, or something else.

Though the never-ending nature of these tasks can feel like too much to handle, most schools don’t have the funds to employ additional help. But all hope is not lost! Leveraging the following three resources you already have at your fingertips can simultaneously build your media team and develop students' skillsets.

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How Your Church Can Effectively Apologize on Social Media

October 06, 2016

Though the need might seem negligible, at some point, your church might have to apologize for a miscommunication, misunderstanding, or general misstep for something it posted on social media.

The thing is, apologizing on social media isn’t the same as apologizing in person; these mediums have their own rules. This post breaks down how to effectively communicate an apology on social media.

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3 Ways to Improve Your Church Announcements

September 29, 2016

Imagine if every play, concert or sports game was preceded by a lengthy monologue of related events. How long would it take before you tuned it out?

Not long.

Yet, many churches are guilty of doing exactly that. They begin each service with church announcements, a chronicle of committee meetings, bake sales, baptisms, church trips, etc. that every member must sit through before they can begin to worship.

It’s time to reconsider the tradition of church announcements. It’s 2016, and there are better ways to share information - ways that won’t delay the start of services and potentially drain the energy in the room.

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5 Proven Ways Pastors Can Relax in Front of the Camera

September 22, 2016

There’s something about a camera lens that absolutely unhinges some people.

Even pastors at ease in front of large congregations can be paralyzed when they see the unblinking eye of a lens staring back at them. That not only makes for an awkward live stream, but it can actually hurt the experience for the people in the audience.

There’s no surefire way to turn someone into a natural in front of the camera, but there are ways that can help anyone relax and forget about the lens, at least for a little while. Below you’ll find several simple tips:

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5 Awesome Reasons SIDs Are Excited About Live DVR

September 20, 2016

 

When Live DVR was introduced to television several years ago, it took the world by storm. People's ability to pause and rewind their favorite shows in real-time transformed the viewing experience.

BoxCast is excited to roll out our own Live DVR feature for your live video streams. But the feature isn’t just great for viewers at home; it can also be used to make your game staff more efficient.

Below are five reasons that sports information directors should be pumped about Live DVR:

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How to Make Highlight Clips with BoxCast

September 07, 2016

The uncertainty of what will happen in any sports game is what keeps fans hooked. 

No two face-offs are ever the same, as there’s always the chance for the underdog to make a comeback, the opportunity for a nail-biting buzzerbeater, or the possibility for a team to make history. Sports are magical, and we can’t get enough.

When one of these amazing plays happen, we want to watch it over and over again, reliving the glory of that single moment. It’s why BoxCast just released the ability to capture live highlight clips. This post explains how to use the new feature.  

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What You Need to Know About BoxCast's "Exceedingly Enough" Podcast

September 07, 2016

Dear listener,

Shepherding a child's heart to know and follow Jesus is simultaneously wonderful and challenging. When my son Thaddeus was born four years ago, one of the ways that I embarked on this journey was by writing him daily devotionals from the pages of Scripture.

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Live Streaming Story: How to Share Events with Your Cross-Country Team [Venture for America]

September 01, 2016

Here's the story of how Venture for America, a national nonprofit based in New York City, made it's events accessible to it's team members across the country.

Growing pains are bound to surface for any business on the rise.

Though they can induce changes that catapult an organization onto its next phase of success, growth can also test its core spirit and even lead to its demise. If not managed properly, alignment, transparency, and identity are all at stake.

To successfully absorb these pains and use them to their advantage, companies must experiment with various solutions, hoping that the path they’ve chosen is the one that works best.

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Youth Sports Are in Crisis, But Why?

August 23, 2016

Youth sports are in crisis.

Though we know them to have multiple positive impacts on children’s mental and physical development, youth sports participation has been on the decline in recent years. In fact, the number of kids participating in youth sports declined by 9% between 2009 and 2014 according to a study done by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association.

This post identifies the underlying reasons for this decline, and in doing so, tries to paint a clearer picture of the state of youth sports in America.

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The Top 5 Christian Movies Every Believer Should Watch

August 18, 2016

We all know the struggle of endlessly flipping through Netflix titles looking for the perfect way to spend a Friday night. The truth is it can be difficult to find wholesome Christian movies to watch with your entire family. If you’re trying to find a wonderful way to spend an evening, be sure to consider these five faith-rooted films.

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6 Reasons Your Church Should Automate Its Social Media

August 17, 2016

Churches around the country have turned to social media to engage their members, communicate announcements, and share inspirational posts. Chances are high that if you’ve started to use social media to reach your community, your members enjoy seeing reminders of their faith on their social media feeds.

Still, many churches find that keeping an active presence on social media platforms is more work than they had initially anticipated. After all, maintaining frequency of high quality content is no easy task. That’s why many have turned to automation.

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[Infographic:] How to Beautifully Stream in Remote Locations

August 09, 2016

Outdoor events can be beautiful. Sometimes, the more remote, the better. The serenity and seclusion create a peacefulness unforgotten by those present. But what about the people who couldn’t be there? Can they watch the event too?

Absolutely they can. But the question we hear when remote-location events come up is "How can you stream an event without internet?"

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Should Your League Be Giving Out Participation Awards?

August 02, 2016

Last year, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison very publicly returned the participation awards that his children, six and eight years old, received from their youth sports leagues. He took to Instagram to air his thoughts:

“While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them til the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. I'm sorry I'm not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned...”

His commentary sheds light on a long-standing debate: should youth sports leagues give away participation trophies? Proponents of each side tend to feel strongly on the issue. What should your league do? Is there a right answer? In an attempt to help you weigh the pros and cons of the issue, this post explores both sides of the argument. 

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How to Reach Your Entire Congregation When You Need to

July 19, 2016

There are times when you want to deliver a message to your congregation, but you can’t wait until your weekend service.

Natural disasters and other unexpected events in the community present instances when you might not want to wait to communicate with those who need to hear from you now.

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How to Bridge the Technology Gap in Live Video Streaming

July 13, 2016

If you are live video streaming your content, you’ve already shown that reaching your community is important to you. Still, you aren’t reaching everyone you can.

There are members of your church who can’t attend services and aren’t taking advantage of live streaming. In many cases, this is because they simply do not know how.

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5 Hymns You Don’t Know But Need To

June 29, 2016

We live in a world where people are quick to praise the new and deride the antiquated. When it comes to song selection in our churches, this spirit of our age makes it easy to discover contemporary music and incorporate it into our services.

Though this has many benefits, too deep a fascination with novel melodies poses a danger that our worship will stray far from the invaluable canticles of the past. To combat such deadfall, it’s important to make a concerted effort to seek timeless and meaningful hymns.

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What's So Bad About Flash and Why Are People Abandoning It?

June 23, 2016

 

I woke up yesterday with a huge grin on my face. I had dreamt that the internet’s purveyors of justice destroyed the measly Flash Player. My dream is becoming a reality.

This post explains a bit more about why many video companies hate Flash and describes how the internet is moving away from it.

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Is There Such a Thing as a "Typical" Sermon?

June 23, 2016

It’s said that a good sermon can’t be too long and a bad sermon can’t be short enough.

The sermon is one of the most important parts of the service. Done well, it can elevate a weekly routine into something memorable and life-changing. Done poorly, it is quickly forgotten.

As you’ll see in the 2012 National Congregations Study, there’s no “best” or “right” way to conduct a sermon. Below are some interesting facts on how they can be influenced by region, congregation size, and other factors.

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[Exceedingly Enough:] What Do You Want From Jesus?

June 23, 2016

Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.’

(John 6:26-27 ESV)

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[Video:] How to Use the BoxCast Trimming Feature

June 09, 2016

When an event is streamed live, there’s a lot that’s left up to chance. No one truly knows what will happen during the event itself, in the minutes leading up to it, or in the moments that follow. That’s what makes it so exciting.

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Live Streaming Story: How to Build a Student Broadcast Program [Saint Ignatius High School]

June 02, 2016

Here's the story of how Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH built a broadcast program for their students.

“Follow a passion.”

That’s what high school students navigating the complex college admission process are often told by parents, advisors and mentors who insist that pursuing a passion is what will bring them success.

These days, however, students are often so committed to their schoolwork, part-time jobs, and involvement in athletics and the arts that they have minimal time and experience to pursue a dream career.

There is the occasional exception, however. And Brendan Gulick, a 2009 graduate of Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland is quite an exception. 

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How to Wow Your Fans with an Entertaining Pre-Event Video

June 02, 2016

Now that school’s out of session, many athletic departments find that they have a bit more time on your hands. If that’s the case for you, we have a special summer project that will add an extra element to your live video stream: a custom pre-event video.

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Why Your Church Should Be On Snapchat

May 31, 2016

I’m sure you’ve seen it lately — the white ghost in front of the yellow background. 

It seems like this white ghost is everywhere these days. That’s because Ghostface Chillah (the ghost’s official name) is the mascot of the fastest growing social media app: Snapchat.  

You might be thinking, “What does Snapchat have to do with my church?”

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[Exceedingly Enough:] Why Do We Do What We Do?

May 24, 2016

I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.’

(John 5:30 ESV)

If you’re interested in a humbling exercise, grab a pen and a notebook. As the day goes on, write a check mark for every decision you make. Here’s the catch: differentiate each mark by whether your decision was primarily motivated by a desire to please yourself or by a desire to please God.

If you’re anything like me, one side of your notebook will wind up with a bit more ink on it than it’s neighboring side. And it’s not the side I would have hoped for.

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How to Keep Strong Ties With Your Church Community This Summer

May 19, 2016

Summer is the season when the grass comes up and church attendance goes down.

Many congregations experience declining attendance during the summer for various reasons: people go on vacation, there are more family activities to compete with, there’s yard work to be done.

While your church should do everything in its power to encourage people to attend services this summer, some decline is inevitable. However, this can be a good opportunity to make the most of live video streaming.

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The Top 5 Ministry Books Every Thoughtful Pastor Should Read

May 18, 2016

Ministry is hard.

But as we learn in Proverbs 11:14, “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety” (ESV).

Though you can find this “abundance of counselors” in friends and family, one of the best ways to seek counsel is to read books by godly men. Below are 5 books that I found encouraging while serving in pastoral ministry. It is my prayer that they encourage your heart as well.

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7 Tech Companies Your Church Should Know

May 10, 2016

This post talks about a few of the companies that are helping churches engage and grow using technology. It covers companies helping churches with websites, live streaming, apps, and more. It's the main piece in our series on church tech.

It's been proven that churches that embrace change, including the use of technology in their services, are more likely to thrive and grow.

So, it makes sense that the world of church tech is expanding. Keeping track of all the new technological innovations can be tricky, so we’ve done our best to highlight the biggest movers and shakers. Below are seven church tech companies that have gone above and beyond to help churches in ministry.

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5 Guiding Principles for a Powerful Church Website

May 08, 2016

The debate over whether churches need websites is over.

Despite a few holdouts, the consensus is that churches, particularly those that hope to thrive, need a presence online.

No one sets out to build a bad website, but some organizations don’t put enough strategic thought into it and throw up a confusing mix of art, information and graphics, making it difficult to navigate and hard to interact with.

While companies like Squarespace, WordPress, or FaithConnector have taken a lot of the guesswork out of designing a site, there are some key principles to keep in mind:

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An Amazing Thing Can Happen When You Know Your Online Audience

May 05, 2016

Take a moment to consider who you could reach with a live video stream.

The people tuning in online likely include a mix of the housebound, travelers, members who’ve moved away and can no longer attend, people temporarily under the weather and those who’ve never been to your church but who found it online and want to learn more.

It’s an eclectic group, one that changes in size and membership with each broadcast. But it remains unseen. The live stream viewers are unaware of who else is watching. And, despite the presence of cameras, it can be easy for your congregation to forget there is an audience other than the one sitting in front of them - those in attendance simply do not think about those watching remotely. 

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Are Your Archived Streams Are Actually Important?

April 28, 2016

When most people think about live video streaming services, they tend to focus on what’s happening that day or on the coming Sunday. Live streaming is, after all, primarily about immediacy and helping viewers to share in a celebration that they can’t attend.

But there’s another aspect to live streaming that is often overlooked — the archived version of events that were just streamed.

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The Harsh Truth Behind Sports Parent FOMO and How to Fix It

April 26, 2016


Mike Donlin, VP Sports Development, and his son

I’ll admit it: I recently saw the acronym FOMO and had to look it up. If you did too, know that you're not alone.

FOMO, or the Fear of Missing Out, plagues every youth sports parent.

We all love watching our kids play. We want to see them succeed. We want to share that joy. The triumphs and pitfalls of our children’s athletic careers affect us just as much as they do our children.

Still, we know that it’s natural for our kids to fail. We want them to fail so that they can learn how to pick themselves back up. But at the end of the day, our kids are our babies and we want to be able to console them.

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4 Ways to Make a Great Church Website

April 26, 2016

 

In an online world that is becoming increasingly saturated with content, the task of creating a standout church website can seem daunting.

At Compass, we’ve had the opportunity to launch over a hundred websites. In this post, we set out to answer one simple question: what makes a great church website?

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Did You Know You Can Now Download a BoxCast Stream?

April 21, 2016


Note: The Downloads feature is not available with every BoxCast streaming subscription plan. Please ask a BoxCast streaming specialist or your Client Manager about the Downloads feature if you don't already have it.

Now, with the click of a button on the customer dashboard, users can access and download an archived version of their stream just minutes after an event is over. 

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[Exceedingly Enough:] The Importance of Prioritizing People

April 20, 2016

Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me all that I ever did.’ So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.’

(John 4:39-42 ESV)

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Why You Should Be Live Video Streaming Every Church Meeting

April 14, 2016

The church is so much more than a place for Sunday morning worship.

Churches also house various committees essential to every community, whether they be for community service, youth group, family counseling, and more. 

Still, with so many people involved, it can seem impossible to coordinate meeting times that work with everyone’s hectic schedules.

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5 Important Things Your Online Fans Want You to Know

April 12, 2016

If you’re streaming your games, it’s clear that you care about your program and your fans. You want everyone to catch the action, whether or not they can make it to the game.

Still, it can be tricky to know what your online fans are saying. Do they like what they see? Are there things they wish you did differently?

As a streaming provider, we get to hear from viewers all the time. Here are the five things your fans wish they could tell you:

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Research Shows Technology is Paramount to Church Growth

April 05, 2016

Churches that embrace change, including the use of technology in their services, are more likely to thrive and grow, according to a new study from the Hartford Institute for Religion Research.

American Congregations 2015, a national survey of congregations, is something the Hartford Institute has done five times since 2000. The findings are based on data from more than 4,400 congregations of all denominations.

The survey looked at what growing church bodies had in common and found that churches willing to embrace change and modify their worship offerings generally fare better.

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Live Streaming Spotlight: The College of Staten Island

March 30, 2016

Customer: College of Staten Island, Staten Island, NY

What they Stream: Athletic Events

Live Streaming Goals: Engaging fans and students

The Setup: Single camera into the BoxCaster with announcer audio

Destinations: BoxCast.tv

We recently spoke with David Pizzuto, the Associate Athletic Director/Sports Information Director at The College of Staten Island (CUNY) about his experience streaming with BoxCast.

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How to Use Technology to Spread God's Word

March 29, 2016

I had the privilege of spending a number of my formative years studying the Scriptures at the Moody Bible Institute. There, I developed a deep affection for the Word of God.

Heading east of campus toward LaSalle Boulevard, I would regularly pass the Institute’s grand stone archway to read the sole verse etched on the wall:

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

(2 Timothy 2:15 KJV)

This was why I came to Bible College.

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[Exceedingly Enough:] I Will Be Lifted Up For You

March 24, 2016

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

(John 3:14-16 ESV)

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Here's How to Ensure That Your Easter Stream is Special

March 23, 2016

For most churches, Easter services are the most beautiful and important of the year.

We celebrate the resurrection of Christ and the salvation of mankind in the spring—a time when nature renews itself, echoing the message that life has begun anew. It’s as if everything is working together to proclaim God’s glory.

Spirits are high, the sense of community is strong and it’s a wonderful chance to convert “Easter lilies,” those congregants who show up only once a year, into regulars.

But all of this can be lost on members who live stream the services. Yes, they’ll hear the sermon and the hymns, but, if you don’t plan for it, they’ll miss some of what makes Easter worship so special.

Here’s how to make your Easter live stream as glorious as possible:

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6 Ways to Get Your Sports Teams in the News

March 17, 2016

There's no denying it - the continued decline of the newspaper business means it’s increasingly difficult to get media attention for your teams.

Round after round of layoffs are decimating newsrooms—sports departments included.

So unless you’re heading up a high-profile Division I college athletic department, with dedicated writers reporting, tweeting and dissecting every move the school's teams makes, it can be frustrating to tell your stories.   

Publicity is a challenge. But not impossible. Here are six ways to get your teams in the news:

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Video Streaming Platform: The Features You Need

March 16, 2016

Since its founding, customer satisfaction has been at the forefront of BoxCast’s priority list. In our tireless efforts to create the best live video streaming company in the world, we set out to improve the entire BoxCast broadcaster experience.

Enter BoxCast’s new and enhanced broadcaster dashboard.

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5 Unique Moments Your Church Should Be Streaming

March 16, 2016

 It’s no secret that I live and breathe “church.” I play the drums on our worship team, am involved in college and career ministry, and even spend my workdays partnering with churches to best spread the Gospel.

This means that I’ve spent a lot of time with churches and have seen what works best for them when it comes to streaming.

Almost every church has success streaming their Sunday services, but here are some additional ways that you and your ministry can use streaming to glorify God and bless your church body.

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Why you should add lower thirds to your church live stream

March 15, 2016

 I had the privilege of spending a number of my formative years studying the Scriptures at the Moody Bible Institute. There, I developed not only a deep affection for the Word of God, but also for strolling the alluring streets of downtown Chicago.

Heading east of campus toward LaSalle Boulevard, I would regularly pass the Institute’s grand stone archway to read the sole verse etched on the wall:

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV)

This was why I came to Bible College.

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[INTERVIEW:] How This Devoted Church Conquered Its Snowstorm Problem

March 01, 2016

We love doing what we do because it allows people to share in moments that they couldn’t have otherwise.

Brandon Lovelace of Parkwood Baptist Church (NC) opened up to us about the ways that BoxCast has helped him reach his community members, even when snowstorms or thousands of miles keep them from attending church.

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[Exceedingly Enough:] “Men? Men Are Weak.”

February 24, 2016

Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.”

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The Best Ways to Console A Kid Who Just Blew The Game

February 24, 2016

The sense of pride when your child contributes to a team win is beyond description.

So is the gut-wrenching experience when it’s his or her error that costs the team a game.

If your kid screws up, it’s not the end of the world. But what’s the best way to approach them when they’re, at best, struggling with athletic self-confidence or, at worst, shattered behind the bedroom door in a pool of tears?

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5 Easy Ways to Raise the Profile of Your Church

February 18, 2016

This post talks about five easy ways to connect your church to local media groups. It's part of our series on church growth.

Have you noticed that the mainstream media outlets in your town tend to publicize a handful of congregations while largely ignoring the others?

It seems like every newspaper and TV station has a “go-to” congregation and religious leader for each faith. As a result, certain priests, ministers, rabbis and imams are quoted and interviewed over and over....and your voice isn’t being heard.

Have you ever wondered why? As a former newspaper reporter and editor who’s written many stories about churches, I can tell you how to get coverage.

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4 Super Simple Ways to Promote Your Live Video Stream

February 17, 2016

This post talks about four different ways that you can promote your live streams. It's part of our series on how to start live streaming.

The big day of your event has arrived. You and your team have done everything you can to ensure that the event goes flawlessly. As an added service to your community – both near and far – you’ve decided to live video stream it.

The event goes even better than you had imagined it would, yet upon reviewing your live stream stats, you see that nobody tuned in to watch it. What went wrong?

Chances are, you didn’t properly get the word out: you forgot to market your stream.

Promoting your event will require a bit of planning, but the four tips below show you how easy it can be.

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The Events Your Church Needs to Be Streaming

February 02, 2016

You’ve been live streaming Sunday services for a while now, and you’ve improved the quality and professionalism of your broadcasts. Your crew has a handle on the basics of sound and lighting and your audience is grateful for the new access.

But why stop there?

While Sunday services seem to be the most popular events to stream, there are many other ceremonies and events hosted by the church that people would love to watch if they were available to them. Below are three events we recommend your church should start streaming.

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Why Streaming is the Next Big Thing for Pro Sports

January 28, 2016

Remember the NFL’s toe dip into live video streaming in November 2015?

Well, now they are ready to dive headfirst into streaming.

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Sports Video Streaming: What You Should Know About Costs

January 26, 2016

This post is based on "The Ultimate Guide to Winning the Sports Streaming Game.If you’re interested in learning more about live video streaming your games and how it can help engage fans in a new and exciting way, download the free guide.

Let's face it: even the most loyal sports fan can't make it to every game. The logisitical nightmares of away games, jobs and other commitments can keep us out of the stands.

The good news is that your fans don't have to miss one more dunk, touchdown or goal. Live video streaming brings the games to your fans, wherever they are.

As you start researching your options for live video streaming, it's important to understand all the costs associated with the solution that is right for you. Below are three elements of streaming that can affect cost, expanded on in The Ultimate Guide to Winning the Sports Streaming Game.

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Are You Growing Your Live Video Streaming Audience?

January 25, 2016

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

Who’s watching? Perhaps a family that faithfully attends in person is away on vacation; A parent that is home caring for a sick child; Someone traveling for business. There are multiple scenarios that keep people from physically being able to attend Sunday service.

Streaming your services helps you include faraway members in your worship experience — but only if they know it’s available and how to access it. Though you might think you’ve done a thorough job making your congregation aware of the stream, odds are that those who haven’t used it yet have forgotten it’s available. Below are a few considerations to help grow your live streaming audience.

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[Exceedingly Enough:] The Language That We Use

January 21, 2016

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"

(John 1:29 ESV)

First impressions mean a lot.

The Book of John opens with artistic and somewhat mystical language to describe creation and introduce God. The first 18 verses of the chapter use lofty wording, deep concepts, and move at a rapid pace, likely leaving the first-time reader with more questions than answers.

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How to Optimize Your Network for Video Streaming

January 19, 2016

After lots of research, you’ve finally decided to start live video streaming. Let’s just say you’ve chosen BoxCast as your video streaming expert (wink, wink).

You have everything you need to produce a great video stream: a BoxCaster, a camera, and an Internet connection.

Here’s the problem — If your network isn’t optimized for live video streaming, the quality of your stream will suffer and you'll be left with some pretty unhappy viewers.

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The Top 5 Church Conferences You Need to Attend in 2016

January 14, 2016

Editor's Note: This list has been updated! Click here to see the top 4 conferences to attend in 2018.

For those of you who have had been blessed enough to attend church conferences, you know that joining thousands of other dedicated believers is an amazing way to recharge spiritually.

The sermons and breakout sessions challenge you intellectually and can strengthen your relationship with God in ways you might not have thought possible.

Luckily, there are hundreds of conferences each year, so there is rich opportunity to attend at least one. Below are five conferences we find most worthwhile to attend in 2016.

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Why You Need To Improve Your Church Lighting

January 06, 2016

This post covers best practices and advice for lighting in your church or ministry. It's part of our series on church live streaming.

How much easier would video streaming be if those watching at home could easily overlook murky audio, poor camera angles and insufficient lighting?

But they don’t.

We’ve all seen too many movies and TV shows to let us ignore those deficiencies. Of course, the members of your church don’t expect a movie-quality production, but low-quality broadcasts take away from the viewing experience and, eventually, could lose your viewership.

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