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 2017.

 

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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4 Ways to Make Going to Games More Exciting

January 13, 2016

Anyone who’s in the sports industry knows it to be true: as more and more fans become complacent with the “at-home experience,” ticket revenue is in jeopardy.

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How to Fix Your Church's Lighting Problems

January 13, 2016

Have you noticed that the lighting on your streams just doesn’t look as good as it does in person?

Some people would suggest to add more lights, but that can quickly become an expensive endeavor. Luckily, making adjustments to the fixtures and equipment that you already have can usually achieve the desired effect.

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The 4 Sports Trends You Need to Know for 2016

January 06, 2016

The new year just started and we’re already starting to see some major events shake up the sports world.

The Cleveland Browns rang in the new year by firing head coach Mike Pettine and GM Ray Farmer (and hired New York Mets' Paul DePodesta as the team's chief strategy officer - we'll see if his skills make the switch from baseball to football). Perhaps more surprising is that Chip Kelly lost his gig as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

These games find ways to keep us on our toes. But the sports industry we love is made up of more than just our favorite players and quick plays. Sports is a performance-driven business.

Though we don’t yet know how they’ll play out, here are the four “business-of-sports” trends to keep an eye on this upcoming year.

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Why You Need To Improve Your Church Lighting

January 06, 2016

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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