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Live Streaming Spotlight: Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater StateCustomer: Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA

What they stream: Basketball, football, soccer, field hockey and volleyball games

Live Streaming Goals: To reach fans

The Setup: Camera into TriCaster Mini (for production) into the BoxCaster

Destinations: Website

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.

BoxCast: Why did you decide to start streaming your events with BoxCast?

Glenn Gonsalves: Bridgewater State University is part of MASCAC (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference). The whole conference made the switch to BoxCast at once, so our decision to use BoxCast was really easy.  

BoxCast: Bridgewater State is fortunate enough to have a television studio. Can you elaborate a bit more on that?

GG: When live video streaming started gaining traction about eight years ago, we were excited about its potential. We jumped right on board and started working with our local cable station, Bridgewater Television (BTV). Not only have our productions been great for PR, but we’ve actually been able to give our students who are interested in broadcasting or communications more real-world experiences.

Many students that we’ve worked with have eventually gone onto bigger and better things: Michaela Johnson (‘10) now anchors FOX Providence’s “The Rhode Show,” Mike Emond (‘13) was just hired full-time as a producer for NESN (New England Sports Network), and Taralynn Assack (‘14)  is an on-air personality for Dirty Water TV, an NESN show.

BoxCast: How do you use your BoxCaster? What do you like most about it?

GG: We use BoxCast for all our athletic broadcasts. This is just our first year with you, but so far we’ve used it to stream our football, soccer, field hockey and volleyball games.  It works great with our TriCaster Mini, allowing us to use multiple cameras and add graphics.

I like BoxCast’s easy set-up and the scoreboard integration feature that lets viewers see the scores and game clock in real-time.

BoxCast: How have your viewers reacted?

GG: People have told us that they enjoy watching our games because our stream now looks like what you would see on a regular TV sports broadcast.

BoxCast: Anything else you'd like to add?

GG: Just that I’ve been happy with all the technical help and quick responses to my questions. Thanks!