Preparing Your PEG Channel for a Digital World

June 07, 2017

The world of television programming is rapidly changing. Just a few years ago, all video content – both live and recorded – was shown on TV, brought to viewers by a combination of local broadcast networks and cable companies. Now, everything is going digital.

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How We’ve Made Customer Support a Key Pillar of Our Business

June 02, 2017

When you're involved in streaming video production, there are a lot of nerves at play right before a broadcast goes live. For some reason, the stakes of any event always feel higher when it’s being shared with an unlimited online audience.

That's often because you not only have to make sure that the in-person event goes well, but also that your viewers enjoy a great experience online.

That can feel like a lot of responsibility to bear. And at BoxCast, we don’t think you should have to do it alone. Since our onset, we’ve approached customer support as one of the key pillars of our company. After all, without happy customers, we wouldn’t be in business!

This post outlines the various ways we strive to set our customers up for success throughout their entire streaming process.

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Here's How to Start Live Streaming Your City Hall

May 19, 2017

City councils around the country have started to live stream their council meetings online. Not only is streaming a great way to be transparent with residents, but it’s also proven to be an incredible way to increase civic engagement.

Still, determining how to start  live streaming can seem daunting. After all, incorporating new technologies in the municipal space is often coupled with extended research and frustratingly long implementation timelines.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

This post lists three easy steps you can take to be ready to stream your public meetings.

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The Best Strategy for Buying Video Equipment

May 09, 2017

If you’re new to live video streaming, you might feel intimidated by the prospect of determining what equipment you need, especially with all the options you have for cameras, cables, switchers, etc. Finding what’s right for you can seem overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be.

The five guidelines we’ve listed below will help you break down your decision process and properly evaluate what’s best for you.

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Should I Stream My City Council Meetings on Facebook Live?

May 08, 2017

In April of 2016, Facebook entered the live streaming world and brought new levels of attention to the online engagement platform that had been growing for years. Within a matter of months, they quickly discovered that users spend 3x more time watching live video than any other form of content. Live streaming is powerful.

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What Should You Know About Live Video in 2017?

April 18, 2017

There's no doubt about it: live video streaming has taken off.

Over the past couple years, video streaming has proven itself as a meaningful way for organizations to connect with audiences and retain their attention. We believe that 2017 is the year that live video streaming will cement itself as a mainstream digital medium. In fact, by 2020, video streaming will account for 82% of all internet traffic, according to a recent Cisco report.

As streaming inevitably becomes even more popular, video equipment will become increasingly accessible and affordable. Below are other video trends you can expect in 2017.

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Why Should Local Governments Stream Their Meetings Online?

April 05, 2017

For centuries, civic engagement and a collective interest in communal affairs is what gave life to the American democracy. Residents would crowd into town halls to gain insight and contribute to what was happening in the community. Journalists and other members of the press would turn out to get the hot story for the day.

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The Best Live Video Streaming Equipment for Your Local Government

March 22, 2017

So you’ve decided that your city hall could use some new cameras.

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How Does BoxCast Compare to Facebook Live and YouTube Live?

March 02, 2017

With the growing popularity of Facebook Live and YouTube Live, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about the difference between those services and BoxCast’s live video streaming solution.

We’re big fans of those platforms; like BoxCast, they allow people to broadcast important content to a larger audience. In fact, we’ve even built integrations that allow you to simultaneously stream BoxCast broadcasts to Facebook Live and YouTube Live. 

There’s also no denying the mass distribution opportunities that Facebook and YouTube offer organizations. With a combined user base of over 2 billion people, Facebook and YouTube allow you to share your events with a global audience.

Still, streaming exclusively on Facebook Live or YouTube Live has its downsides and limitations. This post explains why BoxCast remains the perfect streaming solution for organizations. 

 

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How to Choose the Best Live Video Streaming Solution

January 24, 2017

This post is based on The Buyer's Guide to Live Video Streaming. If you'd like to learn about additional key factors and features to consider when evaluating live streaming solutions, download the free guide.

The secret’s out: There’s immense power in live video streaming.

When organizations like schools, sports leagues, churches, or municipalities, decide to stream, they no longer confine their events to the spaces in which they're held; instead, streaming allows people to watch from wherever they are.

There are several different streaming providers to choose from. Evaluating each one and navigating the differences between them can be overwhelming. This post outlines six key features to consider when evaluating different streaming solutions.

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