Jim Sweeney • Apr 28, 2016 12:00:00 AM
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.
Whether people want to watch again to dive deeper into the content they've already seen or if they were too busy to hear it live, archives are a wonderful way to bring your events to people in a way that works best for them.
That’s why BoxCast automatically archives every stream.
This digital archive is a valuable resource for everyone in the congregation. When an archived video is posted on a church’s website, both visitors and newcomers can better understand the culture and community of the church.
A family can relive a child’s solo during a choir performance; grandparents can watch their grandchild’s baptism as many times as they like; pastors can use it to evaluate their delivery; and, of course, those who miss a service can watch it when they’re able.
As wonderful as these archives can be, the feature can be overlooked if congregants aren’t reminded it’s available. The archives should be prominently displayed on the website page where the player is found with titles, brief summaries and dates for each broadcast.
We’ve all participated in events that we’d like to relive and heard sermons we’d like to listen to again. Archived broadcasts let us do that as many times as we’d like – and on our own schedule.
Archives aren’t just beneficial for people tuning in at home. If you’re a pastor, they’re also an incredible asset to ensure that your sermons are actually engaging. To learn more, read Are Your Sermons Actually Engaging? Here's How To Check.