Broadcasting to large local audiences

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We were asked to live broadcast the memorial services for two sheriff’s deputies on two consecutive days last week. The largest church in the region could not handle the over capacity crowds. After they filled the main chapel with 5000 people, they crowded everyone left into every one of the surrounding rooms on the church campus that they could to allow people to watch the 90 minute services. There was a problem however. None of the adjunct rooms on the campus was hard wired for connection to the video or audio broadcasting systems in the main chapel of the church.

Not to worry. Remember we were asked to live broadcast these two services over the Internet? Well the church in this case has an excellent Internet connection. That high speed Internet connection exists in every one of the adjunct rooms on the church campus. Every one of the adjunct rooms had either a projector and audio or a large television with the ability to take an Internet network connection from the wall jacks in each room.

Solution. The network folks at the church simply connected the TVs and projectors to our CDN using the church’s Internet connection and played the live Internet streaming video and audio on every television or projector in each of the adjunct rooms on campus. Image and audio quality were very good.

The church will likely use this technique next time they have an overflow crowd since it is much less expensive and easier than wiring or rewiring the entire campus for direct video and audio feeds from the main chapel.


About the Author:

George Hall Founder/President of VideoSSC. He has over 30 years’ experience as a high technology engineering executive. With significant experience in high performance computing, Military electronics, IP networks and Video Broadcasting. Board member Public Television. An author and frequent guest on technology programs and panels. He holds a BA in mathematics from Hillsdale College.

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