The story goes that Herbert Asquith, British Prime Minister from 1908-1916, was once enjoying a weekend at the estate of the famous Rothschild family when he encountered impeccable service…and a few slightly overwhelming choices.
As the curtains in his room were being drawn back in the morning, one of the butlers asked politely:
“Tea, coffee, or a peach off the wall, Sir?”
“China tea, Indian tea, or Ceylon tea, Sir?”
“China, if you please.”
“Lemon, milk, or cream, Sir?’
[pause…] “Jersey, Hereford, or Shorthorn, Sir?”
When it comes to finding the best live stream setup for church, the options can be similarly mind-boggling. They just go on and on.
How to Find the Best Live Stream Setup for Church
When COVID-19 forced churches of all sizes to quickly come up with ways to connect with members who were no longer in the same room, you may have just settled for one of the easiest and free-est options to live stream your church service: Facebook Live or YouTube Live.
But like a lot of people, you quickly discovered that “free” has its price: unreliable service, ads you can’t control, someone else owning your content, etc. So now you find yourself needing to come up with a better solution for video streaming church service. You want to partner with a company that can reliably handle live streaming for churches, but don’t know where to start or who to trust.
We get it. And the last thing you have time for these days is wading through the online swamps of information on all the various providers. (You’d probably much rather find yourself in an English manor choosing types of milk for your tea!)
Click to download your copy now. It’ll help even more after you read the rest of this post.
Comparison of the Top Live Streaming Services for Churches
Let’s start with brief summaries of some of the top live streaming services for churches:
WSN is a turnkey solution for live streaming a church service. They work with each individual client to customize the right gear for their situation…no cookie-cutter packages. Their dedicated streaming software and network ensure seamless broadcasts, and their support team responds in minutes regardless of what service package you select.
Standard features for all package levels include: unlimited streaming, 1080p resolution, multiple cameras, video encoder, user analytics, and automatic archiving.
Full Disclosure: This is us.
Now, why would we include ourselves in a comparison blog post? Here’s another way to look at it: why would we want to mention the other guys at all? We could easily not do a post like this and avoid drawing attention to the competition. Most companies think that way. They only want you to pay attention to them…hoping you won’t look any further and come across a better deal.
We think you deserve to have the best information to make the wisest live streaming decisions for your church.
When you’re choosing who to partner with for your church live stream setup, take a look at at least 3 different providers—and make sure we’re one of them! We believe we are uniquely able to combine experience with the technology with an understanding of the importance of your mission.
They are one of the few providers specifically serving churches. Features they advertise include: live support; the ability to embed your live stream anywhere; easy integration with popular social media platforms, archived videos, and viewer analytics.
One interesting service they offer is “Multi-Campus DVR.” If your church has more than one location, it allows your other campus(es) to tune in on a delay then rewind to the beginning of your broadcast and watch from whatever point they need.
This is one of the bigger players in the live streaming industry. They have been in business since 2010 and have served over 150,000 broadcasters. They work with a wide variety of businesses in addition to churches including: Sports, Sales/Marketing, Fitness, Government, Entertainment, & Education.
Features include: live and on-demand streaming, easy setup, unlimited viewers included in all plans, customizable video player, video privacy and security, and video storage.
Similar to Dacast, BoxCast is a company that serves many industry areas. They are different in that they developed their own “tv station in a box”, Boxcaster, a streaming hardware integration device that greatly simplifies the process. They have since added a Pro version as well as a software app that lets you stream with just your phone.
Their 3 basic plans require annual commitments but can be billed monthly or annually. All plans include unlimited streaming and automatic recording. However, they are on the more expensive end of the providers we’ve compared.
Picking the Best Live Stream for Churches Doesn’t Have to Be Confusing
In many ways, WSN is like the butler Prime Minister Asquith encountered long ago. We are here to serve you and guide you through the many choices you’ll face in the world of live streaming. We know video streaming inside and out, can anticipate the problems you’ll likely face and are standing by to deliver excellent results.
We know that figuring out how to live stream church service can be a headache. That’s why WSN is the only company that offers turn-key streaming solutions. You don’t have to be an expert on networking or hire a full video team to stream live. At WSN, we have a world class network, backed by a robust web platform, and we can show you how to connect the pieces to create the high quality production your audience expects.
Download your free PDF on “How to Choose the Best Live Streaming Partner for Your Church.”
Then book a call to learn more about how we can help. We might even have some tea around here somewhere!