Steaming involves a lot of technical details. Here are a few of the questions that we get the most along with some answers. If your question is not answered here please contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions.

What kind of internet connection do I need at my location to support live streaming?

The minimum upload speed we recommend is 1.5 Mbps. Most churches that have a business DSL /Cable connection or a T1 line will meet this standard. If not, service providers often offer a higher upload speed upgrade.

Can you help us identify cameras and equipment needed to start a broadcast ministry?

Absolutely! Our team has years of experience in video production for churches and would be happy to offer assistance. We also have relationships with integration companies we can recommend.

I’m already using a free live streaming service. Why should I switch to your service?

Free streaming services like Ustream and Livestream are paid for by placing advertising in or near the player. Often, these uncontrollable ads don’t reflect the ideals of the organization. Secondly, it is easy to fill up and bog down a single server with large multimedia files. Our live and on demand streams are hosted on a network of servers around the world that are optimized for delivering multimedia to large numbers of viewers.

Do you offer HD streaming?

Yes, our system is scalable and supports higher resolutions. However, it is important to determine a target bandwidth that balances quality and the ability to deliver to the target audience. All streaming media is subject to the limitations of upload speed at the ministry site as well as the user’s connection speed. In other words, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

Why are your services so much cheaper than the other guys?

Our strategy is to offer affordable streaming media to ministries looking to connect and develop their online community. We believe in leveraging advancements in technology and bringing them to the house of God for missional work. Our goal is not to connect your ministry with others in our network, nor is it to connect your online audience to VisionCast Media. We believe that people are loyal to their local house of worship and the services we offer keep them on your site. Keeping our values and services streamlined makes our prices competitive and affordable.