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Why Should Our Church Broadcast Our Services?
The answer is simple. When Jesus uttered the words "therefore GO" in Matthew 28, it took the Great Commission from a good idea to a mandate. As believers, we carry a responsibility to fulfill what was asked of us―to make disciples, baptizing and teaching them. But here's the trap. We often process those words the exact same way as the disciples, using the paradigm that suggests the word "go" means to be physically present. But Jesus knew what he was saying. The physical limitations of this world―or a particular period of history―were never obstacles to Him. The disciples didn't see the technology of today, but there's no doubt― Jesus did. And He sees tomorrow. So, the mandate remains the same. We are called to go. But aren't we also called to use every resource in the going? That's where MyChurchTube can help. Whether your ministry is regional, national, international or focused just on your local neighborhood, the MyChurchTube network makes it easy and economical for ministries of all sizes to do their part - to go.
The reasons, and uses for broadcasting your church activity on the MyChurchTube network is limited only by your imagination, and your desire to change the world. Here's the bottom line. MyChurchTube is here to become an extension of you. And together we extend your reach around the block. Around the nation. And around the world.
Isn't it Really Expensive to Broadcast on Television?
It used to be, but the landscape of television broadcasting has changed thanks to innovations like boxes that attach to televisions, called "Over The Top" or OTT, devices. These devices provide a layer of programming "over the top" of what is normally received by the TV from cable, satellite, or antenna. Set-top boxes like ROKU, Apple TV, and Google Chromecast all provide viewers with additional programming that is streamed via an Internet connection.
Anyone with home access to the Internet and WiFi can utilize one of these OTT devices to make additional programming available. An excellent example is Netflix. If a household can watch Netflix on their television, they already have the ability to watch your broadcasts on ROKU, Google Chromecast, Apple TV, and the Yahoo Screen network. Additionally, households with "SmartTVs" — TVs that can plug directly into the Internet, or receive a WiFi signal — can access your broadcasts even if they don't own an OTT device.
Through arrangements with OTT device manufacturers, and streaming services like Yahoo Screen, MyChurchTube makes it possible for your ministry to broadcast to virtually any television in the world.
How do we send you our video?
Is there a maximum allowed for video length?
There's no limit to the length of videos you upload. Most church sermons run between 30 minutes to an hour, but if your sermons run longer, no problem. There's no extra charge for longer videos.
Can we send you a DVD or tape of our service?
We only accept video files that are uploaded via the upload page on our website. Click here for info on how to convert your videos to a file for upload.
What are the video format requirements?
In order for your program to be broadcast in high-definition, video files need to be output as 1080p files, and preferably with wide-screen format of 16:9. You can also send files in standard definition, and standard 4:3 aspect ratio, but your viewers will have a better viewing experience if you provide files that are meant to be viewed on wide-screen, high definition TVs. CLICK HERE for the basics on getting started, or CLICK HERE for advanced technical specs.
I want to create a series. How do I do that?
A series can be anything as simple as someone sitting at a desk and speaking to the camera, to as involved as a scripted drama with actors. The format and content is totally your choice. The great thing about creating a series is that it becomes a permanent part of your Video-On-Demand (VOD) catalog, and can be viewed anytime 24/7. Some great ideas for a series could be:
The possibilities are endless, and are only limited by your imagination and budget. For PLAN I and PLAN II subscribers, each series you add to your broadcast lineup is only $50/mo and remains available on demand for as long as you're a subscriber. There is no additional fee for PLAN III subscribers.
Are there any restrictions on sermon or series content?
Not many, but the few restrictions there are, are common sense:
May we include the worship portion of our services in our broadcast?
Yes! All you need is the additional streaming license from CCLI and you're covered. Simply follow the CCLI requirements for identifying your license in your videos, and make sure the songs included in the worship portion of your video are covered under your license by using their song validation process, and you're good to go. No extra reporting required. One of the best things about MyChurchTube is that we don't monetize your videos by placing ads anywhere in your video. You can be assured that an ad for Ford trucks won't show up in the middle of your worship service! We don't place ads anywhere, so you're not regulated by YouTube's need to monetize your video and place copyright restrictions on your content. If you need more info about CCLI's streaming license, click here, or give them a call at 1-800-234-2446.
What is bandwidth, and are we charged for it?
First to answer the question "are you charged by the bandwidth used to broadcast your program to viewers," the answer is NO.
If you're interested in how bandwidth works, and why it's important to the broadcast of your program, read on:
Bandwidth is how the size of a transmission is measured. The higher the bandwidth, the better the quality of the transmission. Video transmission services like YouTube present their videos in a variety of bandwidths in order to accommodate people who may have slower download speeds from their Internet provider.
In relation to broadcasting to television, video is digitized into small packets called bits. The higher number of bits sent to the receiving television at one time, the higher the quality of the picture and sound. For example, low-definition video playback on YouTube's setting of 240p is being broadcast to the viewer at 400,000 "bits" per second. It sounds like a lot, but it isn't really, when you compare it to YouTube's high-definition setting of 1080p is sent to the viewer at 4.5 million bits per second. By comparison, DVDs and Blu-ray discs are sent to the TV at 29.5 million and 40 million bits, respectively.
So, at what bandwidth is your program being sent to viewers? We broadcast at two different bandwidth rates, 3.5 million and 4.5 million bits per second, to accommodate those with standard definition and high-definition TV sets, respectively. Your programming is always broadcast in the highest quality output available.
Why don't we charge you for bandwidth usage like other streaming companies? We don't have to, and neither do they, really. Some companies only allow you a certain number of viewers at a time, and charge you for the amount of programming each viewer watches. As you can imagine, even when charged what seems like the paltry amount of $0.09 per gigabyte broadcast, those charges can add up to hundreds of dollars per month. We use our own servers to deliver your programming to viewers around the world, and don't need to charge you every time someone wants to watch one of your programs.
A more thorough explanation of bandwidth is covered in this Wikipedia article.
How many viewers can watch our channel at a time?
An unlimited number of viewers can view programs, or even a single program, on your channel at any given time.
We want to broadcast a seminar, and charge viewers to watch it. How does that work?
The process is nearly identical to broadcasting your free programming. Just contact us when you want to create a pay-per-view event, and we'll set everything up for you. You let us know if it's a pay-per-view program, or monthly subscription program, and how much you want to charge viewers to see it. We then set up the pay-per-view program in a special menu on your channel's page*. Viewers are given instructions on how to pay for viewing your program, and we take care of the billing. You don't need a merchant account to accept credit cards from viewers. You can set pay-per-view pricing from $.99 per view up to $99.99 per view.
You may set up programming to be a one-time charge to view, or an ongoing monthly subscription.
If you're interested in offering paid programming on your channel, please contact us to get started.
The basics of the agreement are:
It's pretty simple. You provide the programming and promote it to your audience, we broadcast it on demand, collect the fees, handle the customer service, pay the taxes, and send you 50% of the proceeds less refunds and credits.
*Pay-Per-View event broadcasting is only available on the ROKU platform and requires your viewers to have a ROKU settop box, a ROKU stick, or a ROKU-enabled TV.
What Equipment Do We Need?
Surprisingly, not much. You can create video programming with anything from a smartphone, webcam, or a fully-functioning multi-camera setup. The choice of how elaborate you want to be is entirely up to you. If you are already recording your services on video, then you can probably skip this section, especially if you're using a multi-cam setup with switchers, etc. If not, we have some suggestions to capture the best audio and video for your broadcasts:
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