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How to Stream Successfully during the Holidays

By Sophia Nelson

All churches and organizations know the familiar stress that comes along with the holiday season. What once were rooms filled with recognizable community members, are now mad-houses overflowing with old faces, new faces, and every type of face in between. Thus, in order to avoid excess hardship during this crazy time of year, on-site events are often planned to the “nth” degree and staff frequently warned to prepare for anything. And while this strategy has been successful in the past, with live streaming becoming an integral part of the “church experience”, churches need to know how to put on a successful online event—especially during the holiday season. That’s why Resi has developed the best tools and services on the market to help you create an engaging and effective holiday stream. Follow along as we dive into why you should live stream your holiday celebrations and what Resi products can help you stream successfully during this crazy time of year, including our Social Only Plan, our Starter Lite Plan, and our own Resi Ray Encoder. Plus, at the end, learn about our incredible Holiday Promo going on that provides huge savings on all of the products covered in this post. Let’s jump into it!

Why Stream?

While many churches believe their best bet for holiday-success is prioritizing an engaging on-site experience, there are actually many ways in which live streaming benefits current congregants, potential congregants, and even the church itself. So, before you say no to streaming too quickly, let’s go over the top three reasons churches should consider streaming for the holidays and how live streaming can transform their holiday experience for the better. 

1. Travel

Holiday travel plans can have a massive impact on church attendance. Many people travel great distances to visit family and friends during this time of year, which can leave your congregation separated and disconnected. Rather than forcing your out-of-town community to attend a random church service for the sake of celebration, offer them the ability to connect with their church wherever they’re at. By live streaming services, your congregation can celebrate the holidays with the community they love and experience your holiday message from any location—leading to stronger connections and an engaged audience, both on-site and online.

2. Grow Your Congregation

Another reason you should consider live streaming your holiday service is so you can open your doors to audiences you’ve never been able to reach before. There is always a major spike in church attendance during the holidays, as many people who may not regularly attend are often looking for a spiritual environment they can celebrate in. While in previous years, people simply attended the holiday services in their closest proximity, times have changed and populations now have access to any number of churches throughout the world. That’s why, by providing a live streaming experience, your church has the opportunity to grab the attention of countless online viewers and build connections with people who may be looking for a new community. Not to mention, by offering a digital experience, you’re also spreading your message and mission to those who may be unable to celebrate the holidays at your physical building, such as deployed military members or those with disabilities. Either way, live streaming this holiday season is a great way to open your doors to newcomers and grow your congregation.

3. On-Site Complications

Our final reason for incorporating live streaming into your holiday plans has to do with the complications associated with on-site services. During the holidays, the church has a lot of factors working against them, such as overcrowding, lack of volunteers, and even bad weather. The great news? Live streaming can help alleviate all of these different issues, leaving your holiday season as stress-free and efficient as possible. By offering your congregation the ability to stream their holiday service from home, you’ll have a lot less people showing up to your on-site service, resulting in a lower chance of overcrowding. And with the ability to provide a digital experience, you won’t need as many volunteers or faculty members to handle the influx of attendees, as many who are attending the service will simply enjoy your services from the comfort of their homes. Additionally, there is always a chance of poor weather over the holiday seasons, which could put your service in jeopardy if people are unable to show up on-site. That’s why always having a back-up, such as live streaming, is a great way to ensure that your congregation is still able to celebrate accordingly.

Young couple watching a church livestream
Young couple watching a church livestream

Services and Tools

Now that we all have a better understanding on how live streaming can seriously benefit churches during the holiday season, let’s dive into some products that can help transform your holiday-stream workflow. At Resi, we offer a long list of incredible services and tools that make live streaming as easy and efficient as possible. That’s why, in this post, we’re going to cover three of our amazing offerings, including our Social Only Plan, our Starter Lite Plan, and our Resi Ray Encoder—all of which can benefit your holiday stream.

Social Only

Our Social Only Plan is a great option for churches who may be starting out in streaming and don’t need many bells and whistles included in their features. During the holidays, our Social Only Plan starts at only $69/month and is our cheapest plan available. Its list of features includes Auto Scheduling, unlimited streaming to all social platforms from Resi’s cloud (Facebook, Youtube, etc.), and dedicated monitoring and support. Our Auto Scheduling feature is an incredible tool that allows you to schedule recurring streaming events and can broadcast automatically with no weekly maintenance. This will be great for the holidays, as you can schedule your holiday stream as far in advance as you want to, leaving you with less stress during your on-site service. But that’s not all! With unlimited streaming to all social platforms, you can stream with guaranteed resiliency to whatever video platform works best for your congregation. Whether that only includes one platform, or every option that’s available, Resi provides simultaneous streaming to any platform of your choosing—leaving your congregation with easy access to all the holiday content you’ve got. But if that feature doesn’t convince you, don’t worry, our dedicated monitoring and support will. Our Support Team uses proactive monitoring and reports to detect any issues in your stream before they even occur. Plus, with full email and phone support that’s always available—yes, even on the weekends—your holiday live streams will never be left helpless if something goes wrong. 

Starter Lite

Our Starter Lite Plan is a great option for churches who want a more robust list of features in their plan and who plan on diving a bit deeper into the possibilities of live streaming. With holiday pricing, this plan starts at $99/month and includes features like Simulated Live, Audience Analytics, Auto Scheduling, three levels of cloud transcoding, web embed codes, unlimited streaming to all social platforms from Resi’s cloud (Facebook, Youtube, etc.), dedicated monitoring and support, and more. While we’ve covered some of the features listed in our Social Only section above, let’s go over the rest of these features and how they can help you this holiday season. Starting with our Simulated Live feature, this capability equips your church to record and save any holiday content they’d like, and then broadcast it as if it were happening live. Not only does this ability allow you to create higher-quality productions, as you can edit any imperfections before broadcasting, but it also makes the holiday seasons less stressful because you won’t need to worry about capturing any content during your on-site service. 

Our next feature, Audience Analytics, offers you real-time, in-depth data on how your audience is interacting with your content, including viewer count, watch times, watch locations, and more. This data will provide valuable insight into the success of your holiday services, allowing you to analyze what worked, and what didn’t.

Our next features include our web embed codes and our three levels of cloud transcoding. Beginning with web embed codes, this feature is a fantastic tool that allows you to embed any content you’d like onto your own website. This is great because it offers you greater control over your audience’s viewing experience, as they won’t be subjected to any annoying ads during their holiday services and won’t have any other content competing for their attention. 

Finally concluding with our three levels of cloud transcoding, this feature allows viewers to choose the resolution at which they watch your content. The Resi cloud works in conjunction with our encoders, which will be described below, to produce three different levels of playback quality, which can be chosen based on your viewer’s internet speed and processing power. This equips your content to be displayed at a top-level resolution, resulting in an incredible viewing experience, every time. 

Resi Ray

Priced at $979 during the holiday season, our Resi Ray Encoder is the perfect tool for entry-level streamers and offers a compact-build that equips you with Resi’s reliable streaming capabilities, wherever you go. With features like a single HD-SDI input, an H.264 compression standard, up to 1080p60 output resolution, and 16 channels of audio, this encoder was built to provide the highest-quality video and audio possible, without skipping or packet loss. The Resi Ray is the perfect addition to any holiday stream, as many churches need to hold holiday services in larger locations than what their typical building can hold. With this encoder’s portable frame, they can have the resilience of Resi’s RSP technology at any location of their choosing—even one with unpredictable WiFi. Plus, by working in conjunction with your Ray Encoder, the Resi cloud automatically converts your video into multiple bitrates, which offers viewers the ability to choose their playback resolution, depending on their internet speed and processing power. All of these details combined allow for a flexible and resilient streaming experience that can serve your congregation all the way through the holiday season.

Resi Ray hardware encoder specifications

The holidays can be a time of incredible joy and connection within a church. And while focusing on producing an incredible on-site service is always going to work in your favor, we hope this post sheds some light on the benefits of live streaming during the holiday season. However, now that you know how these Resi services and tools can help you with your holiday streaming, we want to share more about our incredible holiday discount! Our holiday promo is running from November 7th-December 31st, and offers all new customers huge savings on everything covered in this post. Sign up for our Social Only Plan for only $69/month (normally $99/mo), our Starter Lite Plan for only $99/month (normally $179/mo), or take advantage of our largest hardware discount we’ve ever offered, which lowers the price of our Resi Ray Encoder all the way down to $979 (normally $1299.99). Be sure to check out more about our limited-time Holiday Promo here or contact our Sales Team who can help you get started with Resi streaming at a special price, just in time for the holidays.

Sophia Nelson

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