New HD video live-stream for SBTS events offers mobile access, DVR capability

Communications Staff — September 22, 2015

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary recently upgraded its live-stream to high-definition video quality on YouTube. The stream features improved scalable delivery, including mobile and Apple TV accessibility.

Southern Seminary recently updated all its live-stream technology, including cameras and monitors.
Southern Seminary recently updated all its video technology, including cameras and monitors.

All video equipment has been upgraded to accommodate high-definition viewing. The streaming service — which is now used for all broadcasted Southern Seminary events, including chapel — is appropriate for any mobile device, including phones and tablets, according to Stuart Hunt, director of Southern Productions. Viewers using Apple TV experience an excellent connection, also.

“If you’re watching on your phone then you’re going to get a stream that’s appropriate for your phone,” Hunt said. “It will load quickly, it won’t eat up your data like the old system would. But if you’re watching with your Apple TV, with a fast connection, it will give you the best possible quality at the best possible speed.”

The YouTube stream also offers a DVR feature, which allows viewers to rewind live events. Subscribing to the YouTube channel (listed as “SouthernSeminary”) will make it easier to watch the stream through the YouTube mobile app.

Hunt said the improvements reflect higher standards for high-definition web content.

“Even five years ago, when you thought of live streaming, you thought of webcam and maybe a camcorder broadcast,” he said. “Now you have to operate with the same broadcast standards as you would on network TV.”

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