Beta for viewing Church broadcast events over the Internet

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Beta for viewing Church broadcast events over the Internet

Postby starkjs » Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:07 pm

For many areas of the world, watching General Conference live is either not reasonable or not available. Numerous congregations live in time-zones where conference is broadcast during late hours or on work days. For others, they do not have access to a chapel or other meeting location with a satellite dish and receiver. In Ghana, Africa, congregations may wait up to six weeks for the arrival and distribution of DVDs to watch conference. For the April, 2010 conference, some congregations in Ghana were able to reduce this wait to one week by downloading conference over the Internet and playing it back using a portable computer.

For the October, 2010 General Conference, the Meetinghouse Technologies team of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wishes to invite local units to beta test various off-the-shelf technologies to watch conference either live or on a delayed basis.

[font="]Join the Beta[/font]
To join the beta, please send an E-mail to with the following information:

  • Name
  • Unit Name
  • Location
  • E-Mail
  • Phone Number
  • Calling

NOTE: By releasing your contact information, you agree to receive E-mails and possibly phone calls in relation to the beta.

Beta Participant Expectations
Beta participants should be proficient with technology and able to troubleshoot technical issues. Participants are invited to contribute to the documentation found on the LDS Tech wiki. Sharing your valuable insights will benefit other local units interested in using Internet-based solutions for Church [color=black]broadcasts. Beta participants should first seek to utilize existing equipment and only make purchases as approved by their Stake President.

Timeline of the beta

  • Sep 5th – Deadline to join the beta.
  • Mid-September - Solutions available and communicated to beta participants by CHQ.
  • Mid-Late September – Participants configure and test solutions.
  • October Conference – Solutions used by participants.
  • Oct 4th – Participants asked to provide feedback via a survey.
  • Oct 22nd – All feedback collected for analysis and future modifications.

Questions? Comments? Please let us know by responding to this thread.

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