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Insight, news and reviews from the StreamSpot staff

What causes those pesky "freezes" during a live stream?

Posted by Brian Duerring on Jan 30, 2017 12:32:26 PM

There are only a few words that have been banned from the StreamSpot offices.  The most notorious of them are "buffering" and "freezing". Nothing puts a damper on a live stream quite like a picture-perfect broadcast, only to be interrupted by a few-seconds of a frozen screen.

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Topics: Live Streaming Overview, hls, buffering, http-live-streaming

"Why Should I Live Stream?" A Biblical Perspective

Posted by Ryan Campbell on Nov 14, 2016 12:26:14 PM

As Operations Manager at StreamSpot, the number one question I hear from houses of worship is a fairly basic one: “Why should I stream?” It’s a question that all streaming providers in the industry are asked, and from a technology standpoint, we all mostly answer it in a similar way: in addition to discussing the ability to stream in today’s world, we speak about reaching out to those who cannot make it to services, due to difficulty or distance: those who are sick, homebound, traveling, and cannot make it to services. These are all great reasons, but I recently felt compelled to look deeper as to the “why,” not only why from a practicality standpoint, but from a biblical one. I reflected on the underlying question, “what does the Bible say about live streaming?”

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Topics: Faith-Based Streaming, Live Streaming Overview, streaming basics

"WFX Insider" Covers Launch of StreamSpot ONE Encoder

Posted by Laura Duerring on Oct 28, 2016 1:04:40 PM

Subscribers of the popular WFX Insider e-newsletter caught a glimpse of exciting news that surrounded the StreamSpot booth at the Worship Facilities Expo a few weeks ago: the launch of the StreamSpot ONE encoder.

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Topics: Insider, Church Live Streaming, New StreamSpot Features, streaming basics, hardware

StreamSpot: A Product Truly Built By You

Posted by Ryan Campbell on Jul 7, 2016 11:58:33 AM
As the Client Services Coordinator here at StreamSpot, I bridge relationships between our valued customers and the StreamSpot development and technical teams. My goal is to represent you and convey your needs to the team. At StreamSpot, user feedback is viewed as more than just a gauge of satisfaction with the product; many of the features and integrations you see when you log into the MyStreamSpot portal have been created and refined based on our individual conversations with each one of you. Many can attest to making a recommendation or asking for a feature, and it being built and implemented shortly thereafter. At times, I don't personally know exactly what is entailed in developing a new tool or feature, but I do know whenever it's requested, it almost always becomes reality, regardless of the time and intricacy of the project,  and I cannot praise our team of engineers and developers enough for their dedication and relentless work ethic.

This type of synergy between customer and company will never be more relevant than the coming months as we roll out some of the most exciting products and integrations since the founding of StreamSpot. This is already beginning with the new analytics we featured on the StreamSpot Insider show, which many of you are already trying and giving us even more feedback. In the coming weeks, our Facebook Live integration will be getting a huge overhaul. Many of you have used this integration and asked for a number of features and improvements, and we feel you will be pleased with the next version of our integration. It is on par not only among the best streaming providers, but also any app or website integration on the market. I am very proud of what our team has developed and cannot wait to share it with you all on the next episode of StreamSpot Insider.

It is an exciting time here at StreamSpot and we cannot wait to share what are working on with you. Our ears are to the ground for what is coming up, and I encourage you to continue to explore our features and integrations and let us know what you want next. Use our Broadcaster Community to link up with other broadcasters. Together, we are building the best streaming experience available.
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Topics: New StreamSpot Features

Sneak Peek at Upcoming StreamSpot Analytics Upgrades

Posted by Taron Foxworth on Jun 10, 2016 12:47:26 PM

Behind the scenes, StreamSpot developers have been working to make your user experience with us even better. Recently, we turbocharged our CDN, and our latest focus is enhancing your StreamSpot Analytics. Until now, our analytics reporting gave you the ability to understand the "when," "where," and "how" of your viewers. The user's agent was tracked to provide you with accurate device information, as well as their IP address to provide location data, to allow our reports to give details on when a viewer starts watching your broadcast and how long they stayed, but we're excited to announce that we're taking our metrics reporting far beyond the basics. It's information that is important to our customers to dig deeper to gauge what kind of audience they are attracting online. Here are a few of the new features we're rolling out in the upcoming weeks:

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Topics: New StreamSpot Features

StreamSpot is now turbocharged

Posted by Taron Foxworth on Apr 29, 2016 6:08:29 PM

What to expect from our new content delivery network

At StreamSpot, we’re committed to providing the best streaming experience possible for broadcasters and viewers alike. For our customers, that means making sure that your content is being streamed in the highest quality, an integral part of the StreamSpot experience.

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Topics: New StreamSpot Features

LIVE overview of StreamSpot's Chromecast Integration

Posted by Brian Duerring on Apr 13, 2016 11:57:04 AM

Join us April 14th @ 1pm eastern for a LIVE overview of StreamSpot's Chromecast Integration.  We will stream the demonstration LIVE to the player below and to our Facebook Page.  Learn how easy it is to cast both live & on-demand broadcasts to an HDTV using StreamSpot's direct integration.

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Topics: New Integration Available

Instant Chromecast Integration Now Live

Posted by Jenn Rhodes on Mar 2, 2016 4:30:00 PM

We've recently released our instant Chromecast integration for all! Previously, this feature was available to customers who participated in our beta program. After kicking the tires and making adjustments based on customer feedback, we're happy to announce that this functionality is now available to all StreamSpot customers. Now, their viewers can watch live-streamed and on-demand broadcasts through their Google Chromecast device.

Read on to learn the popularity of Google Chromecast device sales, and how easy it is for our customers to make this feature available to their viewing audience.

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Topics: New StreamSpot Features, New Integration Available

URJ Announces Lifetime Streaming Discount to Members

Posted by Jenn Rhodes on Feb 2, 2016 5:09:14 PM

We're pleased to share that the Union for Reform Judaism announced a generous gift of a lifetime 25% discount for StreamSpot streaming plans to all 900 member congregations in North America. This announcement arrives near the first anniversary of the partnership between StreamSpot and the URJ. The partnership previously honored a comparable discount, although prior terms were limited to a synagogue's first twelve months of service. 

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Topics: Faith-Based Streaming, Synagogue Streaming, Union for Reform Judaism

3 Ways We're Celebrating the Official Release of the New StreamSpot Player

Posted by Jenn Rhodes on Jan 15, 2016 5:10:58 PM

IT'S OFFICIAL!

Thanks to our wonderful group of customers who participated in its beta and the diligent efforts of our engineering team, we're happy and proud to announce the official release of the new StreamSpot video player and more.

Based on the latest Flowplayer technology, the new StreamSpot video player allows each customer to customize their player in appearance and features. Our customers can utilize their branding, and can focus on providing the experience they want for their viewers.  Besides being adaptive and responsive, the new streaming video player will provide a viewing experience that is consistent across any device. Moving beyond our Roku integration, the new players make integrating into popular devices like Google Chromecast seamless. 

The new player has been through rigorous beta testing thanks to our customers. Our streaming experts on staff have also been kicking the tires in the effort to release the best product.

Read on to learn how we're celebrating and passing the fun to our customers...

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Topics: New StreamSpot Features, Official StreamSpot Release

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