The StreamSpot Blog

Insight, news and reviews from the StreamSpot staff

Laura Duerring

Laura Duerring is the co-founder & President of StreamSpot. Here are a few facts about Laura. 1) Early in her career, Laura anchored her own technology segment on the local evening news in her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. 2) From time to time, current StreamSpot customers can find Laura running their robotic cameras on weekends for special events at their venues; she likes staying in tune with StreamSpot customers across the country. 3) A big Wizard of Oz collector, Laura wore a custom pair of ruby slippers on her wedding day!

Recent Posts

Instant Chromecast Integration Now Live

Posted by Laura Duerring 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 Laura Duerring 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 Laura Duerring 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

Connecting with Millennials (and More Members of Your Congregation) Has Never Been Easier

Posted by Laura Duerring on Dec 14, 2015 3:38:51 PM

Are you having trouble connecting to the millennials in your congregation? Well, in consideration of that question, do you have concerns about members who are far away, on vacation, or are ill?

One way to connect and maintain relationships with all of these groups of people is through live and on-demand streaming! 

Millennials and streaming

One of the benefits of setting up your house of worship for the live and on-demand streaming of your services and events is the convenience of essentially allowing people to be in two places at once.

This is quite ideal for millennials. Millennials are those born in early '80s to the early 2000s; they often are referred to the "Generation Me" demographic. They also are more likely to own a cellphone as their only phone, and mobile is the technology closest to their hearts. Live streaming using resources such as StreamSpot allows those who always have their mobile devices on them to catch your service wherever and whenever they want.

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Topics: Faith-Based Streaming, Church Live Streaming

Switcher Studio Integration Now Available

Posted by Laura Duerring on Nov 6, 2015 4:56:14 PM

We're teaming up with the makers of Switcher Studio to offer integration options with your StreamSpot account. Switcher Studio is a mobile video app that allows users to sync up to four iPhones and iPads to record and live stream video. Insert photos and graphic overlays, manage multi-view effects, and more to make your mobile broadcast look professional and great.

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Topics: New StreamSpot Features, Switcher Studio

Fast and Easy Ways to Connect to Your Congregation through Social Media

Posted by Laura Duerring on Oct 30, 2015 12:07:26 PM

Here at StreamSpot, we know that there are always many beneficial ways to relay information to your congregation, like live and on-demand streaming. As a new part of the StreamSpot team, I'd like to share some social media tips and strategies with you. This post be a little more geared toward tech savvy users, but it’s good and easy advice for everyone to use to stay connected with your congregation outside of the regular days of worship.

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Topics: Faith-Based Streaming, Church Live Streaming, social media for churches

StreamSpot Offers Instant Vimeo Integration For Streaming Customers

Posted by Laura Duerring on Oct 20, 2015 10:49:00 AM

Broadcasters can now expand reach to larger audiences

We're excited to share our recent press release involving our partnership with Vimeo and our instant Vimeo integration offering.

CINCINNATI, OH: StreamSpot, an all-inclusive live and on-demand streaming provider for churches, synagogues, and event-based organizations, announces that it will now offer instant Vimeo integration to its customers. Vimeo, a popular sharing website in which users can upload, share and view videos, has recently named StreamSpot a “preferred publisher” and has worked closely with the Cincinnati-based streaming company to foster a partnership.

StreamSpot’s customers can now enjoy 1-click integration or automatic integration, easily syndicating archives to Vimeo directly from their MyStreamSpot portal. First offered to a small subset of customers as a beta, the instant Vimeo integration feature is now offered to all StreamSpot customers.

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Topics: Promote Your Live Streaming Services, New StreamSpot Features

How to Promote Your Church's Live Stream Capabilities

Posted by Laura Duerring on Jul 20, 2015 2:00:00 PM

We recently spoke at the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's Digital Parish Expo event.  In preparation for meeting several of our current customers and meeting new faces, we created a handout of useful ways to promote streaming within one's church.  

Photo courtesy of Pixabay/tpsdave

Live streaming your church's services and events is an excellent way to evangelize the Word. However, just having a live stream doesn't mean that your current and future congregants will watch on a regular basis.

Here are some ways to promote your church's live stream and improve your chances to boost traffic both online and through your church's doors.

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Topics: Promote Your Live Streaming Services, Faith-Based Streaming, Church Live Streaming