Haivision Provides Live Streaming for WFX Live, Receives Solomon Award

Haivision’s KulaByte Internet encoder/transcoder technology and HyperStream Internet media delivery services are enabling live streaming of WFX Live, a feature of the Worship Facilities Conference and Expo 2012 (WFX 2012) being held in Atlanta through Sept. 21. Additionally, Haivision is exhibiting its new live streaming solutions for the house of worship market at the event.

Haivision is providing live streams of all WFX Live content. This includes a continuous stream of the show floor from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT as well as live coverage of all keynote sessions and educational presentations to viewers on multiple platforms and devices. Live streams are accessible to all conference attendees and visitors on the WFX website: www.wfxweb.com/atlanta-2012/.

“We are glad to have Haivision as the provider of our live streaming technology again this year,” said Alexandra Kiefer, conference director of EH Events, producer of WFX. “The high quality and broad accessibility of last year’s live streaming made a very positive and lasting impression on our audience. This year’s online viewers will have the same opportunity to watch show proceedings, educational presentations, panel discussions, and have the ability to interact with presenters during Q&A periods. We feel that this type of highly interactive experience will be a great introduction into how live streaming can support houses of worship by engaging their community and expanding their audience.”

To stream the event, Haivision KulaByte encoders is making efficient use of uplink bandwidth from WFX feeds by combining the highest quality compression with stable stream outputs. Within the cloud, HyperStream then transcodes WFX streams into multiple bit rates and formats such as HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), Dynamic RTMP, and HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) for viewing on the WFX 2012 website. Content is available to users on desktop and laptop computers running Flash, Android mobile devices, Apple iPhones and iPads, and set-top boxes such as the Roku streaming player.

“Our live streaming demonstration at WFX 2012 is similar to the many high quality, cost-effective solutions that we provide to churches around the world,” said Peter Maag, CMO at Haivision. “It is a great opportunity for conference attendees and offsite viewers to experience the simplicity and power of today’s live streaming solutions for the house of worship marketplace.”

In addition to demonstrating its KulaByte encoder/transcoder and HyperStream services at WFX 2012, Haivision is exhibiting Makito — the H.264 1080p60 encoder appliance with 55 millisecond performance; the Furnace IP video system that provides complete end-to-end infrastructure for delivering secure video to every desktop and display; and Mako — the high-performance, low-latency encoder/decoder designed for connecting boardrooms, house of worship campuses, and other types of facilities.

Haivision was honored with a WFX Solomon Award at WFX 2012 for its Internet streaming ministry project at the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City. The WFX Solomon Awards recognize excellence in the creation of outstanding and meaningful projects reflecting the vision, goals, and aspirations of churches.

Haivision’s project was recognized under the New Media Usage category. Featuring Haivision’s KulaByte Internet encoders/transcoders, the Mako low-latency encoder system, and Makito H.264 1080p60 encoders, the solution is designed to stream prayer meetings live 24/7 from the IHOP prayer room to desktops and mobile devices. Streaming is also provided for live events from other ministry locations, such as IHOP University.

“The International House of Prayer’s Streaming Ministry is a perfect example of how houses of worship are using video over IP to reach more congregants,” said JoAnne Gaudreau, vice president of marketing at Haivision. “We are delighted to receive a WFX Solomon Award for this successful deployment featuring Haivision streaming technology.”

The WFX Solomon Awards — presented by Worship Facilities Magazine, Worship Facilities Designer Magazine and Church Production Magazine — are the leading annual national awards recognizing church building design across the full spectrum of church sizes and styles. Award winners were announced on Sept. 19 during WFX 2012 in Atlanta, and will be featured in Worship Facilities Magazine and Church Production Magazine.