The Avenue Church Site to Site Streaming
The Avenue Church (theavenuechurch.com) is a multi-campus church just south of Dallas. A couple years ago they opened a campus in Ennis, TX about 20 miles East of their main campus in Waxahachie. They used a specialized streaming service that would give them all the functionality they needed, but they ran into two issues.
The current streaming service was housed in the cloud which had to leave the Main Campus in Waxahachie go through an AWS datacenter in Virginia or California then make its way back to Ennis. On most days this would be fine, but the unpredictability of the cable internet connection at the Ennis campus left the staff with an uneasy feeling. Several Sundays they had to have the campus pastor step up to take over when the stream would stop or started to buffer. It’s hard to grow a campus when the video is unpredictable.
With the current streaming platform it left the Ennis campus feeling like they couldn’t interact with the main campus in important events that they would want to share with the main campus. Even in a live video the stream was still about 2 minutes behind the main campus. There was also no way to send the video from Ennis back to the main campus.
We started investigating other options for them and decided the best route to go would be dedicated Fiber between the campuses. Featherston Media partnered with a local internet service provider to run about 23 miles of fiber to provide a link capable of sending high resolution video in less than 1 millisecond.
We wanted a way to encode multiple streams at once with the flexibilty to add as they grew into more campuses. Teradek had a great option for encoding video with the flexibility to add as the number of campuses grows. We can decode and encode on the same unit so the campuses can send and receive video between each other.
The next issue to tackle was the time slip. The Ennis campus may run a couple minutes behind at times so they needed a way to have a DVR functionality. We used ProVideoServer from Renewed Vision to accomplish this. The software works great and is very reliable.