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Google TV looks Rad!

I've been hearing a lot about Google TV and just saw this promo video.  It makes a lot of sense and seems like it's been a long time coming.   About 6 months ago I just bought a VGA cable to connect my laptop to my TV because I was watching too many shows on my 17' screen in the same room as my 42" tv.  I've always been interested in  Apple TV (I almost bought one but figured I could do the same thing by connecting my computer to my TV) which seems to be nothing like Google TV and while they seem nothing alike, they are both movements away from traditional cable tv.  It seems that with the speed of the internet now and livestreaming video everywhere, that it's only a matter of time before cable no longer exists.  I'm sure there will be some slow adapters, but I'm pretty pumped about this option and eager to watch it develop.  What I'm curious to see is how it will work with live shows/videos. I'm a sports fan and still enjoy watching many sporting events live (although watching commercials drives me crazy).  This platform makes a lot of sense for the tv shows that I can watch in an On Demand format, but I'm curious how it will work with live broadcasts online.  It will be interesting to see and looks like this will be a pretty sweet technology addition to the home!

Streaming Church

About 2 years ago, I got an email from Justin Graves that I could watch one of his concerts in Arkansas that would be broadcast live on the internet so I tuned in.  While watching I saw the website, Mogulus.com (which is now Livestream.com), listed as the website it was being broadcast through.  I checked it out and realized that I could also broadcast anything I wanted and it was FREE!  Less than a week later we began broadcasting our Segue Monday night services live!  I've often tuned into LifeChurch.tv's online worship services, but never thought this was a realistic possibility for our ministry.  We've never paid a penny and by simply hooking up a video camera to my laptop we broadcast ever Monday for the world to see.  We have had viewers from Brazil, Japan, Germany, Kentucky, New York, and even some in San Antonio with as many as 300 on some weeks.  Since experimenting with this technology, I have become more and more fascinated by the possibilities when it comes to maximizing these resources in furthering the gospel.

A few months ago, I ran across a website: StreamingChurch.tv.  This service seems to be the ideal platform for any church to begin broadcasting their services online with a platform very similar to LifeChurch.tv.  Whether you have 1 camera on a tripod or a multi camera switcher, this platform seems to be extremely easy to use for both the church broadcasting and the watching viewer.  While this isn't cheap ($99/month + $2.25/gig), it's extremely affordable in comparison to other similar options.  The estimated cost/service is $15/service, that's not bad at all when you look at all that covers.

I would love to hear from anyone who is actually using StreamingChurch.tv to hear what you think.  I also encourage you to check out Livestream.com and Ustream.com as FREE options to begin experimenting with this technology.