8 Must-Know Statistics About Livestreaming for Houses of Worship [Infographic]

Worship and faith-based communities are one of the fastest-growing groups online. Livestreaming for houses of worship is changing the way congregations practice their faith. More houses of worship are looking to streaming video to reach their congregations around the world.

Livestreaming worship services and study groups is becoming more commonplace for parishioners. In 2016, 2,778 houses of worship across 59 countries used Livestream to broadcast 166,700 services, ceremonies, and meetings. With live video, your worship community can come together and hear the same message wherever they may be.

“We were looking for a way to get our product out there and this was the easiest to access for a wide variety of people and more user-friendly.” – TJ Barnes, Athletic Director at St. Joseph Catholic Church and School, Fayetteville, AR

1. 33% of parishioners first learned about their church online. (Source: The Church Online)
2. 64% of parishioners say their church’s website is important in facilitating participation and attendance. (Source: The Church Online)
3. Almost half of U.S. adults (46%) have seen someone share their faith online. (Source: Pew Research Center)
4. 20% of adults say they have shared their beliefs on social media. (Source: Pew Research Center)
5. Since using Livestream, Champions Centre Church now receives 70% of total donations online.
6. In 2016, 2,778 houses of worship across 59 countries used Livestream to broadcast 166,700 events online.
7. In 2015
a. 14% of all online donations were made with a mobile device. (Source: Blackbaud)
b. $2.2b was donated online. (Source: Blackbaud)
c. 56% of online giving was donated on a branded giving page. (Source: Blackbaud)

The features of church websites that people rely on most:

Watch sermons and worship services online
Search for opportunities to serve
Look up worship service information
Take the opportunity to forward religious content to others
Read and share visitor information
(Source: The Church Online)


WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT STREAMING SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR CONGREGATION? DOWNLOAD OUR HOUSE OF WORSHIP GUIDE TO LEARN:

  • How the Champions Centre uses livestreaming services to reach their viewers wherever they are.
  • Real life use cases for congregations of all sizes.
  • The equipment and tools organizations are using to connect worshippers with live video.

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Vimeo’s Best of 2018: Live streaming, OTT, and Stock

We spent our last broadcast for the year recapping and reflecting on our biggest launches from Vimeo Livestream, OTT, and Stock. Didn’t get a chance to catch us live? We’ve got a recap and event recording for you right here.

Industry stats on live streaming and OTT video

We kicked things off with a recap of some of the more impressive (and mind-boggling) statistics from the live streaming and OTT video industries:

Live streaming continues to rise:

 

OTT is on the up and up:

  • Today, 48% of viewers are more likely to start their viewing with an OTT service, such as Netflix, Hulu, or a DVR (StreamingMedia)
  • American households collectively watch more than 8B hours of content each month through connected TV devices (Nielsen)
  • 17.9M households will solely consume content via OTT in 3 years’ time (Video Advertising Bureau)
  • OTT revenues will reach $83.4B by 2021 (DigiDay)

 

Creators and businesses are investing more in content:

 

Catch up on the full event below, or read on to get a quick recap.

2018 updates from Vimeo Livestream

We sat down with Nathan Lundie of the Vimeo Livestream team to dive into some of the big launches this year — including new hardware and long-awaited software updates.

First, we gave a sneak peek of the Studio One switcher and encoder. Compact, powerful, reliable, and nicely priced at under $5,000, it’s a great piece of hardware for those looking to get started with live streaming with a minimal upfront cost.

Then, Nathan walked us through some of the new features in our Studio 5 software. We’ve launched new ways to deepen engagement with viewers, including adding comments from Facebook or YouTube into Studio graphics. You can now use a web page as a browser source in your live stream, too, meaning you have another way to share content to your viewers.

Vimeo Livestream also brought in features to help you produce amazing live events. Additional updates to Livestream Studio includes connecting with remote IP cameras through RTSP — a feature that’s been a long time coming! — as well as a full release of our macOS software.

Get an in-depth walkthrough of our Studio software and hardware updates in our on-demand webinar.

New features from Vimeo OTT

Megan Wright from the Vimeo OTT team shared several features that give creators autonomy over how and when they distribute (and monetize) their content, including the option to deliver and monetize live video.

Vimeo OTT now gives even more control over how you manage and prioritize your content. Not only can you schedule videos to publish in advance with time windowing, but you can see which of your videos perform best with the Top Videos tool.

We also introduced two new ways to better share content and engage with your audience.

1. Free video access: If you’d like to tease your content, you can now give customers free access to your channel for a limited amount of time.

2. Registration-based viewing: you can even make your channel free to review and registration-only, which is especially useful in nurturing and retaining your viewers.

Finally, for organizations that need an added level of privacy and security to their content, such as trainings and internal communications, Vimeo OTT now offers private portals. Customers who use Vimeo OTT’s private portals can also embed a Sli.do widget, to facilitate questions from employees and other participants. Learn more about our Sli.do integration and private portals here.

Affordable, beautiful stock footage

Stephen Nangeroni from Vimeo Stock joined us to talk about how SMBs and creators can utilize this new consumer product.

Vimeo Stock is the best platform to find top-notch stock footage from world-renowned creators. In our ongoing effort to put creators first, Vimeo Stock partners with members of the Vimeo community to bring their stock footage to the masses — contributors keep up to 70% of generated revenue from all Vimeo Stock sales.

You can browse Vimeo Stock for free, and Vimeo subscribers earn 20% savings on all stock footage.

While Vimeo Stock’s collection is currently invite-only, you can let us know you’re interested in licensing your footage by filling out this form.

 

While we’re proud of what we’ve launched this year, none of it would be possible with the support from the amazing members of our community. To everyone who’s used and shared feedback on Vimeo Livestream, OTT, or Stock this year — thank you.

We’ll continue building and improving our services to help you do more with video, and can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2019. Cheers!