Webcast Overview

Last Updated: 2 July 2019 at 08:12

What Is a Webcast?

A webcast is a live audio and video broadcast sent and received over the internet. In the context of meetinghouses, it is used to broadcast events (like stake or district conferences) from one building to other locations in an ecclesiastical area using the internet.

Why Use Webcasting?

Using webcast technology provides many benefits, including:

  • Eliminating the need for multiple stake conference sessions.
  • Reducing travel costs, risks, and time for members.
  • Increasing stake conference attendance because members can participate at locations closer to their homes and can fit into multiple buildings.
  • Providing authorized home-bound members with a way to view conferences.
  • Leveraging a global solution to reduce the cost per event. Stakes do not pay a usage fee.

Possible uses of webcast technology include:

  • Regional and stake conferences
  • Regional and stake firesides
  • Area, regional, and stake training

Learn more about webcast policy.

How Does It Work?

  1. A technology specialist schedules a webcast event using the Webcast Portal.
  2. A cloud media server near the transmitting location is set up to host the webcast event.
  3. The transmitting site captures audio and video using a camera and microphone (typically from the chapel sound system output).
  4. The encoding device combines audio and video into a format suitable for internet streaming.
  5. The webcast stream is sent via the internet to the media server.
  6. Receiving locations access the live webcast event using a viewing URL.

Who Pays for Webcast Services?

The Church covers the cost of using the media servers. The facilities management group has funds to provide a hardware encoding device for webcasting at the request of the stake or district leaders. All other webcast equipment (e.g., cameras, cables, and adapters) is purchased by stake or district leaders using local unit funds. In the case of new building construction, the facilities management group may cover the cost of webcast equipment and installation. See Meetinghouse Technology Policy Section 8.

See Purchasing Webcast Products for more detailed information.

Who Can Manage Webcast Events?

Individuals with the following callings are automatically given the role of Webcast Event Manager in the webcast portal. This role allows them to test, schedule, and manage webcast events within their stake or district. 

  • Stake technology specialist
  • Assistant technology specialist
  • Area technology specialist
  • Stake clerk
  • Stake and district president

Who Can View Webcast Events?

  • Anyone who attends a building location receiving the webcast event 
  • Authorized individuals who have been given a viewing URL from the Stake Technology Specialist to be able to view the event on a personal device (see Viewing on Personal Devices)