In larger events, typically hosted in hotel ballrooms or other large venues, a separate event sound and lighting setup may be required. If this setup is already provided by your venue or a third-party vendor, we can typically interface with them to obtain the necessary sound and lighting requirements for your live stream broadcast.
If you are not already contracted with a provider for these things, additional fees may be required in order to secure the appropriate equipment and personnel. Our team will always inquire about these things in order to ensure we keep our estimate competitive will ensuring the broadcast has what it needs from a technical standpoint.
An Ethernet or hard-wire internet connection is always preferred in order to not only guarantee the best possible speed for live streaming, but it is also the most stable. In the absence of this connection, a Wi-Fi signal can be used, though it is important that this connection NOT be shared by many other devices in order to ensure connection stability. If there is no Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection available, a private 4G hotspot connection can be established virtually anywhere for a separate fee from our standard pricing.
Ethos Media CANNOT guarantee a 100% stable live stream broadcast without an Ethernet connection of sufficient upload speed (at least 6Mbps upload or higher).
With exception of our Simple Broadcast option, most events and live streams utilize multiple cameras to ensure proper coverage and provide an enhanced viewing experience. Many events can be adequately covered with two cameras and in some cases, only one of them needs to be operated. Our team will inquire about the nature of what needs to be recorded and recommend an appropriate setup.
If your live stream has graphics, either custom-made for the broadcast or pulled from an existing PowerPoint presentation, that need to be included in the live stream, our services can handle that. This also includes pre-recorded videos as well. Everything can be played back in full screen, split screen, or picture-in-picture. Be sure to communicate to our team what your graphics needs are!
Most hosting platforms will at least tell you how many people have watched at the end of your broadcast and give you live numbers during. More sophisticated platforms will give you more details such as how long they watched for, location (city) of the viewers, and other demographic information that they make publicly available. Let us know if you have the need to know specific information about the viewers of your live stream.
A feature we get asked frequently about is the ability for viewers to ask and get questions answered live, during the broadcast. A chatroom is the easiest and safest way to incorporate live Q&A as viewers can write their questions, which can then be picked up by a moderator and forwarded to the presenters at the appropriate time. If there is no one on your team that is willing and able to act as a Q&A moderator, please inform us so we can plan accordingly.
Most stream hosting platforms have chatroom capability built-into their platform, so it typically comes at no additional cost from a technical standpoint. Chatrooms can also be provided on a custom webpage through a third party service.