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Church House broadcasts General Synod debate to worldwide audience

Over three days, more than 6,000 individual web streams of live video content were delivered  as people from around the world tuned in online to watch the General Synod debate key issues at Church House Conference Centre, including plans to fast track the appointment of women bishops.

The Church of England's latest meeting was broadcast around the world by Church House Conference Centre’s in-house AV team using cutting edge technology. Following an investment of more than £110,000, the Westminster venue recently installed five high definition (HD) broadcast quality cameras, a Tricaster vision mixer, IPTV system for internal distribution, and supporting equipment to enable its in-house AV team to web stream events to a global audience.  

AV Manager Ian Locke commented, “The investment in web streaming and broadcasting equipment allows us to provide a full professional service for our clients. Our web streaming and video on demand service adds significant value to events by allowing the audience to exceed the capacity of our venue and eliminate issues of time and travel for international delegates. It is the second time we have offered a live broadcast of the General Synod meeting at Church House Conference Centre – it went extremely smoothly and we look forward to using the technology again on many more events.”  

The General Synod takes full advantage of Church House Conference Centre’s AV capabilities. As well as the use of live web streaming and video on demand (VOD), members also used its digital voting system and a Twitter wall by logging into the venue’s WiFi and 100Mbps broadband line.

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