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How Your Church can use Facebook’s New Live Streaming Features

In response to massively increased demand, Facebook has announced some new live streaming features that are just round the corner. Some of them look like they might be helpful for those of us scrambling to bring our Churches online during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

We’ve highlighted some of our favourites below, with some ideas about how you might be able to make use of them on Sunday! 

External Streaming

Traditionally, accessing live streams required users to log in to a Facebook account to view the stream. Facebook will be allowing users to access live streams without signing into an account.

You might find this helpful if you have members of the congregation who don’t use Facebook, and would prefer not to set up an account. 

Audio Only Options

For those who might have an unreliable connection, or have been experiencing interrupted video streams, Facebook is working on an audio only option for streams. This should reduce the bandwidth required to listen live significantly. 

Dial In Options

Facebook will be providing a dial-in option for live streams with a toll free number viewers can call to hear the stream on their phones. This is perfect for those of us with a much older demographic in our Churches who might be struggling to get some older listening to your services.

Live Captioning

You’ve probably seen the automatic live captioning implemented by YouTube and Facebook over the past few years. It isn’t perfect, but it’s better than nothing for people who might be a little hard of hearing, or are watching in a noisy environment. 
Facebook have announced they’ll be making this available on live content going forward – a helpful addition we think. 

It’s nice to see Facebook working hard to deal with demand and assist those streaming through their platform. It’s worth checking out the Facebook newsroom to keep up with the latest on features, and their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Follow us over on Facebook and Instagram and we’ll keep you informed on when these features are officially implemented.

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