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On today’s Tech, No Babel: Live streaming : Why YouTube Live streaming may not be the best choice for your live streaming host

If you’re using YouTube live-streaming in your church tech ministry, you might have some problems. It’s not designed for the needs of churches, so it’s worth noting these problems.

First, there’s no main embed code. So each week you have to embed your video in your site. Update: Either use the “IX Show Latest YouTube” plugin in WordPress or embed a YouTube playlist containing the live-stream to get it to work. Thanks to Daniel J. Lewis for the plug-in tip (see below) and ahhyeah on YouTube for those tips.

Even if you have a streaming license, YouTube doesn’t currently (as I’m writing in December 2014) have a way to white list your account. I’ve heard of at least two churches that had their stream pulled mid-service because they had copyrighted music.

When they fix these problems, it will be a great service.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Quest Community Church in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of TrinityDigitalMedia.com, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines.