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Live-streaming: Internet Speed requirements

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On today’s Tech, No Babel: Live-streaming: Internet Speed requirements

“Up to 20 Mbps” may not be enough to live-stream. Why? That’s the download speed. The number that really matters is upload. Depending on your service, you might only have 500kbps to 2 Mbps. While you can live-stream in SD at 500kbps, that doesn’t leave any room for network overhead or someone uploading a video just as you need to live-stream.

Notice the cheat words “up to” as well. Check to see if it’s like the store that proudly proclaims “up to 75% off” because they have one thing that’s 75% off. If you have up to 1 Mbps, but when you need it, it’s actually more like 500kbps, you’ve got a problem.

HD is worse. 720p could take up to 4x the speed of 360p. That means 2Mbps+ room for network overhead + a little more just in case and all the sudden you can’t stream as you’d like.

I’d recommend you get more than you need.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Lexington City Church (formerly Quest Community Church) in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of, 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 a peak of 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. He has thousands of members of his ProPresenter Users' Group on Facebook and thousands of subscribers to his YouTube channel.