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On today’s Tech, No Babel: CDN, DIY, or Live-streaming host?

A lot of churches are all about trying to do things to save money. After all, why pay a live-streaming host when you can capacity from Amazon, or put your live-stream directly on Akamai?

If you’ve got the people to do it, that’s a fine decision. I tried to figure out some of the details for a couple of weeks, myself. The problem is that all my other work suffered because I’d never done it before. Unless you’ve got dedicated IT people who’ve done live-streaming with a CDN or on a rented server, it can be hard to get going.

Additionally, there’s room for bigger errors when you bypass a live-streaming host. If you do it right, a wowza install on Amazon can be less than $20 a month. If you don’t, it can be a couple of thousand. That’s a lot of range to hit the budget with.

I can’t answer the question of which you should do, but do your homework before you make the choice.

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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.