THE MULTI-SITE CHURCH
Founded as a backyard bible study in 1977, World Harvest Church (WHC) now serves 12,000 official members from its 57-acre main campus in Canal Winchester, Ohio. Using 1400 local channels and cable outlets, WHC makes their television ministry accessible to 97 percent of the U.S. In addition, nearly every other nation receives WHC’ broadcasts via satellite.
This formidable broadcast operation notwithstanding, a user-friendly, practical and cost-effective technology by which to establish “multi-site churches” eluded WHC. During a recent effort to outsource that very challenge, WHC found Stream Station. This Charlotte-based data distribution company not only configured the technological solution WHC sought, they also provided the training and support necessary for its successful execution.
WHC needed 2 synched “lines” of HD-SDI audio/video operating around the clock between its main campus and its new satellite campus. The job was too small to justify satellite transmission, and too critical for streaming over the public Internet. To compound the difficulty, the primary use of these “lines” would be to transmit live events. Months into their search for service providers, and mere days away from their first live event: WHC asked Stream Station for a product which would integrate with the church’s existing broadcast and IT infrastructures, while supplying its satellite campus with a fast and reliable signal in real time.
AN ENTERPRISE-LEVEL SOLUTION
Most telecommunications providers prefer installing private Ethernet lines in such situations. These lines then belong to the respective client. That option proved time-prohibitive for WHC, so Stream Station designed a model by which the public Internet could be used to support a virtual private line. This point-to-point “link” would run between one Stream Station appliance at the host site to another at the recipient site with Stream Station’s data center in between, managing the IP traffic.
In a few days, Stream Station quickly deployed a user-friendly, practical and cost-effective solution for WHC. Leveraging the same network by which they transmit stable signals for television, they modeled a similar “enterprise-level solution” for distributing a private line over the public Internet. This solution worked because the people at Stream Station knew that WHC needed a business-to-business, rather than a business-to-consumer, product. Moreover, Stream Station possessed the wherewithal to design one quickly.
Stream Station is a private data center for: delivering content to Tier 1 CDNs, managing IP Transports, and coordinating equipment for “point-to-point” and “point-to-multiple point” projects. Based in Charlotte, N.C., they provide video transport services over Satellite, Private IP, Fiber and Public Internet for major broadcast and cable networks, corporate and non-profit organizations.