Hillsong Church streams services to mobiles

22 December, 2010 by IF

Press release from Magna Systems and Engineering

According to Magna Systems Technical Sales Engineer Dave Alderton the market for online streaming solutions is growing fast.


Alderton explained, “Recently we supplied the Department of Education (DoE), Premier Media Group (PMG) and the Hillsong Church with efficient systems based around the Inlet Spinnaker SD / 5000 multi-format encoder that provides full support of adaptive streaming and Video On Demand (VOD).”

SpinnakerTM uses a state-of-the-art encoding engine and an advanced toolset to deliver high bandwidth performance and a unique feature set on the web.

Alderton continued, “The DoE required a solution which would allow them to stream to the web in order to provide remote students with effective distance learning. Inlet’s Spinnaker SD / 5000 multi-format encoder was the ideal solution as it allows the DoE to deliver content online with an effective user interface to its audience.

"We gave the DoE a Spinnaker SD / 5000 to test and it worked perfectly giving them smooth streaming to the web, iPhones, iPads and iPods with no buffering and no lag. As a result they purchased the unit and we expect more orders in the near future.”

Premier Media Group (PMG) is home to some of Australia's favourite subscription television channels, and also runs Australia's number one general sport website.

PMG owns and operates nine TV channels which are provided to subscription TV providers FOXTEL, Austar and Optus, as well as providing content to mobile phones and other online partners.

The Hillsong Church mission is outworked through four major campuses in Australia (Hills, City, South West and Brisbane), a city-wide network of connect groups, contributing ministries and extension services.

Alderton said, “PMG are an innovative media company who were looking for an online solution so they could stream content to the Fox Sports website and onto iPhones, iPods and iPads.

"It was important to PMG that their viewers were able to sit in front of their laptops or handheld devices and watch sport without annoying interruptions of service or buffering. Hillsong recorded several large church events and then streamed them via their website.”

The Spinnaker SD / 5000 can simultaneously stream in multiple formats including 3GP, H.264, Flash, Silver Light, VBR and CBR within the same system all from one compact box.

Alderton concluded, “After testing and demos both PMG and Hillsong purchased multiple Spinnaker SD / 5000 boxes. There was a tight turnaround to get the Fox Sports website launched but we managed to deliver all four units on time. PMG is another great example of a broadcaster who, with the capability of online streaming, is now able to extend and push their content to viewers in an efficient and convenient way.

"This is very much the future of content consumption.”