Live Streaming - Get an accurate quote.
In order for us to provide you with the most accurate quote we need you to provide us with four key bits of information. You can go through this with us on the phone if you prefer, email us the answers or complete the form below.
The first thing to decide on is how creative you want to get with the livestream. What do you need to achieve and what will your viewers expect to see?
Option 1 - Single Cam
A camera operator with a single camera. The pictures are fed live to your choice of end platform but without any titles, info slides, music or any added production. Just a simple on or off option. The camera can input pro audio from a desk or by using our two radio mics etc.
Option 2 - Mixed Production - MOST POPULAR
A minimum of two crew and two cameras. One Vision Mix Operator and a Camera Operator. This option can be for two cameras up to 8 utilising more operators. It also includes Pro Res video recording. This is normally delivered with our equipment in the room or via an Outside Broadcast Satellite Van. Normally we use a min of two cameras with at least one of them operated.
The next thing we need to know is how our team are going to connect to the internet. The picture quality we are able to broadcast will depend on the speed of the connection provided.
Option 1 - Venue Provides Connection
The preferred method is that the venue hosting the broadcast provides us with a broadband connection. This must not be on a shared connection and must be a wired connection and not WIFI. If the venue provide the connection then the responsibility for it is theirs. You will need to consult with the venues I.T team and ask them what the UPLOAD speed is at the venue.
Option 2 - solo16 Provides Connection
If a reliable connection is not an option at the venue or it does not meet our requirements, then we can provide a bonded connection if decent 4G is available and or connection via a small portable satellite dish and connect to the internet from anywhere. Data costs will apply.
Option 3 - A Joint Effort - MOST POPULAR
The venue provides what it can via a wired connection and we provide the rest via either bonded 4G or the satellite. This option will keep data costs as low as possible.
Next we need to know what platform you want to broadcast to.
Option 1 - YouTube
YouTube is very popular as it’s free and provides many simple user options. The broadcast can be public or private. If you don’t have an account you can broadcast through ours. We can provide a code to embed the broadcast window on your own website if required. There are major copyright hurdles with this option when using published music. See bottom of page for more on this.
Facebook is the most popular broadcast destination to stream to but it does have limitations. You can currently only broadcast for up to 240 minutes and at a limited quality. We would need full access to the streaming Facebook account. There are also major music copyright hurdles with this option. See bottom of page for more on this.
Option 3 - Vimeo & Other
There are other options and places to broadcast to like Vimeo and these don't have any music copyright restrictions. However these are a "charged for" service. These can also be used if the broadcast has to be encrypted.
Lastly we need to understand how the sound will be provided.
Option 1 - Venue Supplied - MOST POPULAR
Most of our livestreams are staged in locations where the venue either have an in-house AV team or they bring in a sound company. In this instance we can liaise with this company to ensure they can meet our requirements. If you also require a Public Address system for the room this will be the cheapest option for you.
Option 2 - solo16 Supply Audio
If the venue cannot meet your sound requirements or you don't need a PA system as the room is very small then we can handle the audio. We will need to know how many people will require a microphone at any one time and what type of microphones you require, eg. Handheld, Lapel mic, Lectern mic etc.
You may find you want to read the FAQ's at the bottom of this page before requesting a quote.
Live Streaming/Broadcasting FAQ’s.
Q. This is all new to us and we are going to need help, can you guide us through?
A. Yes. Many of our new clients have never professionally live streamed before. We guide them through the process and can provide as much hand holding as is required. Just let us know your skill level when enquiring.
Q. Is live streaming expensive?
A. Live streaming your conference/event is a lot less expensive than it was 5 years ago and is a lot more affordable than most people think. It can even be delivered with just one camera.
Q. How can we use live broadcasting to help promote our company?
A. There are many ways that live streaming an event has delivered benefits to companies.
• It will help you engage those that have come to the event in the past but, could not come this time.
• You will reach a new audience of people who have never come to your event. These people will may well then become future physical attendees.
• You can reach an international audience that cannot come to your event due to expense or who are just not familiar with your company.
• You can provide the ability for your exhibitors to host your stream and deliver greater value to them allowing them to share your content with their employees, customers or prospects.
Q. Will a live broadcast reduce the physical attendees to my event?
A. Not in our experience. Quite the opposite actually happens. Clients have reported that they have seen an increase in physical attendance after implementing live streaming of their event. We can’t make any promises of this though… By adding an online presence with a live stream, you are offering a more robust experience that allows the at home/office viewers to also take part in your event.
Q. Do virtual viewers then turn into physical attendees?
A. They can, and do! Leveraging your event as a networking opportunity as well as an educational one is in our opinion, a huge factor in virtual to physical attendance conversion. Statistics show that 30% of virtual attendees have converted to physical attendees the following year. In addition, live streaming can be a huge attendee retention opportunity, as individuals that are usually physical attendees can become virtual attendees and still feel like they are part of the event.
Q. Can we broadcast whatever we like on free platforms like Facebook and YouTube?
A. No. Facebook, YouTube and other free platforms have software that runs in the background that will block or instantly remove your broadcast if you play some published music and video. There is no way of us predicting this process but staying clear of anything published will mean you are safe.
Q. Can we broadcast whatever we like on other platforms that you provide?
A. Yes. We can provide platforms with no restrictions that will generate a live video player that you can add to your website or a web link that you can share. This may be a charged for service though.
Q. How can we broadcast to free social platforms like Facebook and YouTube without copyright issues?
A. Simply by making sure that all the music is original to the performer and not published and you do not stream any movies or previously uploaded content.
Q. Can we incorporate previously shot videos and PowerPoint?
A. Yes. We offer full production with graphics, videos, titles and PowerPoint. You can provide this to us in advance or we can also create this for you for an extra charge.
Q. What do you show in between talks/sessions?
A. There are a few options that have been successful in filling the gap in between sessions. One would be selling space to exhibitors or sponsors to run promotional videos during that time. We can provide a presenter to interview attendees or speakers. This has been extremely well received by the virtual audience, as it provides them a whole new level of content not provided to the on-site attendees. solo16 works with a range of experienced presenters.
Q. Can we have a sponsor for the broadcast?
A. Yes. UK Live Streaming can add the sponsor’s logos directly on the screen by way of a watermark or small image. We can also run a promotional video at the beginning of the stream or in between sessions.
Q. Can we have a private broadcast that only our followers can see?
A. Yes. We can deliver this on your own website or we can build a simple website for your event(s) with individual member sign up and login.
Q. Can our virtual attendees ask questions live?
A. Yes, the virtual audience can ask a question through the player or via a dedicated feed. The questions can then be delivered to one of your team on site to moderate or read directly by the speaker.
Q. Are all the broadcasts also recorded?
A. Most CDN’s like YouTube will create an almost instant on-demand version of the broadcast for people to view. Sessions that get live streamed can also be recorded and can be available for on-demand viewing or editing after the event.
Q. Do we have to provide the broadband if you live stream with for us?
A. No but it’s cheaper if you can. We have our own broadband provided by our bonded cellular encoders and we also use satellite vans but you will pay for the data used so if you can provide some it will keep the costs down. Read more about bonding here.
Q. Do I pay per online viewer?
A. Not normally. UK Live Streaming normally uses a CDN like YouTube or Vimeo to stream to which is free to use.
Q. Are the broadcasts viewable on a mobile device?
A. Yes. Virtual attendees can access the live stream on their mobile devices. In some cases, only the video will be delivered to the phone to maintain the quality of the experience for the user.
Q. Is there a limit to the amount of people who can view the broadcast?
A. No. A lot of other companies will charge you per viewing hour but we don't believe in that.
Q. How many of your crew will attend our event and do you provide everyone?
A. It depends on how large the event is. There would normally be at least two staff per event, a Camera Operator and a Production Technician but a livestream can be delivered with just one Camera Operator.
Q. What to do if I cannot get the live broadcast to play?
A. Sometimes a live stream may temporarily stop playing. This could be down to network traffic or other connectivity issues. In such cases it is worth waiting a few minutes and then retry playing the live stream again by pressing the play button. If the live stream will still not play then try refreshing the page by pressing F5 on your keyboard.