A NEW technology company, Faith Online, whose software allows live content and pre-recordings to be broadcast through a phone line without using WiFi or the internet, has become one of four chosen suppliers of live-streaming equipment for the Church of England.
Unlike the other three suppliers, Faith Online says that its system can be used by people who do not have internet access at home. Churches can live-stream simultaneously on several online platforms, including YouTube and Facebook, from a phone or a computer, using WiFi or a mobile network.
Currently, 200 churches are using the software, which costs £32 per month on contract, including online attendance figures and seven-day technical support. The company plans to add to this package a range of GDPR-compliant digital-management tools to allow churches to receive donations, run fund-raising campaigns, and manage event bookings remotely.
A free version of the software with limited functionality is available. Separately, the Faith Online Live Streaming Kit, which includes an HD video camera, wireless microphones, a tripod, and lighting, can be bought for less than £1000, and is, the company says, available for overnight delivery.
The company is handling ten installations a day, each of which involves a one-hour Zoom call to learn about set-up.
The Vicar of Higher Walton and Hoghton, in Blackburn diocese, the Revd Hannah Boyd, said: “Faith Online has been so easy to use and has proved invaluable for so many of the congregation who do not have internet access. They love still being able to join us for worship and to feel connected to the church community.”
Faith Online’s founder and chief executive, Andre Alzamora, said: “We’re incredibly excited to provide the Faith Online platform to the Church of England. Our vision is to connect churches to their congregations and local communities, without limitation.”