Based in the small town of Cochrane in Alberta, Canada, Cochrane Alliance Church ministers to over 600 people on a weekly basis. One of the ways they connect with their congregation is through livestreaming their services each Sunday, which they’ve been doing for the last three years. However, the inability to control the suggested content after their videos ended was a problem.
“With [our previous system], all of our videos were in one place,” says Wendy Ellerby, communications coordinator. “But at the end of the video, you might watch something from somewhere totally different.”
At the end of 2019, Cochrane Alliance switched from their previous system to VidFlex (now partnering with ACS Technologies to provide Realm Streaming). This switch allowed Cochrane Alliance to house all of their content, both pre-recorded videos and livestreams, on a single webpage connected to the church’s website.
“All of our videos are there,” Wendy says. “Our livestream is there. Our sermons are there. It’s very easy to navigate and find what you’re looking for. It’s easier to find things than it would be on other platforms.”
Moving to VidFlex and Realm Streaming couldn’t have come at a better time for Cochrane Alliance.
“Just before COVID hit, we partnered with VidFlex,” Wendy says. “And we actually were set to launch the Sunday after COVID hit up here in Canada. And so it was amazing the timing of that. So we started livestreaming on March 22. We’ve been doing at least one livestream a week since then.”
In addition to having all of their content living in one place without having videos from others mixed in, VidFlex and Realm Streaming have given Cochrane Alliance a reliable partner and an easy-to-use system.
“They are very helpful and willing to help us out even to the point of being able to call them at 8am on a Sunday morning and say we’re having trouble and need help, and they will jump right on in and help us,” Wendy says. “As far as the livestream, I create those during the week. And it’s very simple. It probably takes me less than five minutes to create a livestream for the following Sunday.”