How to watch a simulcast of the Equip Austin event

July 15, 2015

Equip Austin is a night set aside for equipping you to prepare your church for a post-marriage culture. Whether 200 or 2,000 miles, away, your church can participate through a free simulcast. 

 A simulcast is a live internet broadcast of an event from a single venue into multiple venues – such as your own environment. Thus a simultaneous event occurs in both the origin venue and in many satellite locations — your church, home or laptop. To learn how to host the event at your church, follow the steps below:

What is a Simulcast?

A Simple Answer — a simulcast is a live internet broadcast of an event from a single venue into multiple venues – such as your own environment. Thus a simultaneous event occurs in both the origin venue and in many satellite locations — your church, home or laptop!

What do I need to host a Simulcast?

In order to host a simulcast you need to make sure you have the following:

  • An Internet Connection
  • A desktop or laptop computer
  • A mobile phone or tablet

Internet Connection

Your Internet connection should be one of the following:

  • DSL — service is faster than dial up and runs through your phone line
  • Broadband or Cable Modem — this is a dedicated line from your cable service

What is the minimum connection speed that you recommend?

We recommend that the minimum connection be 700kbps (1MB for good quality; 2.5mpbs for best quality) download speed. You may test your connection’s speed by going to http://www.speedtest.net.

If your download speed is less than the suggested minimum, then you have the following options:

  • Connect at the lowest speed we broadcast with (500k) and understand that the quality of the stream may be a bit less than you are used to.
  • Contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and request a faster connection. In some cases, your current service provider may offer a higher rate of speed for the same rate you are already playing.


These are the suggested requirements for your PC or Mac for a successful webcast:

Software Requirements: Browsers

We recommend a “neutral” browser, or one that doesn’t depend on the

operating system of your computer. These tend to use less on-board resources and result in a higher quality video. Therefore we recommend using Firefox or Chrome in both PC and Mac environments. Please be sure you update your browsers before the event to get the most recent versions.

As a reminder, we recommend not using Internet Explorer to view the simulcast. Instead, download Firefox or Chrome for your event.

Download Firefox

Download Chrome

Updated Video Software:


System Requirements for Flash Installation

Most systems (98%) are pre-installed with Adobe Flash Player, but in case you are one of the 2% who do not have Flash, listed below are the system requirements.

Hardware Requirements:


The following minimum hardware configurations are recommended for optimal playback experience:



Windows notebook2

Mac OS


852×480 (480p)

2.33GHz Intel Pentium 4,

1.6GHz Intel Atom or

1.33GHz Intel

24-30 fps

AMD Athlon 64 2800+, or

faster processor

Core Duo or

faster processor

faster processor

1GB of RAM

128MB of RAM

256MB of RAM

Windows 7 or Windows

64MB of graphics memory

Vista and supported

64MB of

GPU/media accelerator

graphics memory

(NVIDIA ION, Broadcom

Crystal HD Media

Accelerator, Intel GMA


1280×720 (720p)

3HGz Intel Pentium 4, AMD

1.6GHz Intel Atom or

1.83GHz Intel

24-30 fps

Athlon 64 3400+, or faster

faster processor

Core Duo or


faster processor

1GB of RAM

128MB of RAM

256MB of RAM

Windows 7 or Windows

64MB of graphics memory

Vista and supported

64MB of

GPU/media accelerator

graphics memory

(NVIDIA ION, Broadcom

Crystal HD Media


1920×1080 (1080p)

24-30 fps

1.8GHz Intel Core Duo, AMD Athlon 64 x24200+, or faster processor

1.6GHz Intel Atom or faster processor

1GB of RAM

2.66GHz Intel Core Duo or faster processor

1CPU requirements may be much lower using H.264 hardware video acceleration on supported systems. Supported GPUs or media accelerators listed in the section above can significantly decrease processor requirements for optimal viewing on HD video.

2Windows system using Broadcom or Intel GMA 500 graphics should use a Windows Aero theme for  optimal playback performance.

Network Firewall:

What ports do I need to open on my network to watch the broadcast?

Unless you have intentionally blocked your ports using your firewall software, you most likely already have them available. However, if you have disabled ports on your firewall, you will need to have the following opened up in order to watch the live stream: Port 80, Port 1935; both for HTML and Flash traffic.

How Do I View the Simulcast at my Church?

Assuming you have all of the requirements listed previously, the final components include a projector and projection screen. Most likely you have a computer in your main auditorium that is used for PowerPoint or worship lyrics. If you are able to connect this computer to the Internet, then your attendees will have the ability to view the simulcast.


Can I use my desk computer in the Church Office to test the streams? Sure — if you are broadcasting the event in the Pastor’s study. We would recommend that you instead test the streams with the actual computer you will be using for the Simulcast, in the actual room you will use, using the Internet

connection you will use, and with the projector or IMAG delivery mechanisms that you will use during the actual simulcast.

Can I “Save” my live streaming video for later use?

Live events are streamed and therefore cannot be saved as a file. However, we offer our live streams via DVR. The live content can be paused as well as reviewed in case you have missed something. This content is not saved on your hard drive locally, but instead is delivered from a cached version in the “Cloud.”

Finally, saving the live stream content would most likely violate copyright laws.

I know my church has a firewall on the LAN. What should I prepare for in navigating the Firewall software?

Check with your church’s Internet Technologies (IT) Professional and communicate with them regarding what ports and/or type of content that is currently being blocked. The live streaming video is delivered over Port 1935, Port 443, and Port 80 (RTMP and HTTP traffic should be enabled).

Our Support Chat also uses Port 80 for the Chat room. In case you have any issues with the Chat, simply close the window and re-launch the Chat application.

I’m in MST, PST and/or Hawaii or Alaska. How do I participate in real-time?

We offer the live Simulcast stream via DVR, which gives you the functionality to pause the stream, rewind it and/or fast-forward as necessary in your Host location. This allows you to promote the event’s starting time at the same time as the actual event, but start it based on your time zone needs.

Can I share this event on Facebook or Twitter?

We encourage you to share quotes and experiences of the Simulcast with your social networks. Based on your event, you may even include a hash-tag and an event-specific URL to share details.

We do ask that you not share the Live Event link with your networks, however. This link will not work without the login information associated with your LifeWay Digital Pass account. And, this would also violate the LifeWay Digital Events Terms & Conditions agreement.

How do I watch a simulcast from my Home?

Assuming you have all of the previously recommended requirements, the final components include your TV or computer monitor. Most likely you have a computer in your home office. If you are able to connect this computer to your television, following are helpful hints.

How do I connect my HDTV to the stream?

Streaming to your television is a good practice for both individuals and small groups due to their smaller environments.

Here is how you accomplish this:

  1. Internet — Connect your laptop/computer to the Internet via a CAT-5 cable. WiFi is not recommended unless you have a high capacity wireless router.
  2. Video Connection — Plug a 15-pin VGA cable (commonly used to connect a computer tower/laptop to an external monitor) into your computer/laptop and then into your HDTV at the PC connection.
  3. Audio Connection — Using a mini-audio cable, connect the audio out/headphones jack from your computer into the “Audio In” of your HDTV. Based on your computer settings, you may have to click on the Function 5 (F5) to see the image from your computer on to your TV.
  4. Adjust Your Settings — Use your manufacturer’s settings to navigate to the correct source for both your TV and your computer. You may need to resolve the resolution sent from your computer to the TV by going to the “Display Settings” (Mac & PC) and adjust the resolution to match the best quality of your desktop image.
  5. Navigate to Live Stream — Once you have completed these steps, simply open a browser (Chrome or Firefox recommended), navigate to the Live Stream page within the Host Event Site, and then click on the Full Screen button on the live streaming player. The TV will now be your new monitor for the event and display the broadcast in full-screen mode.

Depending on the type of computer/laptop you are using, there are many variables to this recommended setup, including the use of HDMI connections, S- Video as well as wireless connections. Any of those connections should work to transfer the display from your computer to an HDTV.

Note: Just because your TV is HD does not mean the stream will be HD. HD live streams will be broadcast in HD resolution (720×400) and a minimum HD bit-rate (2.5mbps).

Can I run the Support Chat and Live stream on the same computer?

Yes and no. If you have a computer that has enough processing horsepower, then yes, it is possible. However, we recommend connecting to your live streams on a separate computer from the one you are using for Chat Support during an event. This will give your live stream the maximum resources available during the live event and reduce the risk of buffering and/or freezing due to low processor availability.

Simulcast Technical Support


  • Access to the Live Simulcast Support will be available through the event Host Site via Email [email protected] and in some events via Live Support Chat.
  • Phone Support is available Monday-Friday (7am-6pm CT) as well as posted hours for each event. Digital Pass Phone Support can be reached at: 1-866-713-3512.

Best Practices for Quality Streaming

Here are some suggested action steps for End Users to create the best environment for receiving uninterrupted video streams during a broadcast.

  • DO not use your wireless networks if possible. Any connection to your wireless environment could result in video buffering.
  • DON’T forget to remind any office staff or personnel that multiple connections to the video stream at the same location adds additional traffic and may diminish optimal conditions for bandwidth consumption.
  • CHECK your computer for active screensavers or hibernation modes — and deactivate them. While streaming, your computer won’t recognize the activity of the streaming video as active use. A screensaver popping up in the middle of a broadcast can be embarrassing.
  • CHECK your video projector resolution to ensure that it matches your computer output. At full-screen on your computer, turn on your projector and let it auto-detect the resolution. This should provide the optimal resolution for your environment.
  • DON’T run other programs on your computer simultaneous to the active broadcast times. Simply put, the streams will need all of the computer’s processing power available.
  • DO check with your Internet Service Provider if you suspect your download speed is not consistent. Cable-modem Broadband and DSL users may see fluctuation in the available bandwidth during a live streaming event which could cause buffering in the stream. Suggested available download speed for the optimal live streaming is 1.5MBps.
  • DON’T panic. If you have questions or concerns, we have several options to help:
    1. You can chat with us during all test sessions and also during the live event.
    2. You can post questions on our forum. We will monitor and respond to posts daily.

General Questions

If the system is so reliable, why am I having buffering (freezing, stopping, skipping) issues with my stream delivery?

Great question. The CDN is the largest component in delivering high quality, uninterrupted streams to you, but it is not the only delivery component in the puzzle. The World Wide Web is called a “web” for a reason. A very complex delivery system is in place to get your streams down to your local Internet Service Provider (ISP) and in fact, they are part of the complex web of delivery. You may know your ISP as Comcast, AT&T, Qwest or one of hundreds of ISP’s that are available in each locality.

Once the live stream reaches your ISP’s area network, it is delivered to you over your own Local Area Network (LAN) usually within the walls of your church, building or home. Here is where the majority of the delivery mishaps occur when live streaming video is interrupted. Firewalls, the routers, and shared access to the network will all have bearing into your connectivity reliability.


I am buffering/freezing my video. What do I do?

Streaming live content in Flash requires a constant connection. If the player connected you at a higher bit-rate than your connection can maintain, simply go to the “MENU” button on the player, choose the “QUALITY” option and select a lower bit-rate than what you are currently connected.

My audio or video is freezing and/or stuttering in the middle of the broadcast. How can I fix it?

First, check your computer to ensure that no other programs are running in the background. Click on CTRL (button), ALT (button) and DELETE (button) simultaneously in order to stop the other software processes.

Next, check your anti-virus application and confirm it is not running in the background. If it is possible to disable it, do so and then try to connect to the stream again.

Try to minimize the traffic on your network. If there are others on the network, confirm that they are not also streaming or downloading large files. Streaming radio and video commonly cause a fluctuation in available bandwidth on a local network.

If you have a wireless network, consider disabling it for the event as well. Smart- phones often will connect to an unsecured network as soon as they are in proximity to that network, which will cut down on your available bandwidth, as well.

Why does my video jitter and freeze?

You may have a slower Internet connection from when the event started due to network congestion in your area. If you have a DSL connection, it is common for the stream to initially start off at a higher bit-rate than what the connection throttles down to. Simply choose the MENU button, choose the QUALITY button, and select a lower bit-rate than what you are currently connected.

I am getting a blank video screen on the Live webcast page. What do I do?

This is probably due to the live video stream being blocked at your location. This could be due to a firewall, a network router or directly on your PC within a security application such as McAfee, Norton, Avast, etc. This is very common in a corporate worship environment. Please check with your Church IT department in advance of the event you would like to host.

Joe Carter

Joe Carter is the author of The Life and Faith Field Guide for Parents, the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible, and the co-author of How to Argue Like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History’s Greatest Communicator. He also serves as an executive pastor at the McLean Bible Church Arlington location in Arlington, Virginia. Read More

Article 12: The Future of AI

We affirm that AI will continue to be developed in ways that we cannot currently imagine or understand, including AI that will far surpass many human abilities. God alone has the power to create life, and no future advancements in AI will usurp Him as the Creator of life. The church has a unique role in proclaiming human dignity for all and calling for the humane use of AI in all aspects of society.

We deny that AI will make us more or less human, or that AI will ever obtain a coequal level of worth, dignity, or value to image-bearers. Future advancements in AI will not ultimately fulfill our longings for a perfect world. While we are not able to comprehend or know the future, we do not fear what is to come because we know that God is omniscient and that nothing we create will be able to thwart His redemptive plan for creation or to supplant humanity as His image-bearers.

Genesis 1; Isaiah 42:8; Romans 1:20-21; 5:2; Ephesians 1:4-6; 2 Timothy 1:7-9; Revelation 5:9-10

Article 11: Public Policy

We affirm that the fundamental purposes of government are to protect human beings from harm, punish those who do evil, uphold civil liberties, and to commend those who do good. The public has a role in shaping and crafting policies concerning the use of AI in society, and these decisions should not be left to those who develop these technologies or to governments to set norms.

We deny that AI should be used by governments, corporations, or any entity to infringe upon God-given human rights. AI, even in a highly advanced state, should never be delegated the governing authority that has been granted by an all-sovereign God to human beings alone. 

Romans 13:1-7; Acts 10:35; 1 Peter 2:13-14

Article 10: War

We affirm that the use of AI in warfare should be governed by love of neighbor and the principles of just war. The use of AI may mitigate the loss of human life, provide greater protection of non-combatants, and inform better policymaking. Any lethal action conducted or substantially enabled by AI must employ 5 human oversight or review. All defense-related AI applications, such as underlying data and decision-making processes, must be subject to continual review by legitimate authorities. When these systems are deployed, human agents bear full moral responsibility for any actions taken by the system.

We deny that human agency or moral culpability in war can be delegated to AI. No nation or group has the right to use AI to carry out genocide, terrorism, torture, or other war crimes.

Genesis 4:10; Isaiah 1:16-17; Psalm 37:28; Matthew 5:44; 22:37-39; Romans 13:4

Article 9: Security

We affirm that AI has legitimate applications in policing, intelligence, surveillance, investigation, and other uses supporting the government’s responsibility to respect human rights, to protect and preserve human life, and to pursue justice in a flourishing society.

We deny that AI should be employed for safety and security applications in ways that seek to dehumanize, depersonalize, or harm our fellow human beings. We condemn the use of AI to suppress free expression or other basic human rights granted by God to all human beings.

Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-14

Article 8: Data & Privacy

We affirm that privacy and personal property are intertwined individual rights and choices that should not be violated by governments, corporations, nation-states, and other groups, even in the pursuit of the common good. While God knows all things, it is neither wise nor obligatory to have every detail of one’s life open to society.

We deny the manipulative and coercive uses of data and AI in ways that are inconsistent with the love of God and love of neighbor. Data collection practices should conform to ethical guidelines that uphold the dignity of all people. We further deny that consent, even informed consent, although requisite, is the only necessary ethical standard for the collection, manipulation, or exploitation of personal data—individually or in the aggregate. AI should not be employed in ways that distort truth through the use of generative applications. Data should not be mishandled, misused, or abused for sinful purposes to reinforce bias, strengthen the powerful, or demean the weak.

Exodus 20:15, Psalm 147:5; Isaiah 40:13-14; Matthew 10:16 Galatians 6:2; Hebrews 4:12-13; 1 John 1:7 

Article 7: Work

We affirm that work is part of God’s plan for human beings participating in the cultivation and stewardship of creation. The divine pattern is one of labor and rest in healthy proportion to each other. Our view of work should not be confined to commercial activity; it must also include the many ways that human beings serve each other through their efforts. AI can be used in ways that aid our work or allow us to make fuller use of our gifts. The church has a Spirit-empowered responsibility to help care for those who lose jobs and to encourage individuals, communities, employers, and governments to find ways to invest in the development of human beings and continue making vocational contributions to our lives together.

We deny that human worth and dignity is reducible to an individual’s economic contributions to society alone. Humanity should not use AI and other technological innovations as a reason to move toward lives of pure leisure even if greater social wealth creates such possibilities.

Genesis 1:27; 2:5; 2:15; Isaiah 65:21-24; Romans 12:6-8; Ephesians 4:11-16

Article 6: Sexuality

We affirm the goodness of God’s design for human sexuality which prescribes the sexual union to be an exclusive relationship between a man and a woman in the lifelong covenant of marriage.

We deny that the pursuit of sexual pleasure is a justification for the development or use of AI, and we condemn the objectification of humans that results from employing AI for sexual purposes. AI should not intrude upon or substitute for the biblical expression of sexuality between a husband and wife according to God’s design for human marriage.

Genesis 1:26-29; 2:18-25; Matthew 5:27-30; 1 Thess 4:3-4

Article 5: Bias

We affirm that, as a tool created by humans, AI will be inherently subject to bias and that these biases must be accounted for, minimized, or removed through continual human oversight and discretion. AI should be designed and used in such ways that treat all human beings as having equal worth and dignity. AI should be utilized as a tool to identify and eliminate bias inherent in human decision-making.

We deny that AI should be designed or used in ways that violate the fundamental principle of human dignity for all people. Neither should AI be used in ways that reinforce or further any ideology or agenda, seeking to subjugate human autonomy under the power of the state.

Micah 6:8; John 13:34; Galatians 3:28-29; 5:13-14; Philippians 2:3-4; Romans 12:10

Article 4: Medicine

We affirm that AI-related advances in medical technologies are expressions of God’s common grace through and for people created in His image and that these advances will increase our capacity to provide enhanced medical diagnostics and therapeutic interventions as we seek to care for all people. These advances should be guided by basic principles of medical ethics, including beneficence, non-maleficence, autonomy, and justice, which are all consistent with the biblical principle of loving our neighbor.

We deny that death and disease—effects of the Fall—can ultimately be eradicated apart from Jesus Christ. Utilitarian applications regarding healthcare distribution should not override the dignity of human life. Fur- 3 thermore, we reject the materialist and consequentialist worldview that understands medical applications of AI as a means of improving, changing, or completing human beings.

Matthew 5:45; John 11:25-26; 1 Corinthians 15:55-57; Galatians 6:2; Philippians 2:4

Article 3: Relationship of AI & Humanity

We affirm the use of AI to inform and aid human reasoning and moral decision-making because it is a tool that excels at processing data and making determinations, which often mimics or exceeds human ability. While AI excels in data-based computation, technology is incapable of possessing the capacity for moral agency or responsibility.

We deny that humans can or should cede our moral accountability or responsibilities to any form of AI that will ever be created. Only humanity will be judged by God on the basis of our actions and that of the tools we create. While technology can be created with a moral use in view, it is not a moral agent. Humans alone bear the responsibility for moral decision making.

Romans 2:6-8; Galatians 5:19-21; 2 Peter 1:5-8; 1 John 2:1

Article 2: AI as Technology

We affirm that the development of AI is a demonstration of the unique creative abilities of human beings. When AI is employed in accordance with God’s moral will, it is an example of man’s obedience to the divine command to steward creation and to honor Him. We believe in innovation for the glory of God, the sake of human flourishing, and the love of neighbor. While we acknowledge the reality of the Fall and its consequences on human nature and human innovation, technology can be used in society to uphold human dignity. As a part of our God-given creative nature, human beings should develop and harness technology in ways that lead to greater flourishing and the alleviation of human suffering.

We deny that the use of AI is morally neutral. It is not worthy of man’s hope, worship, or love. Since the Lord Jesus alone can atone for sin and reconcile humanity to its Creator, technology such as AI cannot fulfill humanity’s ultimate needs. We further deny the goodness and benefit of any application of AI that devalues or degrades the dignity and worth of another human being. 

Genesis 2:25; Exodus 20:3; 31:1-11; Proverbs 16:4; Matthew 22:37-40; Romans 3:23

Article 1: Image of God

We affirm that God created each human being in His image with intrinsic and equal worth, dignity, and moral agency, distinct from all creation, and that humanity’s creativity is intended to reflect God’s creative pattern.

We deny that any part of creation, including any form of technology, should ever be used to usurp or subvert the dominion and stewardship which has been entrusted solely to humanity by God; nor should technology be assigned a level of human identity, worth, dignity, or moral agency.

Genesis 1:26-28; 5:1-2; Isaiah 43:6-7; Jeremiah 1:5; John 13:34; Colossians 1:16; 3:10; Ephesians 4:24