Live Feed Options
As a Harvest America host, you have several options for picking up the broadcast. The live feed is provided free of charge by Harvest, however, some hosts may choose to pay to upgrade their equipment or Internet connectivity for the event. All of the options allow for delaying the broadcast to line up with your event schedule.
Free-to-Air (FTA) satellite consists of a commercially available satellite dish and receiver installed at your host location. The equipment can receive the satellite signal directly from the channel Harvest America is being broadcast on. The cost of this equipment ranges up to $700. One benefit of FTA is that the equipment requires no ongoing subscription. Many churches already have FTA satellite technology installed, but may need to point their dish to the correct satellite.
If you choose to use FTA to access the live feed, our satellite partner, Fresh Air Media (a third-party company), will contact you directly to assist you in getting your satellite feed set up and ready for your Harvest America event.
All hosts who choose free-to-air satellite option will be supported by Fresh Air Media free of charge (email@example.com or 530-888-7676).
Computer: Video Player Application
If you select this option as your live feed type, you'll use a desktop or laptop computer connected to the Internet to pick up the broadcast via an Adobe AIR® application provided by Harvest. Your computer will need to be connected to your audio and video system. The broadcast (or test loop) comes up automatically when the application is opened.
When this application becomes available for download, hosts will be notified.
Computer or Device: Web Browser
Any computer or device with Internet access and a web browser can potentially be used to get the live feed. A URL to access the live video will be provided to hosts. There's a great deal of variability with device, software, and audio/video equipment combinations, so it's important to test for yourself to see what will work for you. Here are some potential options:
- Computer or laptop: Similar to the Video Player Application option above, but the feed is accessed through a web browser rather than a standalone application.
- Chromecast: A small device that plugs into an HDMI port on your TV and connects to your wireless network. You'll need a computer or mobile device to point the Chromecast to the live feed URL. The Chromecast works well and is reasonably priced at just $35.
- Apple TV / AirPlay: You can stream from an Apple device (recent iPhone, iPad, computer) to your TV using AirPlay and an AppleTV.
- Google TV: Some newer TVs come with Google TV integrated, otherwise a Google TV set-top box can be used.
Roku devices are an easy and affordable solution to stream media to a TV. Roku offers a handful of products at different price points starting at $49. Any of their devices will allow you to stream HD or SD video from a private Roku channel that registered hosts will have the opportunity to download for free.