Monday, November 14, 2011

Podcast Updates

OK everyone, I'm back again to give you a few updates about the Podcast feeds. I'll probably be adding a few new links on the home page to reflect the changes. But real quick here are the main changes in a lovely yet straight forward list.

  1. Video podcast is up and running in iTunes so if you search the iTunes store for Tulsa Church of God you should find that if you are interested.
  2. The audio podcast feed has changed location if you are using iTunes then it should have auto-updated now and you should be good.
  3. Zune users (if there are any still) I'm sorry I had no idea I broke the Zune. I'm going to be trying to get the new feeds submitted soon. However, if you click on the collection option at the top of the Zune software and then click podcasts, on the left side towards the bottom, you should see an option to add a podcast. Here are the URLs for the two feeds
    Video: http://sermon.net/rss/client/tulsachurchofgod/type/video
    Audio: http://sermon.net/rss/client/tulsachurchofgod/type/audio
    Both in one feed: http://sermon.net/rss/client/tulsachurchofgod
  4. If you are using any other podcast software you probably haven't gotten the new updates recently because the code I have for auto redirect is only for iTunes. You can now delete the old feed and add one or both of these.
    Video - http://sermon.net/rss/client/tulsachurchofgod/type/video
    Audio - http://sermon.net/rss/client/tulsachurchofgod/type/audio
    Both in one feed - http://sermon.net/rss/client/tulsachurchofgod
When you get these new feeds you will notice a big jump in the number of available messages especially the audio one. The podcast feeds now contain all the available backlog of messages as well. So if you are interested in older messages keep an eye out as that list grows as I add more and more of our back catalog into the stream.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Official move to Sermon.net

So the trials of Sermon.net went relatively smooth. We only had a few hiccups and that was mostly due with just trying to get users over to the new page on such short notice. So with that we are proceeding to move all of our content to Sermon.net.

Live streaming has been easy enough, I even put an embedded player into the home page for watching the live stream right from there if you want. Sadly not yet compatible on the iDevices, I have been told soon they will have some embedded players that will work without the Adobe Flash. If you want the full player including archives head over to http://sermon.net/tulsachurchofgod or click the Sermon.net button on our home screen or Sabbath Bulletin page.

Getting all the archived content is a much longer process. If you head over to our main Sermon.net page at http://sermon.net/tulsachurchofgod/ you will find that messages available kind of jump around. I was able to upload some audio very quickly and started from 2003 moving forward through 2007, but then decided to do it the reverse and work backwards but the videos take much longer to upload and process and I run out of time in the day to get very many done. Once the archives are more complete you may see some changes to our website to utilize those archives more. We also have the ability to upload the the handouts our speakers may use as well a good example of that that we have uploaded is Art Williams message "Why Did I Do That?", just look for the PDF logo under the video display.

Very quickly I want to run through the status and future status of some of our other outreach mediums:
USTREAM: This is pretty much dead to us. The cost of removing what ads we could was far to costly and then they still stuck "Recommended streams" on the page that promoted concepts that were not in line with our beliefs.
VIMEO: We are going to keep Vimeo around and actually upload the videos to both places. Vimeo has a very nice HTML5 interface and the videos work seamlessly on every device I have tried it on, the cost is low so we figure why not. The direct link to our Vimeo archive is: http://www.vimeo.com/tulsachurchofgod/
ITUNES: iTunes is still alive and well (with a minor name change if you look closely) and will remain so. Once I can finish up some details with the Sermon.net stuff we also plan to add a video podcast so you can have those downloaded as well or instead of the audio only version.
ZUNE: Hope to update this one as well to reflect the video options.
FACEBOOK and TWITTER: I still think these two services have some potential that I haven't tapped into yet. With the Feast of Tabernacles just around the corner I doubt there will be any big changes on these fronts. I may start looking for volunteers to help with making more use of these services in the future. If anyone has any ideas or thoughts of how to utilize these services for outreach drop me a line at tulsachurchofgod@gmail.com and I will take it into consideration.

Oh one last thing. Sermon.net has and iPhone app. If you have an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad you can use that app to access all of our content on Sermon.net as well, including the live stream. Just install the app, go to the search button and look for The Tulsa Church of God and look for the one with Lawrence Gregory's name on it. Click it and then click subscribe and it will add us to the Channels portion of the app. That will keep you up-to-date on all of our content on Sermon.net.

Thank you all for checking in on us and I hope you all have a wonderful Feast of Tabernacles. Which also reminds me; if you have been to any of our special Praise and Worship services and like what you hear, the Tulsa Worship Team (well most of them anyway) will be performing services several times in Branson, MO for the Feast of Tabernacles. So if you are interested in more details just drop me a line and I will give the specifics.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sermon.net Trial

So we were recently informed of a service that I had not heard of before called Sermon.net. This website is designed specifically for churches that want to be able to make their content available to the internet. This Sabbath, September 17th, we will start running live stream tests and so our normal UStream broadcast will be off. Instead there will be essentially an introduction video playing on loop in case someone has a link directly to the UStream page.

Below is the video that should be playing on the UStream page if everything is working as it should.


For now I just wanted to let everyone know what is going on and later I will make another post expounding on the different features of Sermon.net.

I hope everyone has a smooth transition. If you have any issues, questions or comments please leave a comment on this page or email tulsachurchofgod@gmail.com and let me know and I will do my best to address what I can.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Apologizes to podcast users

I just wanted to take a moment to apologize to the any users who had been downloading our podcasts for it not working the last few weeks. It is back up and running again and hopefully I have learned my lesson when it comes to watching my code :) . Not being a programmer full time I'm still amazed sometimes how a few characters in the wrong location can mess up an entire page.

Again very sorry, but now you have a few new messages to listen to.

Enjoy and have a wonderful day.