I thought I would send a description of what actually happened, I am the person in charge of all the video streaming at General Synod. Technical explanations usually bore people so we didn’t put one in the press release.
We had been streaming all day with no problem, so after Obama started speaking I went back to the press room to see what the viewing stats looked like. I also checked my email, and instead of the normal few emails from people that had trouble viewing the stream I had 50 or more all saying EMERGENCY and the like. We immediately called the hosting company (audiovideoweb.com) and were informed that they were not receiving a video signal from us. I ran back to the encoding computer and there was no indication anything was wrong (Windows Media Encoder said “broadcasting and archiving” as it usually does). I then called the provider of the T-1 line at the Civic Center, they were able to ping both my computer and the router — which indicated there was nothing wrong with the connection. I called the hosting company back and they suggested to simply restart Windows Media Encoder. I did this, which unfortunately cut off the end of Obama’s speech — which is missing from the archive. A full version will be posted when we return to Cleveland.p>No conspiracy here, just very bad timing for a breakdown in the software (apparently). br> — Daniel Hazard br> Electronics Communication Manager br> United Church of Christ /p> p>