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How to Make Your Worship Services More Accessible

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Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment is a key goal for every type of religious organization. Church members and guests should be provided with resources and tools that allow them to take part in weekly services and other events to the fullest extent possible, despite any hearing impairments or language barriers. 

Yet, because houses of worship are exempt from the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and/or because many believe that addressing these requirements is too complicated and expensive, they neglect to take steps to create this welcoming community. Fortunately, we’re proud to offer a solution that is both simple and inexpensive to install. 

Our audio over WiFi solutions are designed to make it simple and affordable for any type of religious organization to make their services more accessible and welcoming to all types of audiences. Learn how AudioFetch helps those with hearing impairments and language barriers. 

Welcoming a Person Who is Hard of Hearing

According to That All May Worship, the leading educational publication that provides tips and information on how houses of worship can better welcome people with disabilities, hearing impairments are an imperative. “Each congregation includes people, young and old, who are hard of hearing or deaf. They may read lips so well that they appear less deaf than they truly are. Indeed, they may understand only 80% of what is spoken, chanted or sung, but may be reluctant to complain.” 

For decades, houses of worship have used inductive loop systems to assist the hearing impaired, but these systems are cumbersome, expensive and still require the use of a hearing aid which many people find embarrassing. AudioFetch is a better solution to hearing loops

Our assisted listening devices for churches allow listeners to hear the service via an app on their own device (phone or tablet) using their own headphones. This is a great solution for those who are reluctant to complain or request a hearing device. It also eliminates the need for using shared devices, which require ongoing maintenance to ensure they’re properly working and, uber important in today’s climate, disinfected. 

By offering hearing assistance, you’re providing a safe and approachable environment for all members and their families. As noted in That All May Worship: “Many deaf [and hard of hearing] people prefer to worship in congregations which specifically serve people who are deaf [or hard of hearing]. This is particularly important for deaf parents who have hearing children and wish to worship as a family.”

Welcoming a Person Who Speaks Another Language

For many houses of worship, English isn’t the first language for some of their members. Members may attend your services to be with their English-speaking family members or because there are no other options in the area. But providing live language interpretation will allow all to feel welcome in your community, and may even bring in a whole new audience. 

With our AudioFetch translation equipment for churches, your members use their own smart phone and headset to listen in to translation via the AudioFetch app. If you’re already using AudioFetch for hearing assistance, you can use the same device. Simply dedicate another channel to broadcast a real-time stream of the translation. 

With Easter right around the corner, houses of worship can prepare now to create a more inclusive environment for all members. Call us today at 1-844-443-3824 or schedule a meeting to discuss hearing assistance and translation solutions for your church. 

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AudioFetch On-Demand Product Overview Webinar

By | Business | No Comments

Want to better understand the features and benefits of wireless audio streaming for your business? Unsure which AudioFetch solution is right for you? Then you need to check out our Product Overview webinar.

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In this brief webinar video, AudioFetch CEO Tim Depumpo walks you through the numerous features and benefits of our technology and discusses how various businesses are using AudioFetch to improve guest experience. Tim also talks about each of the AudioFetch wireless audio streaming solutions in detail, pointing out the unique capabilities and which businesses and organizations find them most useful.

Click the link below to access the video and learn more about our commercial wireless audio streaming solutions.

If you have specific questions or are ready to get started now, call us at 1-844-HI-FETCH (1-844-443-3824) or schedule an appointment with our team.

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New App Customizations: Branding and Personalizing Your AudioFetch App

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We’re continually looking for ways to improve the AudioFetch app and make it more useful for you and your customers. Today, we’re excited to announce a number of new customization features, which allow you to brand and personalize the app, making it more useful for your business and your guests. 

AudioFetch App Customization

Following are the seven new customization features available now for your AudioFetch app:

Change the App Title

Specify an App Title, which will appear on the widget that displays when the device is on a lock-screen mode. This will remind your listeners that they’re connected and listening with your business, using a name they’re familiar with. 

Add Your Logo 

Replace the AudioFetch logo with your business’s logo in two spots: at the very top of the app, and in the center of the app screen. This helps you better connect with your guests by continuing to build brand recognition for your business, and making the app more familiar to your guests.

Add a Custom Background

You can now change the entire background of the app to display a custom image or customer color of your choosing. This feature is useful in further familiarizing guests with your brand and setting the right tone while they are at your facility. 

Add Custom Channel Icons

Previously if your facility was using more than one audio source, the channels were simply displayed “Channel 1,” “Channel 2,” etc. Now you can customize those icons to better represent what is streaming on each audio channel, making it easier for guests to find what they want to listen to.

For example, if you’re streaming audio from TVs playing CNN, ESPN and Comedy Central, you can upload the respective logos for each channel. 

Add Custom Splash Page

Display a custom banner or video before the app opens. Use this page to reinforce your brand message or promote events, deals or specials that are currently happening at your establishment.

Link to Your Website

To drive traffic to your business or organization’s website, you can now add a hyperlink under the hamburger menu dropdown, found in the top left corner of the app. 

Link to a Custom PDF Document 

Add a hyperlink to a PDF document under the hamburger menu dropdown, found in the top left corner of the app. You can use this PDF link in numerous ways:

  • Share important business information, such as event programs, fitness class schedules or menus. 
  • Announce specials, discounts, upcoming events or other promotions. 
  • Add a custom message or any other content that you’d like to share. 

All of these customizations are available through The Doghouse configuration management portal, which every customer has access to at no additional cost or monthly fees!

If you have any questions about customizing the AudioFetch app or using it to engage with your customers, we’re happy to help! Drop us a line, chat with us, or call us at 1-844-443-3824.

*Note: App customizations are only available for AudioFetch Signature Series products and AudioFetch Express. 

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Host a Drive-In Event for the Holidays

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From theaters and churches to zoos and botanic gardens, all types of businesses and organizations are hosting drive-in events this year. Drive-ins are a fun way to bring communities together and provide entertainment while maintaining safe social distancing.

If you’re thinking of hosting a drive-in or drive-thru event for the holidays, we can help with your audio sound system. Our technology allows you to broadcast audio to your guests in one of two ways:

Broadcast to Smartphones

Broadcast Audio to Smartphones at Your Drive-In Holiday Event

Our AudioFetch wireless audio streaming solutions allow you to broadcast audio to smartphones or tablets. Listeners simply download the AudioFetch App, and then they can hear in real-time via their smartphone or Bluetooth speaker.

Broadcast to Car Radios

Broadcast Audio to Car Radios at Your Drive-In Holiday Event

The FM Transmitter broadcasts to people listening to the radio while sitting in their cars. Listeners simply tune in to the FM station you select, and they can hear the program immediately. Our FM Transmitter is Part 15 FCC certified.

Ready to get started with your drive-in event for the holidays? Drop us a line here or give us a call at 1-844-443-3824.

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How to Hear the TV Better Without Needing a Hearing Aid

By | Home Audio | No Comments

According to a study published in the International Journal of Audiology, 80% of people between the ages of 55 and 74 who could benefit from using hearing aids don’t wear them. 

This isn’t simply a case of not wanting to wear hearing aids in public because they make the wearer feel embarrassed or old. Hearing aids can be uncomfortable if they’re not properly fitted. They’re also expensive, and oftentimes out of reach for many people. Additionally, hearing aids may not be as effective as they were at first or as effective as the wearer had hoped. For any and all of these reasons, some people choose not to use hearing aids even in the privacy of their homes.

This presents challenges for everyone living under the same roof. The person that needs the hearing aids must turn the TV volume up full-blast to be able to hear, drowning out any other noises in the household and driving partners, children and grandchildren crazy. 

Fortunately for the whole family, there’s a better way!

AudioFetch Home, our newest wireless audio streaming product, helps people hear better, reduces distractions and creates a more enjoyable and high-tech home environment. 

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AudioFetch Home is a small device that connects to your television (or any other audio source) and automatically broadcasts the sound to smartphones or tablets via the free AudioFetch App. This home audio solution uses wireless internet, so there are no messy wires or cords to deal with. You can set it up with your existing wireless network at your home, or use the built-in WiFi. It’s a plug-and-play installation that shouldn’t take more than five minutes to get you up and listening!

If you or your loved ones could benefit from using an assistive listening device to hear the TV better, now’s the time to purchase an AudioFetch Home–we’re currently running a 20% off promotion for the holidays! Simply add AudioFetch Home to your cart and enter the code HOMEFORHOLIDAYS. This deal is up at the end of November, so don’t wait!

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Get [AudioFetch] Home for the Holidays!

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With colder weather on the horizon and rising COVID-19 numbers, one thing is for sure this winter–everyone is going to be spending a lot more time at home. Why not make the home environment more peaceful and enjoyable with a home audio solution?

AudioFetch Home is our newest product, helping people hear better, reducing distractions and creating a more enjoyable and high-tech home environment. The possibilities for using AudioFetch Home are nearly endless:

  • Turn the TV up as loud as you want without distracting your family
  • Create a more enjoyable home gym experience
  • Listen to TV in bed without waking your partner
  • Hear more clearly without the use of a hearing aid
  • Enhance your home theater or gaming setup
  • Host outdoor movie nights without disturbing the neighborhood

“It’s difficult to hear the TV when I’m on my treadmill, and AudioFetch fixes that issue. My whole family uses it every day,” says Robert Howard, an AudioFetch customer since March of 2019. “We also have used it for social distanced backyard movie nights with an inexpensive projector and Roku/Apple Tv. It’s been awesome to have some sense of community while still staying safe during the pandemic.”

To celebrate the holiday season, we’re offering 20% off* AudioFetch Home now until November 30. Simply click the image or button below and use code HOMEFORHOLIDAYS in checkout.

Don’t miss out on this great deal on our newest product. Get AudioFetch Home for your friends, your family, your coworkers, and for yourself! And take 20% off now with code HOMEFORHOLIDAYS.

*Offer valid on AudioFetch Home product. Discount applied to one product only. Cannot be combined with other offers. One discount per customer. Offer ends November 30, 2020.

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How to Set Up a Home Gym Sound System with AudioFetch Home

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Getting up the motivation to workout at home can be tough. Kids, pets, partners, laundry, dirty dishes, the couch–there are so many distractions and excuses! 

To increase motivation and ensure your home gym actually gets used, it’s vital to create a space that’s functional, convenient and enjoyable. That means not only getting the right workout equipment, it also means getting the right audio and visual equipment to keep you moving and sweating. 

With our new home audio solution, AudioFetch Home, it’s simple to create a workout environment that you’ll actually use. Instead of turning the TV volume up full blast to hear over the whir of the treadmill or clank of weights, you can listen to the TV audio in realtime from your smartphone. 

Setting up this home gym sound system is simple. Just follow the steps below. 

Order Your AudioFetch Home

Purchase your AudioFetch Home online. We’ll ship out your product that same day when you order before 12:00 Eastern time. 

Connect Your Audio Source to AudioFetch Home

Once you receive your AudioFetch Home, the first step is to get power. Plug the mini USB cable into the AudioFetch Home unit and plug the other end into the USB jack on your device or wall outlet. 

Now you connect the audio source. AudioFetch Home has three options for audio (optical, RCA or headphone jack). Plug the audio input you need into AudioFetch Home, and plug into the audio output into your TV.

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Download AudioFetch App

The AudioFetch App is free to download and use, and is compatible with the latest iOS and Android versions. Get it now for Apple or Android.

Connect Your Smartphone to WiFi

In your phone or tablet’s setting, look for the WiFi network named “AudioFetchExpress” and connect. No password needed.

Launch AudioFetch App

Open the AudioFetch app from your phone or tablet, and you’ll hear the TV audio immediately. Simple as that! 

With winter coming on fast and fitness centers still at limited capacity (if they’re open at all), we’re all going to be spending even more time in our home gyms. Ensure you have the right equipment to motivate and inspire you. Order you AudioFetch Home today.

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Introducing a New Breed of Wireless Audio Streaming – AudioFetch Home

By | AudioFetch News, Home Audio | No Comments

As more people stay home these days, we realize that entire families are struggling to maintain a peaceful and enjoyable home experience. Sharing a small space can be difficult (heck, even sharing a big space for this long is tough!).

We knew that our technology could help, and so we’ve come up with a new breed of wireless audio streaming product — AudioFetch Home.

Drawing on our 15+ years in the commercial space, AudioFetch Home is a home wireless audio solution designed to help families and couples hear better in their house, reduce distractions, and create a more high-tech environment.

How can you use AudioFetch Home?

  • Turn the TV up as loud as you want or need without distracting your family
  • Listen to TV in bed without waking your partner
  • Hear the TV sound while working out in your home gym
  • Hear more clearly without the use of hearing aid
  • Enhance your home theater or gaming setup for an innovative viewing experience
  • Host outdoor movie nights in your yard without disturbing the neighborhood

However you want or need to use it, AudioFetch home let’s you quickly and easily stream TV audio over WiFi.

With winter coming on fast, we’re all going to be spending even more time at home. Make that time more enjoyable with AudioFetch Home! Order yours online today!

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Silent Disco Equipment: Using AudioFetch for a Soundless & Safe Party

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For those of you out there looking to keep the party spirit alive while maintaining safe social distances, we have the answer–Silent Discos!

Silent discos are events where people dance to music listened to on individual headphones. Rather than using a speaker system, silent disco equipment broadcasts music to the headphones, providing an experience that is unique for participants, considerate for neighbors, and in today’s environment, the most responsible choice for music events.

Silent discos started gaining popularity in 2005 at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, and are seeing a resurgence as people look for creative and safer ways to bring communities together. AudioFetch’s wireless audio streaming technology offers several benefits for silent discos:

Innovative Audio Streaming Technology

Traditional silent discos use FM radio transmitters to broadcast the music to wireless headphone receivers. This process works, but it’s an old school way of doing things! 

AudioFetch provides a next-generation solution that streams music wirelessly to smartphones. Listeners simply download the free AudioFetch app, connect to the WiFi and they’re able to hear the music immediately. 

No Headphones to Disinfect

Rather than providing shared headphones for listeners to use, AudioFetch allows users to listen with their own smartphone and headphones. Nothing to disinfect after each use and no worry of spreading disease. No rental gear to send back and no extra equipment to store after the event. No mess, no risk, no hassle!

Flexible Music Streaming Options

Want to keep the music going into the wee hours while adhering to noise ordinances? Planning a music event with multiple acts or DJs and need to provide listening options? Thinking of unifying your apartment complex with a unit-wide dance party? Have another silent event in mind? We offer several wireless audio streaming solutions to fit your needs.

Our Express model is a single-channel unit, which lets you broadcast from one artist or DJ. If you’ll have multiple audio options, our Lite or Signature Line is what you need. Lite allows you to broadcast four audio sources simultaneously, and Signature covers you from 4 sources all the way up to 512! 

Listeners can easily choose the DJ or artist by swiping right/left in the app to find the appropriate channel number. 

More Affordable Than Other Silent Disco Gear

Other silent disco equipment providers charge you for each headphone at a whopping $50 a pop (and that’s typically the budget option!). Then you have to buy the audio broadcast equipment, which can be anywhere from $150-500 for a single transmitter (which may not be enough for your event). And then you need to purchase all the accessories–cables, batteries, signage, storage containers, setup fees. All of those items together can really add up!

With AudioFetch, you only need to purchase the audio over WiFi equipment, and that’s it! There are no other accessories to buy–all cables and signage come with the equipment. There are no support or setup fees (not that you’ll need it, AudioFetch is extremely simple to install!). And listeners use their own smartphones and headphones, so you don’t have to worry about footing that bill either (or worry about spreading disease with shared equipment)!

Personal Volume Control

One volume does NOT fit all. 

Using AudioFetch for a silent disco, each participant is able to easily control the volume on their smartphone, reducing the risk of hearing damage. 

Encourage Conversation

No more yelling over blaring music or losing your voice the next day. A silent disco allows those people who are not dancing, or those simply taking a break, to converse at a normal level. And with the need for social distancing today, this is even more important. Individuals can talk at a safe distance from each other without even needing to raise their voices. 

If you’re interested in hosting a silent disco, we can help! Whether you’re planning a full music festival or a small neighborhood dance party, our AudioFetch wireless audio streaming products are a simple and affordable solution. Contact us today!

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How to Attract More Customers For Sports Viewing

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After going months cooped up in their homes, unable to watch live sports, fans are thirsting for the opportunity to cheer on their favorite team with friends and family.

Following are four ways you can attract more customers to your sports bar or restaurant to view the game, and meet social distancing regulations:

1. Create Food & Drink Specials

One thing is still the same in this new normal–food and drink specials are one of the most successful ways to draw in new customers and bring regulars back time and again. Happy hour prices, 2 for 1s, sports-themed fare are all ways to entice customers to choose your bar over others. 

To account for the reduced capacity and longer seating time during games, consider implementing check minimums during games. You may also want to adapt your menu to add in more appetizers and snacks, to keep customers ordering throughout the games. 

2. Provide an Innovative Listening Experience

Provide an innovative and safe way for customers to listen to the game with our TV app for sports bars.

AudioFetch technology allows you to broadcast audio from muted TVs to your customers’ smartphones and tablets. Customers can hear the TV audio from anywhere in the bar, even on the patio or in the parking lot, which means you can maintain the proper distance between tables without needing to blast the TV volume. 

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Customer enjoying AudioFetch at Hogfish Seafood & Smokehouse in Loveland, CO

3. Create VIP Experiences

To create a unique offering that stands out and secure ongoing business throughout the season, some sports bars like the Buffalo Wild Wings locations in Cleveland have opted to create VIP experiences.

For $750, Buffalo Wild Wings season ticket holders get a reserved spot in a special section called the Dawg Pound, along with a welcome package, and wings, fries, nachos, and drinks during each game. If you do the math, that nets out to just $50 a game for customers, and guaranteed revenue for the sports bar. Not such a bad deal for all!

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4. Make Sure Customers Know About Your Unique Offerings

Whether you’re doing one or all of the things on this list, you need to make sure your regulars and potential customers know about it. 

Use sidewalk sandwich boards to bring in passersby, send out emails to tell customers about your specials and unique listening and viewing options, post it on your website and social media channels, update ads on your local radio stations or news publications, and hang posters around your bar.

If you’re using AudioFetch, we provide a marketing kit to every customer with posters, table tents, and digital assets to help you get the word out. 

It’s never been more important to bring people together and unite them, and we’re proud to help businesses do this in a more responsible way. Through the end of September, we’re offering 35% off all AudioFetch sports bar and tailgating applications and upgrades. 

When purchasing our portable FetchExpress online, use the discount code FOOTBALL2020. For AudioFetch Signature or any of our other sports bar audio solutions, simply give us a call at 1-844-443-3824 or drop us a line today. This great deal is up at the end of the month, so don’t wait! 

*35% off MSRP. Discount available from September 7, 2020 through September 30, 2020. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. One discount per customer.