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How to Host an Outdoor Movie Screening This Halloween

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA will be hosting a costume ball and outdoor screening of “Willy Wonka” this Halloween Eve.  It is a tradition at Halloween for the Cemetery to host outdoor movies, usually scary ones, as a means of raising funds for care of the cemetery. And hundreds of people show up.

Nowadays, an outdoor movie screening isn’t something you get to experience very often, but in just a few easy steps you can easily create an outdoor movie event of your own that brings your community together in a fun and unique way. Not only that, Halloween is the perfect time to host an outdoor movie because there are so many movies to choose from.

To start you’ll need is a white sheet or convenient wall (a white food truck would work, too), a projector, assistive hearing technology that can transmit the audio directly to your audiences smart phones (especially if you don’t want to monitor your area for noise pollution or obtain a sound permit), and a favorite movie! Guests can bring their own blankets and chairs–even their comfy pickup truck bed, if the venue permits! Consider selling or giving away popcorn as an added treat.

Practically any type of organization or business could benefit from an outdoor movie night. Here are some ideas for how you can host outdoor movies in your community this Halloween:

Church or Youth Groups

An outdoor movie screening is an especially fun event for children and can provide community outreach as well as fellowship and recreation for your members, regardless of their age. Select family-friendly movies that help to spread your organization’s message.

Live Theater Venues

Thank your patrons by bringing them out of the building and use it as an outreach method for the upcoming performance season. You could also pair an outdoor movie with a live music ensemble, dance troupe or vaudeville act!

Tour Groups

Begin or finish an ghost tour with a movie related to the location or just something fun and spooky to set the mood. It’s the perfect way to make your tour extra memorable!

Schools & Clubs

An outdoor movie night can be an excellent fundraising opportunity. Select a popular movie that appeals to a broad range of people, get sponsors to donate snacks and drinks, and ask for a small donation at the entrance.

Public Libraries

Cooler, cozier evenings are just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean an end to all outdoor fun. Outdoor movie events have become quite popular in the last few years and are an excellent way to bring the neighborhood together. With advances in projection and wifi audio streaming equipment, they are easier than ever to produce.

Parks and Recreation

Offer regular community gatherings at parks and outdoor spaces around your town. Start the evening with lawn games or frisbee golf, while you stoke up the barbecue.  When the food is ready, and it’s dark enough, start the movie. You can make the event free or charge a small fee to offset costs or act as a fundraiser for the park.

Professional Organizations

Use outdoor movie screenings as a way to enrich your local community, and bring together like-minded individuals to make connections with your clients, potential clients, and employees’ families.

Charities & Civic Organizations

Host a movie night to raise awareness for your cause and ask your volunteers to bring their friends. Select a film that is relevant to your organization, and bring in vendors and other entertainment. For example, if you’re screening a documentary related to your cause, invite the director for a post-screening Q&A.

Sports Teams

Another effective way to raise funds, this time for local community or school sports team. You could also simply have the screening  be an end-of-season celebration for players, parents and fans.

With the right set up and equipment you could host a series of outdoor movies all year long, just like they do at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. AudioFetch solutions allow you to stream the audio from the movie playing on the projector directly to the audience’s smartphones who can listen using earbuds or headphones. This keeps noise to a minimum and ensures that everyone can hear the movie no matter where they’re sitting.

Contact us today to learn more!

How Everyone can Listen to TV at the Gym this Fall

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Fall is finally here. The leaves are turning and temperatures are dropping, and as the days get cooler, more and more people start to head inside. Football and fall TV shows are all great excuses to spend more time inside and in front of the TV, but people are also starting to workout indoors as well. So, how can gym patrons listen the TV programs they want while they work out?

While it’s not impossible to carry a tablet with earbuds through the gym, the pros (choosing what you want to watch, being able to pause when you want, etc.) may not outweigh the cons (having to actually carry around a tablet at the gym!). Wireless audio streaming could help give your gym an edge on the competition and add an unexpected perk for your members.

If a member is just popping in for a quick cardio session, larger gyms will have them covered with most StairMasters, ARC Trainers, and spin bikes already tuned in to a set of channel-locked mounted TVs. However, wireless audio streaming devices transmit audio from any connected television to a smartphone or tablet using a wifi connection, allowing members the freedom to move from weights to cardio to stretching without unplugging or reprogramming.

At AudioFetch, we’re helping businesses every day make their clients happier with wireless audio options. System installation is easy and compatible with any WiFi system, and the no-hassle phone app is simple to use and easily customizable to any customer base. Not only can you tailor the colors, banner, and title, but you can also promote new products, specials, and upcoming events.

Contact us today for more information about how AudioFetch can help you better serve your customers!

3 Reasons to add AudioFetch to your College Campus

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A college campus is a vibrant place of learning, ingenuity, and inventiveness.  The atmosphere is ripe with growth and learning, and the technology available on campus for various activities is a great opportunity to inspire students and faculty alike. An audio solution that transmits audio over wifi could be a great addition to any higher education audio-visual department and opens up some creative opportunities to enhance the experience of everyone on campus.

STUDENTS

Students work hard to become informed and expand their knowledge and skills.  They learn from books, professors, visiting lecturers, and each other. They attend multiple classes and spend long hours studying.  To unwind they sometimes look to the Student Union to share a meal, a televised sports event or an episode of South Park or Jeopardy.

One television, turned up loud enough for so many people to hear, can seem blaring to those who are more interested in talking to their friends.  For students who are studying while they eat, the noise of the television that rises and falls with the excitement of sports announcers’ voices or the music of commercials can be very distracting.  Or perhaps there are several televisions showing different programs and one can’t be heard over another, creating a cacophony of noise. And what if students with hearing disabilities just want to hear what’s on TV more clearly?

Any streaming device that transmits audio via wifi to a user’s smartphone, would be a perfect solution to manage noise levels in shared student spaces like the Student Union or dorms. Think of the peace in having an audio-streaming device that would allow students to listen to any TV through their cell phones.  Earbuds would prevent distracting anyone sitting nearby, and students could still watch together by tuning in to the same channel.

PROFESSORS

Seeking to vary the classes or impart direct knowledge, a professor might take a class of students to a museum, a play, a special lecture or a local engineering facility.  Communicating with students might be distracting to others at the museum, play, or lecture, and might be impossible in a plant, however, a personal PA system that streams audio directly to student smartphones would allow the professor to communicate with all the students over any other noise and without disturbing anyone nearby. Not only that, through direct streaming, students are more likely to hear every word of instruction through their earbuds and are less likely to be distracted or miss something vital because of ambient noise.

GUEST LECTURERS & PRESENTERS

Very often during the semester, a college will host a special visitor who might lecture on politics, environmental issues, the entertainment industry, or host a Q & A.  These special presentations are open to the public and many people from the community attend. Students attending the college or members of the community whose first language is not English are at a slight disadvantage because they might miss the nuances of the speaker.  Wouldn’t a translator be a big help? A translator could be a volunteer from the community who transmits the dialogue over streaming audio, allowing everyone to hear the lecture in their own language. Not only that, but attendees with hearing impairment could also benefit from an audio streaming device that amplifies the sound of the lecture directly into their ear buds.

An AudioFetch education sound system that streams over wifi could solve so many on campus challenges and be a great addition to the student and community experience.  If you would like to know more about our audio streaming solutions, contact us today!

 

Hit a Home Run with AudioFetch!

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Here comes fall!  The days get cooler and the leaves start to turn.  Fall is a beautiful time of year made greater because it is the season of one of the greatest contests in baseball.  Even people who aren’t big fans of baseball will watch the playoffs and the World Series. Their favorite team may not be in it, but they will choose sides and root for a winner, hoping for evenly matched teams that will carry the series for all seven games.

The thing is, baseball has always been a listening sport.  People used to turn on their radios on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon and listen to the game.  That’s why baseball has one of the best announcers in sports – Joe Buck. And, this year, when the 114th World Series begins on October 23, crowds of people will gather in their local pub or sports bar to watch with friends and hear Joe Buck talk about the plays and stats.

With an audio wireless streaming solution that connects to your WiFi, you can set your televisions to whichever games are happening and customers can hear the game they want, no matter where their tables may be, simply by using their smartphones or tablets. It’s a solution that makes all patrons happy – your sports fans have the best possible audio experience, and those who aren’t interested in the game can listen to another option if they choose.

Installing a system that streams audio over wifi in time for the World Series can mean more Instagram moments and Tweets tagging your bar as the best place to watch the World Series, not to mention the year-round benefit. A streaming system can make your establishment the best destination for football, basketball, hockey, and every world championship game.

Get ready now, and contact us to see how we can help you give your patrons a better game day experience.

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) GIVEAWAY!

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AudioFetch is the absolute best platform for providing local audio over WiFi to smartphones and tablets across any application. The Fetch-family of products are employed in fitness centers, sports bars, restaurants, churches, universities, lecture halls, theaters, tour companies, airports, correctional facilities, community centers, casinos, auctions and more. Our solutions are easy to install and stream audio to your customers smart phones, so you get to avoid upkeep and tracking of clunky equipment.

Embrace the “bring your own device” (BYOD) culture, by allowing your customers to use their smartphones for hearing assistance, access to multilingual content, audio descriptions or any live voice audio.

Whether you’re a tour company, church, educational facility, theater or any other type of venue, we want to help your guests hear better. Now through September 30th, we’re giving away a free AudioFetch FetchExpress system to four lucky winners! Just enter your business information for a chance to win!

To give you an idea of some of the creative ways an audio streaming solution could help improve your business here are 4 of our top blogs to offer inspiration…

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Build Community with Theater Translation

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We live in a multi-cultural global society with large populations in every country speaking Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Arabic, French, Korean, English and hundreds of other languages. Yet, while we may seem so different from our foreign neighbors, we are intrinsically alike as we share similar emotions, concerns, intellect, and desires. We just express them differently.

One of the best ways to bring community together is through art – painting, sculpting, music, dance, and especially theater. Theater performances use various types of cultural language – verbal language, body language, costumes, and music. Some of the meaning an actor expresses in another language can be understood by gestures, facial expressions and movement. However, without understanding verbal language there is only partial understanding and much of a play, performance, or speech can be lost. For a complete artistic experience, a translator is needed.

A translator in a theater may sound like a terrible idea. Who hasn’t been annoyed by someone talking behind them in a theater?  The solution is to use a system that streams audio over wifi, sending a one-way audio broadcast to a user’s smart device via an app. A translator can speak only to those audience members who need to hear the event in another language through ear-buds. It’s a wonderful way to bring the audience in tune.

An assistive listening device for theaters that streams audio to your audience members’ smart devices means no need for additional hearing assistive devices, upgrades or care. AudioFetch solutions can connect with the wifi service already at the theater – without any wiring or bulky equipment. All the audience members have to do is download the AudioFetch app to their smartphones and listen. It’s an economical and simple audio solution that could grow your attendance while creating a stronger community.

If you would like to learn more about AudioFetch, contact us today!

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*3rd party translation software or service required

Translation Could Transform Your House of Worship

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Many churches have an English service as well as a service in another language such as Spanish, Chinese, or Armenian.  Yet, Sunday worship services are not the same every week. Sometimes there may be a guest minister or speaker from another state or even another country who will speak in only one language.  This means they will speak at one service and thus leave out many members of the congregation.

For those special Sunday presentations, it’s important to include everyone by offering to combine the congregation and use both languages. This way, all parishioners are together to enjoy the special service.  Of course, for everyone to understand the speaker, a translator is needed. The problem is how to offer a translation of the service into one language without disturbing the other congregation members who speak the other language.

There are several things to consider when deciding if translation is right for your house of worship, but if you have the need, an easy to install and cost effective option would be a device with multiple inputs that streams audio over wifi. A portable wifi sound system can be an excellent solution to ensure all congregants can hear the service clearly.

Translation devices for churches with built-in wifi send one-way audio to a user’s smart device.  A translator can speak only to those parishioners who need to hear the service in another language, and since the parishioner is using earbuds it prevents distracting anyone nearby. Not only that, it’s portability means you can take the solution anywhere–with built-in wifi, anywhere really means anywhere you want to hold a service! This can be an incredible advantage for houses of worship that hold events like revivals, carnivals, outdoor movie screenings or river baptisms.  Best of all, the entire congregation is together to enjoy the service and speaker wherever you are.

An audio solution that streams to your congregants smart device means the church doesn’t have to keep up with equipment upgrades or cleaning. It also allows the listener to do so discreetly. It’s like a very quiet PA system that allows your members to hear every word of the service, in their own language*, wherever they are. Further, offering translation at every service fosters a greater and continuing sense of belonging, and could lead to membership growth through its inclusive nature.

The AudioFetch Signature can connect with the wifi service already at the church, while the FetchExpress has built in wifi for endless service possibilities – without any wiring or bulky equipment.  All the congregation members have to do is simply download the AudioFetch app to their smartphones and listen. It’s an economical and simple to install audio solution that could grow your congregation.

If you would like to learn more about AudioFetch, contact us today!

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*3rd party translation software or service required

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Minimize Installation Headaches and Costs: Why You Need a Flexible, Low Profile Wireless Audio Streaming System

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When selecting a wireless audio streaming system, minimize your installation costs and headaches with a system that can be mounted anywhere.  When you’ve spent countless hours and resources designing the optimal layout and design of your space, you’ll want to skip the clutter of clunky audio streaming equipment and the mess of expensive-to-run cords. You need something that is not only affordable, durable and easy to install, but also low-profile, out-of-the-way of customers and staff, and lends itself to easy in-ceiling mounting or rack mounting.

Our AudioFetch Signature is small and easy to mount anywhere. It doesn’t require an audio/visual rack, a heavy duty mounting point, or even a large table to rest on. About the size of a tissue box, it can be tucked away in the corner of an office or closet or mounted in a low profile location within the ceiling near the audio sources.  The option to locate AudioFetch with the TVs can save expensive installation of audio cables “home-run” to an A/V closet.  Additional ease-of-installation considerations include the ability of AudioFetch to function on non-internet-backed WiFi potentially eliminating an additional ethernet connection run.  And the AudioFetch standard of 3 audio connection types per input (analog, optical, and digital coax) eliminates costly optical adapters, and future-proofs your system.

The counterpart to the Signature line, the power-packed Fetch Express platform, provides the ultimate in ease-of-installation eliminating audio cable runs entirely.  The tiny Fetch Express, with its’ built-in WiFi, installs one per audio source then all connect as wireless clients to the facility WiFi.

Both AudioFetch platforms are small and light enough to mount behind a TV, or just above it in a drop ceiling, or open ceiling, keeping it out of sight from customers and reducing the need to run long cables which are not only unsightly, but a major expense and a potential future maintenance hassle.

When choosing a system to stream audio over wifi, make sure it’s heard, not seen. And make sure it provides the easiest and most economical installation.  If you need to replace a clunky, messy audio streaming system or would like to learn more about AudioFetch, contact us today!

Be The Best Spot For World Cup

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Get ready! The men’s World Cup begins on June 14 in Russia with 32 qualifying teams representing every continent competing for the trophy.

Soccer is the world’s most popular sport and the World Cup continues to break viewing records. 764 million people watched the last women’s World Cup, making it the most-watched event in the history of sports. Winning (or losing) a football match is a matter of community pride, and can set a whole nation to beaming (or moping).

This means that beginning on June 14, millions of soccer’s passionate and vocal fans will seek their local pub, restaurant, or sports bar to watch the games with a community of cheering celebrants.

Watching the game is ultra-important to the fans, but hearing it is important, too. When a host of people are shouting and high-fiving because their team just scored, there are fans supporting the opposing team who are hoping to hear the ref call a foul. Or suppose at that moment a player shouted something at the ref or a fight started. It’s that “what just happened” moment that no one wants to miss hearing.

You no longer need to make a choice between making customers choose just one game or no sound at all. With an audio wireless streaming solution that connects to your WiFi, you can set your televisions to whichever games are happening and customers can hear the game they want, no matter where their tables may be, simply by using their smartphones or tablets. It’s a solution that makes all patrons happy–your sports fans have the best possible audio experience, and those who aren’t interested in the game can listen to another option if they choose or nothing at all.

Installing a system that streams audio over wifi in time for the World Cup can mean more Instagram moments and Tweets saying, “I’M HERE!” Your bar or restaurant is the place to be. And think of the year-round benefit. Baseball, basketball, American football, hockey, and every world championship.

If you’re an American bar owner who is dubious about how useful this will be since the U.S. didn’t make this year’s World Cup, remember: the Women’s World Cup is in 2019, and they played the most-watched soccer game in the nation’s history.

Get ready now, and contact us to see how we can help you give your patrons a better game day experience.

Get Creative with a Portable PA System for Business

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Are you looking for a distraction-free PA system for your business? One that is portable, convenient, and affordable? The simplicity of the AudioFetch FetchExpress may be exactly what you need. With it’s simple design and ease of installation the FetchExpress can help keep communication with your customers, guests and team clear and effective.

How does it work?

Our portable PA system streams audio from a single source to anyone listening through the AudioFetch app on their smartphone or tablet. No complicated AV systems or bulky listening devices required.

FetchExpress connects seamlessly to your existing WiFi, so installation is simple and doesn’t require a mess of cords and plugs. The device also comes with a built-in WiFi function, turning you into a walking hotspot for outdoor or en-route use.

With options for broadcasting your voice with a directly-connected or wireless microphone, you are assured a quick and easy way to communicate without distractions for your listeners or others. If you need to broadcast from several sources, you can easily pair multiple FetchExpresses together or use our AudioFetch Signature system for up to 256 inputs.

All the listener needs to do is download the AudioFetch app to get started. We provide marketing material for your venue to let people know that AudioFetch is available and how to use it.

Who can use it?

There are many businesses that can benefit from an AudioFetch system, from houses of worship and tourism companies to warehouses and educational facilities, and everyone in between! Some of the creative uses include:

With a Portable PA system you can minimize distractions to ensure clear and direct communication with the people who need to hear it most.

The AudioFetch PA system helps businesses transform how they interact with their guests, customers and staff, leading to enhanced customer experience, improved productivity and increased revenue. It brings a personal touch to the end user while enabling the broadcaster to scale their operations. What more could you want? Contact us today for more information.