A Guide to Live Streaming and Web Conferencing Services for Events and Remote Meetings

Category: Technical

Live Streaming and Web Conferencing Services Guide

July 30, 2020

A Guide to Live Streaming and Web Conferencing Services for Events and Remote Meetings

We’ve created a guide that lists the most well-known live streaming and web conferencing services with a focus on the details most important for streaming virtual, live, and hybrid events.  READ MORE

Alford Virtual Event System for Professional Online Events

May 20, 2020

Alford Virtual Event System for Professional Online Events

Our team and process give you the same level of professionalism and quality you’re used to at live events for your virtual events with the bandwidth for multiple web stream, a robust presenter management system, and capability for multiple streaming sources. READ MORE

Melanie and Billy Podcast

July 9, 2019

How RFID Is Transforming Asset Tracking in AV

In the past, event technology specialists at AV companies had to manually scan each item of gear making its way to the warehouse. It’s an antiquated system that takes time, and is prone to human error. Here at Alford Media, that has changed with RFID asset tracking technology. READ MORE


Alford Embraces RFID Technology to Streamline Business Operations

March 21, 2019

Alford Embraces RFID Technology to Streamline Business Operations

Alford is now using RFID technology to improve operational excellence by tagging all gear and cases in order to more efficiently be tracked. Learn more here. READ MORE

How Are Digital Audio Networks Transforming AV Today

March 11, 2019

How Are Digital Audio Networks Transforming AV Today?

Running event technology seamlessly is the bare minimum in today’s event technology world. On today’s episode of Backstage with Alford Media, we hear from Operations Manager Matthew Dietzler, and Audio Designer Jonathan Lieurance to break down this dichotomy. READ MORE

Audio Network Podcast

January 9, 2019

Why Audio Engineers Need to be Network Engineers

The evolution of the AV industry has been fueled by technological advances that have garnered much debate through the years. In this podcast, Matthew Dietzler, Alford Operations Manager, discusses the audio transformation from analog to digital and why all audio engineers should learn to be network engineers as well. READ MORE


Lighting Design with Kurt Wunsch

December 17, 2018

How Lighting Impacts Your Message

Lighting plays an important role in delivering a strong message and fully engaging attendees to create a memorable experience. Kurt Wunsch, Lighting Designer, explains how in this podcast. READ MORE

November 23, 2018

How LED Can Be Used to Transform Your Corporate Event

LED continues to expand its presence from award shows to live concerts to corporate events. How can event producers keep their shows fresh and continue wowing attendees with the tech becoming ever more familiar? Here are some different ways to incorporate LED into your event and set your show apart. READ MORE

Visual Effects - Feature

November 14, 2018

Visual Effects Technology Advances and Its Impact on the Industry

How is visual effects technology impacting the events industry and how can it be useful for corporate events? Shawn Lunsford, Video Service Technician, answers both of these questions and more in this podcast. READ MORE


October 17, 2018

Alford Advances Show Site Networking with A-LAN

While we are typically renowned for our expertise in sound, lighting and projection, one of our more recent innovations involves an equally important, but not as obvious aspect of the event, the networks we use on site for running the gear.  READ MORE

Visual Effect

October 3, 2018

What the Hologram Effect Trend Means for Events

With the technology behind hologram effects becoming more cost effective and easily accessible these visual elements are a fun, engaging addition to many events and conferences. READ MORE

September 12, 2018

Alford’s Innovation Experience – Old and New Technology Collide

As part of our commitment to always be innovating, we hosted an Innovation Experience this summer to showcase some of the latest technologies and introduce new and creative ways to utilize staple event elements that would inspire our clients and generate new ideas for their events. READ MORE


August 31, 2018

The Sleek Sound of L-Acoustics Syva

L-Acoustics Syva is great for corporate events in small ballrooms or for high-end meetings with a ground supported speaker system. With the options of black, silver, or gold, Syva can fit perfectly in any environment including intimate settings, amphitheaters, and gallery spaces.  READ MORE

July 31, 2018

How Alford Access Can Improve Your Event Communication

Through Alford Access, you’ll only need to look one place for live, real-time access to your show. Our user-friendly dashboard is available 24/7 with access to data such as your budget and equipment list, the crew list and contact information, venue information, and any related files. READ MORE

LED Calculator

June 18, 2018

Alford Releases LED Wall Calculator App

Alford is excited to introduce our new LED Wall Calculator app, capable of configuring the panel requirements for numerous types of LED wall options. READ MORE


June 14, 2018

Retro Tech Is Back In Style

Everything old is new again – it’s a truism that covers areas from clothing fashions to movie remakes to interior design, and occasionally bleeds over into technology. READ MORE

May 9, 2018

Load Cells and Braceworks Boost Safety and Efficiency

Two related technologies, load cells, and Vectorworks’ Braceworks help our staff improve overhead safety for hanging lighting, speakers and screens while gaining more visibility into the planning process and reducing the time spent physically setting up a venue. READ MORE

March 14, 2018

Riedel Bolero Wireless Intercom System Comes to Alford

Bolero is an all-new wireless intercom system capable of supporting 10 belt packs per antenna and up to 100 antennas in a single deployment. READ MORE



January 10, 2018

How IT Impacts Collaboration and Communication

Information technology — that mix of software, networking, and cloud services– continues to have profound effects on the events industry. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

Catchbox Comes to Alford

Alford introduces Catchbox! These are soft covered wireless mics that can be thrown and tossed around the audience and only turn on when movement has stopped. In addition, the covers are customizable to incorporate any company name, logo, or color. READ MORE

4K Laser Projector

August 10, 2017

The Benefits of 4K Laser Projectors

4K laser projectors offer rich, crisp and detailed imagery for events. READ MORE


Barco UDX 4K32 Laser Projector

July 31, 2017

The Future of Projection is Now

The next generation of projection technology has arrived, and it didn’t bring any lamps! READ MORE

Riedel MediorNet

July 27, 2017

Riedel MediorNet – Redefining Signal Transport

The Riedel MediorNet system is a game changer when it comes to signal transport. Our most recent use case that demonstrates its abilities was at the SAS Global Forum 2017. READ MORE


July 20, 2017

A Successful SAS Global Forum, Highlighted with LEDs and Audience Engagement

The SAS Global Forum 2017 was deeply themed around personalization. READ MORE


Wireless Mic

May 31, 2017

What’s Changing in Wireless Availability and How It Affects the Events Industry

A major FCC change means new strategies for successful wireless communications at events. READ MORE

sound waves

April 26, 2017

The Science of Sound

Sound plays an integral role at events and the right application can be used to impact the audience in varying ways. READ MORE

Color Psychology

April 6, 2017

How the Psychology of Color has a Major Influence at Events

Color and lighting have a major influence on the mood and emotions of event attendees. Learn how to use lighting to impact your messaging and your attendees’ experience. READ MORE


Site Survey - Show Site Setup

March 28, 2017

Why Site Surveys are Invaluable for Corporate Events – Part 2

Dozens of considerations go into an effective site survey. From determining the time and labor required for the load-in and load-out to crafting the best audio and visual environment possible, each component has a direct impact on a live event’s performance. The importance of site surveys can’t be overlooked. READ MORE

March 24, 2017

Why Site Surveys are Invaluable for Corporate Events – Part 1

Site surveys are the foundation of corporate and live events’ success. READ MORE

Cyc Widescreen

March 8, 2017

Understanding the Difference Between LED and Projection

Understanding the differences between LED and projection is critical when planning an event. READ MORE


LED Screen

February 9, 2017

LED Screens – How to Choose the Right One

So you’ve decided to use a LED screen at your next event, what do you need to know to find the right one? READ MORE

Digital Interactivity

February 3, 2017

The Growing Importance of Interactivity in the Digital Space

Interactive technology adds an entirely new dimension to events. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

Balancing the Benefits and Drawbacks of Live Streaming Events

When it comes to live events, streaming has both benefits and drawbacks. Let’s examine these and consider how this option might best be applied for your next conference. READ MORE


January 4, 2017

How Will Augmented Reality Influence and Enhance Events?

Augmented reality makes it easier to engage event attendees and efficiently share information in a way that feels personal. READ MORE

Riedel MediorNet - Lower Quad Mobile system

December 12, 2016

The Benefits of Riedel MediorNet Modular Frame Systems

Riedel MediorNet Modular frame systems offer a host of advantages on show site. READ MORE


December 6, 2016

Why You Need Two Projectors for One Screen

Do you want to improve image quality during your event? Think about double stacking projectors. READ MORE



November 30, 2016

Press Release: Riedel MediorNet now at Alford Media

Alford Media is excited to announce the purchase of 4 Riedel MediorNet Modular frame systems. MediorNet is currently used in TV production, and events such as the Red Bull Air Races, Formula 1, and the X-Games. Alford Media is the first company in the live events industry to integrate this technology on show site. READ MORE

Why Backups are Essential

November 16, 2016

Why it is Essential to Have Backup Equipment During an Event

Backups may never be used, but if they’re needed, they can save the show and everyone involved money, time and logistical headaches. READ MORE


September 14, 2016

The Types of Event Lighting That Wows Attendees

When planning a corporate event, creative producers have a lot to consider – but one of the most important aspects involves the show’s lighting. READ MORE


Certain challenges can make event planning a bit stressful.

August 18, 2016

Top 7 Technical Challenges When Planning an Event

Event planners have to overcome a number of challenges to put on a great event. Here are seven of the biggest ones that can always cause T.R.O.U.B.L.E. READ MORE

February 9, 2016

Alfordgram – Astra Lite Panels

Blake Taylor, our Manager of Lighting Services, discusses the Astra Lite Panels and how they can be used at your corporate meeting or live event. READ MORE

Riedel Mediornet

December 11, 2015

Riedel MediorNet

We were asked to create a communication/audio/video link for a very large venue between the general session and a separate location. The distance of cable used was around 1200’ to create that link. Due to challenges, the decision was made to utilize five Riedel MediorNet frames to manage all data transfer. The advantage of using MediorNet throughout the show is its flexibility.  READ MORE


November 20, 2015

JBL Upgrade

Alford has upgraded our JBL inventory. We just got in our VTX V20’s and VTX S25’s. READ MORE

October 4, 2015

Alfordgram – Alford Media Expands Its Lighting Inventory

Alford Media’s lighting department has added some serious punch to their arsenal with the addition of three new types of lighting fixtures. READ MORE

QuakeCon 2015

July 31, 2015

Alfordgram – QuakeCon20

This year was the 20th year of QuakeCon. Thousands of gamers joined together to play on world-class network, culminating in North America’s largest BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Computer) LAN party. We have the great pleasure of working with Bethesda to make this event come to life. READ MORE



July 17, 2015

InfoComm 2015 – Collaboration in IT

This year’s InfoComm was the first I attended and there was a lot to take in. While I could have easily filled my time with the on-site classes, instead I spent the good majority of my two days on the floor walking every aisle and perusing every vendor. After some time to process, I‘ve settled on what was promising from the AV/IT perspective. READ MORE


May 5, 2015

NAB 2015 – Drones, Drones, and More Drones

Bill Brady, our Manager of Video Services, walks us through his experience and all the cool tech at NAB this year. READ MORE