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How to watch The Lark Ascending Centenary

Live broadcast via Vimeo

The Lark Ascending Centenary concert will be broadcast via Vimeo, as it provides the best quality image and audio for the broadcast.

While many platforms, such as YouTube have apps for Smart TVs, this is not the case for Vimeo and we would recommend that you either watch the broadcast on your computer with a set of good quality headphones, or if you are watching with other people that you connect your computer to your television or home stereo for the best viewing and listening experience.

Connecting to your TV or home stereo

The easiest and quickest way to connect to your TV from your laptop, PC or tablet is using an HDMI cable.

The concert will be broadcast via vimeo at https://bristolbeacon.org/lark-100

Or, to watch on the Vimeo website, click the title of the concert in the video player on the webpage, or follow this link: https://vimeo.com/489535278

Once you have connected, your TV should recognise the output from the computer but you might need to check your display settings if you cannot see your PC screen on the TV. It is usually best to have your PC on first before you plug into the TV as it is more likely to find the signal automatically.

If you still cannot see your PC screen then check that you have picked the correct HDMI source on your TV.

If all this is working you should get both video and audio coming through your TV. Of course you can enhance the stereo sound better if you also link to your HIFI/stereo system.

You may already have your TV connected in this way (or have a Soundbar as part of your home cinema set-up), but if not then you can connect to your stereo amplifier via an AUX input using the audio out phono sockets on the back of the TV.

Wireless connection options that you might wish to try

There are a number of ways that you might want to try or already know about.

Amazon Firestick: You will also need to download the Amazon Silk web browser. You can then open a simple web browser, go to https://bristolbeacon.org/lark-100 and click on the links directly on your TV.

Google Chromecast: At the moment Vimeo does not support simple casting from a mobile device, only from a PC where you can cast the whole Google Chrome tab. You will need to purchase a Chromecast dongle which you can then plug into a spare HDMI socket on your TV.

Your SMART TV might also have a built-in web browser. However these do tend to be rather clunky and not particularly user-friendly. There are also a number of mobile Apps that might be called “Video and TV Cast” or “Screen Mirroring” but these do not have such reliability as a cabled solution.

Technical FAQs

How do I make my video player full screen?
If you hover over the video with your mouse, at the bottom right of your video player there is an icon with four arrows. Click on this and it will make your video full screen. To go back to your original size, click on these four arrows again to close the full screen or alternatively press the ‘esc’ button on your keyboard.

How do I turn up the audio level?
If you hover over the video with your mouse, at the bottom right of your video player there is an icon with five vertical bars. Click on the highest bar to reach full volume on your device. If you are connected to a Hi-Fi/Bluetooth speaker or your Television, be sure to increase the volume on your primary device first before adjusting on your main speaker.

What should my device requirements be?
To watch a livestream, please ensure you have the following:
System Requirements:
Windows 7 or higher,
Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
Apple Device
Android Device
Amazon Fire TV / Tablet

What supported browsers can I use?
To watch a livestream, please ensure you have the following:
Supported desktop browsers:
Google Chrome 45+
Mozilla Firefox 49+
Safari 10+
Microsoft Edge 15+
Supported mobile browsers:
Chrome 45+,
Safari 10+ (iOS)
Amazon Silk

How do I get the best internet connection?
5-10mbps download speed is recommended. Check your connection at www.speedtest.net.
On desktops, we recommend that you use an Ethernet cable from your Broadband router to your PC rather than using a wireless connection.

Why does my video keep buffering?
Many factors can influence video playback, including some that pertain to your computer or device. If you’re not getting the best viewing experience on Vimeo, you might want to try these simple fixes.

Switch to “Auto” in the quality menu, if available.
Auto mode automatically adjusts to the best quality of video for your current Internet connection and processing speed. We recommend using this default setting to avoid buffering delays. (If “Auto” is not available, switch to one of the lower quality options.)

Disable any browser extensions, plugins, or add ons
Third party programs can sometimes cause issues during playback— including blocked video segments, dropped frames, buffering, etc. If you’re having trouble, try disabling any active extensions one-by-one to find the culprit. You can also open your video within an incognito or private window of your browser for testing.

Restart your router and modem
Resetting your router or modem can help to refresh your connection and improve playback performance. Try disconnecting the power cord and then reconnecting to perform a hard reboot.

Update your browser
Browser software is constantly being improved upon. Make sure you are using the latest version of your browser for peak performance. The latest version of each browser can be found here.

Close excess browser tabs or applications
Keeping too many applications open can make everything run slower, including video playback. Especially on a mobile device, it’s easy to forget which apps are running. Make sure that you completely close or disable apps instead of just minimizing their windows.

Clear your browser’s cache
Although this may sound simple, refreshing your cache can help with many different issues, including playback. Learn more here.

Disable/Enable Hardware acceleration
Hardware acceleration makes resource-hungry operations run more efficiently, but sometimes doesn’t work well with older graphics cards. Try disabling or enabling this option within your browser settings.

Can I use a chromecast?
You can use Chromecast if you cast from your PC or laptop. You need to cast the whole Chrome browser tab – you need to click on the 3 little dots in the top right corner and then click on cast so that you can find and connect to the dongle if you are in wireless range.

Where can I use the chat function?
Below the video player there is a chat box where people can join the video chat room and comment on the event. Type in your name to start the conversation. The chat is moderated so please be respectful and kind to others in the Live Stream Chat or you will be removed.

Why does it say ‘The Event has not started yet’?
The livestream video will appear with a countdown from 7.30pm. If the screen still says this message after 7.30pm, please refresh your browser and the video should start.

Can I rewind the Live Stream?
Unfortunately, you can’t rewind the stream when it’s being broadcasted live. However, you can rewind on the video once it has been broadcasted and it is available for 30 days.

How do I change the quality of my stream?
If you are experiencing buffering (when you get interrupted video or sound) we suggest that you change the Vimeo stream settings by clicking on the button that looks like a cog and changing from auto to either 720p or 540p.

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