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The 1897 general conference was heard in-person only.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to deploy up-to-date technology to make its general conference sessions available to the broadest global audience possible.

In the 1990s, that meant bouncing TV signals off satellites to send broadcasts throughout the United States and Canada, as well as other parts of the world.

Today, the focus is on cutting-edge video technology that allows Internet users to watch general conference sessions live at lds.org, which is offering live feeds in English, Spanish, Portuguese and American Sign Language. Live audio feeds are available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

And while watching live may not be the best option in time zones many hours different from Salt Lake City, a second source, www.byu.tv, offers video of broadcasts after the live feed has ended.

The proliferation of high-speed or "broadband" Internet connections has made live video delivery of conference sessions possible.

According to lds.org, the church's conference video feeds are designed for compatibility with movie plug-ins on PCs and Macs by using Microsoft's Internet Explorer versions 6 and 7 or another popular browser, Firefox, or by using Safari on a Mac.

The church also offers a text archive of conference talks that includes translations from the original English presentation into 84 other languages. That archive is also available in the general conference section of lds.org.

To see time-zone information, broadcasting options, troubleshooting tips, and other audio and video feed information, visit the "Gospel Library" section of lds.org and click on the "General Conference" link.

The church has demonstrated a keen interest in using new technologies to broaden its general conference audience since first putting conference on the radio in 1924, just three years after the launch of commercial radio broadcasting in the United States. Telephone feeds later supplemented radio broadcasts, carrying conference sessions to members assembled in church buildings until 1979.

Televisions first went on sale in 1946. General conference was first televised in 1949.

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