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An On-Demand Night at the Opera

The Metropolitan Opera is letting its inner geek run free. Performances will soon be available as pay-per-stream feeds and subscription packages through The Met’s Web site. From the New York Times:

For $3.99 or $4.99 per streamed opera, users will have a six-hour window in which to listen to or watch a production, once it has started. A monthly subscription for $14.99 brings unlimited streaming, while a yearly subscription costs $149.99.

On the surface this seems like a no-brainer: serve a passionate audience while expanding the boundaries of “experience.” Major League Baseball uses a similar model with its online offerings, and it’s done quite well.

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Comments: 2

  1. This is great, and (trust me) $149.99 for a whole year is way cheap than the price you would pay for a really great seat close to the stage at the MET.

    More museums, performance venues, cultural institions need to offer this.

  2. nice thought, but it’s far too expensive.

    perhaps when other operas and symphonies
    and theaters and sports-teams and so on
    get in the act, it will drive down price.