Met Player allows web streaming of operas
November 6, 2008 § Leave a comment
As we discussed in class, many companies are posting audio and video content on their websites. The Metropolitan Opera has taken this concept and ran: it now offers the Met Player which has 170 complete opera performances, 50 video and 120 audio. As the Met Simulcasts continue, this catalogue will grow. Of course this service is not free, you can either rent an opera for $3.99 to $4.99 or subscribe to the service at a price of $14.99 a month or $149.99 a year. Obviously the Met is keen to find new revenue streams from new media. I would be very interested to see what the subscription numbers and renewal rates are like after the initial novelty of this service wears off. Personally, I don’t see much appeal of trying to watch all 4 hours and 10 minutes of Les Troyens from my laptop. Then again, I used to be skeptical about the appeal of the Met Simulcasts, which are hugely popular and I love, so what do I know?