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Free Metropolitan Opera streams starting 3/16

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Press release.

Coronavirus-related.

Posting this against my better judgment (single-digit views and zero replies guaranteed), but here it is.

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It's a good model, I think.

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I still have bad memories dealing with that arrogant organization when we carried their broadcasts on our non-classical station, because the classical station's religious beliefs took precedence over airing opera.

Their longer operas would pre-empt part of Whad'Ya Know and run over the Saturday All Things Considered. Stations were not allowed to tape delay the broadcast or interrupt any part of it for underwriting or pledge breaks. The broadcast couldn't be shut off during their overly long curtain calls until the final outcue was given. The Arbitron ratings continuously showed that no significant audience below 65 tuned into the series. 

We dropped it once in the early 1990s and forced to carry it again a few years later because of a major donor to the university (but not the station) leaned on the chancellor. The last straw was when the Met sent an email to stations informing them that since they couldn't get the copyright for webstreaming a modern opera, so stations would have to turn off webstreaming during its broadcast. We dropped the damned series for good at the end of the season. Good riddance!

 

Edited by Ken Dryden

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Organization aside, it's a good model, especially for the current socialization landscape.

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I was surprised by the graciousness and reasonable nature of the offer, given the Met's customary haughty behavior.

In upstate NY, current Met simulcasts in cinemas and concert venues have cost significant $ to attend.

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They are probably seeing a lot of long time donors dying off and their heirs have other interests.

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45 minutes ago, Ken Dryden said:

They are probably seeing a lot of long time donors dying off and their heirs have other interests.

Them and jazz record collectors...

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That, too. My wife has threatened to have a yard sale....

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Hell, she can sell the yard, just leave my records alone!

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