Met Cancels Opera Pay-Per-View On-Demand
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"There was this real outcry from the movie theaters," said Peter Gelb, the Met's general manager. "We were not aware they were going to feel this way until we announced we were doing this." He added: "We are not a movie. We're a live transmission."
Under agreements with major Hollywood studios movies usually take much longer to reach on-demand services. Mr. Gelb said the theater operators might have worried about alienating the studios by allowing a shorter lag. He said he hoped to start the on-demand showings next season, for which the schedule of opera transmissions has not yet been made.
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