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    Hi,

    I am kind of shocked because of insane opera blu-ray prices. I wonder if the Met player is better solution. Which one you prefer?

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    It's not a matter of what one prefers. If you can choose between having 100 operas on blu-ray or dvd or watching 100 operas on Met player I don't think you'll find one person who will choose Met player. But Met player IS very good, and you can watch as much as you want for only 15 dollars per month. Besides, when you sign up for Met player you can watch one week for free. If you don't like it (which is unlikely), just cancel your subsription before your week is through.
    Martha doesn't signal when the orchestra comes in, she's just pursing her lips..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
    It's not a matter of what one prefers. If you can choose between having 100 operas on blu-ray or dvd or watching 100 operas on Met player I don't think you'll find one person who will choose Met player. But Met player IS very good, and you can watch as much as you want for only 15 dollars per month. Besides, when you sign up for Met player you can watch one week for free. If you don't like it (which is unlikely), just cancel your subsription before your week is through.
    Well, 100 blu-rays cost something like 2500$. My point was, that is it really feasible to buy those or just watch operas via Met player. Sure without internet access you don't have an alternative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mika View Post
    Well, 100 blu-rays cost something like 2500$. My point was, that is it really feasible to buy those or just watch operas via Met player. Sure without internet access you don't have an alternative.
    My advise would be to sign up to Met player. If that alone is not enough you can later on always consider buying dvd's or blu-rays of those operas that are not on Met player. But Met player provides a solid basis and is unlikely to disappoint.
    Martha doesn't signal when the orchestra comes in, she's just pursing her lips..

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    In terms of quality of image and sound, blu-ray is far superior. DVDs can be a mixed bag, depending on whether they are modern productions with good transfers and good sound tracks, or old products with grainy image and lousy sound. But in general, you're better off in terms of quality of image and sound when playing a decent DVD or any blu-ray rather than watching streaming video on the Internet, in spite of the fact that MetPlayer does have decent video and sound quality if you have a fast enough connection.

    In terms of choice, there aren't many operas on blu-ray, but there are hundreds on DVD, while MetPlayer has a limited selection - first of all, thanks to only Metropolitan Opera productions being shown, and second, thanks to many of their productions not having been included in their selection, although they usually do add one or two every month or two.

    In terms of price, of course MetPlayer has a very attractive price, since for half of the price of a DVD and one third of the price of a blu-ray you can watch as many operas as you're capable of watching in a given month.

    However, there is also something to be said about physically owning an opera. Some people are collectors and won't be satisfied by merely subscribing to a website, but will want to know that they have a rack full of opera DVDs or blu-rays, and if they have friends who love operas, they can lend them, take them to opera-watching soirees, etc. At times, watching an opera on MetPlayer just makes me more likely to buy it as well, so the savings may be misleading.

    Depending on where you live, you can also look into rental services like Netflix - they do have some 300 or more opera DVDs that you can rent on unlimited bases paying a fee of about 9 dollars per month, with also the perk of being able to stream 35,000 movies (no operas) directly to your TV (or your computer, anywhere). Public libraries are another good source.

    There are a few free sources of opera streaming, and these have been covered by one of our threads; browse the forum and you'll find it.

    Finally, you should also consider the market of used DVDs. I've been lucky every time I bought used DVDs, and haven't found a single one to be defective yet, but paid a fraction of the original price.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    (ARISE, 3-year-old thread!!)

    I have to admit that I'm sort of tempted by the Met Player along the axis of convenience. It seems to give me access to 120 operas on video (more via audio, but i'm more likely to use iTunes for that), without having to go scrabbling around to buy, rent, or otherwise deal with a physical DVD/Blu-Ray. Does anyone here actually use the service and care to comment on it?

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    One alternative : http://www.medici.tv/

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    I went ahead and subscribed. So far I'm quite enjoying it.

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    I go with DVDs, and since the recent acquisition of a flat screen "Smart TV", have upgraded a few operas to Blu ray. I always get CDs and DVDs used from amazon.com. The price can be unbelievably low and the guarantee gets you a replacement or PROMPT refund in the event of a defective product.

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