I like the way HD looks, but for the longest time it seemed like overkill.
I mean do we really need digital transmission and HD quality on our television sets? Really?
But here’s a use of HD that is truly exciting: real time transmission of live performances to theater audiences around the world.
A variation of this has existed for a long time (ex. championship boxing matches), but this is a much more interesting use.
The next best thing to being there
The pioneer of this new approach seems to have been the NY Metropolitan Opera.
Opera is expensive to produce and it’s near impossible to take a Met show on the road which means hard core opera fans (and there are few thing more hard core than a hard core opera fan) were deprived of the Met experience.
Prairie Home Companion is another logical candidate
Much of Prairie Home Companion’s charm is the fact that it’s a LIVE show, but of course, a live show can only be in one place at a time.
Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of fans listen to the show on the radio every week. It will be interesting to see how this works. I have a feeling it will be a hit. It’s great to people watch, eat popcorn and laugh along with a good show.