Digital Concert Hall dot com, aka Berlin Philharmoniker is accessible via http//internet.sony.tv/berlinphil
Live broadcasts are accessible only on subscription via P.C.'s with Flash 10 (at the time of writing this original post, February 5, 2011).
On-demand HD video is accessible on subscription via some Sony internet enabled HDTV's and Blu-Ray Players and on P.C.'s.
One purpose of this thread is to discuss the technical capabilities of the live and on-demand historical streams.
A second purpose of this discussion thread is to point out to curious consumers particular performances worthy of consideration.
At this time, it looks like there are three (3) different types of subscriptions available: a) Daily, b) Monthly and c) Annual.
Given that I just signed up for the monthly, I've already discovered some gem performances:18/12/2010
Suite from the opera-ballet Mlada (19:10)
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor (43:48)
Arcadi Volodos PianoSergei Taneyev
Symphony No. 4 in C minor
I've only noticed this service mentioned once in one other thread within AVS -- Blu Ray player discussion.
Does anyone know what the audio bit-stream code and rate is for this pay-subscription service ? The reason I'm asking is because I'm feeding from a Sony HX-701-55 internet HDTV thru toslink fiber optic to a Marantz receiver. Am wondering if the toslink fiber optic cable might throttle the audio stream. Am wondering if I acquire a Sony 770 (or soon to be 780) Blu-Ray player that has the conversion widget and then feed HDMI from that (hypothetical) Sony 770 or 780 to the Marantz receiver, if the resulting audio will sound even better ?
Don't get me wrong... it sounds pretty darn good presently. Just surprised it is stereo audio. Am wondering if that is a limitation of the firmware software wideget inside this particular model of Sony internet HDTV. Numerous overhead microphones are visible within the video. It seems that the perception that the on-demand feed has been mixed to emphasize certain lead instrumentals at particular times.
Anyway, I'm curious what others think of the Berlin Philharmoniker internet stream audio/visual service titled "Digital Concert Hall dot com". Seems like a pretty good value to me. World class performances in a state-of-the-art facility for a reasonable "admission" or "access" fee.
just a consumer
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