Would you pay $5 to access a live streaming concert online?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by PhilRitter21, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. PhilRitter21


    Apr 23, 2007
    Toledo Ohio
    Sorry if this is the wrong forum to place this under.

    But I was curious if people would be interested in a service that provided live streaming concerts of big name bands or acts. Say you purchase access to this stream, and you can pick different camera angles in real time... sort of customizing your concert experience. Want to watch the bass player? Click his camera. Want to see the whole stage? Choose that camera when you are bored with the bass player. Would people pay $5 to see a favorite band streaming live online? And have access to the recording afterwards; incase they had to miss some?

    Just curious
  2. southernrocker

    southernrocker Inactive

    Apr 4, 2009
    No. Watching a concert on the computer and actually being there are two different things. I can't really explain it, but being at a concert is way better than watching from a screen.
  3. UncleFluffy


    Mar 8, 2009
    Head Tinkerer, The Flufflab
    For me, $5 is possible.

    Concert DVDs are from $5-$20, so if I'm paying from 25-100% of the price of a permanent, high-quality copy I'd expect no worse than 50% of DVD quality and permanent access. No DRM nonsense either.
  4. PhilRitter21


    Apr 23, 2007
    Toledo Ohio
    That is very true, and it would never mean to be a replacement for attending concerts... more of a supplement. There have been numerous times when my favorite band was playing, but I couldnt attend because they werent playing near me, there was no one to go with, it was sold out, there were no good seats, or I couldnt afford it.
  5. PhilRitter21


    Apr 23, 2007
    Toledo Ohio
    The price would be scaled depending on what band you would be watching.
  6. SpamBot


    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    Permanent access? If so, yes.
    One-time viewing per $5? No possible way.
  7. it depends on the quality. $5 for high quality audio/video and i'd be all up on that. it's different from actually seeing the show but since concert tickets are at $50+, i think it's worth it
  8. Craig_S

    Craig_S Inactive

    Oct 15, 2008
    Metro Detroit
    I don't think $5.00 per person is possible. Do you have any idea how much money you would need to pull off something like this? The artists and whomever else would have to agree to letting you stream a live show. Let alone giving them a big enough cut to make it worthwhile. You would also need to "Black Out" local shows, unless they sold out. I think it might even end up hurting ticket sales. People would be able to record it right from their PC.

    You would need backup of EVERYTHING, unless you want to deal with being sued by 5,000 unhappy watchers when they lose the feed... There are a lot of things to think about. Think of the amount of bandwidth you would need. The servers would be very expensive, as well. It would be really hard to pull off.
  9. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    Moved to Misc.

    EDIT: Ugh. FML. this is OT....

    EDIT EDIT: It's actually Jon's fault. :D
  10. I would if it were high quality audio/video with the features you described. I do this for pro baseball (MLB.com) and college sporting events (University of Hawaii and Western Athletic Conference webtv). The idea is definitely doable over the internet.
  11. Hi.

    I wouldn't.


    There's no way that an act that would draw $5 a head/connection, would be doable with $5, the technology just ain't there yet.

    Thre only way this could work, would IMHO be a punk/indie community sharing concerts all over the globe. Showing the concerts on-line only for those people who are in another state, country or continent.
    Forget $5/head from those circles though ;).

    You sure try your darnest to live up to your moniker :D.

  12. SpamBot


    Dec 25, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    Show them for free and make up for it with excessive adverts. Like Hulu, or South Park.
  13. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    If I could keep a copy of it on my HD i'd be down.
  14. Hi.

    Well I can. Think of it like watching a flick or doing it Yourself ;).

  15. Quality is also an important issue, to me. Streaming 720-1080p HD, or streaming Google Video-quality video?

    While I might pay as much as $20 for the former, you'd have to pay me in excess of $100 to watch the latter.
  16. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    id pay $5 for the recording alone.. if its soundboard quiality..

    i think its an alright idea.. like, i would always prefer going to the show, but if i cant make a tour date in my area i could watch another show live..i guess that works.
  17. whoatherechunk


    Apr 4, 2008
    Depends on the quality I suppose.
  18. Truktek2


    Sep 5, 2008
    Queens, NY
    I would. I could enjoy a concert from the comfort of my lazy boy without having some idiot screaming in my left ear while the guy on my right spills his beer on me. I wouldn't have pot or cigarette smoke blowing up my nostrils and I wouldn't have to crane my neck to look around the big head in front of me :oops: ...man I'm a miserable f**K.......I think I need a nap.....
  19. WookieeForLife


    Sep 30, 2008
    The question was would you buy it. He's not looking for people to tell him how it is possible or not possible. And my answer is yes.
  20. Intenzity


    Oct 15, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Already been done - http://www.crunchbase.com/company/deeprockdrive

    Multiple cameras, hi-def streams. Company went out of business.

    So the answer is "No" people will not pay, even to see Motley Crue on the web with multiple cameras.