Samsung and the Vienna State Opera are guaranteeing you top-class cultural enjoyment in the comfort of your living room: this evening the two cooperating partners introduced the platform Vienna State Opera livestreaming ('Wiener Staatsoper livestreaming').
Starting on 27th October 2013, opera enthusiasts can watch selected performances and premieres from the world famous opera house live for only 14 EUR via an exclusive app for Samsung Smart TVs or via the Web. A second screen app for Smartphones and tablets also enables you to access subtitles and, starting December 2013, musical scores for the relevant works during the live broadcast. A separate programme booklet app offers further digital multimedia content with background information on the opera, the performers, and the composer.
Members of the Vienna State Opera ballet company perform during the dress rehearsal of the ballet "Nutcracker" at the Wiener Staatsoper state opera in Vienna. (AFP Photo/Dieter Nagl)
"Throughout history, technology has provided art with new tools for expression. Today, art and technology, these two seemingly distinct worlds, are interlinked more than ever, with technology being a fundamental force in the development and evolution of art. At the same time, technology is strongly inspired to push its boundaries. In this regards, I believe this project will mark a significant milestone, helping people to engage with art in a smarter and more innovative way", explains Seok Pil Kim, President & CEO Samsung Electronics Europe.
It is possible in two ways to be there right up close for opera and ballet performances of the Vienna State Opera livestreaming: firstly via an exclusive Samsung Smart TV app; secondly via an online live stream on the streaming portal of the Vienna State Opera (http://staatsoperlive.com). Performances will be streamed in up to full HD resolution, depending on your Internet connection. The live transmissions begin 30 minutes before the actual curtain-up with images to get you in the mood as well as additional information about the State Opera or the work itself, usually at around 7pm (CET). For international audiences, a time-staggered live transmission at the respective prime time is also offered.
During the broadcast, you can change between two camera perspectives: the "total" view of the stage as well as a live-edited opera or ballet film. You can download the free TV app via the Samsung Smart hub in the section Samsung Apps.