The Berliner Philharmoniker orchestra is launching a ‘Digital Concert Hall’, where people will pay to stream webcasts of classical music concerts, as well as accessing an on-demand archive of past concerts.The first live webcast is happening on 6 January, with plans to stream around 30 concerts every season. It’ll cost €9.90 to watch a single live concert, or have 48 hours access to one from the archives. However, there will also be a season ticket for €149, offering unlimited access to everything.There are two challenges for this kind of venture, though. The high price may scare off more casual classical music fans, but the audiophiles who might stump up €149 may be suspicious of whether a webcast can deliver the audio and video quality they want.On the latter score, at least, the Berliner Philharmonika is making the right noises. “Our primary concern is to achieve presentation and broadcasting quality that meets our artistic demands,” says principal cellist Olaf Maninger. “We have installed excellent recording and studio technology in the Philharmonie in order to record our concerts as authentically and vividly as possible.”

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