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Subject: Re: PBS, NEA etc.
From: Don <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Don <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:42:34 -0700

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In regard to downloading or watching programs from the internet, the
quality has much improved over the years.  Once the live performance has
been broadcast, most of the European opera houses leave the videos out
there for a month or more and if the original live tramsmission sputtered
and coughed you can download the videos later.  I have downloaded hundreds
of opera performances without a single glitch with wonderful sound and HD
video.  Unless you are on a very slow line or dial-up(god forbid) you
should have no problem enjoying either the performance directly from those
opera houses or on your PC after you download them.  Using one of the many
programs available(I use the Universal Media Server, a free service
although you can make a contribution to continue their work on the product)
I can watch any of the videos on my computer in my home media room which is
50 feet away.  You can do this transmission wireless or as I did run a
small flat cable from wherever your PC is to your home media room, a piece
of cake installation.  I use the cabled home network because some of the
downloads have a very high resolution and don't transmit well over
wireless, even an augmented wireless network.  As far as programming is
concerned, you can receive programs from MediciTV which carries many of the
European festivals, numerous opera videos, ballets and orchestral concerts
plus many documentaries.  You can access the Digital Concert Hall which
houses season after season of Berlin Philharmonic concerts for a minimal
fee plus live performances.  For plays and musicals I go to Digital Theater
based out of England with a catalog of amazing plays and musicals.  For
Broadway musicals there is now the BroadwayHD at *
<> where you can find many Broadway plays and
musicals, a catalog being added to continually for a small fee per show.
For those of us out in the boonies of NM who cannot get to the major
cultural centers frequently, all of these can be obtained with remarkable
quality off the internet.*

On Sat, Jan 21, 2017 at 9:28 AM, Mark Schubin <[log in to unmask]>

> There has been a lot of discussion here lately about PBS, starting
> with the possibility of its being privatized.  I thought I should
> clarify a bit.
> PBS is and has always been a private corporation, so it cannot "be
> privatized."  It stands for the Public Broadcasting Service, and it is
> a service to its member stations.  PBS does not own any broadcast
> stations, though it provides some unencrypted direct-to-home satellite
> programming (with relatively few viewers).  PBS receives some
> government funding, mostly through the private Corporation for Public
> Broadcasting (CPB, see below) but also from others.  The very popular
> "A Capitol Fourth" program (which sometimes includes opera singers),
> for example, is made possible, in part, by the National Park Service
> and the Department of the Army.  Besides limited government funding,
> PBS receives member fees, corporate and foundation funding, and also
> money from individuals.
> PBS provides television programming.  Besides that direct-to-home
> satellite service, PBS programming is carried by TV stations at their
> option.  PBS can provide opera and have no stations carry it.  Not all
> U.S. public television stations are PBS members.  A major example of a
> public television station that is not a PBS member is KCET in Los
> Angeles.  Like PBS, local U.S. public television stations receive
> funding from many sources, including CPB.  Some are parts of
> educational institutions or local governments.  WNYE-TV, for example,
> was originally part of the State University of New York, then the New
> York City Board of Education, and now the New York City Department of
> Information Technology and Telecommunications.  Some public television
> stations have commercial subsidiaries.  WQED sold its Pittsburgh
> Magazine, originally a program guide.  The commercial classical music
> superstation WFMT is owned by Chicago public television station WTTW.
> NPR, formerly National Public Radio, is similar to PBS but for radio.
> Its funding structure and that of its member stations and also
> non-member U.S. public radio stations is similar to that of public
> television.  There is no financial or managerial connection between
> PBS and NPR, though some public radio and TV stations in the U.S. are
> co-owned.
> CPB is a private corporation that was created by the U.S. Congress in
> the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 (RCA, similarly, started as a
> private corporation created by the U.S.).  CPB funnels government
> funding for public broadcasting to stations and programming.  They are
> required by law to submit to Congress their funding plans five years
> in advance.  Around budget time each year, regardless of party in
> control, stories appear about a reduction or end to CPB funding, but
> it endures.  For 2016, CPB received an appropriation of $445 million
> from the U.S. government, the same amount they requested.
> The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is, in fact, an independent
> federal agency and could conceivably be shut down or privatized.  Its
> entire funding appropriation in 2016, however, was less than $150
> million, or, to put it in opera terms, less than half of the Met’s
> annual budget.  Its role in public broadcasting funding, therefore,
> has been less financial than as an imprimatur: with a few thousand
> dollars from NEA, a program producer might better be able to get
> corporate and foundation funding.
> NEA and CPB funding, combined, came to less than $600 million in
> fiscal 2016.  Many NEA grants had nothing to do with broadcasting.  A
> loss of all U.S. government funding to the arts would be painful, but,
> given many other funding sources, by no means lethal.
> Mark
> On Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 9:10 PM, Michael Liebert <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > On Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:10:04 +0000, Bruce Prentice <
> [log in to unmask]>
> > wrote:
> >
> >
> >>As a non-American, but one who lives near enough the border to receive
> PBS,
> > I am very distressed to hear of Mr. Trump's plans.
> >
> > Tough tootsies!
> >
> > If you're so enamored of PBS send them a big contribution.  As for me, I
> > haven't watched an opera on PBS for years.  TV is rather passe, don'tcha
> > know.  I'd rather not continue to support it with tax dollars.
> >
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