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Storms affect transmission of Parsifal to UK cinemas

Glitches in transmission and poor sound quality in a small percentage of cinemas.

By Edgar Kamga (Head of Operations: Cinema and BP Big Screens)

19 December 2013 at 5.48pm | 9 Comments

As you may have seen on the news, storms with gale force winds hit the UK last night causing severe damage and even flooding in some areas.

Unfortunately, this affected our live cinema screening of Parsifal in around 16 of the 310 UK sites, with satellite antennas and receiving equipment blown about by the high winds causing the signal to become unstable. Despite our satellite provider ensuring that the strength of the signal going out to all cinemas was at its maximum capacity - going well over our allocated strength levels - some cinemas continued to be affected while some saw an improvement in quality during Acts II and III.

We appreciate that this was a very frustrating experience for those affected and are sorry for the disappointment. We will be looking at whether there is anything we can do with our cinema partners to improve the robustness of the satellite receiving equipment, and hoping for better weather during our next transmission.

By Edgar Kamga (Head of Operations: Cinema and BP Big Screens)

19 December 2013 at 5.48pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged cinema, disruption, Parsifal, problem, ROH Cinema, weather

This article has 9 comments

  1. Bryan Simmons responded on 19 December 2013 at 9:18pm Reply

    Your comments were just opting out: the broadcasts were rubbish: I would support state support for the ROH but you should lose for this year the proportion for "bringing opera to the masses" because you did not!

    • It was amazing to see a first rate performance of this opera in Burnley, Lancs, UK. We missed the last 5 minutes, where it seems Amfortas and Kundry go off into the sunset...aww... Loved it.

    • Mick Rance responded on 20 December 2013 at 11:04am

      There were fairly minor glitches at the showing in Dorking but I and, I felt, the whole audience remained fully engaged with this marvellous production and I heard only positive comments from those in the audience I spoke to.

  2. Drop-outs must have depended greatly on where you were. In Cheltenham we had several but each was for less than 5 seconds and, given the shocking weather, was excusable. One can hardly say they ruined the evening. Far from it. Wagner and the company soared above.

  3. Michael Webb responded on 20 December 2013 at 1:05pm Reply

    Location Holyhead-a stormy area. Disruptions in first act only. Most of the disruptions were minor glitches-only one threatened catastrophe!
    Other than that the reception was fine and performance outstanding.

  4. Sue Hogg responded on 20 December 2013 at 4:06pm Reply

    We were at the Broadway (independent)Cinema in Letchworth, where we always have marvellous service. We have a complimentary glass of wine at every streaming, there is often a quartet playing in the foyer on arrival and in the interval, and, on this occasion, we were also given an inscribed cushion to use during the performance and to take away as a memento! So it was a great shame that after half an hour our manager felt he had to stop the screening- there were so many interruptions- but we are all going back on another day to watch a recording (we hope) We just felt sorry for the excellent staff who had worked so hard on our behalf.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 21 December 2013 at 10:31am

      It's a shame that the weather spoilt the event, but it sounds like the Broadway really do their best to make the screenings a special event.

      Best wishes


  5. Alistair Jones responded on 20 December 2013 at 4:16pm Reply

    Unfortunately, the showing at the Showcase cinema near Reading was constantly interrupted by the weather "glitches". In Act 2 they became so frequent and lengthy that I had to leave. Act 1 was also very, very bad. I had seen the production the previous week at the ROH and was looking forward to this wonderful experience in greater comfort. Very sad!

  6. David Smith responded on 30 December 2013 at 4:19pm Reply

    In my experience glitches often happen during live relays, especially at the Hackney Picturehouse where they also have the sound too low, forget to switch lights back on during intervals - and ushers continually bang the auditorium doors.

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