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Night At The Opera, Day At The Races

Picture In Picture for Those Nifty Close Captioning Screens They've Built Into The Seats
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The Met, and presumably some other opera houses (though I have no firsthand knowledge of this) have succumbed some years ago, and installed LCD displays in the seats. The displays run English subtitles. Some initial grumbling has been replaced by gradual acceptance.

If we could get picture-in-picture for those screens, the possibilities are endless:

1) Cure second act blues by checking in at the races
2) Plug in the game controller for a quick re-invigorating game of Tetris
3) Check your latest score on HalfBakery

theircompetitor, Jan 21 2004

OOOPS! http://www.ananova....m_580164.html?menu=
[Klaatu, Oct 04 2004]

SoYouWanna.com discussion of opera, discusses the Met's system http://www.soyouwan...ws/opera/opera.html
[theircompetitor, Oct 04 2004]

I knew it! I knew this technology can save lives http://www.longitud...d/p/21076/mcms.html
[theircompetitor, Oct 04 2004]

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       I love the opera, but have been witness to less-than-enthusiastic audience members. I don't know about the Tetris though. The squirming and body english may be worse than the squirming we started with. A very nice idea. Check you LCD for the croissant I just tossed your way.
Klaatu, Jan 21 2004
  

       thx [Klaatu]. I've also often wondered what it would take to hack that system. Oh, the fun one could have with that :)
theircompetitor, Jan 21 2004
  

       If this happened <link> it could be an interesting night at the opera.
Klaatu, Jan 21 2004
  

       Gives a whole new meaning to "It Aint Over Till The Fat Lady Sings" :)   

       However, one has to admit it would be a much better quality voice over
theircompetitor, Jan 21 2004
  

       Why not sit on an airplane? At least the drinks are free there. And the tickets aren't much more expensive.
kropotkin, Jan 22 2004
  

       Opera + Moto GP Results = my croissant [+]
Letsbuildafort, Jan 22 2004
  

       kropotkin: you're right. Next time she asks me to go, I'll say, "hey, how about a quick flight to Paris" :)
theircompetitor, Jan 22 2004
  

       Could be used to bring additional content to the audience. - Biography of actors/actresses, sponsors - "This scene is priceless. MasterCard sponsored it anyway!" ....
kbecker, Jan 22 2004
  

       excellent, [kbecker], proving once again technology can be used for good as well as evil :)
theircompetitor, Jan 22 2004
  

       How about sing-along lyrics? Just "follow the bouncing ball!!"
spacecadet, Jan 22 2004
  

       if they do it phoenetically, we can do opera karaoke. a scary thought
theircompetitor, Jan 22 2004
  

       Jazz
gnomethang, May 01 2004
  
      
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