National Piping Centre reveals Metro Cup $10 live stream plan

Published: January 31, 2014
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The 2014 Metro Cup Piping Competition will be the latest international event that Scotland’s National Piping Centre will stream live on the Internet in a pay-per-view format, pipes|drums has learned. The contest, which takes place at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Newark, New Jersey, will be broadcast live from 1 pm EST on Saturday, February 15th, via the National Piping Centre’s e-learning site, with viewers having to pay $10 for live or on-demand watching.
The Metro Cup is organized annually by the Metro New York Branch of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association, and for the last decade has attracted contestants from all over the world, due in part to an expansion of its teaching workshop. The “Metro Express” workshop is also coordinated by the National Piping Centre, and runs concurrently with the professional and amateur Metro Cup competitions.
Contestants expected to play at the 2014 Metro Cup are Chris Armstrong, Callum Beaumont, Glenn Brown, Andrew Carlisle, Alastair Dunn, Margaret Dunn, Alex Gandy, Bruce Gandy, Andrew Hayes, Dan Lyden, Angus MacColl, Roddy MacLeod, Willie McCallum, Derek Midgley, John Patrick and Gordon Walker.
The National Piping Centre said that it has an arrangement with performers so that they are compensated on an increasing scale depending on the number of viewers of the pay-per-view live stream, after the event. The organization added that it is working out licensing details with performing rights organizations for the Internet broadcast.
The Metro Cup live stream follows the Piping Centre’s production of the Glenfiddich Invitational Piping Championship and the International Quartets Competition and Pipe Idol at Piping Live! The National Piping Centre said that it will make a contribution towards Metro Express and the Metro Cup, “helping to ensure the future of these events.”
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  1. gramps

    Any time I can get the chance to watch the top players in the game live for the price of a movie ticket is another big step forward an really appreciated.

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