Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
The topic of paying to view Panorama live, overseas via internet or cable, was covered in previous years. I think the time has come to re-open the discussion. Monies generated could help paying the bands and panmen. People pay through their nose to watch boxing and other activities from other countries, why can't others to pay to enjoy our culture. This also gives the panmen skin in the game by encouraging them to help marketing the product. They all have families abroad.
Many years ago I paid to view Panorama live, while sitting at my home in New York. The picture and audio was excellent. All of a sudden, that went away and back came the old, low quality transmission. Cannot remember the politics involved with that decision. I was not happy with the change, but as a friend said to me, it's free. Like Gypsy said, we have to move away from this culture of giving things away for free and I agree. I know he was talking about local activities but I am sure those of us who live abroad would gladly pay to view live performances of Panorama. This gimme free culture has deeper consequences for our country, but this is not the time nor place to discuss. If we want our traditions to survive, and remain as ours, the time has come for us all to contribute.
In no other country, would they give this away, NONE. We have something they want and I believe they will pay a for it. Monies generated could be used to help pay those dedicated individuals who spend long nights during the season to have us argue about who was the best. Sponsors would pay to have their names associated with the broadcast, to lower costs. This could be a start of something big. Let's go Trini.
Nobody in foreign ever complain about paying to watch panorama, so I doh wey all that freeness talk come from, however the outside market doh look as big as some expect. WACK was free in 2018 and less than 2000 people watched.
Do you think it was marketed properly?
How many people do you think looked at the FREE PANORAMA BROADCAST in 2018?
"We have something they want and I believe they will pay a for it."
We have something that EXPATS WANT!!! Anybody who tries to package and sell PANORAMA will LOSE MONEY!!!
I never saw the numbers posted before but I still think it would be worth looking into. Very easy to put aside. We all have to work together to put solutions on the table.
This is what I am hoping for, conversation to make things happen. Everything you mentioned is real and need to be looked into. Thanks for the comments.
I think I paid around $50 US some years ago. If we could get more information from that broadcast group, it would help with a starting point. People will pay for quality. We know the music is the finest out there, let's work on making the broadcast the same.
I agree with G Ford, people will pay for quality, I will pay for quality.
Abena: Do you think that there is enough GLOBAL DEMAND for the PANORAMA PRODUCT?