The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0255 Saturday, 13 February 1999.
From: Benjamin Sher <
Date: Friday, 12 Feb 1999 22:15:44 -0500
Subject: Shakespeare Videos on the Web
I would like to call your attention to the availability of a good dozen
BBC productions of Shakespeare's plays (filmed plays) in broadband (that
is, FastAccess) at:
Look for Video, then Broadband, then Shakespeare.
The filmed plays are presented in their entirety in full-screen mode.
Of course, you must have FastAccess (either through ADSL or Cable), and
sooner or later, most of us will have it. 28.8, 33.3 and 56k modems are
considered narrow-band, 64 to 150 are middle-band. Broadband begins at
150k (T1 line) and higher. Most ADSL and Cable broadband modems can
operate at 300k and even 500k speeds. Sooner or later, most likely
sooner, we'll all have it, since "broadband", that is, FastAccess, is
now sweeping over the Internet like a tidal wave. ADSL is already
available through your local Bell company telephone, through AOL, MCI,
etc., while Cable service is available through Web TV, @Home and,
perhaps, your local cable company. Many if not most of you probably also
have access to broadband through your university's T1 line.
The dozen or so plays are available IN THEIR ENTIRETY (except for King
Lear, of which only Part I is available). They include Hamlet, As You
Like It, The Tempest, Richard II, Richard III, Henry IV, Parts I and II,
All is Well, Love's Labor Lost, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, etc.
The video quality is not the best mainly, I think, because of the
quality of the original print. I say this because many other broadband
videos at Broadcast.com and elsewhere look very good.
It might be a good idea, if you enjoy the video, to write to
Broadcast.com and let them know about it. This will encourage them to
add more Shakespeare plays, etc.
By the way, you'll find a number of other fine programs related to Drama
and Theater on Broadcast.com under Video, Broadband, Drama, Theater,
I assure you I have no connection whatsoever with Broadcast.com. Right
now they are the main source for broadband broadcasting on the Net.
Soon, there will be dozens (let's hope so).