What is Marquee TV? The streaming service for performing arts enthusiasts

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Do you need another streaming service? If you are a performing arts lover, you can, as Marquee TV is a streaming service specializing in ballet, contemporary dance, music, opera, theater, and related documentaries.

It’s not just any performance either. Marquee TV strives for the highest quality content, through relationships with institutions such as La Scala, Bolshoi, London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Shakespeare Company.

The next obvious questions are: is there enough hardware to justify a subscription? And how do the features compare to those of other streaming services? Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about Marquee TV.

What content does Marquee TV offer?

The content of Marquee TV is limited by design to the performing arts. You won’t find regular movies or TV shows in its library. Here you will find recordings of ballets, symphonies, operas, plays, etc., as well as backstage and other extras.

Dance fans can enjoy productions such as BalletBoyz, Sadler’s Wells and the Washington Ballet. Opera lovers can choose from classical and contemporary operas staged in cities and by companies across Europe.

Tv marquee page showing examples of dance content.

If your interest lies in the theater, there are many productions by RSC Shakespeare, as well as plays by Oscar Wilde and modern writers. Classical music enthusiasts are obviously a key demographic, as they have access to the widest variety of material – it’s no wonder Apple is launching its own classical music service.

To be clear, the Marquee TV library is overshadowed by the huge back catalogs of mainstream streaming services. However, it’s also the type of content that you savor rather than binge – and more and more are being added all the time. So even the most hungry cultural vultures should not miss out on entertainment.

Lest we give you the impression that Marquee TV is fully predictable, note that you’ll find the surprise inclusion odd; the author talks about a literary festival or a documentary on the history of synthesizers, for example.

Videos can be viewed in 270p, 360p, 540p, 720p HD or 1080p HD, depending on your internet connection and whether you are at home or on the go.

How much does brand television cost?

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Marquee TV costs $ 8.99 per month, or there is a better value annual fee of $ 89.99. Also keep an eye out for two-for-one offers and free trials.

It’s such a specialized service that purchasing a subscription will likely be a no-brainer for performing arts aficionados, while those who see it as another option may be hesitant to increase already excessive streaming spending.

As part of its efforts to support the performing arts, Marquee TV is offering a discount to teachers and those working in the industry. Some establishments are also eligible at a reduced rate; you will need to provide proof of your credentials.

What platforms are supported by Marquee TV?

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The short answer is: most.

You can watch Marquee TV on the web, iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, and more. In other words, it should be compatible with many smart TVs and the majority of smartphones.

Where is Marquee TV available?

The good news for fans of the performing arts is that Marquee TV is technically available worldwide. However, if you are having difficulty accessing the service in your country, they ask you to contact them so they can investigate.

If you’re wondering where the streaming service is based, it has offices in London and New York, which certainly puts it in close contact with several famous performing arts venues and organizations.

What other features does Marquee TV offer?

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Like any streaming service worthy of its bandwidth, Marquee TV has a Watchlist section where you can bookmark the things you want to watch. There’s also a handy History section in case you want to re-watch a video you’ve already watched.

When you can’t decide what to watch, there are themed playlists. And, as is also quite common these days, content can be downloaded to mobile devices for viewing in transit.

Parents of young children will be delighted to learn about the presence of both parental controls (in the account settings) and a dedicated children’s area. There is a lot of family content outside of this area, but consider it a shortcut to productions based on fairy tales and other food that appeals to children.

When a performance includes dialogue, subtitles are usually available in several languages.

Does Marquee TV have additional costs?

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Not unless you want to. For example, it is possible to buy a gift subscription for a friend directly through the app, which is great.

However, paid events will be more relevant to most users. These are new shows or special festivals that are chargeable. They tend to be time-limited and may only be valid for certain regions.

You’ll also notice a few videos showing when they’ll be released, while giving users the option to rent them right now. This is not necessary and should probably be avoided, unless you are desperate to catch that performance.

Should you get Marquee TV?

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The answer to whether you should subscribe to Marquee TV’s streaming service will depend on two things. The first is the level of your passion for the performing arts. Will Marquee TV become one of your primary sources of entertainment, as you tune in for your dose of dance, music, opera and theater? Or will it only be used occasionally, when you’re in the arty mood?

The second thing to consider is how much content you already have access to through other sources. Cable / satellite TV packages are often accompanied by an artistic channel. Have you investigated yours? There is also a significant amount of free licensed material on YouTube, posted by orchestras and performing companies around the world.

Even with all of the performing arts shows available elsewhere, there’s a lot to be said for Marquee TV’s high-quality and expertly curated library. No cable arts channel could compare. Maybe you need another streaming service.

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