Or maybe they got too many complaints about paying "live" ticket prices for recorded performances. The first year of the simulcasts, whoever was doing the intermission features said that less than a fourth of the Met's budget came from ticket sales; all the rest was from donations. Three years later they were saying only a third of their income came from ticket sales. This year -- only half from ticket sales. Despite that recurring "only", the simulcasts are bringing in good money; I don't think they'll do much futzing around with a winning formula.