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With over 18,000 systems in the market, Sony Digital Cinema 4K technology lets movie goers experience exceptional picture quality from every seat in the cinema – with spectacular detail, contrast and colour on any size of screen. Sony Digital Cinema 4K projection systems give audiences a more immersive, emotionally engaging visual experience you simply can't get at home – in 2D or with a choice of smooth, easy on the eye 3D solutions. Sony 4K offers four times the resolution of an HD TV or previous-generation 2K digital cinema.  It’s captured the imagination of audiences and industry alike, winning Hollywood’s commitment as underlined by 4K releases from studios such as Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, and Sony Pictures. It has also won the support of Hollywood heavyweights like Christopher Nolan (“Dark Knight Rises”, “Inception”), David Fincher (“The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo”) and Harald  Zwart (“Karate Kid”), who have all released recent blockbusters in the 4K format.  The only manufacturer currently deploying 4K projection systems in volume, Sony serves many of the world’s biggest and most prestigious cinema chains, as well as small independent screens and art house cinemas.
QSC is the cinema leader of complete D-cinema audio technology under one brand. Complete QSC B-chain solutions provide the very best play back for Digital Cinema, for both feature release and alternative content. QSC system designs offer remote monitor and control of cinema complex sound systems integrated into the D-cinema network infrastructure. With 40 years in the pro audio business QSC provides innovative solutions that integrate, signal processing, amplification and loudspeakers seamlessly to provide both exhibitors and cinema patrons a true D-cinema experience.
Today, amongst the handful of companies across the world that are working to fulfil the exacting needs of DCI, there are fewer still that look beyond. Qube Cinema is committed to creating a seamless world of Digital Cinema with products that are innovative, powerful, reliable and cost-effective. Qube Cinema is a company with a passion for cinema and a thorough understanding of film, video, audio and computer technology along with vast experience in the production, post-production and exhibition industries - a unique combination of expertise that has helped in the development of the company's digital cinema technology.
As one of the world’s leading solution providers for digital cinema, media delivery and display markets, GDC Technology has successfully delivered and installed digital cinema servers, projection and 3D systems worldwide.  GDC Technology is currently the largest supplier of digital cinema servers throughout Asia and the second largest provider of digital cinema servers worldwide, serving its customers through offices in the US, Mexico, Spain, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, China, India, Peru and Indonesia.  
GetD Tech (HK) Co., Ltd is the global leading manufacturer of 3D products. We are devoted to R&D, manufacturing and sales of 3D systems and glasses supported by under a dedicated  team of 500 employees in a 6,000 ㎡ factory. GetD bears in mind that Technology Leads to Product. Cooperating with global leading TV manufacturers and cinema chains,  GetD is growing professional and stronger in the 3D industry. GetD is headquartered in Shenzhen China, with key partners in USA, Europe, Russia, Turkey and India.
Ballantyne Strong Inc. is a provider of digital cinema projection equipment, screens and services as well as specialty lighting equipment. The Company supplies major and independent theater chains, top arenas, theme parks and architectural sites around the world. Ballantyne Strong is a value added reseller of major brands that include BARCO, NEC, Doremi, GDC, USL, Dolby and QSC. Excellent products coupled with Strong Technical Services providing installation, integration, NOC (Network Operation Center) and field service. Ballantyne Strong a true turn-key provider for sales and service to cinema chains of all sizes.
Arts Alliance Media (AAM) is a global leader in digital cinema software and services,  offering cutting-edge solutions in software as well as installation, maintenance and support across the cinema ecosystem.
Bardan Cinema has been a leader in cinema equipment sales in Latin America and the Caribbean for over 40 years. With a well-established reputation and broad customer base that spans independent boutique theaters to large multiplexes, Bardan provides total solutions and services ranging from cinema design, equipment sales, installation, monitoring and VPF implementation. In collaboration with D-Cinema NOC, Bardan now offers comprehensive 24/7/365 proactive monitoring and remote support to exhibitors throughout the region.
NEC Display Solutions’ Digital Cinema Projector Series offers the most comprehensive digital cinema solution on the market today. These 3D-capable models enable theaters to deliver stunning digital images regardless of screen size, while simplifying theater management and reducing costs. All of NEC's digital cinema projectors meet DCI specifications for performance and reliability, meeting the requirements of today’s cinema industry. NEC also offers full digital signage solutions, highlighted by its award-winning 32”-82” LCD displays and multimedia projectors, for lobbies, concessions and concourses.
USL, Inc., a global supplier of quality cinema products, is celebrating its 30th year of pioneering technical advancements for the motion picture industry.  In 1997, USL received an Academy Technical Achievement Award for its PSA Light meter.  Today, USL engages in the research, development and manufacture of cinema audio equipment, cinema visual and audio test equipment, and digital cinema integrated media blocks.  USL’s equipment and products are used by major cinema circuits, independent theaters, production companies, and sound stages.  USL’s cinema equipment is sold and used in every country in the world.
Pioneer and world-leader in immersive motion for cinematic art and real-time synchronization, D‑BOX designs, manufactures and commercializes cutting-edge motion systems intended for the entertainment and industrial markets. This unique and patented technology uses motion effects specifically programmed for visual and audio content. Movies are more immersive and training simulations more effective than ever before
Cielo is true proactive monitoring and support. Customers can access Cielo from any device connected to the internet, giving them the freedom to manage the customer experience outside the confines of their offices. Customers have circuit wide visibility into their theater operations so they are able to solve problems more efficiently.
Meyer Sound makes the finest loudspeakers for high-performance digital cinema applications, including VIP auditoriums and screening rooms.  Ideally suited for both feature movies as well as alternative content.  Meyer Sound is devoted to meeting the needs of exhibition, film post-production, music studios and sound reinforcement professionals with the finest audio systems available. 
USHIO manufactures the highest-quality digital cinema projection bulbs available. USHIO xenon short-arc lamps boast a spectrum that is closer to natural sunlight than that of any other artificial light source. In addition to commercializing products for search and spot lights, which demand precise, powerful white beam lamps, USHIO became the first in the world to develop a xenon short-arc lamp exclusively for large scale, theater-use movie projectors.
Ymagis is a leading provider Digital Cinema services in Europe including VPF management, postproduction, DCP & KDM servicing, and digital cinema installation and maintenance.  Ymagis has deployed digital systems in cinemas under VPF representing close to 2,800 screens throughout Europe with both exhibition circuits and art house independents cinemas. Since 2014, Ymagis operates, through its subsidiary Smartjog Ymagis Logistics, the largest e-delivery network for cinema content in Europe, using both satellite capacity and ADSL/fiber lines. Ymagis has also become a software house, providing innovative solutions such as a theatre management system and a full electrical automation system.
Harman International leverages the combined technical leadership and worldwide distribution networks of JBL Professional and Crown International to provide the most innovative digital audio systems available. JBL Cinema loudspeaker systems are the market leaders from sound stages and post production rooms to theatres worldwide. The new “next generation” ScreenArray® Series feature the latest JBL technical innovations. Crown DSi, Digital Screen Series, amplifiers provide the full range of power, while incorporating all digital processing required for the JBL cinema speakers, creating the perfect integrated digital theatre sound system.
Moving Image Technologies manufacturers and markets a full complement of cinema exhibition equipment and services to support the industry’s transition to digital cinema, including: custom engineering, systems design, integration, digital technology solutions for 3D, digital cinema, pre-feature on-screen advertising and components. Moving Image Technologies’ mission is to have the most talented, passionate people in cinema working to provide the best presentation tools for the cinema exhibition industry.
Christie is a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations, offering diverse applications for business, entertainment, and industry. A leading innovator in film projection since 1929 and a pioneer in projection systems since 1979, Christie has established a global reputation as a total service provider and the world's single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions. Christie offers comprehensive solutions for cinema, large audience venues, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and Virtual Reality, simulation and education as well as industrial and government environments.
Unique Digital Limited, based in Dublin and London, has developed a suite of leading software solutions for the management and delivery of digital cinema content, including a full featured Theatre Management System (RosettaBridge TMS), content delivery system (Movie Transit), advertising back office system (Advertising Accord), KDM delivery solution (Basekey), and VPF management software (Cinema Accord).  Unique Digital Software Limited, based in Manchester, is a subsidiary of Unique Digital Limited and handles mastering and distribution business in the UK and Ireland on behalf of Unique Digital Limited.
Dolby Laboratories develops and delivers products and technologies that make the entertainment experience more realistic and immersive. For four decades Dolby has been at the forefront of defining high-quality audio and surround sound in cinema, broadcast, home audio systems, cars, DVDs, headphones, games, televisions, and personal computers. Based in San Francisco with European headquarters in England, the company has entertainment industry liaison offices in New York and Los Angeles, and licensing liaison offices in London, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.
Cinema Equipment and Supplies offers a full range of state-of-the-art cinema products and services to outfit your theater with the latest and greatest in the most cost-effective manner. From 3D projection systems to 3D sound, TMS solutions to remote monitoring, CES has you covered. As global leaders in the industry, CES has factory-certified technicians that are fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese and have installed over 1,000 digital cinema systems in over 17 different countries.  
Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops networked visualization products for the Entertainment, Enterprise and Healthcare markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and APAC. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with 3,250 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.051 billion euro in 2014.

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NAB Cinema Summit: On the Trail of Hollywood’s Biggest Villains
The Cinema Summit, organized by SMPTE and NAB and held each year in Las Vegas the weekend right before the opening of the show floor at NAB, is perhaps the best place to examine the nation’s most iconic pillar of the entertainment industry.
AVNetwork Apr 13 2015
Lasers Go To The Movies
Laser technology is poised to bring back the magic to 3-D cinema – and bring audiences back to theaters in droves.
Photonics Spectra Mar 10 2015
Dolby Laboratories Acquires SLS Audio
Dolby Laboratories (San Francisco CA) acquired SLS Audio (Ozark MO) on October 14, 2014. Terms were not made available. According to a member of Dolby’s public relations team, “The deal supports Dolby’s efforts to accelerate the adoption of Dolby Atmos in cinema. Together, we’ll be able to develop speaker technologies that deliver better performance at a lower cost for a wide range of theater sizes, configurations and types.”
Sound & Communications Nov 08 2014
EU clears Dolby to buy cinema technology group Doremi
Dolby Laboratories (DLB.N) on Monday received EU clearance for its acquisition of digital cinema technology group Doremi, the European Commission said.
Reuters Oct 27 2014
Why Theater Owners Aren't Happy About Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Film Initiative
After spending millions to convert their cinemas to digital at Hollywood's behest, theaters are being asked to roll back the clock — that is, if they want early access to Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain.
Hollywood Reporter Oct 02 2014
China's Huayi Brothers Buys Controlling Stake in Digital Cinema Tech Group GDC
Privately-held Chinese film company Huayi Brothers Media Co. has raised its equity holdings in GDC Technology, one of the world’s top digital cinema tech suppliers, to give it a controlling 79 percent stake.
Hollywood Reporter Sep 17 2014
Shining light on lasers: Illumination technology enters a new phase
The recent introduction at CinemaCon 2014 of the first commercially available laser-illuminated projectors puts the cinema industry in the forefront of what can be considered its fourth generation in illumination technology. The type of Illumination—the light behind the picture—is fundamental to cinema, and changing it has implications that extend across much of the industry.
Film Journal International Aug 18 2014
What to look for when buying a digital cinema projector?
When considering a new digital cinema projector, image quality, reliability, uptime and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) would seem to be the most obvious criteria. And with good reason. After all, stunning your audience with a crisp and bright picture at every show, while not having to charge an arm and a leg are of vital importance in cinema. But how can you recognize products that rank high on all these criteria? And what other parameters are relevant for your theater?
Barco Jul 19 2014
Auro 11.1 – A new dimension in cinema sound
The introduction of digital projection in cinema theatres has spurred a revival in 3D movies. The first was ‘Chicken Little’ in 2005, and now – according to box office returns – they’re here to stay. The image quality provided by digital cinema systems provides the immersive 3D experience that moviegoers have been missing for decades. But in contrast to this revolution of the visual experience, cinema audio has been evolving very slowly. In fact, other than adding a few more speakers to surround the audience with sound, the past 20 years have brought forth no significant innovations that have been able to make the aural experience as life-like and immersive as 3D imagery 5 until now.
Barco Jul 19 2014
Honda’s Project Drive-In Increases Support of Threatened Theaters
Delivery of Digital Projectors Raised to Nine
Sep 18 2013
Texas Instruments’ projector technology moves beyond cinemas
Dallas-based Texas Instruments Inc. developed DLP technology 25 years ago for movie projectors, but with more than half of that global market converted, TI has been looking at new uses that were once seen only in sci-fi movies.
Dallas News Sep 24 2012
A new way to listen: Expansive audio formats hold promise for cinemas
After a relatively quiet 20 years, cinema sound has rejoined the list of important issues that today’s exhibitors need to consider. While the industry as a whole has been occupied with the conversion to digital projection, cinema sound has remained relatively calm, with occasional and incremental changes in the established soundtrack formats.
Film Journal International Aug 28 2012
Dolby Laboratories Acquires Rival IMM Sound
Dolby Laboratories has acquired rival digital cinema sound technology company IMM Sound, a privately owned Barcelona-based business, in a move that Dolby believes will help to speed adoption of its new immersive Atmos sound format. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Hollywood Reporter Jul 23 2012
Movie theaters diversify offerings beyond films
Amid a long-term decline in theater attendance, cinema operators nationwide are screening more concerts, plays, operas, boxing matches and sports events.
Los Angeles Times Jun 12 2012
Movie Magic to Leave Home For?
Such were the possibilities raised last month at the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas, where technology companies pitched theater operators on the merits of faster projection rates to improve clarity; new, immersive, surround-sound audio systems; laser 3-D projectors; paperless ticketing; and more.
Wall Street Journal May 09 2012
IMAX licenses Kodak technology for digital screens
Giant movie screen maker Imax Corp will license laser projection technology from struggling Eastman Kodak Co in a deal that will enable more Imax theaters to show digital films.
reuters Oct 16 2011
Fox Goes All Digital in Hong Kong and Macau
Twentieth Century Fox International says it will stop shipping film prints to theaters in Hong Kong and Macau at the end of 2011. Starting next year, all Fox movies will be provided exclusively in digital cinema versions. Aug 08 2011
Dolby Sheds Some Light on Exhibition at NATO Event
Amid a rising chorus of complaints about 3D projection, the National Association of Theater Owners California/Nevada turned to Dolby Laboratories last week for a special presentation about how best to project 3D movies.
Hollywood Reporter Jul 18 2011
Forty years of cinema innovation: Hollywood & 'FJI' celebrate a Dolby milestone
Exhibitors and their audiences around the world quickly associate the name Dolby with great cinema sound. What most don’t realize is Dolby Laboratories’ pivotal role in raising the quality of cinema presentations for over four decades and how Dolby continues to advance the entertainment experience with innovations not only in sound but picture
FJI Mar 25 2011
Toy Story 3: How Dolby Revolutionized Sound for 3-D Movies
Last June, Dolby unleashed Surround 7.1 in conjunction with Best Picture nominee Toy Story 3. For the first time, it enabled viewers of 3-D movies to feel like they were inside of the action and inside of the sound. Feb 24 2011
Technicolor to close North Hollywood film printing plant
The film-processing giant said it would shutter the plant because of the rapid acceleration of digital cinema, which has lessened demand for film prints. Operations will be transferred to a Technicolor facility in Mirabel, Canada, outside of Montreal, although Technicolor will still provide some "front-end" services in Los Angeles, such as processing dailies.
LA Times Nov 20 2010
Cinema Technology Magazine
Jul 25 2010
RealD Gets Serious with IPO - Update
It happened; Oversold is a bad thing on airplanes, but a good thing for RealD; Reuters reports that RealD's IPO raised 33% more than expected - 12.5 million shares are sold vs 10.75 expected, at $16 per share vs $13-$15/share range expected. Jul 16 2010
Casting some light on 3-D
Laser Light Engines, a Salem, N.H., start-up, believes it has the solution: using lasers as the projector’s light source, instead of the standard xenon light bulb. And laser-lit projectors would have other benefits, aside from making 3-D movies look more brilliant. Jul 11 2010
‘Avatar’ Digital Aliens Spell Doom for Independent Theaters
The Prince Charles, a London movie theater that’s more likely to screen “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” than a James Cameron blockbuster, is struggling to pay for Hollywood demands to go digital.
Bloomberg May 17 2010
Movie theaters turn to live event screenings to fill seats
Theaters open new revenue streams by beaming in live events such as ultimate fighting and opera.
LA Times Apr 20 2010
The return of 35mm 3D: Two competing processes add a new dimension to stereoscopic race
To add to the mix, there have been recent announcements of two competitive 35mm film 3D systems: Technicolor 3D, from one of cinema’s best-known brands, and Oculus3D™, a recent newcomer to the market.
FJI Mar 11 2010
Movie Theaters Secure Financing for Digital Upgrade
Trio of Cinema Chains to Get $660 Million to Pay for Conversions Enabling 14,000 More Screens to Catch 3-D Film Wave
WSJ Feb 25 2010
France's UGC joins digital game
One of Europe's major exhibitors, UGC, has announced a pact with Paris-based digital cinema provider Ymagis for digital conversion of all its 605 screens: 373 in France, 88 in Spain, 80 in Belgium, 64 in Italy.
Variety Feb 25 2010
Banking giant helps bring 3-D to movie screens
Lifting a roadblock limiting the availability of 3-D movies at the local multiplex, banking giant JP Morgan Chase & Co. has raised nearly $700 million on behalf of a group of the country's largest theater operators, a move many in Hollywood hope will win over a new generation of filmgoers who enjoy an increasing array of options for entertainment.
latimes Feb 06 2010
In its current avatar, 3D vision gets a bit clouded
Said CEO of Scrabble Entertainment — sole digital deployment agency for Avatar in India — Ranjit Thakur: ‘‘We have been giving training to the staff manning projectors for 3D screenings. With digital equipment being used, manpower shift is an integral requirement. In many cinema halls there are IT heads in the projection booths now. However, the system is new and it will take time getting used to it. Another problem is that people come with expectations of images popping in front of their eyes. Jan 07 2010
Blockbuster 'Avatar' to accelerate 3D revolution
The runaway success of science fiction blockbuster "Avatar" will accelerate the 3D movie revolution, which has already powered Hollywood to a record year at the box office, analysts say.
AFP Jan 05 2010
Indian screens in new ‘avatar' will help better collections
An Indian company with non-exclusive right to deploy a projections system based on 2K DCI (Digital Cinema Initiative) of leading Hollywood studios has already embarked on a mission to convert about 1000 screens in the next three years in leading multiplexes. Dec 30 2009
A High-Tech Movie Battle: Which 3-D Glasses Are Best?
While the blue-skinned Na’vi are shooting arrows out of the screen toward the audience in the 3-D movie “Avatar,” another battle is being fought in the theater — over the goofy-looking glasses that moviegoers must wear to see the three-dimensional effects. Dec 28 2009
Fox Doubles Down on Cameron in $380 Million Bet on ‘Avatar’
James Cameron turned down a chance to make “Avatar” for Twentieth Century Fox more than a decade ago to wait until technology caught up with his imagination. Audiences will decide this weekend whether the 3-D science- fiction adventure was worth the delay and the estimated $380 million that News Corp.’s Fox and partners Dune Entertainment and Ingenious Film Partners spent to make and market the movie. Dec 15 2009
The UK digital 3D cinema explosion
Cinemas are going through something of a renaissance of late, with a little thing called 3D bringing the public back to the big screen in their droves. Nov 29 2009
Indian multiplexes go 3-D for 'Avatar'
New Delhi: With celebrated Hollywood filmmaker James Cameron's much-anticipated three-dimensional (3D) sci-fi epic "Avatar" slated for worldwide release Dec 18, Indian multiplexes have begun setting up 3D screens. Nov 26 2009
Kodak Quits Hardware Manufacture in Digital Cinema
Kodak will cease manufacture of all hardware within its Digital Cinema System and will instead focus on licensing the technology to other companies. Kodak cites an ever-increasing level of technical requirements and costs in digital exhibition for their decision to pull out. Nov 25 2009
Digital heads east: China, India and Korea lead the conversion race
Following the lead of the U.S. and European markets, in 2009 digital conversions in much of Asia continue to inch forward, propelled largely on a screen-by-screen basis as justified for specific 3D titles. Broad-based 2D conversions are being held back by their expense, coupled with the weak economy. The exception is China, where the government-supported conversion program continues. In addition, India, Korea and Japan have active conversion programs in progress or being planned.
Nov 24 2009
Some theaters trapped in 2nd dimension by credit freeze
Hollywood executives likely will credit director James Cameron if his megabudget sci-fi film Avatar strikes gold for Fox next month. Nov 20 2009
German exhibs battle over digital cinema
German theater owners and the German Federal Film Board (FFA) are engaged in a high-stakes game of chicken with the future of digital cinema in the country hanging in the balance. Nov 19 2009
Picture sharpens for Digital Cinema rollout
The purse strings appear to be loosening for the long-delayed rollout of digital cinema.
Los Angeles Times Nov 04 2009
Box office boost shows 3D is here to stay
Once regarded as a quirky fad for nerds wearing cardboard spectacles, 3D films are enjoying a mainstream renaissance and this time the medium is here to stay, entertainment industry experts say.
AFP Nov 04 2009
Technicolor rolls out 3D plan
Technicolor's 3D-on-film solution is finding some traction in the marketplace. The lab and post-production giant has announced support for Technicolor 3D from DreamWorks Animation, Lionsgate, Paramount, Overture, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., and the Weinstein Co., all of which aim to release pics in the format.
Variety Oct 22 2009
Brussels plans tax on film distributors
The European Commission is considering imposing a fee on movie distributors to help fund the shift to digital cinema, which is expected to increase the EU's share of the global film market but is deemed to be too expensive for small cinema operators. Oct 19 2009
Feeling the heat: Latin America sees rapid growth of digital screens
Latin America has approximately 6% of the 2K DLP digital screens in the world. Almost 500 of these screens are situated in 19 territories. Nevertheless, just one year ago this region had only 0.7% of the digital screens in the world, with 50 2K digital projectors installed in just seven countries
Film Journal International Oct 16 2009
IDC wins new German digital cinema order
International Datacasting Corp. (TSX:IDC) has received an order from a new German customer that will be using IDC's satellite network equipment for a digital cinema service rollout in Europe, the company announced Wednesday. Sep 23 2009
Theater Chains Seek $725 Million for Digital Upgrade
The three biggest U.S. theater chains are seeking to raise as much as $725 million to add digital screens needed for 3-D movies, resuming an effort that stalled last year, two people with knowledge of the plan said.
bloomberg Sep 21 2009
D-cinema gets $525 mil boost
JP Morgan next week will send out briefing books for a $525 million financing of up to 15,000 d-cinema installations over the next five years at the nation's three biggest movie circuits. The circuits -- Regal, AMC and Cinemark -- will add 3D equipment at many of the sites Sep 11 2009
Technicolor dreams of a bright future in digital cinema
But the company also has emerged as a market leader in the processing and distribution of digital cinema. Its new headquarters includes nine digital scanners, which cost more than $1 million apiece. They are part of a "digital intermediate" process that Technicolor developed several years ago that allows film to be color-corrected and edited on digital equipment as opposed to in a film laboratory using chemicals. The process is less expensive and faster. Aug 22 2009
One nation, all digital: Norway prepares revolutionary rollout
Norway is in the midst one of the cinema industry’s most interesting and extensively planned digital conversions. Film & Kino, the Norwegian government agency that oversees the country’s film, video and exhibition industries, is preparing to move forward by soliciting bids from digital-cinema providers for a full national rollout for the country’s 400-plus screens. With five Hollywood studio virtual print fee (VPF) deals in hand, and three years of preparation and testing completed, the nationwide changeover is scheduled to begin this fall with completion expected in the 2011 time frame.
Film Journal Aug 19 2009
More Digital Cinema 4K movies coming to your local movie house
The first big commercial movie ever distributed and available in the 4K format was the blockbuster "The Di Vinci Code" which was shown to most audiences basically on film. The reason for this was due to the lack of digital systems which could play back 4K Digital Cinema Packages distributed by the studio. This was a Columbia-Sony Pictures Entertainment release and was a big hit financially for the studio. What it did not do was promote the possible viewer benefit of being available in the 4K file format which would have meant a great deal to the technology savvy movie buff who wants to see the best presentation possible for his precious buck. Aug 14 2009
The best is yet to come: 3D technology continues to evolve and win audience approval
3D just keeps getting bigger and better in spite of the early skepticism that the trend wouldn’t last. This year, Hollywood delivered on their promised 3D titles, with many more in the production pipelines. Like color or stereo sound did before, 3D production techniques are maturing and becoming part of the filmmaker’s everyday toolkit. We are seeing 3D being put to use, not as a gimmick, but in ways that add to the overall enjoyment of the movie.
Film Journal Aug 14 2009
Digital cinema - The ticket to low cost, high quality and thwarted pirates
GOING to the movies costs a lot in China because there are so few screens - just around 4,000. But expanding cheap digital cinema will bring down prices. Xu Wei buys a ticket. Over the past four years, the sale of half-price tickets on Tuesdays by all city cinemas has delighted moviegoers. Jul 22 2009
Digital Cinema in Russia in the first half of 2009
According to NEVAFILM RSEARCH, by July 1, 2009 there were 127 sites in 54 cities operating 162 DLP Cinema screens; a remarkable increase considering the first digital systems began opening in Russia only two years ago. Even more significant is that almost all digital screens are 3D (only two screens still without this opportunity). It is a turning point for the market of cinema equipment: the amount of new digital screens rises increasingly. Jul 16 2009
German film fund to invest $56m in digital expansion
The German Federal Film Board (FFA) is planning to invest $56m (€40m) cinema chains to help the expansion of digital cinema. Jun 23 2009
TI leaping into 4K fray
Texas Instruments has announced that its "next generation technology platform" for digital projection will include a 4K option, providing four times as many pixels as standard 2K projectors, and it has already lined up exhibitor Cinemark to buy its 4K tech. Jun 18 2009
Cautious transition: Economic downturn slows digital rollout in Europe
Digital-cinema progress in Europe, much like in the Americas and Asia, has slowed considerably due to the worldwide economic downturn. Although the total is approaching 1,600 digital screens, up from around 1,300 in mid-2008, growth is falling short of previous industry predictions. Jun 10 2009
The Silver Screen Survives
Movie theaters are thriving in the recession--but the real money-spinner will be the switch to digital. May 13 2009
NAB probes future of 3-D
Disney motion pictures group president Mark Zoradi emphasized that "we don't want a format war for 3-D for the home" as he called for technical standards to enable the wide adoption of 3-D on Sunday at the National Association of Broadcasters Show. Apr 19 2009
Sony joins other studios in digital conversion deal
Sony Corp's Sony Pictures on Thursday became the sixth major studio to support a theater-chain upgrade to digitally convert 20,000 U.S. and Canadian cinema screens, at an estimated cost of more than $1 billion. Apr 16 2009
Sony inks d-cinema deal; Warners 'close'
With official word Thursday that Sony has inked a virtual-print-fee agreement with the biggest digital-cinema integrator, Warner Bros. becomes the sole holdout in exhibition's second-phase rollout of d-cinema systems. Apr 16 2009
D-cinema looks to conquer credit crunch
The rollout of digital cinema systems has been frozen in motion like an image on a stuck film projector, an industry casualty of the global credit crunch. Apr 02 2009
Financing Delays of 3D Conversion Will Hurt DreamWorks' Big-Budget Bet
The 3D animated blockbuster will not be able to open in nearly as many theaters with 3D capacity as hoped, a victim of the recession, which has further delayed theatrical converstion to digital projection. Mar 11 2009
E-City nabs pirates using Thompson Watermarking tech
E-City Ventures promoted E-City Digital Cinemas along with Yash Raj Films identified and took action against Chetna Cinema in Jetpur for allowing illegal camcorder recording of Dostana on its premises. Feb 25 2009
Sony Pushes Better Cinema Through Digital
Sony is generally perceived as the market leader in video. But when it comes to digital cinema, the company has a lot of catching up to do. Feb 19 2009
Hollywood Finds Headaches in its Big Bet on 3-D
The imminent full-bore return to 3-D filmmaking, upon which the movie industry is placing many of its hopes, is in danger of becoming Hollywood’s latest flub.
NYT Jan 11 2009
China clears exhibition path for 3-D films
Disney's "Bolt" will be released this month in China in digital 3-D -- and, surprisingly, local authorities are pulling out all the stops to make it happen. The toon will even be exempt from the 20-film quota that limits the Dec 07 2008
3-D vision doesn't waver
Jeffrey Katzenberg boldly predicted Monday that there will be nearly 2,500 screens ready for 3-D in time for the March 27 release of DreamWorks Animation's "Monsters vs. Aliens." Dec 01 2008
Driving digital
With the worldwide economy in an apparent tailspin and the mainstream U.S. digital deployment stalled due to lack of capital, digital cinema in the Asia-Pacific region continues to slowly grow country by country, with now over 1,000 systems spread across the region. Nov 07 2008
3-D industry boosts theaters
As Hollywood studios and national movie chains search for new ways to get consumers into theaters, they’re turning back to 3-D for their future. Studios have announced plans to release a record 25 or more 3-D titles over the next two years, including a remake of the hit “The Nightmare Before Christmas” that premiered Oct. 19. Nov 01 2008
As Hollywood Embraces 3D, Economy Stymies Rollout
Here comes the 3D movie rollout like never before. Studios have announced plans to release a record 25 or more 3D titles over the next two years. Movie theaters, meanwhile, have announced plans to install 3D screens in record numbers. Oct 31 2008
'3-D sound' unveiled at L.A. theater
A breakthrough in theatrical sound that is targeting digital 3-D-ready exhibition was introduced Tuesday at the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers' Technical Conference and Exhibition. Oct 29 2008
Digital Dilemma Projected for Independent Cinemas
THE shift away from traditional methods of showing films would appear to favour the big cinema chains - but Cumbria's smaller ventures are getting ahead of the game. CAROLINE BARBER reports Oct 28 2008
Regal CEO says digital upgrade may be delayed
Calling it one of the worst credit markets he has seen in years, Regal Entertainment Group CEO Mike Campbell said Thursday a $1 billion industry digital upgrade could be delayed. Oct 24 2008
Great new English language digital cinema web site from Frank de Neeve. Oct 22 2008
Compliance a focus of d-cinema rollout
While the studio consortium Digital Cinema Initiatives is moving forward with plans to test d-cinema systems to make sure they are DCI-compliant, projectors using the current version of Texas Instruments' DLP Cinema technology may not measure up to the new standard. Oct 17 2008
Laser Cinema, Coming Someday to a Theater Near You—Maybe
Engineers in China have built a laser digital cinema projector
IEEE Spectrum Oct 14 2008
Crunch time for 3-D cinema
With a bold digital cinema deal inked and dozens of releases coming, the scramble to convert theaters is on. Oct 08 2008
Studios Reach Digital Cinema Upgrade Deal
Five Hollywood studios have reached a long-sought financing deal, estimated at over $1 billion, with a group of theater exhibitors to digitally upgrade 20,000 U.S. and Canadian cinema screens.
Reuters Oct 01 2008
Digital cinema looks south
Latin America is slowly waking up to digital cinema. While still far behind the U.S., Europe and Asia, the number of DCI-grade digital systems south of the border has tripled in the past year—from around 15 systems in the fall of 2007 to approximately 50 expected by the end of 2008.
FJI Sep 25 2008
Future of Euro d-cinema hinges on 3-D
Digital cinema growth remains slow in Europe, although the promise of 3-D and assists from government subsidies might quicken its pace.
Hollywood Reporter Sep 16 2008
Digital Cinema Deal Not Quite Done
The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Universal and Disney had reached agreement with Digital Cinema Implementation Partners, the biggest exhib consortium without a studio deal for digital cinemas, on "virtual print fees" and financing for the conversion of thousands of additional screens.
Variety Sep 08 2008
Universal to Join Move Backing Digital Cinema Equipment
Universal Pictures has agreed to throw its backing behind the rollout of digital cinema equipment in U.S. theaters, according to people familiar with the matter, a move that takes the movie industry a significant step closer toward the long-discussed goal of replacing old-fashioned film reels with digital technology.
Wall Street Journal Sep 07 2008
Australian Exhibitors High on 3-D
3-D cinema is set to dominate at the Australian Intl. Movie Convention Aug. 31-Sept. 4 on Queensland's Gold Coast.
Variety Aug 30 2008
Digital Cinema Supplanting 35 Mm Film in Theaters
For die-hard movie fans, it's hard to imagine, but the day might soon arrive when film will join dead media like VHS and Betamax in the dusty junk drawer of history.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug 25 2008
$1bn deal set to launch 3-D film business
A consortium of the biggest US cinema chains is closing in on a $1bn deal that will pave the way for a new generation of money-spinning 3-D movies, after securing provisional backing from three key Hollywood studios.
The Financial Times Aug 13 2008
John Fithian fires back at Warner Bros.
Addressing the opening of "Journey to the Center of the Earth," which will bow in about 950 3-D digital screens in North America Thursday, Warner Bros. domestic distribution president Dan Fellman said that "3-D is the future, so why is exhibition dragging its feet? I'm pleased 'Journey' will be the biggest digital 3-D release to date. But it is disconcerting that since November, the 3-D screen count has only gone up Is exhibition or distribution to blame for the slow rollout of digital 3-D cinema?
Hollywood Reporter Jul 10 2008
You want close-ups? High-def, 3-D technology is transforming theaters
In the movie theater of the near future, the big attraction may not be a movie.
McClatchy Newspapers Jun 05 2008
John Fithian enters digital fray
Countering remarks by DreamWorks Animation topper Jeffrey Katzenberg, National Assn. of Theater Owners prexy John Fithian said exhibs aren't to blame for holding up the transition to digital movie screens --some of the major studios are.
Variety May 01 2008
DreamWorks' Katzenberg disappointed with 3D talks
DreamWorks Animation SKG (DWA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg on Tuesday said he was disappointed with the pace at which movie theater chains were moving to deploy digital and 3-D technology.
Reuters Apr 29 2008
Dolby, Real D taking on another dimension in movies
For more than 30 years, Dolby Laboratories has enriched the sound of movies. Now, the San Francisco pioneer is looking to revolutionize the visual experience as well, with newfangled 3-D films. Nov 12 2007
Cinema world in a 3D revolution
THE new generation of high-end digital cinemas will boast stunning detail, a wider range of content and amazingly realistic 3D effects.
AdelaideNow Nov 11 2007
The New 3D Technology
It’s been only two years since the re-launch of commercial 3D exhibition with Disney’s Chicken Little in November 2005 and there are now almost 1,000 cinemas equipped. This rapid growth exceeds all previous attempts at getting 3D into mainstream exhibition, and this means that this time it’s likely here to stay.
Film Journal International Nov 03 2007
Vue backs all-digital cinema in U.K.
Vue Entertainment, the U.K.'s third-largest exhibition company, has pumped 5 million ($10 million) into Europe's first new all-digital cinema, the company said Wednesday.
Hollywood Reporter Oct 25 2007
A new Digital Cinema blog
CelluloidJunkie.Com Oct 19 2007
Real D pacts for 3-D screens
Deal for 500 screens over next two years Oct 18 2007
Tools tweak next generation of 3-D
MasterImage is also emerging as a rival in Asia to firms specializing in 3-D projection such as RealD, Dolby and NuVision.
Daily Variety - USA Oct 09 2007
Muvico Theaters Debuts Luxe Theater in Chicago
New 18-screen theater with VIP amenities is world's first to deploy Sony Premier 4K digital projection technology on all screens
PR Newswire Sep 14 2007
For Muvico, a New 4K Projector Installation Goes Way Beyond Movies
With Help From Sony, Theater Chain Looks to Beat the Competition by Screening Alternative Content Sep 11 2007
Saving the cineplex
Can an entrepreneur persuade movie houses to go digital before it is too late? Jul 19 2007
"Monsters" joins the 3-D invasion in May 2009
DreamWorks Animation's "Monsters vs. Aliens" has been slated for domestic release May 15, 2009, a week earlier than previously announced.
Reuters Jul 18 2007
Film studios hope rebirth of 3-D will save the cinema
TO most cinemagoers, 3-D will forever be associated with the red and green-lensed cardboard glasses that were frequently more talked about than the movies that required such accessories.
TimesOnLIne Jul 15 2007
Cinema Expo attracts industry biggies
3-D cinema a focus of Amsterdam event Jun 25 2007
Expo hails groundbreaking deal
Cinema Expo 2007 opened with a bang today as news spread around the show's RAI center HQ that one of the major roadblocks to the expansion of digital cinema across Europe has been lifted. Jun 24 2007
Digital technology poised for global domination
On the surface, it's fairly straightforward: European and Asian movie theater owners, like their counterparts in North America, pretty much agree that it's about time to scrap traditional celluloid and switch to digital projectors. Jun 15 2007
SpiderMan Digital Locations list
SpiderMan digital locations List (Courtesy of May 06 2007
NATO's Digital Cinema Links Page
(NATO makes no endorsement of the content of external links. They are provided for information only.)
NATO May 03 2007
French Language digital cineam web site. May 02 2007
Simon Walker's Links Page
Great Sources for Digital Exhibition News May 02 2007
Michael Karagosian's Links Page
These links are intended to provide a comprehensive view of professional digital cinema, and do not constitute an endorsement of the companies, brands, or products listed.
mkpe May 01 2007
DCI announces digital, 3-D specs
Digital cinema took another step toward the mainstream Sunday as Digital Cinema Initiatives announced a new version of its d-cinema specifications, its first-ever specs for 3-D and the selection of technology company Cinecert to finish developing test procedures for DCI compliance. Apr 16 2007
"Meet The Robinsons" 3-D Locations List (Courtesy of
"Meet The Robinsons" 3-D Locations List (Courtesy of Mar 29 2007
James Cameron on the Cutting Edge
The director of Terminator and Titanic explains how movies will be transformed by motion-tracking and 3D technology
Business Week Mar 27 2007
Digital's the way ahead for Bollywood
In the session on 'Cinema of the future- India going digital', speakers expounded on the strides made by the Indian film exhibition industry on the digital cinema technology front. Although the technology is still in its nascent stage, it has established a strong foothold in India, speakers noted. Mar 27 2007
The Big Picture
By this spring, approximately 3,000, or three percent, of the world's estimated target screens (100,000-plus) will have been equipped with DCI-specified digital projectors and servers. Of the early adopters, approximately two-thirds are in North America, with the rest spilt between Europe and Asia. Significantly, most of the installation occurred in the past 12 months, making 2006 stand out as the pivotal year in the digital conversion timeframe.
Film Journal International Mar 13 2007
ShoWest faces digital future
Distribs and exhibs at ShoWest Monday showed up for a morning digital cinema seminar and got an extra wakeup call in the bargain.
Variety Mar 12 2007
3-D: The eyes have it!
In the past few years, 3-D has proven popular on a limited number of Imax screens, where screenings of pics such as "Superman Returns" and "The Polar Express" regularly have outgrossed their 2-D counterparts. Studios now are betting hundreds of millions of dollars on the expansion of new technology that works on any screen with a digital cinema system. Feb 04 2007
3D Standards
Matt Cowan, Chief Scientific Officer, REAL D Chairman, DC28-40 Stereoscopic Digital Cinema
Real D web site Jan 01 2007
Qube Cinema’s digital next wave in movie biz
Computer technology is as inevitable as a camera operator in the movie business these days, but Qube Cinema Inc. is taking things to the next level by giving theaters the option to beam movies onto bigger screens in a digital format. If the trend catches up then film rolls could become passé.
IndUS Business Journal Dec 15 2006
CineAsia celebrates old and new
Technicolor's Denise Hsu called on the industry to realize that studios, exhibitors, auds and governments all stand to benefit from move to d-cinema and everyone should be prepared to pay their part. Chong Man-nong of China-Singaporean server manufacturer GDC also reminded execs that nowhere in the world is d-cinema being screen tested for 15 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Variety International Dec 10 2006
'king of the world' first belgian digital film in jpeg 2000
On Wednesday 6 December ­ tomorrow ­ the Kinepolis complexes in Flanders and Brussels will present the latest Flemish production "King of the World" (Koning Van De Wereld) in digital JPEG 2000 format.
nieuwsbank Dec 05 2006
Regal says Sony's 4K projector not ready
A super high-definition projector being aggressively marketed by Sony Corp. (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research) is not yet reliable enough to be installed in movie theaters, said the chief executive of the largest U.S. cinema chain on Wednesday.
Reuters Nov 29 2006
Top Cinema Executive Paul Johnson joins Atlab Australia to spearhead Digital Cinema Business
The former Hoyts Cinemas executive chairman has been retained by AHL and Atlab Australia to lead its strategy development for the introduction of digital cinema in Australia. The announcement was made today by Mr David Seargeant, Managing Director of Amalgamated Holdings Ltd (AHL), the parent company which includes Greater Union cinemas and Atlab. Nov 24 2006
British exhib plans night at the opera
U.K. indie exhibition chain City Screen has teamed with New York's Metropolitan Opera to bring live cinecasts of a series of operas to British auds.
Variety Europe Nov 24 2006
Digital cinema trial for Ster Kinekor Sandton
On Friday, 1 December 2006, Ster-Kinekor will launch its first Hollywood studio-endorsed digital cinema projector with a screening of the movie Happy Feet, the comedy adventure set in the land of the Emperor Penguins in the heart of Antarctica. The Christie CP 2000x and computer server is to be installed in Ster-Kinekor Classic Sandton. Nov 20 2006
With Investment from Participant, Emerging Pictures Announces 12 City Digital Cinema Rollout for '05
Emerging Pictures, the digital cinema initiative being forged by Ira Deutchman, Giovanni Cozzi, and Barry Rebo has announced an investment from Participant Productions. As part of the partnership, Emerging will roll-out its Digital Cinema Network in 12 cities this year, offering an array of programming, including independent films and international films and other content, ranging from film festival programming, dramatic performances, and concerts.
IndieWire Oct 31 2006
New digital cinema display technology could be available by 2008
New technology proposed for digital cinema systems is being developed by Australian based company Panorama Labs. Already used in the telecoms sector, Magento Photonic technology, based on the optical switching of light in the infra red spectrum, offers a high resolution (4K) and lower power consumption, that can be applied through a range of market verticals including in the home, mobile phones and virtual reality displays.
Screen Digest Oct 28 2006
Panel: Cooperation key to digital future
It was a digital showdown Tuesday at ShowEast as film industry experts gathered to talk about the need for universal new formats and realistic timetables as well as the future of indie exhibitors during a panel titled "Digital Cinema: Where Are We Today and What Direction Are We Going?"
Hollywood Reporter Oct 25 2006
Nightmare Before Christmas Digital 3-D Locations List
Nightmare Before Christmas" Digital 3-D Locations List (Courtesy of Oct 22 2006
Exhibs undaunted by digital deployment details
Bigger attendance and smaller release windows notwithstanding, as the theatrical exhibition community gathers at ShowEast, deployment of digital projection remains the topic of the day.
Variety Oct 19 2006
Picturehouse cinemas to get live events in HD via satellite
Arqiva has signed a deal with City Screen's Picturehouse cinemas and has now completed installation of a UK-wide private satellite network to screen live entertainment and sports events in both standard and high definition. It kicks of tomorrow with the revived Amnesty International Secret Policeman's Ball, to be screened across all 17 cinemas.
HDTV+UK Oct 13 2006
AccessIT Is Starring in the Analog-to-Digital Cinema Revolution
The so-called digital cinema revolution – the inevitable total electronic transition of movie production, distribution, and exhibition from analog celluloid film to digital files -- is being led by Morristown, N.J.-based Access Integrated Technologies, Inc., or AccessIT (AIXD).
SeekingAlpha Oct 13 2006
Bid to phase out celluloid for digital revolution
One of the world's foremost experts on digital cinema has urged the global film industry to adopt a universal set of guidelines to phase out traditional cinema.
Guardian Unlimited Sep 29 2006
KT launching cinema service
KT Corp., the country's largest fixed-line and broadband operator, said yesterday that it will soon start trials of a digital cinema service.
Korea Herald Sep 18 2006
Met to Broadcast Live Operas Into Movie Theaters
The Metropolitan Opera announced today that it would begin broadcasting live performances into movie theaters across the United States, Canada and Britain, rubbing shoulders with professional wrestling and rock concerts.
New York Times Sep 06 2006
China expected to realize film digitalization within ten years
China will accomplish the strategic objective of transiting the film projection into digital projection in the upcoming 5 to 10 years, revealed by Zhang Hongsen, deputy director general of the State Administration of Radio Film and Television in the Fourth Digital Cinema Forum held in Beijing last week.
China Economic Net Sep 04 2006
Marcus CIO on forefront of digital cinema
Ten years from now, when people sit in theaters and enjoy digital movies that explode with color and clarity, they probably won't think much about the people that helped make digital motion pictures a reality. But they are hard at work as movie-goers take in the last reels of film fantasy.
Wisconsin Technology Network Aug 29 2006
Screen subsidies for towns
UP TO 20 regional centres will soon get a subsidised digital projector so they can watch Australian films and documentaries.
Sydney Morning Herald Aug 18 2006
Cinema meets digital technology
Digital projection systems are the latest thing. The release copy of the movie is delivered on a hard drive, sporting 100 gigabytes of the latest Hollywood fare, a digitally scanned copy of the master film print.
BBC News Aug 18 2006
Full 3D movies could be here soon
Digital cinema would also allow low-cost distribution of small films on disc and a new generation of 3-D movies. Aug 16 2006
Ch-ch-changes are on the way to a screen near you
New-age cinema is fast approaching with digital screens and fresh ideas, says Matthew Goodman
Times On-line (UK) Jul 29 2006
An Informal Discussion with Larry Jacobson - President of QuVIS’ Entertainment Division had the opportunity to interview Larry Jacobson, the President of QuVIS’ Entertainment Division and discuss many aspects of digital cinema, theatre design, and the future of theatre in general. Jul 28 2006
Digital systems not as reliable as film
Despite its faults, 35mm fails less often, won't produce computer glitches
VenturaCountyStar Jul 09 2006
Regal, Cinemark May Raise $1 Bln for Digital Film, People Say
Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Entertainment Inc. and Cinemark USA Inc. may borrow $1 billion to transform 13,000 U.S. theater screens to digital film from reel- to-reel, according to people involved in raising the money. Jul 07 2006
Laggardly cinema at last starts to embrace digital
IN THE headlong rush to digital, cinema has lagged behind, at least until now. But a big push from film studios, distributors and the Film Council finally heralds the death of celluloid on the big screen and its replacement by digital technology.
Times on Line Jun 23 2006
Cinemas see the bigger picture by reviving classics
Analysts predict audiences will rocket as more venues equip themselves with new digital equipment and start showing a wider variety of old classics. Jun 10 2006
3D for the Theater
Matt Cowan, Chief Scientific Officer, READ D
Real D web site Jun 06 2006
Now Playing In Asia: Digital Cinema
Singapore is in the vanguard of the film industry's shift from celluloid to pixels
BusinessWeek Online May 31 2006
Coming soon: the digital drive-in movie theater
``We don't want to see any drive-in theaters become victims of the digital transition," says Rick Cohen, owner of the Transit Drive-In in Lockport, N.Y., near Buffalo. ``But because we're not a big segment of the movie exhibition industry, we're not the number one concern of the companies making digital projectors or servers," the computers that store the digital version of a movie. May 31 2006
Lighting up Lowe's, one tiny mirror at a time
For those who did not attend the world premiere of the Disney/Pixar Studios movie Cars last weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway, you missed it.
NASCAR.COM May 30 2006
Digital cinema to go low-cost route in India
Digital cinema is about to take off in India with major players like Anil Ambani-controlled Adlabs Films and Subhash Chandra's E-City chalking out rollout plans, speakers at a seminar in Mumbai said. May 28 2006
Prime moment as cinemas go digital
A Hollywood romantic comedy will today become the first film to be shown digitally in cinemas across the country.
Irish Examiner May 12 2006
Coming attraction
Digital screens will allow cinemas to show more independent films - and entice advertisers, writes Nicola Clark.
Brand Republic May 11 2006
Planned Acquisition is First Step towards Establishment of a National Digital Cinema Service Network
Ballantyne of Omaha, Inc. (Amex: BTN), a manufacturer of motion picture projection and specialty lighting equipment, today announced that it entered into a letter of intent to acquire the assets of National Cinema Service Corp. (NCSC), a national provider of cinema services including film and digital projector maintenance, repair, equipment installations, site surveys and other theatre services. Apr 28 2006
Digital Cinema Redux
I spent last weekend in Las Vegas (where I still am as I type this) in order to attend the two-day Digital Cinema Summit, part of NAB's Multimedia World conference. Digital cinema is a subject that regular readers of Brian's Brain know I've been closely following of late, and I wasn't disappointed by NAB's treatment of the topic. Apr 27 2006
Par will beam pic to at least 135 exhibs
Paramount is going digital for the first time with "Mission: Impossible 3. Apr 26 2006
3D Exhibition – what it takes to make it work
Matt Cowan, Chief Scientific Officer, RealD
Real D web site Apr 26 2006
Cameron: D-cinema is exhibition's salvation
Boxoffice king James Cameron issued a call to arm theaters with digital cinema and digital 3-D in response to declining cinema receipts and rampant movie piracy during his keynote address Sunday at the National Association of Broadcasters' Digital Cinema Summit.
Hollywoor Reporter Apr 24 2006
Helmer has spent the last 10 years working in stereography
"There isn't a film that I've got in my queue -- and I'm four deep right now in projects that I've got scripted and want to shoot -- that I wouldn't want to make in 3-D," James CameronJames Cameron says. "I'm betting the frickin' farm on this." Apr 20 2006
D-cinema dares theater owners to reinvent their businesses
At a recent digital cinema event in Hollywood, a speaker joked that it was no accident exhibs had dubbed nonfeature content "Other Digital Stuff." Apr 20 2006
UltraStar Cinemas becomes first company to be 100 percent equipped with digital cinema
UltraStar Cinemas becomes first company to be 100 percent equipped with digital cinema
Fontana Apr 20 2006
Digital cinema releases up by 50%
The number of movies released in cinemas around the world in a digital format has doubled, experts have said.
BBC News Apr 12 2006
Digital Cinema (JPEG2000) Reaches Europe
Press Release: Disney’s ‘Chicken Little’ is first film shown commercially in Europe to be compatible with Hollywood standards for digital cinema.
The Data Compression Newsletter Mar 27 2006
National Film Board teams with Brazil to advance digital cinema
Canada's National Film Board is working with both the government and private sector in Brazil on a series of initiatives, including the advancement of digital cinema, documentary co-productions and the training of promising young filmmakers. Mar 23 2006
Digital Cinema Show 'n' Tell
Digital cinema developers descended here last week to convince theater owners that the future of their industry has finally arrived. But, after years of failed promises, newfangled confections like dark-chocolate Raisinets appeared to get a better hearing (two thumbs up.)
Wired News Mar 19 2006
Fithian, Glickman cite turning point for cinema
At ShoWest's opening ceremony Tuesday, National Association of Theatre Owners president and CEO John Fithian and MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman put a brave face on the challenges facing the exhibition business: the 5.8% decline in 2005 boxoffice receipts, shortened release windows, rampant piracy and consumers distracted by new tech gadgets.
Hollywood Reporter Mar 15 2006
Digital in front-row seat theater owners' confab
As the movie theater industry's annual convention kicks off Monday in Las Vegas, the conversion to digital cinema is again on the agenda.
Reuters UK Mar 12 2006
Technicolor Opens Digital Cinema Test Lab To Squash Bugs
For seven years Technicolor Digital Cinema has tried to make the digital cinema model work, spending the last year developing the business and finance plans.
InformationWeek Mar 09 2006
NATO Digital Cinema System Requirements
This document represents exhibitor requirements for digital cinema systems that supplement the requirements of other industry organizations. These requirements are intended for use by system providers, product developers, and standards committees and other organizations in standardization and certification efforts.
NATO Feb 27 2006
Frequently Asked Questions
This information is presented to provide clarity on various issues of digital cinema. We will be adding to and updating this page periodically. If you have questions that you would like to see addressed, please drop us a note using our Contact page.
MKPE Home Page Jan 07 2006
China cinema to take leap
China's first digital cinema server using the international standard is expected to debut in June, which could lower movie ticket prices and increase the export of Chinese films globally.
China View Jan 05 2006
Top exhibitors roll out blueprint for d-cinema
In a move that constitutes the largest exhibitor commitment yet to digital cinema, Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Entertainment Inc. and Cinemark USA have partnered to work on the development of a digital cinema business plan. National CineMedia, the joint venture owned by the three companies that was founded to create a national digital preshow advertising network, will manage the process under the guidance of NCM chairman and CEO Kurt Hall.
Hollywood Reporter Dec 15 2005
1st private digital cinema chain starts up
China's digital movie market is going to see a boom as the country's first entirely privately-funded digital cinema chain has been given the go-ahead from the state administrative authority. The chain expects to attract more movie fans back to the cine ma.
China View Dec 01 2005
Thomson signs up to digital cinema
Thomson has done a deal with Hollywood film studios to roll out digital cinema, marking another step in its move from consumer electronics to high-margin media services.
Financial Times Nov 10 2005
Warners to test 4K digital cinema
Warner Bros. Entertainment and its Japanese subsidiary have partnered with two Japanese companies to collaborate on the first-ever field trial of 4K digital cinema distribution and exhibition.
Hollywood Reporter Oct 12 2005
3-D Movies Piggyback On Digital Cinema Supply Chain
But does it mark a major advance in film technology, or is it just the next "Sensurround?
InformationWeek Oct 03 2005
Real-Time Streaming of 4K Digital Cinema over Gigabit IP Optical Fiber Networks
In a demonstration that could foretell the future of videoconferencing, scientific visualization and digital cinema deployment, scientists from around the world meeting at iGrid 2005 in San Diego were treated to the world’s first real-time, international transmission of super high-definition (SHD) 4K digital video.
Newswise Sep 27 2005
Disney clicks on digital pix
As digital cinema starts to move from technical specs to reality, Disney has become the first studio to commit to providing its pics for the new format. Sep 16 2005
Cinema goes digital!
The future of cinema is digital: At the International Broadcast Convention IBC in Amsterdam (September 9 to 13, 2005), the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Network will be presenting the latest developments in the field of Digital Cinema.
Fraunhofer Aug 31 2005
What's Wrong With Digital Cinema?
It was big news in July when the six major movie studios said that, after three years, they'd finally agreed on a standard for the digital distribution of movies. After all, this is an industry that moves so glacially that the number of innovations over the last 100 years can be tallied on one hand.
Forbes Aug 22 2005
Digital Dreams on the Silver Screen
The push to shift cinemas from film to digital projection is picking up steam globally as a business model for the change starts to gel
BusinessWeek Online Jun 30 2005
Digital Cinema - The End of the Beginning
25th May 2005: Only a lucky minority will be able to experience the latest (and final) Star Wars film – Revenge of the Sith – in its true digital glory. The process of upgrading cinema screens to digital has been far slower than George Lucas had hoped when he shot the first of the Star Wars prequels in digital back in 1997.
Screendigest (U.K.) May 26 2005
Protection From Pirates
Hollywood is looking at digital-rights management, cryptology, and other technologies to help it protect digital cinema from bootleggers.
InformationWeek May 16 2005
Digital projector revolution
The Chennai-based Pyramid-Saimira Group (Bharat Digitals Ltd, Chennai), India, has signed an MoU with Delta Electronics Inc., Taipei, Taiwan, for design, development and sourcing of projectors for the digital cinema market in India.
ChennaiOnline Apr 25 2005
Next film star could be digital
Astoundingly, little-known Arts Alliance Labs, with just six employees in Boston, and a sister company, Arts Alliance Digital Cinema, with 10 employees in London, won the contract in February from the UK Film Council to build the first truly nationwide circuit of digital cinemas, beating out more than a dozen competitors, including Dolby Laboratories.
Boston Globe Apr 25 2005
Technicolor, studios in d-cinema deal
Marking a significant step forward in the rollout of digital cinema, Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures and Sony Pictures have signed a deal with Thomson's Technicolor Digital Cinema unit, which will facilitate their transition to d-cinema.
Hollywood Reporter Apr 12 2005
Erin Go Digital
A subsidiary of technology and services provider Avica, Digital Cinema Limited (DCL), has announced that they are starting to implement a nationwide digital-cinema network that will ultimately lead to a conversion of all 515 screens in both regions of the Emerald Isle to the digital format. After two years of planning, DCL began installing the first 25 projectors earlier this month and hopes to have all Irish screens operational within a year at a cost of over $53 million.
Ultimate A/V Mar 25 2005
New cinema sparks price war
The cinema industry in Guangzhou is expected to see considerable competition as the city's first foreign-invested Warner Jinyi Cinema (WJC) has vowed to offer a competitive ticket price.
China Daily Jan 29 2005
Sony’s new projectors, using SXRD™ projection technology, produce ultra-high resolution and an outst
Sony Europe today announced the introduction of the world’s first 4K ( 4096 x 2160 ) resolution projectors, the Sony SRX-R110 and SRX-R105. They are based on Sony’s revolutionary SXRD™ ( Silicon Crystal Reflective Display ) panel technology, which produces higher-level resolution, contrast, and response speed than ever before. The new projectors are designed for digital cinema, post-production, rental, staging, and other markets requiring ultra-high resolution and wide colour gamut projectors.
i-NewsWire Jan 29 2005
Can 3D Glasses Save The Metroplex?
In a world where a home theater setup can mimic the metroplex, what is going to save the movie theater? Apparently experiences like "Camp Blood 3D".
PC Magazine Jan 08 2005
Let’s go to digital cinema now
High quality, profitable and consumer- friendly digital movies are here to stay Dec 27 2004
JPEG Home Page
Welcome to the official site of the Joint Photographic Experts Group, JPEG, and Joint Bi-level Image experts Group, JBIG. As well as our members' site, it offers other useful sources of information about the JPEG and JBIG committees and their standards.
JPEG Org Dec 10 2004
Overview of the MPEG-4 Standard
MPEG-4 is an ISO/IEC standard developed by MPEG (Moving Picture Experts Group), the committee that also developed the Emmy Award winning standards known as MPEG-1 and MPEG-2. These standards made interactive video on CD-ROM, DVD and Digital Television possible. MPEG-4 is the result of another international effort involving hundreds of researchers and engineers from all over the world. MPEG-4, with formal as its ISO/IEC designation 'ISO/IEC 14496', was finalized in October 1998 and became an International Standard in the first months of 1999. The fully backward compatible extensions under the title of MPEG-4 Version 2 were frozen at the end of 1999, to acquire the formal International Standard Status early in 2000. Several extensions were added since and work on some specific work-items work is still in progress.
Chiariglione Site Dec 10 2004
NATO Resolution on digital cinema
RESOLUTION The Board of Directors November 18, 2004 Dana Point, California
NATO Online Nov 21 2004
MPEG Pointers & Resources
MPEG (pronounced M-peg), which stands for Moving Picture Experts Group, is the name of family of standards used for coding audio-visual information (e.g., movies, video, music) in a digital compressed format.
The Reference Website for MPEG Nov 20 2004
The MPEG Home Page
This is the home page of the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) a working group of ISO/IEC in charge of the development of standards for coded representation of digital audio and video.
The MPEG Home Page Nov 20 2004
Double standards
Industry experts suggest that Sony's new 4K projector might raise the bar for d-cinema.
Holywood Reporter Oct 22 2004
Braving the Final Frontier of Digitization - Digit
Terrestrial digital broadcasting, which started in Japan last year, is expanding, and the increasing adoption of digital technology in the movie entertainment industry shows no signs of letting up. The 1999 showing of director George Lucas' "Star Wars: Episode I" using a film-less projector, unlike the conventional method of film projection, was a cinematic landmark. Since then, cinema has been the final frontier for digitization. Tomonori Aoyama, PhD Eng., University of Tokyo, speaks about the possibilities for digital cinema, which is rapidly approaching reality
JCN Network (Japan) Sep 15 2004
DCI: More time, but less funding
The seven major studios have agreed to extend the mandate of Digital Cinema Initiatives -- the coalition they established in 2002 to create digital cinema technical specifications and business practices -- for another year, according to DCI sources.
Hollywood Reporter Sep 02 2004
Filmart 2004 talks Digital at inaugural session
Another speaker, Dr Man-Nang Chong, Chief Executive Officer of GDC Technology brought forth how the new digital technology in Digital Cinema Multiplex was revolutionising the way worldwide audiences enjoy entertainment such as films, concerts and live events. - India Jun 24 2004
Sony projects a rival digital future
Sony emerged as a player in the digital cinema space last week, showing off a digital projector it hopes will compete with Texas Instruments' DLP Cinema System.
Daily Variety Jun 06 2004
Sony Unveils New "4K" Digital Cinema Projector
Sony is taking the lead in the rapidly emerging digital cinema market with the introduction of two new "4K" projectors that offer unprecedented features such as a 4096 x 2160 pixel resolution and a high contrast ratio. Jun 04 2004
Digital cinema rolls for the movies
Sony Electronics plans to unveil today a new digital projection system for movie theatres, using a microchip it says will advance the industry and rival Texas Instruments's market-leading product.
ExpressIndia - Reuters Jun 03 2004
Sony promises cinema screen like 'you've never see
Sony is developing a new display technology capable of a high-definition picture over a cinema-size screen and plans to show it next year, its chief executive officer (CEO) states.
ARN Net - Australia May 21 2004
UK cinemas to get digital screens
British film chiefs are aiming to revolutionise the country's cinemas by installing 250 hi-tech digital projectors with £13m of lottery money.
BBC News May 18 2004
Movie theaters still wary of digital projection
Despite the legacy of false starts, A. Dale "Bud" Mayo, who just purchased the Boeing Digital Cinema unit from Boeing for $2.3 million in cash, stock and notes, expects that many problems will be resolved soon, leading to a sharp increase in digital installations for holiday movies released in November.
USA Today Apr 27 2004
Compression schemes take screen test for digital c
As many as eight compression schemes will face screen tests in April as they vie for inclusion in the final U.S. specification for digital cinema. The Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI), an effort of seven top U.S. studios, expects to choose one technology by the end of April.
EE Times Mar 31 2004
Majors say they'll back digital cinema via exhib s
Marking a significant industry breakthrough, the major studios officially acknowledged for the first time Wednesday a willingness to subsidize, at least in part, the transition to digital cinema through an independent financing entity yet to be created.
Hollywood Reporter Mar 25 2004
Digital cinema is talk of trade fair cinema has become a major attraction at this year's CeBit, the world's biggest high-tech trade fair held in the German city of Hanover.
Daily Variety Mar 24 2004
Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Returns to San
Examining topics ranging from the complex issues of format origination and conversion to synthetic imaging, digital intermediate, digital cinema, distribution alternatives and High Definition-3D, the Symposium will offer hands-on opportunities with the latest prototypes of digital and high definition equipment. Mar 18 2004
Gen Next urged to improvise technology to revoluti
Chatterjee explained that digital cinema would reduce shipping delivery and assembly cost, enhance editing quality and introduce integrated billing. According to him, the key benefit would be better distribution, production per print would reduce from 50,000 to 10,000, distribution per screen would lower from $22000 to $450, and piracy would be controlled. Mar 15 2004
Brazil's all-digital cinemas
Hollywood has made halting forays into digital cinema - George Lucas says that he'll show the next Star Wars installment, due out next year, only in theaters with digital capability - but the cost of converting theaters to digital and concerns over piracy has the US movie industry moving in slow motion. Feb 18 2004
Next releases in the news: Kismat
"Kismat", on the other hand, was in the news for good reasons. The Bobby Deol-Priyanka Chopra-starrer produced by Dhirajlal Shah, Pravin Shah, Hasmukh Shah and Times Movies and directed by Guddu Dhanoa will make use of e-cinema for distribution. - India Feb 16 2004
2004, Predicting the trends of the new year, from
Since April 2003, the concept of digital cinema has arrived in India. The first film to be transferred on the digital format was The Hero. ...
Screen India Feb 13 2004
E-cinema is in India's Kismat!
Says Pranay Panda of the Hong Kong-based GDC Technology, the service provider for digital cinema, " India is likely to have 1,000 digital cinema screens by 2005
Times of India Feb 12 2004
Interview with with Zee Telefilms Ltd. Film Divisi
What I see, in the foreseeable future, is that the mode of distribution will change with digital cinema coming in. Movies would be delivered by satellite. …
India Television Feb 11 2004
Digital Is The Buzz: Satellite Delivery Of Films G
Satellite delivery of films and digital movie-making have been areas of focus in recent times. GDC Technology Private Limited, a subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based Global Digital Creations Holdings, which had earlier delivered and installed more than 100 electronic cinema theatres in India, has now ventured into satellite delivery.
The Financial Express - India Feb 09 2004
DOCS expand digital domain
... DocuZone (EDZ), a Dutch Film Fund initiative charged with bringing documentaries to the bigscreen, has unveiled details of plans to expand its digital cinema …
Daily Variety Feb 06 2004
Professionals: Cinematographers
As digital cinema advances, cinematographers are helping to set standards to protect the integrity of the art form.
Hollywood Reporter Feb 05 2004
Brazil takes lead role in move to all-digital cine
Using the latest technology, Brazil plans to open in May the largest network of digital movie theaters in the world.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 04 2004
2,500 digital cinemas to be built to boost movie i
Ranked second in the world in terms of number of digital cinemas, China is eyeing building 2,500 more such cinemas within five years, taking a significant step to promote the country's movie industry.
China View Feb 03 2004
Dolby Gets Ready To Make A Big Noise
Dolby has made three acquisitions geared toward the digital-cinema market, including a small film-encryption business and a video-compression upstart. ...
Business Week Feb 02 2004
‘Frames’ puts spotlight on animation, gaming
The annual event will also address contemporary issues in other entertainment sectors. Frames chairman and Indian cinema’s main man Yash Chopra said it would look at the emerging concept of digital cinema.
Cities Express India Jan 29 2004
Digital cinema set for Deluxe treatment - Lab taps
Deluxe Laboratories has announced the creation of a digital cinema unit and tapped digital media vet Steve Bergman to head the operation.
Daily Variety Jan 28 2004
Moguls eye Boeing's d-cinema ops - Co. has sunk te
Indian corporate billionaires have set their sights on acquiring Boeing Digital Cinema. Among those named as bidders for the d-cinema systems are Silicon Valley-based tech whiz Raj Singh and liquor baron Vijay Mallya.
Daily Variety Jan 25 2004
Digital Cinema's Costs Divide the Film World
...D-cinema, where images are stored as bits on the hard disk of a computer rather than 35mm film, and screened using special projectors, is still negotiating the price of admission.
New York Times Jan 06 2004
When Imax ruled the earth
The seismic change that could spell Imax's extinction is digital cinema. In the not too distant future, it should be possible for cinemas to simply download and project films digitally. Celluloid prints will become obsolete, as will Imax's quality advantage.
Guardian Unlimited Jan 05 2004
The year for digital movies?
"2004 could truly be a watershed year for digital ... Dec 31 2003
Anupam Kher inaugurates Broadcast India exhibition
Among the highlights of the symposium and exhibition was digital cinema. With over 100 theatres installed, and 400 more scheduled to join, digital cinema is one of the fastest growing industry. During the exhibition, Times Cinema showcased their fool-proof technology on piracy proof servers with high luminance for digital theatres
India Television - India Dec 08 2003
The main attraction
Brazil could soon have the largest network of digital cinemas in the world, thanks to new technology that does away with high printing and distribution costs.
The Guradian - U.K. Dec 04 2003
Singapore slings into digital race
30 new digi-screens means 20% growth in two days
Daily Variety - USA Nov 20 2003
Singapore reels in digital cinema
The island state is to build the world's third-largest network of digital movie theatres in an effort to develop local technical expertise
ZDNet - UK Nov 20 2003
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