AccessIT Barco Christie Enter Phase 2 Supply Agreement

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Fri, 11/07/2008 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Building on the success of the Phase 1 Christie/AIX Digital Cinema deployment plan AccessIT has entered into supply agreements with Barco and Christie Digital Systems to bring digital cinema systems to theatres in the United States and Canada.   Christie will provide up to 5 000 projectors for the previously announced AccessIT Phase 2 Digital Cinema Deployment Plan. The planned number of Barco projectors was not announced. “In Phase 1 AccessIT and Christie made digital cinema a reality. Together we completed the conversion of more than 3 700 screens. In Phase 2 AccessIT is aiming even higher with a goal of installing 10 000 screens over the coming three years. It just makes sense to continue working with the company with whom we’ve shared tremendous success. We’re looking forward to seeing the installations begin and we know that Christie will be an important asset to our Phase 2 objectives ” says Bud Mayo chairman and CEO of AccessIT. Together with AccessIT we've had three successful years in digital cinema leading the transformation in the industry with the first network technology and business model commented Jack Kline president and COO Christie Digital Systems USA.  Now we're entering a new phase that will see rapid change in the landscape of commercial cinema and we're excited about the opportunities ahead.  Our years of experience working together on the first large scale deployment has created a solid foundation for reliability and enhanced operational efficiency for exhibitors. “We [also] welcome Barco as a partner to AccessIT’s vendor neutral deployment program. AccessIT’s rigorous accreditation process includes product testing and a detailed examination of all aspects of maintenance and installation services. Barco has shown it can meet our standards in both respects. This agreement allows us to begin Phase 2 installations of Barco equipment quickly bringing new digital cinema screens to our growing network “ says Bud Mayo. “Barco is very proud to have been selected as a partner in AccessIT’s Phase 2 deployment program ” said Barco vice president digital cinema Wim Buyens. “We view this as a validation of Barco’s outstanding products and services by the world leader in digital cinema and look forward to building a long term relationship with AccessIT and its exhibitors.” “We are delighted that AccessIT has chosen to partner with Barco for the next phase of their Digital Cinema deployments ” said Todd Hoddick who leads Barco Digital Cinema in North America. “We will ensure AccessIT and our exhibitor partners get the most out of their business by providing a well designed family of projectors that are easy to use and by making a market-leading investment in the training and support of our customers.” AccessIT Barco Christie Digital Systems