UFO Moviez India has launched a franchise brand called Nova Cinemas under its subsidiary Valuable Digital Screens Private Limited. With this asset light initiative, VDSPL aims to recreate the screen growth in non-metro regions across India. Under Nova Cinemas, VDSPL will encourage local entrepreneurs to own and operate Nova branded theatres in various parts of the country.
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Movio has signed Vue Entertainment for its Movio Cinemaplatform. Vue is part of Vue International, one of the largest cinema groups outside the United States. Implementation will begin in February at all Vue cinema locations in England and Ireland. Sarah Lewthwaite, Movio’s strategic partnerships director for the EMEA Region, and Dominic Rowell, commercial director at Vue, made the announcement.
MediaDirect Norway has chosen Unique Digital’s Advertising Accord to provide advertising sales & pre-show management systems. Advertising Accord went live with MDN February 1.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers is seeking proposals for technical papers for the SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition October 24-28 in Hollywood, California. The proposed papers must be informational and address technical theory, research, innovations, applications, or practices specific to any of the evolving technologies associated with the media technology industry. Initial abstracts must be submitted online no later than April 22.
Dolby Laboratories, Christie and Necsel were honored this week at the 2016 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation with an award in the Displays & Lighting category for the firms’ collaboration on the Dolby Vision laser projection system.
CJ 4DPlex said today that the company has installed more than 30,000 seats as of this month. The company claims that it is well ahead of any other 4D movie theater brand in the world with nearly three times the number of seats than the closest 4D-cinema competitor. In addition, the company said, 4DX theaters have the capacity to accommodate almost 55 million moviegoers per year, currently reaching 228 auditoriums in 37 counties.
Golden Village Multiplex will be Singapore’s first local cinema operator to support Barco’s Auro 11.1 audio format. The first screening in Auro 11.1 will be director Jack Neo’s full-length feature film Long, Long Time Ago, at Golden Village Suntec City theatre.
Fandango has acquired Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes, including the professional movie critic rating tool, the Tomatometer, from Warner Bros. Entertainment. The addition of Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes, along with Fandango’s recent acquisition of on-demand video service, M-Go, will expand the company’s theatrical ticketing business and create the industry’s premier digital network for all things movies.
Intertrust Technologies Corporation has added session-based video watermarking capabilities from Civolution’s NexGuard to its ExpressPlay Digital Rights Management (DRM) service. NexGuard watermarking technology allows copyright holders to identify the source of unauthorized distribution even after a movie leaves the encrypted digital domain of a DRM system. The accountability provided by NexGuard session-based watermarking has already proven effective in reducing the volume of video piracy, and will be a key aspect of content protection as the distribution of streaming video increases globally. ExpressPlay using Marlin DRM is currently the leading video DRM in rapidly growing markets such as China.
For the second year in a row, Aspera has been selected as an Official Supplier for the 66th Berlin International Film Festival, taking place February 11-21. As one of the most important events for the international film industry, Berlinale attracts more than 300,000 attendees from around the world, and showcases some 400 films of every genre, length and format on more than 60 different screens, totaling over 2500 screenings.