The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition held last month in Hollywood, California, drew nearly 2,500 registered attendees for an event that featured 72 expert presentations and more than 108 exhibitors spread across two exhibit halls.
Distribution & Exhibition
Qube Cinema has introduced Qube Wire, an online digital cinema distribution service designed to eliminate the process of physical digital cinema package transportation. Targeted at the international filmmaking community, Qube Wire offers users a secure, patent-pending service to issue key delivery messages and digitally transport DCPs to theatres globally, having completed a highly successful beta-testing phase in India this year. Now in its initial launch, the service offers a simple and secure online way of issuing KDMs to cinemas worldwide. This will be followed by a commercial launch in early 2017 that will enable the global distribution of DCPs with a unique approach to last-mile delivery.
The number of screens in operation utilizing 4DX immersive moving seats has reached 300. The world’s 300th 4DX screen is also the first in Canada, at Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP. The theatre opened November 4 with Doctor Strange.
The Japanese film Your Name has made the official Oscar consideration list in the Best Animated Feature category. The film will be vying for one of five nomination spots in its category that will be voted on for the 89th annual Academy Awards. Funimation Films acquired North American distributions rights to Your Name earlier this year from Toho Co. in Japan
Screenings of Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee’s new film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk continue in Beijing and Shanghai, China. All of the screenings are using customized dual-head Christie Mirage 4KLH RGB laser projection systems.
At this month’s American Film Market in Santa Monica, WCPMedia Services will demonstrate its cloud-based media-management platform, WCPWeb App. Used by producers, distributors, film festivals and others worldwide. The market runs through November 9.
Anime Network, an independent programmer of Japanese anime and pop culture entertainment, has launched a premium subscription video on demand service on Xfinity On Demand, now available to Comcast customers across Xfinity TV platforms.
ArcLight Cinemas has collaborated with Christie to custom fit the legendary Cinerama Dome in order to properly project the west-coast debut of Academy-award winning director Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk in 3D 4K 120 frames-per-seconds, the way it was shot. The debut will be held November 10.
The Asian premiere of director Ang Lee’s highly anticipated film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk took place November 2 at Vieshow Cinemas Qsquare in Central Taipei. The theatre was outfitted for the event with customized dual-head Christie Mirage 4KLH RGB laser projection system.
In one of the biggest deals in the emerging digital cinema business, the Ymagis Group has acquired Eutelsat’s 50.2 percent stake in DSAT Cinema and now, effectively, controls the company.