The Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition has signed a letter of intent to acquire the Deluxe/EchoStar satellite network, adding nearly 1,000 theater sites to its broad footprint. DCDC CEO Randy Blotky and Joe Hart, senior vice president of digital cinema North America at Deluxe Entertainment Services Group made the announcement at CinemaCon last week.
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Barco has announced that its long-time customer Cinemark is the first exhibitor to purchase its new laser projector, which was unveiled at CinemaCon last week.
Christie has announced that Grupo Cinemex, the sixth largest cinema chain worldwide, is installing Christie Vive Audio surround sound systems in their current CinemeXtremo auditoriums powered by Dolby Atmos sound technology. Dolby Atmos unleashes the full potential of sound by allowing filmmakers to easily place or move sounds anywhere in the movie theater with object-based audio to create a lifelike, virtual reality audio landscape. With these installations, Cinemex becomes the chain with the largest number of premium auditoriums in Latin America to feature the unrivaled combination of Dolby Atmos and Christie Vive Audio.
GDC Technology has signed a virtual print fee agreement with Cine Hoyts Spa for its conversion to digital cinema, covering more than 157 screens over 23 theatres, and the deployment of SX-3000 Standalone IMB and Portable Storage throughout Chile.
At its annual meeting held in Las Vegas during last week’s CinemCon, the Cinema Advertising Council announced record cinema advertising industry revenues in 2013 – up 6.5 percent to $677,957,000, marking its fourth consecutive year of $600 million or higher.
Barco has announced that its Integrated Cinema Media Processor has achieved full Digital Cinema Initiative compliance. This module, which combines the functionalities of an integrated cinema processor and media server into a single board, is at the heart of the new Barco Alchemy digital cinema projector range. It is also fully compatible with all Barco Series 2 digital cinema projectors already in the field.
Digital cinema company Arts Alliance Media has announced a deal with leading Middle Eastern cinema chain Vox Cinemas, to supply Vox’s sites with a full suite of digital cinema software. The deal covers AAM’s Screenwriter Plus theatre management system, Producer, the company’s enterprise circuit management system and its Locksmith enterprise KDM management products to provide a complete end-to-end solution for monitoring and managing the entire circuit. A second phase rollout later in the year will see AAM’s Lifeguard NOC tools software also being deployed to add in monitoring for all equipment across the circuit, alongside a custom-designed trouble ticketing system for support.
The Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition has concluded a template agreement with the Cinema Buying Group that comprises approximately 600 small- and medium-sized independent U.S. exhibitor members of the National Association of Theatre Owners’ CBG program. Pursuant to the agreement, DCDC will provide access to its cost-efficient North American satellite and terrestrial digital delivery platform. DCDC CEO Randy Blotky and David Binet, director of membership for NATO, jointly announced the news.
Christie will unveil what it is calling the world’s first 6-primary 4K laser projector in the company’s Innovation Theatre at CinemaCon at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, March 24-28.
Barco has introduced what the company is calling “a groundbreaking update” for its digital cinema projector families. Named Barco Alchemy, this new generation combines media server functionalities with cinema processing electronics to further increase reliability and ease-of-use in the projection booth. The Barco Alchemy technology is fully compatible with all new and installed Series 2 Barco projectors. The company says that the 4K Barco Alchemy projectors are the first to show 4K movies at 60 frames per second and 4K 3D content on a single projector.