Showcase Cinemas today launched ShowcaseNow, a new video-on-demand service designed to complement and expand upon the exhibitor’s in-theatre event cinema programming. Showcase also introduced free apps for IOS and Android.
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Global exhibitor Kinepolis Group, which operates more than a thousand screens across nine countries including the US, Belgium, Spain, France, the Netherlands and Canada, is accelerating its transition to laser projection. In 2018, Kinepolis announced an exclusive partnership with Cinionic to power 300 screens with new laser projectors.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the organization that is defining the future of storytelling, will host its annual technical conference and exhibition on November 10-12 as an interactive and immersive remote experience with a rich array of learning and networking opportunities. Within this highly customizable online format, SMPTE 2020 will provide what it says will be unparalleled opportunities for attendees to explore the variety of new technologies and business models shaping the future of media and entertainment. The theme for this year's event is Game On, with one full day focused on the convergence of esports/gaming and media technology and the unique requirements of the thriving eSports industry.
The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has completed a mapping exercise to provide a comprehensive picture of the rules defining the nationality of an audiovisual work in Europe. This landmark study was undertaken at the request of the European Commission in collaboration with a group of national experts.
Deluxe Entertainment Services has launched One VZN (pronounced “vision”), a new cloud-based IP delivery option for distributing major studio and independent content to movie theatres and exhibitors worldwide quickly and securely. Developed in collaboration with Amazon Web Services, One VZN is an enhancement to the Deluxe One platform, the company’s flagship cloud-based solution that unifies the media supply chain. One VZN leverages Deluxe’s 100-plus years of experience providing high-quality, reliable theatrical services to the media and entertainment industry and represents a continued investment in theatrical content delivery and support for the resurgence of theatrical viewing by consumers.
The UK Cinema Association has published safety guidelines for the re-opening of drive-in cinemas—the first step in the recovery of the U.K. cinema sector from the COVID-19 lockdown. Drive-in cinemas, which were allowed to open in England on June 15, have seen a resurgence in recent weeks, particularly in the United States and Germany.
Cinionic, the Barco, CGS, and ALPD cinema joint venture, has expanded its relationship with Muvi to extend laser-powered cinema to more audiences across Saudi Arabia. Muvi, the country’s first homegrown theater chain, launched in 2019 as part of the introduction of the cinema experience in the region. Cinionic, a partner since Muvi’s inception, and as part of the ongoing expansion of cinema in the Kingdom, will equip more than 400 new screens with technology from its award-winning laser portfolio, including Barco Smart Laser and Series 4 projectors.
LG Electronics today officially confirmed that it has entered the cinema market with its LG LED Cinema Display technology.
Christie said today that it will introduce new RGB laser technology designed to further improve cost of operation as theater doors start to open at CineEurope, which is set to run online June 17-18.
MetaMedia, Velocity and Pixelogic have formed MVP, a partnership between the three companies to deliver streamlined workflows and reduced cost in relation to the creation and delivery of content direct to theatres around the world. Harnessing the combined capabilities of each partner, MVP aims to improve how digital cinema packages, key delivery messages and cinema advertising are produced and distributed over managed internet connections directly to exhibitors’ screens and dynamic digital lobby displays.