Satellite distribution company Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition now reaches more than 30,000 theater screens in the United States in the more than 2,650 theatre sites belonging to the 179 exhibitors it has under contract.
This milestone follows another record-setting year of across-the-board growth in all key exhibitor and content delivery categories. Additionally, DCDC reported that since its inception in October 2013, the company has made more than 1,000,000 successful deliveries of features, trailers, and other content to its exhibitor customers from its 36 content provider customers (which includes all the major studios and other leading content providers).
“We are extremely pleased with the unprecedented speed of the adoption of our satellite distribution network. We have brought enormous operational, creative, and economic benefit to large portions of the industry in the relatively short period of time since our official launch three and a half years ago,” said DCDC CEO Randy Blotky. “We have surpassed our initial projections while maintaining a high level of service to our customers. We have done all of this while being true to our founding principles, recognizing unique opportunities to be helpful to our customer constituency, and working to stay ahead of the curve technologically."
In its second direct year-to-year comparison, DCDC finished 2016 with sizeable increases in every significant category, including the number of screens, exhibitors, content distributors, installed satellite sites, and deliveries of content.
Year-end milestones, 2016 versus 2015:
Number of contracted screens increased 20 percent, nearing 30,000 at the end of 2016
Number of installed satellite sites increased 15 percent to surpass 2,300 at the end of 2016
Number of signed exhibitors increased 70 percent to more than 170 at the end of 2016
Number of content providers signed increased 13 percent to 36 at the end of 2016
Number of titles delivered increased 11 percent to 221
DCDC was founded by AMC Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, Regal Entertainment Group, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment.