Éclair has announced plans to convert the Italian cinema circuit Ciné Gionate di Cinema with EclairBox systems through its Italian branch, OpenSky Cinema. The announcement was made in Riccione at the Ciné Giornate di Cinema 2018, the official convention of cinema exhibitors (ANEC and ANEM).
"As a pioneer in advanced technologies for the cinema industry, Eclair allows exhibitors to take a step further towards the digitalization of every Italian movie theatre”, said Walter Munarini, managing director of Eclair Italy Opensky Cinema. “Today, cinemas can order and receive DCPs content via satellite or through the shipment of hard drives. The EclairBox solution simplifies the process, offering quicker content delivery using broadband, and savings in terms of delivery costs. The EclairBox loan is free of charge in Italy. We have already started our implementation plans through our local teams and a powerful terrestrial infrastructure designed specifically for content delivery to cinema exhibitors.”
Guillaume Morel, vice president of Eclair theatrical delivery added, “Our ambition here is to equip all cinemas in Italy with EclairBox, a technologically advanced and economically competitive content solution. Our goal is to first target the cinemas which currently do not have any reception technology so that they can upgrade their content delivery system and enjoy the benefits of our VPN network and EclairBox capabilities. As the EclairBox works both as a receiver via broadband and as content storage, ordering digital cinema packages becomes simpler, secured with quick turnaround for cinema exhibitors. This is a real game-changer on today’s fast-evolving market.”
EclairBox enables content download for cinema exhibitors via broadband network. Any cinema can be equipped with available options that best suit its needs for a customized, fully secured download system. The EclairBox can be automatically connected to a theatre management system and library management syste) in order to ingest DCPs for all screens, and is fully compatible with EclairPlay, the new content platform connecting exhibitors, distributors and content owners. Today, more than 3,400 cinemas have been connected to Eclair content delivery network across North America, Europe, and Australia.