The Guitammer Company, creator of the ButtKicker line of low frequency audio transducers has announced it would significantly increase its AMC Theatres footprint with thirty-four new ButtKicker enabled theaters slated for 2016.
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A survey conducted for Vicon suggests that virtual reality will need to overcome key challenges including the production of affordable consumer devices, in order for it to become a success. The results, based on a survey conducted by Vicon, gauged the opinion of 390 industry professionals. It highlighted that alongside cost, other factors such as content and realism stand in the way of virtual reality becoming an overnight success. In fact Vicon estimates that virtual reality will take off in the next two – three years.
Funimation Entertainment will release acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy and The Beast will open on March 4 and screen in theaters across the U.S. Theatergoers will be able to purchase tickets to watch either the original Japanese language version (with English subtitles), the new English dub version produced by Funimation, or both.
Userful Corporation has released Userful 8.5, a multi-source video wall controller that the company says supports video walls of up to 60 displays with up to 6K-resolution source in real time over a standard Ethernet network. A single PC or server running Userful software is now able to support video walls of up to 60 screens through the network.
ScreenX, the multi-projection system that allows moviegoers to go beyond the frame of the movie screen by extending the images onto the theatre walls, is opening its second site in the U.S. in Las Vegas in February. After launching the first publicly available theatre at the CGV Cinemas Los Angeles earlier this month, ScreenX is set to open its second screen at the AMC Town Square 18 in Las Vegas. For the second feature film to be shown in this unique format on American soil, ScreenX will feature Mojin: The Lost Legend. Already breaking records in China, Mojin is a science fiction tale following the adventure of a retired tomb raider pulled back into his old profession.
Ymagis Group and Figueras International Seating have reached a non-exclusive distribution agreement for Figueras’ seating for cinema exhibitors. The deal recognizes Ymagis Group/dcinex as a non-exclusive distributor in countries in which the former operates – Europe, the Middle East & Africa.
WCP Media Services has engaged Cameron Thomson Group as its global commercial development partner. Under the arrangement, Cameron Thomson will assist WCP Media Services in expanding the company’s flagship content management solution across the global media marketplace. Cameron Thomson Group’s president Ronald Thomson will take an active role in WCP Media Services as managing director of Global Business, in conjunction with his worldwide team.
Latin America’s largest TV network Globo has deployed Ateme’s Titan stream processing system to power 4K content on its new OTT multi-screen services. The newly launched Globo Play services are available on smart TVs, PCs, smartphones and tablets. The first TV shows to benefit from this UHD resolution will be the 2014 mini-series Dupla identidade, followed by Ligações perigosas, which will air this month.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has put up record-breaking box office numbers for 4DX globally. Only two weeks into its run, the film has been seen by more than one million moviegoers in 4DX, surpassing the success of Jurassic World in 4DX, which previously reached one million moviegoers in three weeks. In America, Asia and Africa, Star Wars has broken records for the highest occupancy rate for a 4DX film.
4DX’s partnership with NOS, the leading cinema operator in Portugal, will bring the very first 4DX auditorium to Southern Europe with auditoriums in Porto and Lisbon. Both 4DX theaters are scheduled to open in the first half of this year.