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 Katz Group in the middle of the Black Forest in Weisenbach, Germany, traditionally made ground wood pulp board that was used for beer coasters. Now the company, which started in business more than 100 years ago is supplying what the company says is the ideal material for sustainable scenery construction in film and television.
The Hollywood Professional Association has announced that the HPA Awards, which have celebrated the creative brilliance and ingenuity of the HPA community for 15 years, will take place online this year in a live show on November 19.
The Korea Herald reported on Friday that CGV, South Korea's largest multiplex chain, said it will introduce an electronic visitor registration system based on quick response code verification technology at all of its theatres nationwide to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Sohonet has partnered with Moxion to broaden the range of remote collaboration solutions it can now offer the production, post and visual effects communities. The companies say the partnership will provide the production, post and visual effects communities with a distinct set of tools designed to enable both synchronous and asynchronous remote review to suit every use case.
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.
PBTEU of Sofia, Bulgaria has released SubtitleNext Version 5.6, which offers a new centralized Smart Text Assist feature that the company says significantly speeds up and simplifies the entire text-altering process. It combines all of the text-altering tools in one place so that they can be easily accessed. This provides a reliable and consistent framework for busy subtitlers to achieve fast results.
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.
When Timur Civan was called upon to shoot a music video for the title track of Lush Life by the New York City-based band, Orion, he took his cue from the pop rock tune and decided to have fun with it. Dubbed “bouncy music for bouncy people,” its reggae vibe brings to mind lilting palm trees, rainbows, warm sunny colors, and sweet, simpler times. It’s no surprise TikTok fans are having a ball with it.
The trade group Cinema Technology Community announced today that it now has a global membership of more than 500 cinema industry professionals from more than 65 countries.
The trade group Cinema Technology Community has released a white paper aimed at providing guidance for exhibitors as they seek to optimize occupancy rates ahead of reopenings.
Marcus Theatres today announced its plan to begin re-opening theatres, which will begin June 19. As part of the initial reopening experience, Marcus Theatres is introducing its Movie STAR approach, which incorporates new health and safety measures and is in alignment with Centers for Disease Control guidelines. Everyone can be a Movie STAR and play a role in creating a safe environment with social distancing (S); Thorough cleaning (T); App and website ordering of tickets, food and concessions for no-to-low contact interactions (A); and respecting each other by following these new protocols (R). Policies and guidelines will continue to evolve with time and will be assessed and updated on an ongoing basis.
NEC is offering a free four-month extension to its existing NEC projector warranty contracts throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.