D-cinema rollout has begun, currently on a small scale but with a rapidly gathering momentum toward full-scale rollout. 2006 is likely to be a year for negotiations and signature of contracts with wide-scale rollout happening from 2007. Hollywood will drive the market forward and the key factors in the switch to digital cinema are cost savings to distributors, the economic imperative of controlling piracy and the need to maintain the experience gap with regard to home cinema and HDTV.
On the back of the Hollywood studios releasing their technical specification for d-cinema in June 2005, there was explosive growth in the number of d-cinema screens globally during the second half of last year, with numbers doubling in a six month period.
The latest report is the most comprehensive study to date on the global market for d-cinema. We have been covering this market since its inception more than seven years ago and our team of cinema-specialist analysts continuously monitor this rapidly developing industry.
Key findings from the report:
- We forecasts that there will be more than 17,000 d-cinema screens in the world by 2010.
- The number of d-cinema screens globally doubled in the second half of 2005. There were 849 d-cinema screens by year end 2005.
- 97 titles were released globally in d-cinema standard during 2005.
- Of the top 5 leading cities by number of digital screens deployed, four are in Asia and one is in the USA.
- Christie dominates the market for d-cinema projectors in the US market, whereas Barco holds a majority of market share in Europe and Asia.
- North America is the leading region for d-cinema screens, followed by Asia then Europe.
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