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Digital Projection 02 Jan 2005 23:06 #9630

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I've read many posts in this forum over the last few days and am excited to have found such a great resource.

I'm currently a student of business and over the next eight months will be creating a business plan for an independent VIP theater chain. I hope many of the seasoned professionals on this site will be patient with my ignorances.

I've been having difficulty finding much information on the topic of digital projection and distribution. I've found some information on manufacturer websites and also the NATO site but all sources are vague on distribution details as well as time frames in which such technology and distributions will be available.

I understand that many theaters are already showcasing DLP projected 1st run movies. Are these showings merely beta tests or is the distribution network already in place?

Thank you
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Re: Digital Projection 03 Jan 2005 11:53 #9631

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"but all sources are vague on distribution details as well as time frames in which such technology and distributions will be available."

There all vague because none of the above has been decided yet. As theatre owners, we would love those questions answered for capital planning and other reasons, but neither do we want to rush into anything that could have profound impacts on the way we do business.

My opinion is that the start of the mass conversion is at the the very least five years away.

"I understand that many theaters are already showcasing DLP projected 1st run movies. Are these showings merely beta tests or is the distribution network already in place?"

Essentially they are beta tests for those exhibotors (or manufacturers) willing to foot the $100,000 bill for installation.
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Re: Digital Projection 03 Jan 2005 12:50 #9632

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Digital has been interesting for me to watch... I guess because I'm far from convinced we'll see any substantial roll out within at least the next 10 years... while others, whose opinions I respect think it will be sooner.

My own reservations are wrapped around the digital industry's seeming willingness to push resolution levels at us that can not equal film, much less exceed it. You can equip 4 35mm booths for the cost of one digital one. 40 years after you buy it, film equipment can still be functional. Digital is in that phase where the machinery is current for about as long as a home PC. As I understand it, there are still several methods of delivery, none of which is compatible with the others. It currently takes nearly twice the xenon watts to illuminate a screen comparably to film, with the resultant increases in bulb, electricity and maintenance costs. Exhibitors are concerned about control scenarios that allow the studios direct access to POS databases, showing ticket sales and screen location, as well as whether a theatre could move a show to another screen without having to arrange in advance for decryption keys from the studio. Who pays for the new technology is a huge issue, because the exhibitors recognize much more interest from the studios and certain "space-based" producers than from the ticket-buying public.

You might find this link interesting: http://www.natoonline.org/DigitalResolution%2011-18-04.pdf

John Pytlak is very informed on this issue... but it certainly looks like NATO has recognized most of the concerns from the exhibitors' point of view.
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Re: Digital Projection 03 Jan 2005 14:18 #9633

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Kodak is well positioned as a leading supplier of both FILM and DIGITAL technology. 2004 set new records for the volume of motion-picture FILM sold worldwide, yet Kodak's digital business was quite successful too.

Here is information about Kodak's Digital Cinema technologies:
http://www.kodak.com/go/dcinema

Kodak is an active participant in the SMPTE DC28 Digital Cinema Committees, and works closely with NATO, MPAA, DCI, and other industry partners.

I personally think it's likely the changes will be an evolution rather than a revolution. And today, the questions are more those of the business plan, rather than the technology.

John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
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Entertainment Imaging
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7525A
Eastman Kodak Company
Rochester, NY 14650-1922
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Customer Technical Services
Entertainment Imaging
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7525A
Eastman Kodak Company
Rochester, NY 14650-1922
Telephone: +1 585-477-5325 Fax: +1 585-722-7243
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Re: Digital Projection 04 Jan 2005 11:08 #9634

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Thank you for the comments.

I am curious what is meant by the following list on Barco's website of digital movie releases. Are these films truly available in a theatrical digital format?
http://www.barco.com/digitalcinema/en/Events/moviereleases.asp
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Re: Digital Projection 04 Jan 2005 13:21 #9635

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When compared to the many hundreds of titles released with 35mm prints each year, those available for Digital Cinema showings are still a small percentage. Likewise, with well over 100,000 theatre screens worldwide equipped for 35mm, Digital Cinema theatre installations are still only a tiny percentage.

John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
Customer Technical Services
Entertainment Imaging
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7525A
Eastman Kodak Company
Rochester, NY 14650-1922
Telephone: +1 585-477-5325 Cell: +1 585-781-4036 Fax: +1 585-722-7243
E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: http://www.kodak.com/go/motion
John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
Customer Technical Services
Entertainment Imaging
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7525A
Eastman Kodak Company
Rochester, NY 14650-1922
Telephone: +1 585-477-5325 Fax: +1 585-722-7243
E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: http://www.kodak.com/go/motion
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