BURBANK, CALIF. -- Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD), a market leader in video-on-demand and electronic sell-through, announced it will expand its test offering of movies for rental through Warner Bros. Entertainment's Facebook Movie Pages. Starting today at 10:00 pm Pacific Time / 1:00 am Eastern Time, consumers will be able to rent five additional titles directly through each film's official Facebook Page using Facebook Credits. The films include "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," "Inception," "Life as We Know It" and "Yogi Bear."

To rent a film, consumers simply click on the "watch now" icon to apply their Facebook Credits, and within seconds they will begin enjoying the film. This offering is presently available only to consumers in the United States.

Fans will have full control over the film while watching it through their Facebook account for up to 48 hours from purchase. They can choose to watch it in full screen, pause the movie, and resume playing it when they log back into Facebook. Consumers will also have full Facebook functionality including the ability to post comments on the movie, interact with friends and update their status.

 

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Burbank, CA -- Doremi Cinema, the leading provider of Integrated Media Block technology and installations is poised to release their upcoming software to meet the rigorous demands of the Compliance Test Plan (CTP). Passing the CTP is required for all digital cinema equipment to become DCI Compliant.

With almost 3,000 IMBs shipped, Doremi's IMB is the most widely used IMB with cinema exhibitors located throughout Europe, Australia, China, South America, Canada, Mexico and the United States. These three thousand IMBs are part of over 22,000 total units shipped globally. Doremi's DCP-2000 is still the most popular server model to date. The soon to be released software will meet all requirements of DCI Specification, Version 1.2. In addition to providing all logging requirements necessary for VPF deployments, the software will also provide the additional Doremi benefits like the CaptiView closed captioning software and server generated 2D and 3D subtitles.

Key features of the new software include, 12-bit 4:4:4 output images (2D and 3D), MPEG4/H264 and VC-1 play out, 3D HDMI support on alternative input, 3D De-muxing for live events, advanced diagnostics and provides for up to 6TB of storage in the DCP-2K4 ShowVault.

"Our number one goal has been to pass the CTP with our IMB/ShowVault product. This release affords us all the requirements necessary to pass the CTP and achieve DCI compliance," says Michael Archer, Vice President Digital Cinema.

 

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CINEMACON, Las Vegas -- Sonic Equipment Company has recently converted the Village 8 Cinemas in Dodge City, KS to digital cinema using the GDC Integrated Media Block (IMB) and SX-2000 server. The conversion is the first for Sonic using the latest in server technology. The Village 8 is also B&B Theatres first theatre equipped with GDC's newest product.

GDC's Digital Cinema Server with IMB seamlessly integrates with all Series 2 DLP Cinema® Projectors. The SX-2000 server with IMB provides the highest quality 3D playback with 12-bit 4:4:4 output images (left and right), allowing for a much fuller color spectrum, 500 times richer than that of a legacy server. This server has been awarded the first Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Level 3 validation certificate (meaning GDC's IMB meets the highest level of DCI security requirements for protection against malicious hacking, infringement and theft of digital content), with up to 4TB storage (optional), USB 3.0 interface (optional) and 3D live support, the IMB is shaping the future of cutting edge digital cinema equipment.

"We are delighted to say that we have forged a reliable and synergistic partnership with Sonic whose expertise and relentless efforts have yielded mutually beneficial and measurable results in the U.S.," said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "GDC's continuous technological innovations, including our state-of-the-art IMB technology and our unbending commitment to deliver the highest caliber products in the industry, have won us many fans worldwide. It is an honor to be entrusted by such a visionary company as B&B Theatres in the continued roll-out of their digital cinema conversions."

"Sonic has been at the forefront of the digital wave since its inception. We chose the IMB model for the Dodge City conversion because Sonic is going to stay ahead in the industry and the IMB is a step in that direction," said Mike Covey, Production Director at Sonic Equipment Company. By looking ahead to the future of cinema, Sonic was able to step in and help independent exhibitors convert their cinemas at the beginning of the digital cinema wave, when many thought the independents would have to wait. Since 2009, Sonic has fully converted 40 locations, including a few new theatre projects. Outside of those numbers are several partially converted locations with plans to fully convert in the future.

Sonic has plans to use the new IMB and SX-2000 servers from GDC in future conversions for B&B Theatres.

 

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BELLEVUE, Wash., -- Lightspeed Design, Inc. / DepthQ® is pleased to announce the debut of the new DepthQ® Polarization Modulator for 3D Digital Cinema at the CinemaCon tradeshow (Booth #305A) at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 29-31. When combined with a silver screen, the DepthQ® Polarization Modulator allows your digital cinema projector to display stunning stereoscopic 3D films, viewable using inexpensive passive circular polarized glasses.

Paired with projectors up to 18.5K ANSI Lumens, DepthQ® provides a spectacular 3D experience for screens up to 13.7m (45ft). DepthQ® meets Hollywood's demanding image quality standards by precisely and efficiently varying the polarity of light passing through it in perfect synch with the "triple-flash" of left and right eye images. An unprecedented symmetrical 50 microsecond switching time between the eyes ensures bright, low-crosstalk operation.

Features include:
• Bright, low-ghost 3D
• Crisp, sharp image
• Heat-tolerant, accepts up to 22K Lumens
• With 18.5 K lms, 3D screen sizes up to ~13.7 m (45 ft)
• Simple, easy to set up and use
• No moving parts - low cost/maintenance
• Works with all DLP projectors
• Compatible with standard polarized 3D glasses
• Two position actuator allows easy switch between 2D and 3D
• Simple, single-cost business model
• Approved by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The DepthQ® Polarization Modulator is co-developed by Lightspeed Design, Inc. and LC-Tec Displays, AB. The two companies have over 18 years of experience in their respective fields of stereoscopic design and liquid crystal manufacturing and development. Lightspeed Design is the exclusive worldwide distributor of the DepthQ® Polarization Modulator.

The system includes the liquid-crystal modulator as well as its control unit, plus hardware which mounts the unit to the front of your projector, and an actuator to move the modulator in and out of the projection path (for switching between 2D and 3D). Sync output from your projector's GPIO port is supplied to the control unit, which then conditions the signal to match the modulator's required input.

For more information, go to http://www.depthq.com/cinema-modulator.html or contact our sales department at sales@lightspeeddesign.com or at +1-206-784-1385.

 

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LAS VEGAS, NV -- Galaxy Theatres have chosen Vista as their software provider and have recently completed rolling out Vista's software to their 10 locations across California, Nevada and Washington.

Rafe Cohen, President and Chief Operating Officer for Galaxy Theatres, praised both the deep capabilities of software as well as the simplicity of operating it: "We are really thrilled to have Vista's software operating at the heart of our business. We were very careful in our selection process so we were confident that it was up to the job. What we didn't know until now is just how comprehensive and intuitive the software package really is. It seems like every operational process and challenge we come up with, Vista already have an solution for. Under our previous system we had been using a host of different manual and time consuming workarounds. With Vista, everything just works, and works well. Smart pricing logic for vouchers, 3D and other pricing scenarios to reduce the number of different ticket types, D-box integration, centralized data management... the list goes on and on. It's all the little things that make a huge difference. You can tell that the people at Vista really understand the cinema industry, and have put a lot of thought into every aspect of their product."

Mr Cohen went on further, describing the Vista team who implemented the software:
"The Vista US implementation team were exceptional - organized, efficient, and knowledgeable of both their software and cinema processes. They kept us informed and involved from start to finish, allowing us to keep control of the project but taking ownership of the technical details. I had previously almost given up on finding a really great software provider in our industry. Vista have completely blown away that notion. They have a great product, fantastic service staff, clear pricing, and on top of that are really nice people to deal with. We look forward to a long and happy relationship with the Vista team as our business grows and evolves."

Having completed the implementation of Vista's base platform of box office, concessions, internet ticketing, and home office management products, Galaxy Theatres will now continue with implementation of several of Vista's additional integrated products during 2011. Of immediate interest to Galaxy are Vista's iPhone, Facebook, and comprehensive loyalty management products.

Mr Cohen concluded: "We don't just want to stay competitive. We want to be at the leading edge of innovation in our industry, making active use of social media and new technology platforms to drive business. Partnering with a truly innovative company like Vista provides a way for us to do that easily, without the cost and effort of re-inventing the wheel ourselves."

Derek Forbes, Vista's President - North America, commented: "Galaxy Theatres operate high-end, technologically advanced cinemas that are focused on bringing the best possible movie experience to their customers. With Vista's innovative approach and dedication to the cinema industry, we believe our software is a perfect fit for Galaxy and look forward to partnering with them for many years to come."

 

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