LAS VEGAS, MARCH 28, 2011 - Harkness Screens, the world's leading manufacturer of cinema screens, announces a $5 million investment to expand operations in Canada, China and France. The investment will almost double Harkness group capacity for making Spectral 3D and Perlux high gain screens. Canada is fully operational and the expansions in France and China are expected to be operational by mid 2011.

The plant increases will allow Harkness Screens to serve better local demand worldwide by providing shorter lead times for customers in all geographies as well as lower the cost of shipping screens from factory to final location.

"With the explosion of the 3D films arriving in cinemas worldwide, orders for our custom frames and screens have risen significantly," says Andrew Robinson, Harkness Screens, managing director. "In order to meet that demand and speed customer deliveries, we made the strategic decision to open new facilities in Canada and China, and expand operations in France."

The Canadian facility was an existing screen-making facility that Harkness acquired and upgraded. It opened in 2010 and supplements the existing US plant in Virginia. Together they will serve North, South and Central America.

The facility in China will improve lead times in the region and will primarily serve the Chinese market, where Harkness is already the market leader with screens imported from the US plant. When fully operational it will service Japan, Korea and other parts of East Asia as well.

In France, a new plant in larger premises is being established to provide Harkness with a significant increase in screen-making capacity in Europe. The plant will serve Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The existing plant will continue operations through 2011 and beyond if required.

"The investment we are making to increase our plant capacities is a reinforcement of Harkness Screens' commitment to our customers and the cinema industry not only in the United States and Europe, but throughout the entire world," adds Robinson.

 

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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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