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SHOWEAST/HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Christie® today announced the launch of its new media initiative, Christie Experiential Networks® (CEN). Based on the theme "From the Street to the ScreensTM," the network features unique digital destinations such as the Christie double-sided digital standee, the experiential video wall and the hero screen; some of which will be introduced during ShowEast, Oct. 27-30, in Hollywood, Florida.

"Christie was at the forefront leading the conversion of film to digital projection, and we are today the first to deploy a refined experiential strategy that will transform the way exhibitors, brands, agencies and studios connect with moviegoers across the country," said Kevin Romano, senior director, Global Media, at Christie. "From projection mapping to mobile, to augmented reality and gesture interactions, we are committed to delivering superior, content-driven experiences for the cinema industry."

New Role, New Business Model
Christie Experiential Networks (CEN) adds a new layer to how Christie brings value to the cinema industry. With this new initiative, Christie becomes a network operator that supplies technologies and digital content to exhibitors' lobbies. Christie provides standard track installations at no cost to the exhibitor and can also provide personalized concepts for a competitive investment. CEN's team of media specialists will manage advertising sales, in a revenue-share model with the exhibitors.

Experiential, Mass Media Style
From a brand and studio perspective, Christie's new CEN provides access to a large-scale network of refined, multi-platform digital experiences for the consumer. Technologies and content strategy will, for example, enable studios to transform a trailer into a 4K gesture experience; or brands to create an interactive experience from an app, such as a 30-second ad or a static poster. Then the experience can be distributed on a national scale in top designated market areas. A variety of experience options are available for brands and studios.

More Entertainment Value Means More Guest Engagement, and More Revenues
CEN's mission is to create new revenue streams for exhibitors, deliver refined media opportunities for brands and studios, and offer high-impact digital experiences for the consumer. Denys Lavigne, senior director, Experience Strategy and Creative Services, at Christie: "It is time that exhibitor lobby spaces become a legitimate part of the cinema experience and growth strategy for the industry. Experiential is growing everywhere; brands and studios are embracing it, and consumers expect it. With similar experiential projects that we've created for other industries, we observed that when customers are engaged there is more dwell time, which means higher brand impact, and a better overall experience."

The Christie Experiential Networks programming will also integrate promotional elements such as discounts, special promotions and giveaways. Romano added, "Guests who interact with the digital displays will gain a direct and immediate benefit that makes their experience that much better." These opportunities extend to studios, product marketers, advertisers, and exhibitors, who will be showcased on the new network as well as on the legacy systems Christie plans to integrate as one high-impact digital media within the exhibitor environment.

From the Street to the Screens - a 360-Degree Perspective
Christie is delivering this new media initiative as part of its 360-degree digital solution capabilities. Sean James, vice president, Global Professional Services, at Christie, said, "The industry might not be fully aware but Christie has developed a solid track record over the past five years in delivering next generation digital signage applications for our clients and partners. Our recent acquisition of Arsenal Media reinforced our unique position as a total solutions provider from strategy, hardware and software, to content, enterprise-level network operations center, maintenance and ongoing technical support. Now, with the addition of our media sales services, headed by Kevin Romano who has played a key role in the development of brand advertising in cinema, we feel we have built the ideal team to accompany the cinema industry in this next phase of innovation and growth."

In this context, Mr. Lavigne will share his knowledge of digital planning, content and technology on the ‘Monetizing Your Digital Investment-New Technologies to Serve the Exhibition Community' panel, scheduled for Tuesday, October 28, 8.30 a.m. - 9.30 a.m.

About Christie
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world's most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images.

 

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San Luis Obispo, CA - Ultra Stereo Labs Inc., a leader in digital cinema technology, has started to ship the latest version of the LSS-100: the new LSS-100P. The LSS-100P allows exhibitors and industry network operation centers to continuously monitor on-screen technical performance to ensure the highest presentation quality. New and upgraded features include; power over Ethernet, a precision photopic luminance sensor, an IR sensor, DSP processing, contact closure script start, and XML post to HTTP server. The new LSS-100P, along with many other innovative USL products, will be on display at the ShowEast Convention, October 27-30, at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida.

The LSS-100P provides daily testing for digital projection and sound equipment in each auditorium. The test show, Light & Sound Test (LST-100) is available on a USB flash drive or as a free download from the USL website. A single cue at the beginning of the show commences the LSS-100P's capture of screen luminance, screen chromaticity and sound pressure levels for each speaker. These tests can detect issues with speakers, amplifiers, crossovers, projector luminance, and projector color. The test results are logged, limit checked and available directly on the LSS-100P as an HTML table and graph. The results can also be downloaded as a CSV file for further analysis, or they can be posted in XML to an HTTP or HTTPS server for centralized data collection.

"We have been delighted by the continued strong industry acceptance of the LSS-100. After listening to comments and input from industry field technicians, our team of engineers created new features and upgrades that will enhance use and testing with the new LSS-100P," stated Jack Cashin, USL, Inc.'s founder, president and chief technical designer. "The downloadable test shows the LST-100, complements the LSS-100P. It allows for industry cinema owners and their technicians to obtain improved test collection and data for their continuous review and analysis that will ultimately assist in more precise fieldwork assignments and improve overall maintenance," added Cashin.

For over three decades, USL, Inc. has been a global leader for technical achievements in the design, manufacturing, research and development of cinema products. It is the 2013 winner of the International Cinema Technology Association's Manufacturer of the Year award.

[For further information and product specifications, please visit USL, Inc., at ShowEast, booth #319, or contact USL, Inc., Director of Sales and Marketing Clint Koch at: clint@uslinc.com]

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SHOWEAST, Hollywood (October 27, 2014) - GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology"), a world leading digital cinema solutions provider, will showcase its unparalleled digital cinema solutions at ShowEast 2014 in Hollywood, Florida, October 27-30.

SX-3000 Standalone IMB®
As the industry's first standalone IMB, the SX-3000 Standalone Integrated Media Block® (SX-3000 IMB) sets the standard for simple and hassle-free digital cinema solutions. The SX-3000 IMB significantly lowers operation, maintenance and installation costs by eliminating the need for an external file server - while offering High Frame Rate ("HFR") capability in both 2D and 3D, live 3D support, digital connectivity for alternative content such as 3G HD-SDI and HDMI input with image-scaling.

To complete GDC's IMB solution, GDC's Portable Storage, Enterprise Storage and the new Enterprise Storage Plus, are dedicated storage devices designed to work for a long time (optional 10 year warranty is available) with the SX-3000 IMB. The Enterprise Storage devices provide large storage options of up to 8TB of redundant hot swappable storage, which can store approximately 76 movies. The new Enterprise Storage Plus retains all power features of Enterprise Storage plus a built-in CRU port for faster content ingestion.

CLA-2000 Content Library Adapter
The new CLA-2000 Content Library Adapter (CLA-2000) is a highly reliable content ingest and backup solution that simplifies theatre operations. With the CLA-2000, users can transfer content from one single source to multiple storage devices simultaneously, ingest content from a Linux based CRU hard disk to a Windows based LMS server, transfer content easily from one single hard disk, for example from a CRU, to a backup storage device such as GDC Portable Storage or Enterprise Storage. CLA-2000 also provides system flexibility with the 2 USB ports and 2 eSATA ports. All these functions give exhibitors the flexibility to transfer, ingest and backup content with or without TMS.

QMS-1000 Quality Management System
QMS-1000 Quality Management System is designed for cinema screening quality monitoring and control. It performs automatic monitor and data analysis of luminance, chromaticity and sound-pressure level with reports in multiple formats and carries out intelligent and automatic adjustment to ensure a high quality movie experience. Moreover, it can be integrated seamlessly with GDC Technology's TMS-1000 Theatre Management System.

VPF Program for Latin American Exhibitors
In recent years, the worldwide theatrical exhibition industry has been in the process of converting to digital projection and the Virtual Print Fee (VPF) program is a key to make this economically feasible for exhibitors. GDC Technology's affiliate, GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited ("GDC DCN") has successfully implemented VPF programs in the North American and Asian markets, and this vital option is also provided to Latin American exhibitors. Coming into the market with more than six years of experience and managing close to 5,000 screens across approximately 700 VPF agreements with worldwide content distributors and exhibitors, GDC DCN provides an extremely practical and efficient VPF program for the Latin American market.

Product Demonstrations and Technical Training Sessions
GDC Technology will offer a wide range of product demonstrations and technical training sessions at ShowEast, which will allow visitors to experience its entire spectrum of digital cinema offerings. The comprehensive sessions will encompass introductions of innovative product offerings, turnkey service and support solutions, comprehensive VPF programs and technical knowledge.

Visit us at ShowEast 2014 (www.filmexpos.com/showeast)
GDC Technology ShowEast meeting room
Meeting room # 308, 3rd floor, North Tower, Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, 3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019, USA.
GDC Technology products will also be showcased at its partners' booths listed below.
· Callahan (Booth #105)
· Enpar (Booth #618)
· Magna-Tech (Booth #221)
· MIT (Booth #314)
· Strong (Booth #401)

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SHOWEAST, Hollywood (October 27, 2014) - GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology"), a world leading digital cinema solutions provider, is further consolidating its leadership of the sector in North and Latin America with the expansion of its SX-3000 Standalone Integrated Media BlockTM(SX-3000 IMB) installation base. As the industry's first standalone IMB, the SX-3000 IMB sets the standard for simple, hassle-free digital cinema solutions by significantly lowering installation and maintenance costs while eliminating the need for an attached server. The SX-3000 IMB - now the most widely installed standalone IMB in the market, also offers High Frame Rate ("HFR") capability in both 2D and 3D, live 3D support, digital connectivity for alternative content such as 3G HD-SDI and HDMI, as well as image-scaling.

A significant number of exhibitors in North America and Latin America have adopted GDC's SX-3000 IMB to complete their digital cinema conversion, extending into their new theatre locations. The SX-3000 IMB has become a trusted option for many new theater openings, including:

Arclight Cinemas
The Hollywood-based premium theatre chain is expanding and has committed to have SX-3000 IMBs in its new 14-screen location in Bethesda, Maryland opening in November 2014, and also in another two new locations with total 28 screens upcoming soon.

IPIC Theaters
A luxury style movie theatre chain with VIP seating and dining experience, IPIC Theaters has installed eight SX-3000 IMBs at its new Pike & Rose theatre, opening this month in North Bethesda, Maryland. It will also use SX-3000 IMBs at its 8-screen location in Texas which will open early next year.
Southern Theatres
Southern Theatres, LLC, is one of the top 10 exhibitors in the United States and operates 39 locations, with 450 screens, throughout the country. The company has installed SX-3000 IMBs in its 8-screen Movie Tavern Northshore location in Covington, Louisiana which opened in July of this year, and at the 11-screen Movie Tavern Sandy Plains Village location in Roswell, Georgia which opened in December 2013.

Starplex Cinemas
Starplex Cinemas, a fast growing theatre chain based in Texas with over 350 screens, has exclusively selected GDC Technology's SX-3000 IMB and TMS-1000 theatre management software for its new expansion for 2014. They have installed SX-3000 IMBs and TMS-1000 software in East Windsor Town Center Plaza in New Jersey (10 screens), Southington 12 in Connecticut (12 screens), and Loudoun Luxury Cinemas 11 in Virginia which will be opening soon (11 screens).

Violet Crown Cinemas
Violet Crown Cinemas recently installed four SX-3000 IMBs in its flagship cinema in downtown Austin, TX, and will install 11 SX-3000 IMBs in its new 11-screen Santa Fe, New Mexico cinema, scheduled to open in the historic Santa Fe Railyard in March 2015. Violet Crown is also expanding to downtown Charlottesville, VA, and will install 10 SX-3000 IMBs in the 10-screen Violet Crown Charlottesville, opening Summer 2015. Violet Crown's sister company, Carolina Cinemas, has installed 42 SX-3000 IMBs, covering all its screens in Asheville, Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Xscape Theatres
One of the most active exhibitors in the country, Xscape Theatres, owned by Patoka Capital, will use SX-3000 IMBs at three new 14-screen multiplexes currently under development which will open this year and 2015.

"We sincerely appreciate our customers for this long prestigious relationship and thank them for their trust to partner with us and grow our businesses together," said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "With the success of the SX-3000 IMB in the North America market, we are able to expand rapidly in Latin American countries as well including Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. We are proud to announce that within a short span of 2 years, we have had over 14,000 screens installed with SX-3000 IMB worldwide."

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Hollywood, US - Philips continues to expand its portfolio of Digital Cinema Xenon lamps and is pleased to show a new lamp model at ShowEast. The new XDC 6500BI is specifically designed for the IMAX Gen III (Barco) projection system and has been officially released by Barco.

The XDC 6500BI has a rated maximum power of 6.5 kW and a broad operating range of 3400 - 6500 W to accommodate a wide range of screen sizes and formats. In addition, this lamp features exceptional arc stability, long life of 500 hours and robust construction. The XDC 6500BI is officially certified and approved for use in this IMAX Gen III (Barco) projection system.

Philips Digital Cinema Xenon lamps are especially designed for the demanding requirements of today's digital cinema projectors. Their high light output ensures optimum on-screen brightness, while a proprietary electrode design ensures high arc stability with sharp digital pictures. Long lifetimes and a highly robust design ensure lowest Total Cost of Ownership for digital cinema. Each lamp is customized per projector model to ensure the best performance.

Philips will be exhibiting at ShowEast in Hollywood, Florida, USA, October 27-30 2014, booth number 501.

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