MORRISTOWN, NJ, and LOS ANGELES, CA -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp.(NASDAQ: CIDM), the global leader in digital cinema, today announced the deployment of 210 Cinedigm-CertifiedTM screens across 15 existing locations across Missouri. Utilizing NEC digital cinema projectors & GDC servers provided by Ballantyne-Strong, Inc. (NYSE Amex: BTN), the installations will commence immediately and are anticipated to be completed by the end of 2011.

"With our long history of innovation and a superior entertainment experience, we are thrilled to ring in the digital era with Cinedigm," said Ronald P. Krueger, Chairman and CEO of Wehrenberg Theatres. "Wehrenberg Theatres has been a leader in motion picture exhibition for over 100 years and we know this transition to digital will provide our goal of ‘entertainment excellence' to our guests."

With Cinedigm's turnkey suite of digital cinema technologies, Wehrenberg Theatres will offer consumers all-new digital entertainment options. From 3D movie extravaganzas to live sports programming and 3D theatrical concerts to event programming, Wehrenberg Theatres will deliver enhanced digital cinema entertainment well into the future.

"Wehrenberg is one of the pre-eminent models in our industry of exhibition excellence and consistency, over an amazing 100 years of operation," said Chuck Goldwater, President, Media Services Group. "Cinedigm is exceedingly proud that Wehrenberg selected us from among the many choices they had for a digital cinema partner. We are eager to begin working with Ron and his entire team to help them continue their outstanding tradition of excellence for many more years to come."

"The transition to digital technology in cinemas across the country relies heavily on some key partnerships," said Pierre Richer, President and COO of NEC Display Solutions. "We are pleased to work with Cinedigm to support Wehrenberg Theaters in delivering innovation and longevity to the exhibition marketplace, the same attributes that NEC lives by each day."

Since the beginning of digital conversions, Cinedigm has been the leader in digital cinema. In Phase 1, Cinedigm deployed 3724 screens at 348 sites for 18 exhibitors in the United States. In the current Phase 2, Cinedigm has signed contracts now with close to 80 exhibitors to deploy over 3,500 Screens. Such theatres are fully networked, turnkey systems - simple and cost-efficient to operate.

Digital cinema enables theatres to program high quality live and alternative content programming. Recent releases by Cinedigm include the ground-breaking, worldwide LIVE 3D broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Championship, the BCS Championship in LIVE 3D, the Dave Matthews Band 3D concerts, and the sold out 3D PHISH concerts. Cinedigm has also released the KIDTOONS series for the past six years, a weekly family friendly matinee series that runs in over 165 theatres across the country.

Cinedigm's Digital Cinema division is the industry-leading deployment program for Digital Cinema. It facilitates the funding, installation support and administration for the company's studio-supported Digital Cinema rollout plans. Cinedigm is also the digital cinema integrator of choice for the CBG, a buying program of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) for small and independent theatre operators in United States and Canada.

 

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Las Vegas, NV -- Sony Corporation ("Sony") today announces that its digital cinema projection system completed the full range of compliance tests for the specifications required by Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC ("DCI"), a joint venture of six Hollywood major studios* and in March 2011, it created the industry's first DCI Specification compliant system which combines a projector and cinema server.

Sony's digital cinema projection system is comprised of a projector that can project ultra-high-resolution 4K video (8.85 million pixels, more than four times that of full HD) and a cinema server that can store and transfer video content to the projector. Sony was accredited with the DCI Specification for its complete system, "Integrated Projection System".

The DCI Specification defines the standard specification for digital films and projectors, in particular it emphasizes movie content protection security.

The DCI Specification prescribes the data file format called "Digital Cinema Package" ("DCP"), which includes encryption for digital movie content. DCP file can be distributed by satellite or delivered to theatres on a hard disc drive (HDD). The cryptographic key is also separately delivered to theatres. The DCP file is decrypted with the cryptographic key by the cinema server, and screened by the projector. The DCP is embedded with an electric watermark (forensic mark) to prevent illegal recording of projected content. Security measures such as an anti-tamper function are also incorporated in the projection system to prevent DCP files from being stolen, eliminating the possibility of pirated production.

The DCI compliance test for Sony's system was conducted by Keio University's (Japan) Research Institute for Digital Media and Content , which is authorized by DCI to conduct compliance testing. The compliance test consists of two parts including the procedural test to confirm if the devices work in accordance with the DCI Specification, and the design evaluation to examine if their security designs meet the requirements of the DCI Specification.

Through the completion of the test, Sony's "Integrated Projection System" was certified by DCI as the industry's first working system that is compliant with the DCI Specification.

Sony's 4K digital cinema projection systems have been widely accepted around the world, as Sony has signed agreements to digitize many major theatre chains, including Regal Entertainment Group theatres and AMC Entertainment Inc., which are two of North America's largest theatre circuits; National Amusements Inc., which operates theatres in the US., U.K., and Latin America; VUE Entertainment, which operates movie screens in Europe; and TOHO Cinemas Inc., which is the largest theatre chain in Japan. Sony's cumulative projector shipments were 6500 units as of December 2010 and is estimated to reach 7900 units by the end of March 2011.

"Digital Cinema" is one of the pillars on Sony's Professional Solution Business. In addition to achieving DCI Specification compliance, Sony will proactively drive its digital cinema business , and aim to deploy a total of 30000 digital cinema projection systems in theatres worldwide and acquire top market share of 40% by 2013.

 

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Centennial, CO and Ashland, OR -- National CineMedia (NCM), a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology, has entered into a network affiliate agreement with Coming Attractions Theatres, Inc., an Oregon-based cinema chain, for the presentation of cinema advertising and NCM Fathom Entertainment and Business events in theaters.

Under the terms of the exclusive multi-year agreement, 20 Coming Attractions Theatres with 157 screens in Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington will join the NCM Cinema Network beginning in October of 2011. Coming Attractions Theatres has an estimated annual attendance of over three million patrons.

In addition to exclusively presenting NCM's FirstLook pre-feature program, select Coming Attractions Theatres locations will also present NCM Fathom's live and pre-recorded in-theater entertainment and corporate events.

Coming Attractions Theatres' website is also a part of the NCM Interactive Network Portfolio of Sites, made up of 43 select movie and entertainment sites delivering over 51 million unduplicated unique users. NCM's Interactive Network is the largest portfolio of moviegoer websites and Smartphone applications, offering 360-degree integrated marketing opportunities in combination with cinema to engage patrons at every step of the movie-going process.

"The addition of Coming Attractions Theatres to our national network will expand our reach and improve our geographic coverage in the Pacific Northwest for both our advertising and Fathom Events networks," said Kurt Hall, NCM's president and chief executive officer. "With locations in mid-sized DMAs within high growth communities, these theaters help to strengthen our competitive position versus other national media networks." Mr. Hall concluded, "I look forward to working with the Coming Attractions team as we bring their theater patrons NCM's high quality pre-show and entertainment event programming."

"We are delighted and honored to be affiliated with NCM. It's a positive step forward for Coming Attraction Theatres Inc. and will only enhance the movie going experience for our patrons," said John C. Schweiger, owner and CEO of Coming Attractions Theatres, Inc.

The new affiliate agreement with Coming Attractions Theatres is the most recent expansion of the NCM Cinema Network - the largest digital in-theater video and satellite distribution network in North America - following the addition of Showplex Cinemas, Inc.as an affiliate in February 2011. NCM currently has exclusive, long-term cinema advertising agreements in place with its founding member exhibitors, AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings Inc. and Regal Entertainment Group, as well as network affiliate pacts with theater circuits such as Carolina Cinemas, Cobb Theatres, Galaxy Theatres, LLC, Georgia Theatre Company, Goodrich Quality Theaters, Great Escape Theatres, Hollywood Theaters, Metropolitan Theatres, MJR Theatres, Picture Show Theatres, R/C Theatres, ShowBiz Cinemas, LLC, Starplex Cinemas and Storyteller Theatres Corporation, among others.

 

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Hollywood, CA / Terrebonne, Quebec -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp.(NASDAQ: CIDM), the global leader in digital cinema, today announced the deployment of 142 Cinedigm-CertifiedTM screens in 11 Guzzo Cinemas sites, Canada's Largest Independent Family owned Theater chain.

Cinedigm's system will ensure the highest quality theatrical entertainment for Guzzo Cinemas customers along with the ability for each of the theatres to provide consumers all-new digital entertainment options, including high quality live and alternative content programming. Guzzo Cinemas are the most DIGITALIZED chain in Canada, with 54% of its screens digital and 50 of them with MasterImage 3D technology.
"The partnership with Cinedigm will not only allow us to get to our goal of being 100% Digital before Christmas 2012, but it will also allow us access to more educational and cultural Alternative Content, as well as increase our presence in the Sporting Alternative Content," said Vincenzo Guzzo, Executive Vice President, Guzzo Cinemas.

"Guzzo Cinemas is truly one of the most creative and dynamic exhibition companies in the industry today," said Chuck Goldwater, President, Media Services Group of Cinedigm. "Their passion for the cinema business and their dedication to their customers and their communities makes us proud that they have selected Cinedigm as their digital cinema partner."
Cinedigm offers a new business model to exhibitors like Guzzo Cinemasby enabling theaters to present engaging alternative programming including live 2-D and 3-D sporting events and concerts, shorts, cartoons, live Q&A's, as well as branded entertainment. Recent releases by Cinedigm include the ground-breaking, worldwide LIVE 3D broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Championship, the BCS Championship in LIVE 3D, the Dave Matthews Band 3D concerts, and the sold out 3D PHISH concerts. Cinedigm has also released the KIDTOONS series for the past six years, a weekly family friendly matinee series that runs in over 165 theatres across the country.

Since the beginning of digital conversions, Cinedigm has been the leader in digital cinema. In Phase 1, Cinedigm deployed 3724 screens at 348 sites for 18 exhibitors in the United States. In the current Phase 2, Cinedigm has signed contracts with 73 exhibitors to deploy 3,200 Screens. Such theatres are fully networked, turnkey systems - simple and cost-efficient to operate.

Cinedigm's Digital Cinema division is the industry-leading deployment program for Digital Cinema. It facilitates the funding, installation support and administration for the company's studio-supported Digital Cinema rollout plans. Cinedigm is also the digital cinema integrator of choice for the CBG, a buying program of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) for small and independent theatre operators in United States and Canada.

 

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Las Vegas, NV -- Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE Amex: BTN), a global provider of digital cinema projection equipment and services, cinema screens and other cinema products, announced today its participation in the inaugural cinema industry convention, CinemaCon, from March 28 - March 31 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV.

Ballantyne will exhibit its range of cinema projection products and services at the leading industry trade show, Booth 600 A, Augustus Ballroom, as follows:

-- Tuesday, March 29th 11:30 am - 4:00 pm

-- Wednesday, March 30th 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

-- Thursday, March 31st 8:30 am -12:00 noon

President and CEO Gary L. Cavey, commented, "This year's CinemaCon could not come at a more exciting time for Ballantyne as the cinema industry continues to gain momentum in its global conversion to digital cinema technologies. Coming off a record performance in 2010, we are excited to be meeting with prospective and current customers as well as investors, to show them the significant progress we have been making across our array of high quality cinema products and services. Ballantyne is a true one-stop provider of turnkey digital cinema solutions."
Digital Projectors: Ballantyne will be exhibiting NEC's newly released "4K" digital cinema projectors, featuring DLP Cinema® Chip technology from Texas Instruments®, as well as the full line of NEC digital cinema products.


Cinema Screens: Representatives from the Company's cinema screen business will be on hand to discuss Ballantyne's conventional, "silver" and "high-gain" screens, its recently expanded and enhanced state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, as well as its unique ability to deliver ultra-large screens for the world's premier large format cinema companies and specialty venues across the globe. The Company also offers "Fast Track" expedited service for exhibitors that need their screens delivered ASAP.


Digital Cinema Services: Ballantyne will be highlighting its industry-leading digital cinema services group at CinemaCon, which includes a team of 80 technicians trained to perform integration work and installations on all digital cinema platforms and related equipment. The Company will also be demonstrating its newly launched, cutting-edge Network Operations Center (NOC), which provides 24/7 remote monitoring for all brands of digital projection equipment in addition to non-cinema digital systems, worldwide. BTN also offers after-sale support for all cinema and related equipment, with a variety of maintenance and service contracts and options.

 

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