International Edition No. 16 - year 2 - 20 February 2007
“DigiTraining Plus: New Technologies for European Cinemas”
28 March – 1st April 2007
in collaboration with
Deadline to benefit from the early-bird
fee of 500 euro
edition of the training course ”DigiTraining Plus: New Technologies
for European Cinemas” begins on 28 March.
Digital? Yes! But how?
Talking about projectors, smaller cinemas may also envisage banal problems. Simply because of size. Digital projectors now are designed for the largest cinemas, the largest screens and prepared for massive outlet of heat. Smaller models for smaller operators would be desirable. Still 2K of course. The Japanese are now experimenting with 8K (!). This is the kind of information that feeds fear of on-going expenses for upgrading the equipment. Experience from the USA indicates that one should calculate maintenance costs that are 4 or 5 times higher in comparison with ordinary technology. This should also be considered when talking about VPF.
In other words, there is still a lot to discuss and learn on these matters. The MEDIA Salles “DigiTraining Plus” course in Kuurne is another important tool for getting wiser.
The “DigiTraining Plus” 2007 course: where
Barco Kuurne: home of the manufacturing
facilities of Barco’s 2K digital cinema projectors
Visit to a digital theatre: Kinepolis Bruges
The Parkhotel in Kortrijk will accommodate
DGT course participants
Digitalizing Finland from an exhibitor point of view
this article is definitely not one of the easiest tasks that I’ve
had in my time working in the cinema business as an exhibitor. Especially
when the title is “Women in Digital” and digital cinema is
still an egg not yet hatched in Finland.
DIGITAL SCREENS WORLDWIDE INCREASE FOURFOLD
Boom in digital screens worldwide. The second half of 2006 confirmed a trend that had already manifested itself at the beginning of the year: the considerable increase in screens equipped with digital projectors using DLP CinemaTM technology.
This is what is revealed by MEDIA Salles, which announced at the Berlin Festival the publication of figures on cinema-going in Europe in 2006, included in the “final 2006” edition of the European Yearbook, which was presented on 15 February, during the traditional “Italian Breakfast” at the CineStar Imax in the Sony Center, and which can be downloaded free of charge from the MEDIA Salles website at the address http://www.mediasalles.it/yearbook.htm
The total worldwide over a 12-month period increased almost four times over, rising from 595 to 2,866, with a 382% increase. Moreover, the different continents deal with the digital transition at highly varying rates: in the same period North America grew by 1,031%, totalling 1,957 installations, Europe by 168% (531) and Asia by 70% (347). The number of complexes housing digital screens grew from 456 to 982 in 2006, meaning that the average number of digital projectors per site has risen from 1.3 to 2.9. This can be considered further proof of the fact that exhibition companies tend to consider the installation of a digital projector not so much a technical trial with the aim of becoming familiar with a new type of equipment, but a strategic choice.
To see the full section entitled "Digital Cinema Worldwide in 2006", published in the MEDIA Salles "European Cinema Yearbook - 2006 final edition", please click here