ushio.pngUSHIO adds 3kW and 4kW lamps to our DXL L-series line-up

USHIO, a leading lamp manufacturer of digital cinema projectors, is pleased to announce new lamp releases for NEC projectors. All NEC lamps are certified by NEC and perform at the highest level and quality.

USHIO's latest release is the 3kW and 4kW DXL long life lamps. These lamps enable the customers to reduce cost of ownership. With these new lamps, USHIO now offers not only a full DXL line-up but also complete DXL L-series line-up for the Dcinema market. All released lamps are certified by NEC Display Solutions, Ltd.


USHIO is dedicated to responding to the needs of the cinema market. Ushio recognizes exhibitor's need to lower their cost of ownership. Today Ushio's new lamps DXL-30SN2/L, DXL-31SN2/L, DXL-40SN/L and DXL-41SN/L can match the need of the exhibitor's to lower the cost of ownership. Of special note, Ushio's new technology allows the new lamps to maintain their initial brightness while improving lamp life.

Lamp type
DXL-30SN2/L, DXL-40SN/L for NEC NC1600C and NC2000C
DXL-31SN2/L, DXL-41SN/L for NEC NC2500S, NC3200S and NC3240S

The new USHIO long life lamps DXL-30SN2/L, DXL-31SN2/L, DXL-40SN/L and DXL-41SN/L will be released during Spring 2014. For more information about USHIO cinema lamps, please visit http://www.ushio.co.jp/en/cinema

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barco.pngBarco, a global leader in digital cinema technology, is proud to announce that its Barco Integrated Cinema Media Processor has achieved full DCI compliance. This module, which combines the functionalities of an integrated cinema processor and media server into a single board, is at the heart of the brand-new Barco Alchemy digital cinema projector range. It is also fully compatible with all Barco Series 2 digital cinema projectors already in the field.

"The Barco Alchemy module is unique in the digital cinema world in that it blends the cinema processing electronics with the DCI media decoding part of a media server," said Theodore Marescaux, Product Manager at Barco. "Achieving DCI compliance for this new module is a key milestone in the project. In fact, we are the first to achieve the DCI proposed frame rates for 4K 2D at 48 and 60 frames per second (fps). By exceeding the recommended bit rates and with 4K 60fps projectors at 625 Mbps, we are primed to enchant moviegoers with an even more breathtaking immersive experience than ever before."

Highly optimized IP cores
The new Barco Alchemy module integrates highly optimized JPEG2000 decoding and crypto engines from Barco Silex, a Barco subsidiary and a leader in video processing, encryption and security IP cores and platforms. "Our design excellence and broad IP portfolio were a perfect match for this exciting project," said Thierry Watteyne, CEO Barco Silex SA. "Our JPEG2000 decoder and cryptographic AES and HMAC cores are key elements in the design - and our team has strained every nerve to integrate and optimize the cores to meet the demanding specifications of the Barco Alchemy module."

Compliant with all requirements
"Rigorous compliance with DCI specifications and NIST standards is critical for the digital cinema industry to continue captivating moviegoers," said Travis Spann, President and Laboratory Director of Aegisolve, Inc., the NIST-accredited and DCI-licensed laboratory that conducted the compliance tests. "We gladly report that both DCI CTP and FIPS 140-2 reviews and testing of the Barco Integrated Cinema Media Processor are complete and compliant with all applicable requirements." Marescaux added: "The combined expertise of a FIPS lab and DCI CTP testing is a cast-iron guarantee that the Barco Alchemy module meets the most stringent DCI requirements. This is a milestone for the module and for our entire digital cinema offering."

At the heart of the new Barco Alchemy range
At the heart of the Barco Alchemy range, this new module is a groundbreaking update of Barco's acclaimed digital cinema projector families. The Barco Alchemy projectors combine media server functionalities with cinema processing electronics to bring more simplicity and reliability to the projection booth. The streamlined and intuitive user interface adds further value to the new range.

Discover CinemaBarco at CinemaCon
Barco is introducing its new CinemaBarco theater-wide entertainment concept at CinemaCon 2014, by showcasing numerous immersive technologies that bring showmanship back to the cinema and renew the magic of the moviegoing experience.

Discover Barco's new vision during the CinemaCon demonstration sessions, from 24 - 27 March, at the Cinemark Century 16 South Point and XD theater in Las Vegas (USA). And visit Barco's booth #2313A at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas from 25 - 27 March.

About Aegisolve, Inc.
Aegisolve cyber security laboratory is a DCI licensed testing entity and accredited by the U.S. Federal government National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for Cryptographic Module Testing to FIPS 140-1 and FIPS 140-2, and Security Content Automation Protocol. As a trusted third party, the Aegisolve mission is to develop, augment, utilize and accelerate security analysis and testing processes in ever-changing technological landscapes worldwide. http://www.aegisolve.com.

 

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nec.pngNC1100L Projector World's First Digital Cinema-Compliant Projector with Laser Light Source Built-in

CHICAGO - March 25, 2014 - NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today the availability of the NC1100L Digital Cinema projector, a laser-light source projector targeted to exhibitors with small screens or projection booths as well art houses, mobile cinemas, theaters in universities and public buildings.

The NEC digital cinema projector will be demonstrated at CinemaCon 2014, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners, running today through March 27 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nev.

As part of NEC's Digital Cinema Projector Series, the NC1100L projector using a laser-light source delivers 2K DCI-compliant cinema quality, which translates to an image brightness of 14-ft-L (using a 1.8 gain screen) on screens up to 36 ft./11m in DCI color. It is the world's first Digital Cinema-compliant projector with laser light source built-in.

"We're excited that exhibitors will now be able to take advantage of the NC1100L's many advantages, including reliability, no downtime, and almost 20,000 hours of lifetime(*), resulting in a lower total cost of ownership," said Rich McPherson, Sr. Product Manager for Projectors at NEC Display Solutions. "This latest NEC breakthrough widens the opportunities for exhibitors with small screens and non-traditional venues to build lasting experiences with their audiences."

Easy to operate with user-friendly accessibility, the NC1100L projector features the industry's first compact lightweight laser projector that is exhaust free for installation within the theater or projection booth.

The NEC Integrated Media Server (IMS) offers a trouble-free, one-stop solution for exhibitors and other organizations, while the projector's High Frame Rate (HFR) capability offers excellent picture quality. Its all-in-one Integrated Media Server (IMS) and 2TB RAID5 Storage Server offer versatile connectivity and savings with fewer peripheral devices needed.

Among the key features of the NC1100L Digital Cinema projector:

Lower total cost of ownership (TCO) with up to approximately 20,000 hours of expected light source usage
2048 x 1080 resolution and 1750:1 contrast ratio
Several bayonet lens options for easy installation, enabling motorized zoom, focus and shift capabilities
Suitability for floor and ceiling installation with no exhaust system required
Air cooling with dust-preventing electrostatic filter
Built-in 2TB RAID5 Storage Server, 2 x 3GSDI, and 1 x HDMI Interfaces, advanced network and built-in GPIO functions
The same IMS (NP-90MS01) for NC900C available with the NC1100L
The NC1100L comes with a two-year limited warranty (for U.S. and Canada only), including parts and labor.

(*) This lifetime may vary depending upon environmental conditions.

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About NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.

Headquartered in Itasca, Ill., NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc., is a leading designer and provider of innovative desktop LCD monitors, commercial- and professional-grade large-screen LCD displays, a diverse line of multimedia and digital cinema projectors, and integrated display solutions. NEC Display Solutions develops leading-edge visual technology and customer-focused solutions for a wide variety of markets, including enterprise, healthcare, education and digital signage. It has deployed more than one-million large-format displays worldwide. For additional information about NEC Display Solutions of America products, call (866) NEC-MORE, or visit the website at www.necdisplay.com. For digital images, please visit http://necdisplay.com/digital-media-library. Follow us on our social media channels: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About VUKUNET

VUKUNET, from NEC Display Solutions of America, is the engine that powers the digital out-of-home advertising business. VUKUNET is the only universal ad serving platform that drives ads to any digital out-of-home network, regardless of content management system. VUKUNET makes the buying, flighting and reporting of digital out-of-home ad campaigns easy. For additional information about VUKUNET, visit www.vukunet.com, or call (877) 805-VUKU. For VUKUNET logos and digital images, please visit http://www.vukunet.com/pressresources.aspx.

 

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regalentertainmentgroup.png2014 is the first year Harris Poll EquiTrend surveyed consumer opinions for movie theatre brand equity

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 25, 2014-- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announces the honor of being named "Brand of the Year" in the movie theatre category for the 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study.

Regal Cinemas was named Brand of the Year after the 26th annual study added a movie theatre category for the first time in 2014. More than 1,500 brands were assessed by American consumers across 170 categories on the Harris Poll EquiTrend Brand Equity Index, which is comprised of three key factors: Familiarity, Quality and Purchase Consideration.

"This is a tremendous honor for Regal because it's not only about our company's size or even our widespread name recognition. To achieve a winning score in this brand equity index, American consumers must know Regal's brand, think highly of our quality and they must frequently come to our theatres," said Greg Dunn, president and COO of Regal Entertainment Group. "Being named Movie Theatre Brand of the Year validates all of the hard work our team puts into creating a great entertainment experience for our guests."

Many moviegoers show their brand loyalty through membership in the Regal Crown Club. The industry-leading rewards program promotes loyalty as patrons accumulate credits at the box office and concession stand to earn free popcorn, soft drinks and movies. The Regal Crown Club provides these incentives to more than 10 million active members. Regal engages its fans through social media channels and with the Regal Movies App. One of the convenient functions of the app enables moviegoers to upload their Regal Crown Club card straight to a smart phone for easy access while on-the-go.

"We are so grateful to hear that this survey confirms how much our guests love coming to the movies at Regal Cinemas. We just want to send a huge ‘thank you' to all of our fans," stated Ken Thewes, chief marketing officer of Regal Entertainment Group. "Our patrons love movies. And at Regal we love movies too. It's great to know that this shared passion translates into a strong bond between our brand and all of our fans across the country."

EquiTrend study details are available online: www.harrisinteractive.com/Products/EquiTrend.aspx

About Harris Poll EquiTrend Methodology:
A sample of 41,806 U.S. consumers ages 15 and over were surveyed online from January 3 through January 31, 2014 and the survey took an average of 30 minutes to complete. The total number of brands rated was 1,531. Each respondent was asked to rate a total of 40 randomly selected brands. Each brand received approximately 1,000 ratings. Data were weighted to be representative of the entire U.S. population of consumers ages 15 and over based on age by sex, education, race/ethnicity, region, income, and data from respondents ages 18 and over were also weighted for their propensity to be online. Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Poll surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in our panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

About Regal Entertainment Group:
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) operates the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuit in the United States, consisting of 7,381 screens in 578 theatres in 42 states along with Guam, Saipan, American Samoa and the District of Columbia as of February 20, 2014. The Company operates theatres in 46 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas. We believe that the size, reach and quality of the Company's theatre circuit not only provide its patrons with a convenient and enjoyable movie-going experience, but is also an exceptional platform to realize economies of scale in theatre operations.

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ultrastarcinemas.pngVista, Calif. - March 24, 2014 - UltraStar Cinemas today announced multi-year contract renewals with PepsiCo North America Beverages and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. The renewed agreement with PepsiCo North America Beverages continues an over thirty year relationship with UltraStar. UltraStar Cinemas currently operates 7 sites in California and Arizona, including the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle, which, in addition to a 12-screen state-of-the-art movie theater, features a restaurant, lounge, bar & bowling complex.

"We're pleased to renew our partnership with PepsiCo and to continue bringing PepsiCo's iconic beverage brands to our guests," said Kevin Stengel, VP of Food & Beverage for UltraStar Cinema. "After PepsiCo toured the multi-tainment facility in Maricopa, Arizona, I knew that they understood our vision of entertainment. PepsiCo has embraced the future of UltraStar and we are looking forward to building on our partnership with this new agreement."

"PepsiCo's beverage brands are a great fit with UltraStar's vision. We're excited to continue our successful relationship with UltraStar Cinemas and to continue bringing our popular beverages to cinema fans at all of UltraStar's ‘Multi-tainment' complexes," said Dirk Dambach, PepsiCo Foodservice sales representative.

In addition to selling a full-line of PepsiCo beverage products, UltraStar also signed a new agreement with Dr. Pepper, which has become a favorite amongst theater and multi-tainment center guests.

"Dr Pepper Snapple Group is excited to continue our business partnership with UltraStar Cinemas through the offering of Dr Pepper and expansion of Diet Dr Pepper fountain soft drinks. The ‘Multi-tainment' concepts that UltraStar Cinemas is creating represent the cutting edge of entertainment venues and allows our brands to be enjoyed by a multitude of consumers seeking a fun, one of a kind experience," explains Dr Pepper representative Erik Risbrudt.

The new contracts, which go into effect immediately, will run through 2019.

About UltraStar Cinemas

UltraStar Cinemas is Southern California's largest privately owned movie theater group. UltraStar Cinemas is headquartered in San Diego County and operates 69 screens at 7 sites throughout Southern California and Arizona. Recognized for pioneering the digital age of cinema, UltraStar was the first theater group in the world to be fully equipped with Pure Digital Cinema® powered by DLP Cinema® technology in all of its locations. In 2009, the company also became the first to offer D-BOX motion seats, which use motion effects specifically programmed for each film to create an immersive experience for movie goers. For more information, visit www.ultrastarmovies.com. For more information on UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle visit www.UltraStarAkChin.com .

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader with net revenues of more than $65 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. Our main businesses - Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola - make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world. PepsiCo's people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which we believe also means a more successful future for PepsiCo. We call this commitment Performance with Purpose: PepsiCo's promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment by conserving energy and water and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect, support and invest in the local communities where we operate. For more information, please visit www.pepsico.com.

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Mott's, Mr & Mrs T mixers, Peñafiel, Rose's, Schweppes, Squirt and Sunkist soda. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit www.DrPepperSnapple.com . For our latest news and updates, follow us at www.Facebook.com/DrPepperSnapple or www.Twitter.com/DrPepperSnapple.

 

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