Burbank, CA -- Digital cinema leader Doremi today announced that it shipped over 850 DCP digital cinema servers in February alone bringing its worldwide install base to over 11,300 units; a remarkable feat given Doremi first demonstrated its digital cinema server prototype at IBC in 2004.

"Our line of DCP-2000 & DCP-2K4 servers are the lynchpin products behind Doremi Cinema's expanding client base" comments Michael Archer, VP of Doremi Cinema. "Thanks to our customers, dealers and integrater partners, Doremi's digital cinema server remains the number one installed server globally."

With financial backing for digital cinema deployments finally coming to fruition, exhibitors worldwide are pressing forward in securing systems for their screens. "We have spent years researching and developing technology that has allowed us to incorporate a multitude of additional features into our server. Many of these are not part of the DCI spec, but are seen as necessary value adds by our customers when choosing our product", says Doremi Cinema VP Michael Archer.

Doremi's customers include the largest exhibitors and post houses in the world. Foreseeing the explosive growth of digital cinema spurred by the anticipated financial backing, Doremi completed a building expansion earlier this year in support of the mega-deployments to come.

3D and other "event" films are what sell tickets. "It is our job to make sure that exhibitors can take advantage of tent pole films like Avatar and Alice in Wonderland, leverage the top down studio marketing that comes with them, and deliver the latest digital content to their theater patrons, who are packing theaters for these films and paying a premium ticket price."

 

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Las Vegas -- Continuing to provide cinema exhibition venues with unprecedented audio performance and advanced technology, JBL is introducing the ScreenArray 5742 4-way and 5732 3-way ultra-high-power loudspeaker systems, designed to compliment the large-format 3D visual experience.

Both new ScreenArray speakers features a 150-Watt, 4-inch titanium diaphragm high-frequency compression driver on JBL's patented Optimized Aperture waveguide, featuring Screen Spreading Compensation. The larger 5742 system features a quad mid-range array of four 8-inch Differential Drive cone midrange drivers, providing 1,400 Watts of smooth coverage, coupled with a dual 18-inch SVGTM Super Vented Gap, low-frequency section providing 1,600 Watts of high power output with minimum distortion.

The 5732 ScreenArray model features a 700-Watt, dual cone midrange, and a dual 15-inch, 1,200-Watt low-frequency section. This system provides significant power in a compact system for the headroom required in post-production venues as well as cinemas worldwide.

JBL has been awarded three U.S. patents for it's ScreenArray cinema loudspeaker technology, and both of the new systems include all of the patented ScreenArray design innovations integrated into a system that provides superior coverage, maximum power handling, and uniform power output with extremely low distortion. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented JBL engineers with Technical Achievement Award "for the engineering and design of filtered line array and screen spreading compensation as applied to motion picture loudspeaker systems." This same technology is actively employed in the new 5742 and 5732 ScreenArray systems to provide ideal power response and directivity control with seamless transition between acoustic sections. Both systems employ complex crossover elements implemented actively within the amplifier processing, while the ultra high power 5742 System is a four-way, quad amplified system, the 5732 is a tri-amplified system.

"The new 4-way, ultra-high-power ScreenArray system builds on the success of the revolutionary ScreenArray line of cinema loudspeakers," said Chuck Goodsell, Director of Cinema, JBL Professional. "This new creative advancement in cinema sound technology is intended to enhance the 3D visual effects in large-format cinemas."

 

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London -- The rollout of digital cinema to exhibitors across Europe received a significant boost today with the announcement that Arts Alliance Media Ltd, Europe's leading digital cinema company, has reached an agreement to secure €50m in funding for its initiative.

Funds advised by Sankaty Advisors, LLC, the credit affiliate of Bain Capital LLC, have agreed to provide funding to support the rollout over the next two years, subject to final documentation. The deal is expected to close in 30 days.

Sankaty Advisors, which currently manages approximately $20 billion in committed capital, will provide a combination of senior and mezzanine debt for deployment of digital cinema equipment into cinemas across Europe.

There are currently about 4,500 digital cinema screens in Europe (approximately 75% of which are 3-D), and that figure is expected to rise rapidly to almost 13,000 by the end of 2012. Arts Alliance Media currently has digital cinema deals in place in seven territories within Europe, and commitments in place for over 1,500 screens which are currently in the process of being installed.

"The financial crisis of the past year slowed the process of digital cinema conversion, but the recent announcement by DCIP in the US, and now this announcement for Europe, illustrates that the rollout is now ready to move full speed ahead," said Howard Kiedaisch, Chief Executive Officer of Arts Alliance Media. "Sankaty Advisors are very forward thinking and have created an extremely flexible model that we are looking forward to offering to our exhibition partners. The many exhibitors we're already working with are delighted with the results digital brings - better presentations, 3-D and alternative content are great for audiences and cinemas alike."

"The announcement of this deal is a huge vote of confidence in Arts Alliance Media and the whole European digital cinema industry," stated Patrick Foley, CFO of Arts Alliance Media. "As part of this agreement, we will create a very solid but expandable financial structure that will allow us to significantly scale up our capital raise over time. We are confident this financing will allow us to continue leading the industry in Europe by adding more cinemas to our network."

Arts Alliance Media's goal is to build Europe's largest digital cinema network. All screens installed by Arts Alliance Media are DCI compliant, and the company's strategic partnership with Arqiva Satellite & Media allows exhibitors to benefit from satellite delivery of alternative content events and features, as well.

 

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Las Vegas -- The increasing volume of quality 3D movies, record setting grosses, a compelling exhibitor business model, and an array of new viewing technologies, indicates that 3D cinema is now finally achieving worldwide success.

With the new emphasis on 3D, the necessity of large-scale digital audio is realized, and as the worldwide leader in cinema sound systems and an original pioneer of sound for motion pictures, JBL is continuing its tradition of innovation at ShoWest 2010 in Las Vegas, showcasing a comprehensive range of large format cinema sound systems to designed to enhance the 3D experience

According to Chuck Goodsell, JBL Director of Cinema, the company's R&D, product development and application engineering teams have worked closely with exhibitor clients across the globe to ensure that their JBL sound systems coupled with 3D display technologies would deliver the most immersive cinematic experience possible

"3D cinema demands the best digital sound systems," Goodsell said today. "At JBL, we've always built the best sounding, most reliable cinema sound systems, and we've also collaborated with our exhibition customers to help them stay ahead of the trends. This is why most of the world's flagship 3D theaters are JBL-equipped and why our cinema customers are among the best-prepared to capitalize on 3D."

Goodsell points to the range of new JBL ScreenArray 4-Way high power loudspeakers for large-format venues and its 4732 and 3732 ScreenArray loudspeakers that, coupled with the industry's most complete line of subwoofers and surround components, have become a standard in cinema today. No other manufacturer provides a wider, more cost-effective range of solutions to capitalize on the opportunity of 3D cinema than JBL: the company's systems are developed by a team of AMPAS Scientific & Technical Award-winning engineers and incorporate ground-breaking, patented innovations such as Differential Drive® woofers, neodymium, titanium diaphragm frequency compression drivers and high-frequency horn technology featuring Screen Spreading Compensation.

Among the world's most iconic, successful theaters with 3D display technology are Mann's Chinese Theater and the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, both of which feature JBL ScreenArray sound systems. Also in the United States, Cinemark, Extreme Digital Cinema locations throughout the country and the Muvico, Thousand Oaks, California are all JBL large format installations and showcase 3D theaters. In London, The Odeon in Leicester Square and the neighboring Empire in Leicester Square are long-time JBL sound system venues and among the foremost 3D sites in the UK. Sofia, Bulgaria's Arena Cinema and the Major Cineplex World Plaza, Bangkok, Thailand are two more examples of industry-leading iconic theaters that have become 3D showcase venues and also boast ScreenArray sound systems from JBL.

3D digital technology is a new creative platform for filmmakers, that represents increased revenues for the exhibition community and brings new excitement to movie-goers," Goodsell continued. "At JBL we're very pleased to support the roll out of 3D and we're looking forward to working with our exhibition customers to provide new creative advancements in cinema sound!"

 

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Las Vegas -- At ShoWest 2010, Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB), announced it is working with Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios to deliver a new audio format, Dolby Surround 7.1. Disney and Pixar have stated that Dolby Surround 7.1 will be launched in select theatres with the release of Toy Story 3 in 3D this June.

"For 40 years Dolby has not only provided content creators with the tools to create a more realistic audio experience, but has also enabled the exhibitor to deliver audiences the ability to experience the content as the creator intended," said Page Haun, Senior Director, Marketing, Cinema Market Segment, Dolby Laboratories. "The release of Toy Story 3 in a discrete 7.1 mix will raise the bar for movie theatre owners and their patrons."

Dolby Surround 7.1 brings a more exciting sensory experience to audiences for 2D and gives content creators control over audio placement in a theatre when mixing 3D movies. The ability to compose audio with visual elements of 3D allows content creators to immerse the audience deeper into the movie with dramatic realism.

Dolby Surround 7.1 provides content creators four surround zones to better orchestrate audio channels in a movie theatre environment. The four surround zones incorporate the traditional Left Surround and Right Surround with new Back Surround Left and Back Surround Right zones. The addition of the two Back Surround zones enhances directionality in panning 360 degrees around the theatre.

Dolby Surround 7.1 format comprises 8 channels of audio and has the following channel layout: Left, Center, Right, Low-Frequency Effects (LFE), Left Surround, Right Surround, Back Surround Left (new), and Back Surround Right (new). In order for exhibitors to deliver the new format, Dolby will be providing Dolby Surround 7.1 playback capabilities in the Dolby CP650 and Dolby CP750 digital cinema audio processor lines.

At ShoWest, Dolby is demonstrating to exhibitors a discrete 7.1 mixed demo reel of past Pixar movies to showcase the advanced audio solution. After the show, exhibitors will be able to access the content to test and demonstrate in their theatres.

Exhibitors interested in learning more about Dolby Surround 7.1 should contact their nearest Dolby reseller or Dolby sales office.

 

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