mediamation.pngThe first of several theaters to be installed in Barranquilla

Torrance, CA., USA - March 19, 2014 - MediaMation, a leading supplier of 4D/ 5D motion effects theaters, has collaborated with Cine Colombia, the largest entertainment company in Colombia, to roll out several 4D/5D Motion EFX theaters commencing May, 2014.  These state-of-the-art theaters will be outfitted and powered by MediaMation's distinctive patented technology using air pneumatics to control the motion of the seats to the action on the screen.

"Cine Colombia is extremely excited about adding 4D technology to our cinemas in Colombia.  We are focused on family entertainment and feel 4D movies will be well received by our family audience.  Having researched the industry thoroughly we selected MediaMation as our technology partner for several reasons: their business model, their exceptional performance and programming capabilities, as well as their proximity to the Hollywood film studios, " states Munir Falah, Cine Colombia President. 

 "We are proud to have been chosen by Cine Colombia as their 4D technology partner." states Alison Jamele, President of MediaMation. "Cine Colombia has a great reputation, beautiful, state-of-the-art theaters and is the largest cinema chain in Colombia. I am looking forward to a synergistic relationship between the two companies for a very long time."

The X4D® Motion EFX Experience enhances the film with motion and effects.  Mediamation's precisely synchronized motion compliments the on screen action to draw the viewer into the movie to provide an unparalleled movie going experience.   Additionally, X4D® theaters incorporates effects such as seat poppers, pokers, air and water blasts, leg and neck ticklers, wind, strobe, fog and scent to create a totally immersive movie viewing experience.  

About Cine Colombia - Founded in 1927, Cine Colombia maintains 37 state-of-the-art cinema complexes and 248 screens in ten Colombian cities.  Cine Colombia is the largest entertainment company in Colombia and has recently finalized deals for an additional 100 screens giving them close to 50% of the market share.  Cine Colombia also has several large format screens called Mega Sala Cineco. These theaters have a 40% larger screen size than normal theaters and are equipped with Barco's Auro 11.1 surround sound system.  Their high standards of service and innovation have been part of the reason for its undisputed place as the number one market share leader in Colombia, despite the presence of numerous players and foreign movie chains in the Colombian market.   The company's commitment to technological development was evident when it became the first movie company in Colombia to implement a digital projector in 2007 and continuing in this philosophy with 4D to further enhance the audiences experience which proves that the company's commitment to audience satisfaction is key to their success, thus making them entertainment leaders.  Cine Colombia is also the only theater company in Colombia that is strong in film distribution representing Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros. and most Latin American consortiums. 

About MediaMation, Inc. - Founded in 1991, MMI has installed X4D® Motion EFX seats and turnkey 4D/5D theaters throughout the world.  Most recently, installations have included 250+ seats for Cinemex's X4D® Cinema Theaters installed/installing throughout Mexico in 15 of their cineplexes.  Cinemex is the 6th largest Cinema chain in the world and was just recognized as the "Best International Cinema" at the ShowEast Conference 2013.  Longstanding MMI clients such as "Ripley's Believe It or Not" Moving 4D Theaters in San Antonio, Texas and Baltimore as well as Legoland Discovery Centers in Toronto, Chicago and other locations respectively, continue to use MMI to supply them with high quality 4D immersive theaters.  MediaMation's X4D® Motion EFX Theaters are installed in over 34 countries, such as multiple locations of the Museo De Cera's Viaje Fantastico Theaters in Mexico and the Royal Saudi Air Force Museum, to name a few.

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mediamation.pngUS Cinema Chain, Santa Rosa Entertainment Group and City Cinema of Oman to install 4D/5D Theaters with MediaMation X4D® Motion EFX Technology.

MediaMation continues its momentum in its quest to provide cinemagoers with the added dimension of 4D (Effects) and 5D (Motion) for total immersion in the movie going experience.

Las Vegas, NV, USA - March 26, 2014 - MediaMation, the leading supplier of 4D/5D motion effects theaters will be installing the first of several new X4D® motion EFX theaters for US cinema chain Santa Rosa Entertainment and City Cinema in Oman to open summer, 2014. Santa Rosa Entertainment has over 100 state-of-the- art digital screens throughout Northern and Southern California.

"X4D® technology is a new form of traditional cinema entertainment that couples an extreme experience with value for our guests. We're proud to be a leader in our industry and offer this new, cutting edge technology." says Neil Pearlmutter, Vice President of Santa Rosa Entertainment group.

The first theater that will house this technology will be the Plaza Cinema 14 in Oxnard, CA. "We are very excited about our first US based X4D® cinema theater. As a US based manufacturer, we wanted to find a partner whose theaters represented a very "middle America" and younger demographic. We feel the Oxnard location is a perfect fit for us and the Santa Rosa group," states Dan Jamele, Vice President/CTO of MediaMation.

City Cinema belonging to Oman Arab Cinema Company LLC is the largest cinema chain in Oman. With over 21 screens in Oman and besides with the planned addition of 10 screens during 2014, the company is upbeat about introducing the latest experience for the audience. Towards this end, the company has identified MediaMation who will supply the cinema house with full 4D/5D turnkey Motion EFX theaters.

"We researched all the 4D/5D technology providers worldwide and we found business model and technology of MediaMation most suited to our needs. Being the first cinema in Oman to have 4D/5D, it will be a big plus for our theaters and our audiences' overall experience," states P. Chandrasekr, Group General Manager of Jawad Sultan Group, which owns the cinema business.

"We are pleased to add City Cinema to our MediaMation international family of cinemas along with Cinemex Cinemas in Mexico and Cine Colombia in Colombia. We are looking forward to working with the premiere exhibitor in Oman for their 4D expansion which gives us more flexibility and brings the experience to more people in this growing market." says Alison Jamele, President of MediaMaiton, Inc.

These state-of-the-art theaters will consist of 100 seats and will be powered by MediaMation's distinctive patented technology using air pneumatics to control the motion of the seats to the action on the screen.

The X4D® Motion EFX Experience enhances the film with motion and effects. MediaMation's precisely synchronized motion compliments the on screen action to draw the viewer into the movie to provide an unparalleled movie going experience. Additionally, X4D® theaters incorporates effects such as seat poppers, pokers, air and water blasts, leg and neck ticklers, wind, strobe, fog and scent to create a totally immersive movie viewing experience.

About Santa Rosa Entertainment Group -In 1972, Daniel F. Tocchini first established the theatre company that later became Santa Rosa Entertainment Group (SREG). Santa Rosa Entertainment Group initiated an aggressive plan to build a circuit of premier multiplex theatre facilities including the Rockridge Cinemas in Oakland and the Lakeside Cinemas in Santa Rosa. SREG, a family-run company that operates, designs, builds and renovates theatres as well as "buys and books" film, manages concessions and performs other administrative functions for a growing network of motion picture theatres and independent exhibitors. SREG operates many state-of-the-art megaplexes in California including: the Roxy Stadium 14, 3rd Street Cinemas 6, and Airport Stadium 12 in Santa Rosa; the Sierra Vista Cinemas 16 in Clovis; the Lodi Stadium 12 in Lodi; the Plaza Cinemas 14 in Oxnard; the Roxy Stadium 11 in Camarillo. These remarkable state of the art complexes feature large snack bars as well as the ultimate in picture & digital sound presentations and some giant auditoriums with wall-to-wall screens.

About City Cinema - The cinemas belong to Oman Arab Cinema Company which was set up more than 4 decades ago in Sultanate of Oman and is a premiere exhibition company. Today, all its cinema locations are known under the well- known name: CITY CINEMA. The company has 21 screens spread over 7 different locations in the Sultanate and plans are afoot to add 10 more screens before end of 2014 in Muscat, Capital of Sultanate of Oman.

About MediaMation, Inc. - Founded in 1991, MMI has installed X4D® Motion EFX seats and turnkey 4D/5D theaters throughout the world. Most recently, installations have included 250+ seats for Cinemex's X4D® Cinema Theaters installed/installing throughout Mexico in 15 of their cineplexes. Cinemex is the 6th largest Cinema chain in the world and was just recognized as the "Best International Cinema" at the ShowEast Conference 2013. Longstanding MMI clients such as "Ripley's Believe It or Not" Moving 4D Theaters in San Antonio, Texas and Baltimore as well as Legoland Discovery Centers in Toronto, Chicago and other locations respectively, continue to use MMI to supply them with high quality 4D immersive theaters. MediaMation's X4D® Motion EFX Theaters are installed in over 34 countries, such as multiple locations of the Museo De Cera's Viaje Fantastico Theaters in Mexico and the Royal Saudi Air Force Museum, to name a few.

 

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barco.pngRancho Cordova, Calif., USA-Mar 26, 2014 - Barco, the worldwide market share leader in digital cinema, further expands its footprint of the Auro 11.1 immersive cinema sound solution, with current installations at over 150 screens around the world and another 300 committed for deployment in 2014, while adding a powerful slate of upcoming summer blockbusters.

To date, exhibitors have signed agreements with Barco to install more than 300 additional screens with Auro 11.1 in their cinemas - on top of the 150 auditoriums already featuring Auro 11.1 - with the goal of elevating the moviegoing experience in their premium auditoriums. In fact, due to the economic advantages of Barco's immersive sound solution, leading exhibitors worldwide are embracing Auro 11.1 as their preferred sound format in markets such as The United States, Latin America, Switzerland, Austria, Taiwan, Estonia, and many others, allowing them to add value to their own specific brand of premium cinema experience.

Auro 11.1 is a critical component of Barco's recently introduced CinemaBarco, dramatically enhancing the showmanship and immersive qualities of the movie for audiences, who will soon embark on a new entertainment journey in cinema for a true destination experience.

A growing slate of "Auro" movie titles
With an open standard format now imminent thanks to Barco and our other partners advocating for this new ‘open' approach to sound, production companies worldwide are embracing Auro 11.1 due to its flexibility and excellent audio quality, mixing more than 30 feature films in Auro 11.1 to date. Another 20 additional movies will be released in the Auro 11.1 sound format in 2014, with 50+ movies in the pipeline - including this summer's blockbusters "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," "Expendables 3," and "Transformers: Age of Extinction" - and even more announcements in the coming weeks.

A pioneer and champion of an "Open Format" approach for immersive sound
"Barco is proud to celebrate the significant accomplishment achieved with our industry partners one year ago as we kicked off efforts to secure the creation of an ‘open format' for immersive cinema sound. This approach protects exhibitors and studios alike from the worry of ‘gatekeeper' entities forcing future licensing fees, and ensures the ability to play any movie regardless of the authoring system used to create it," comments Brian Claypool, Senior Director Strategic Business Development, Digital Cinema for Barco. "Thanks to the efforts of those involved in SMPTE dedicated to developing an open standard, our customers can expect more content, an increased focus on marketing to help audiences understand what immersive sound means, and of course the eagerly anticipated arrival of a true open standard in the marketplace."

Premium immersive sound for the lowest total cost of ownership
"We are very pleased that exhibitors all over the world are realizing the benefits that Auro 11.1 and an open standard immersive cinema sound solution offers, not only to their audiences in the form of an enriched sensory experience, but to their overall business profitability," comments Patrick Lee, Vice President Barco Digital Cinema. "Auro 11.1 allows exhibitors to build upon their current 5.1 systems, and will never require any future licensing fees thanks to the success of moving the industry to an open standard."

Barco will be participating in a panel discussion "The Road to Open Standards for Immersive Audio" at this year's CinemaCon on Thursday, March 27, to help educate exhibitors on the concept of open standard immersive audio, how Barco is supporting this platform, and what it means to their business.

Studios benefit from platform flexibility, too
More than 25 post-production studios have installed the Auro-3D® Studio System, with several more currently being installed due to its ability to offer content creators total freedom with regards to immersive sound development. "An open standard ensures that no manufacturer can hold exhibitors hostage by levying license fees for immersive audio. Instead, studios can effortlessly create both channel- and object-based sound masters for movies without fear of incurring exorbitant costs or being locked-in to one authoring or playback system. Best of all, by using the Auro-3D® Creative Tool Suite, a single distribution master can be created within the existing workflow that can be used on any legacy or new immersive audio system to ensure the widest distribution of their movies," comments Wilfried Van Baelen, inventor of the Auro-3D® format and CEO of Auro Technologies.

The most natural acoustical experience
Auro 11.1 by Barco is designed in accordance with a sound reproduction layout consisting of three layers (traditional Surround Sound with Height and Overhead layers), which enables studio sound mixers to move objects around in space to create the most realistic and acoustically perfect experience. Auro 11.1 is fully compatible with existing audio equipment and current workflows.

About Auro Technologies

Auro Technologies (www.auro-3d.com; www.auro-technologies.com) is a spin-off of the Galaxy Studios Group and owner of the Auro-3D® Technology Suite. The Auro-3D® Concept and Listening Formats are designed by Wilfried Van Baelen, founder and CEO of Galaxy Studios and Auro Technologies. Galaxy Studios is renowned worldwide for its state-of-the-art leadership in audio innovation for music and sound for film. The Auro-3D® suite offers ground-breaking, easy-to-use and unprecedented levels of sound reproduction capabilities to the professional, automotive, broadcast and consumer electronics markets (such as gaming, smart phones, multimedia PC, notebooks, tablets, audio players, digital TV, media libraries and packaged media).

 

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uniquedigitalcinema.pngManchester-Mar 26, 2014 - BT and Unique Digital, the international digital cinema software / distribution supplier, have reached a long term agreement to roll out the first broadband distribution network to cinemas in the UK.

The network will enable content to be streamed to cinemas via static IP addresses, and the cinemas will then store the content ready to be screened to audiences. This will allow Unique to move advertising, film and alternative content on a point to point basis, allowing dynamic programming and reporting to all cinemas in the UK.

BT Business will provide Unique with high bandwidth, low latency network connectivity to each location. BT's network will link geographically dispersed, resilient Tier 3 Data Centres, each with dedicated 10Gbps connections to support Unique's solution.

MovieTransitTM, Unique's market leading content distribution solution, has been fully operational to all cinemas in Norway for over 18 months, and many more sites in Denmark, Sweden and Ireland. In that time over 100,000 film and advertising packages (over 15 PetaBytes of data in total) have been delivered.

The system comprises a bespoke client receiver per cinema, running Unique's proprietary software that uses available bandwidth with dedicated local distribution nodes connected to Unique's own 20GB terrestrial backbone supported by BT in the UK. This will allow sufficient capacity for multi-casting for streaming content, and will also enable consumer-led dynamic programming of content.

"Unique digital is delighted to be partnering with BT to deliver this game-changing network to cinemas across the UK. BT was head and shoulders above the competition, both in their ability to manage a rapid roll-out and also to work with us on driving alternative content opportunities for cinemas," stated Chris Hagan, Chairman of Unique Digital Limited. "We are on track to have over 600 sites connected to our MovieTransit system across UK and Ireland by the end of the year."

John Dovey, MD UK Corporate, BT Business said: "Unique Digital came to us with a real challenge to help them deliver an innovative solution for supplying cinemas with content that would replace the current ‘man with a van' system. Some HD films are fast approaching 1 Terabyte in size now, with 3D and new, more sophisticated audio formats likely to increase file sizes further in future. The BT network has the capability to provide Unique with unlimited capacity, so no throttling, which will ensure their customers get a quality service that works. We're delighted to be working with Unique on this UK first."

About Unique Digital Ltd and Unique Digital Software Limited

Unique Digital Limited, based in Dublin and London, has developed a suite of leading software solutions for the management of digital cinema content, including a full featured Theatre Management System (RosettaBridge TMS) and Advertising back office system (Advertising Accord), KDM delivery solution (Basekey) and VPF management software (Cinema Accord). Unique Digital Software Limited, based in Manchester, is a subsidiary of Unique Digital Limited and handles mastering and distribution business in the UK and Ireland on behalf of Unique Digital Limited.

About BT
BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach. For the year ended 31 March 2013, BT Group's reported revenue was £18,103m with reported profit before taxation of £2,315m. British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. For more information, visit www.btplc.com

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gdctech.jpgCINEMACON, Las Vegas (March 26, 2014) - GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology"), a world leading digital cinema solutions provider, is pleased to announce that Caribbean Cinemas, the largest motion picture exhibitor in the Caribbean Islands, has completed its digital conversion under GDC Technology's VPF agreement, covering an additional 148 screens over 20 theatres across the Islands including the Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Aruba, St. Lucia and Antigua.

 

GDC Technology currently manages over 4,600 screens across 600 VPF agreements with worldwide content distributors and exhibitors. Under its VPF agreement with Caribbean Cinemas, GDC Technology supplies digital cinema servers while Ballantyne Strong integrates and installs GDC servers with NEC Display Solutions projectors.

 

"Through our experience of having deployed GDC servers in the past, it was natural to move forward with GDC's VPF program in tandem with Ballantyne Strong's integration services as we have been very pleased with the level of responsiveness and attentive service that GDC has always provided," said Robert Carrady, President and CEO of Caribbean Cinemas.

 

"We are thankful for the opportunity and excited to demonstrate why GDC Technology is such a great fit for Caribbean Cinemas," said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "We are dedicated to help exhibitors like Caribbean Cinemas convert from traditional to digital under a VPF program that is designed to be extremely simple, transparent and flexible. Caribbean Cinemas is able to enjoy the long-term benefits of its circuit-wide digital roll-out."

 

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About GDC Technology Limited (www.gdc-tech.com)

GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology") is a leading global digital cinema solutions provider with the largest installed base of digital cinema servers in the Asia-Pacific region and the second largest globally. GDC Technology develops, manufactures and sells digital cinema servers that meet the highly demanding performance, security and reliability requirements established by Hollywood studios. GDC Technology also provides a comprehensive suite of digital cinema products and services providing exhibitors and distributors with a one-stop solution for exhibiting digital cinema content, including integrated projection systems, 3D products, projector lamps and silver screens. It's subsidiary, GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited, has 6 years of VPF experience and manages over 4,600 screens across 600 VPF agreements with worldwide content distributors and exhibitors. Founded in Singapore in 1999 and headquartered in Hong Kong, GDC Technology has established a global market presence and strong brand recognition with 11 offices and 28 local service centers around the world. GDC Technology is a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group.

 

About Caribbean Cinemas (www.caribbeancinemas.com)

Since its inception in 1969, Caribbean Cinemas has built a reputation of offering the broadest choice of movies, state-of-the-art technology and unparalleled comfort in its prime locations throughout the Caribbean Islands, including Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Aruba, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Thomas and Trinidad. Caribbean Cinemas is currently the leading movie picture exhibitor in the Caribbean region, 55 theatres with a total of 446 screens throughout the islands.

 

About Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (www.strong-world.com )

Ballantyne Strong is a provider of digital equipment, screens and managed services as well as specialty lighting equipment. The Company supplies major and independent theater chains, top arenas, theme parks and architectural sites around the world. Through its subsidiary, Convergent Media Systems, the Company is also a leading player in digital signage and content creation and distribution systems for the retail, hospitality, financial services, cinema and government markets.

 

About NEC Display Solutions of America (www.necdisplay.com)

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.

 

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