edition of the training course ”DigiTraining Plus: New Technologies
for European Cinemas” begins on 28 March.
A message to European exhibitors from Jens Rykaer, President of MEDIA
Digital? Yes! But how?
development of D-Cinema in Europe has been and still is an on-going process
involving many speculations. For instance on standards. Again at a conference
in Paris last October it was repeated that one global standard was the
optimal goal. This statement was backed by Anders Geertsen who is the
manager of the commercial module within “European Digital Cinema
Forum”. It indicates that the war on standards is over. Only bigger
companies would be able to handle several standards, for the smaller independent
operators a mix of standards would be a nightmare.
Having gotten the standard-complex out of the way there is now room for
further discussions on what kind of business-model should be promoted.
How shall the massive savings, that are the result of implementing digital
technology, be divided in a reasonable way? Consensus on this delicate
matter is very unlikely in Europe. The so-called “Virtual Print
Fee” (VPF) model that seems to be the way in the USA can hardly
be used everywhere in Europe because of its market fragmentation and there
is a fear that the US model will close down a lot of smaller cinemas and
loss of diversity will be a negative side-effect.
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
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.
President of MEDIA Salles
|The “DigiTraining Plus”
2007 course: where
Kuurne: home of the manufacturing facilities of Barco’s 2K
digital cinema projectors
The MEDIA Salles “DigiTraining Plus” course will take
place at the headquarters of Barco’s Media and Entertainment
Division in the West Flanders town of Kuurne in Belgium. The Kuurne
site is also home of the manufacturing facilities of many of Barco
visualization products including of course Barco’s D-Cine
Premiere range of 2K digital cinema projectors. Over the past year,
Barco has made significant and vital changes to its overall digital
cinema operations, with increased staff and factory capacity, plus
additional dedicated clean rooms for the critical engine assembly
and sealing phases of the D-CINE manufacturing process. The digital
cinema revolution has truly begun and in order to meet the expected
upsurge in demand, Barco is increasing its capacity from the current
300 units a month to 500 a month in the course of 2007.
Visit to a digital theatre: Kinepolis
Kinepolis Bruges, the latest Kinepolis Group’s
cinema complex, opened to the public on Friday, 7 July 2006.
The cinema site in Bruges has eight screens, 1,605 seats, 600 parking
places and 100 bicycle slots. It is located in the vicinity of major
approach roads. It is Kinepolis Group’s tenth complex in Belgium
and the 21st in Europe. In addition to Belgium, Kinepolis also operates
in France, Spain, Poland and Switzerland (click
here to see the list of all Kinepolis multiplexes).
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The Parkhotel in Kortrijk will accommodate
DGT course participants
Parkhotel is located at the centre of Kortrijk opposite the train
station, at a few steps from the main shopping area.
Kortrijk is about one hour from Brussels (Belgium) or half an hour
from Lille (France), by train.
All rooms are equipped with private bathroon with shower or bath
and hairdryer. Colour television, minibar, trousers press and telephone
with direct dialing facilities are standard in every room. A wireless
internet connection is available in all rooms and public places.
The Parkhotel’s Health Centre, with sauna, Jacuzzi, steambath
and small fitness centre, welcomes the hotel guests every day between
4:30 pm & 9:30 pm. The use of the Health Centre is free of charge
for guests, staying at the hotel.
Free taxi service within a distance of 15 kilometres.
A free and private car park is available just next to the hotel.
WOMEN IN DIGITAL
Managing Director of Studio 1 2 3, Porvoo Finland
Deputy member of SEOL ry The Finnish Cinema Exhibitors' Association
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.
Finland is a small country with 5.2 million inhabitants and 221 cinemas
with a total of 341 screens. The total number of admissions in 2006 was
6.9 million. Most of the cinemas in Finland are single-screen theatres
and work in rural areas. Finnkino is a major market leader with multiplexes
in 9 locations.
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see the whole article
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.
Secretary General of MEDIA Salles