Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition Launches Satellite Movie Deliveries And Names A CEO

It’s taken a while to get this rolling: Studios and exhibitors introduced their joint satellite movie delivery plans at CinemaCon in early 2012. But now their Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition is up and running, and has a CEO — former tech and studio exec Randolph Blotky. The coalition says today that it actually went live at the end of September when it signed up its 300th theater for satellite distribution. “That’s the magic number when we became responsible” for beaming movies to dishes at local venues, Blotky tells me. DCDC has already distributed one film — Fox’s Runner Runner — and plans to have 31 by year end including Disney’s Frozen and Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It’s a huge savings. Satellite delivery is cheaper than distributing films on hard drives and can cost just 5% of the $2,500 that it once took to distribute reels of celluloid films to theaters. That united DCDC partners from exhibition (AMC Theaters, Cinemark, and Regal) and Hollywood (Warner Bros and Universal). Disney, Sony, Fox, Paramount, and Lionsgate also provide content, and Southern Theaters and National Amusements are customers. (more…)

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