Disney, Paramount, Lionsgate Join WB, Uni For Satellite Movie File Delivery To Theatres

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March 8, 2013
Disney, Paramount, Lionsgate Join WB, Uni For Satellite Movie File Delivery To Theatres

Although studios and theaters have largely made the transition from film to digital, the delivery of digital movies has remained mostly physical via hard drives shipped to cinemas and uploaded to their servers That’s about to change. Disney, Paramount and Lionsgate have signed on for satellite delivery of digital movies. Warner Bros and Universal already joined the initiative along with major theater chains AMC Entertainment, Regal Entertainment Group and Cinemark Holdings. Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox are in negotiations with DCDC, according to the Wall Street Journal. Satellite delivery is undergoing tests and is set to launch later this year. Distribution via satellite will be less expensive and faster but will not be the sole method. Deluxe/EchoStar will be providing operations support for the DCDC network.

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