2K DLP Cinema Projectors To Be Deployed By Next Year
U.K. Timetable Set For Digital Cinema
LONDON – Though Europe as a whole currently contains
fewer than 60 public auditoria equipped with Hollywood-compliant
digital-cinema projectors, the United Kingdom Film Council
now pledges to complete the installation of 250 new DLP Cinema
projectors in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
by next year.
Some 320 U.K. cinemas have bid for the government-subsidized
DLPC equipment – Texas Instruments’ DLPC is currently
the only d-cinema projection technology on which Hollywood’s
major studios are willing to exhibit their movies theatrically – and
will learn in May which 250 of the 320 will get it.
Installations will begin this fall and all are slated
to be in place by November 2006. In return for the d-cinema
equipment, participating U.K. cinemas agree to exhibit
a minimum number of specialty films.
A $22-million contract places Arts Alliance Digital Cinema
at the helm of the installation process, including all
training, servicing and upgrades for four years after initial
The 2K DLPC projectors will be provided by both Christie
Digital and Digital Projection International. QuVis will
supply the servers.
The venture will provide the public with greater access
to arthouse and foreign fare and reaching extremely underserved
regions like England’s East Anglia.
“Access to specialized film is currently restricted
across the UK,” stated Peter Buckingham, the council’s
head of distribution. “Although a genuine variety of
films is available in central London and few metropolitan
areas, the choice for many outside those areas remains limited.”
Arts Alliance Digital Cinema is part of venture capital
firm Arts Alliance Media, which owns a majority stake in
Screen circuit, the nation’s biggest specialty-fare