[Tig] Digital Cinema predictions from 1999

Dominic Case cased at atlab.com.au
Tue Apr 8 01:31:56 BST 2008


 Chris Bacon's predictions were based on 6,000 or 7,000 screens in the US.
That was in 1999.  One thing that was predicted elsewhere was that for some
years to come, any growth in the number of digital screens would be
outstripped by the growth in screens overall. There are now somewhere
between 20,000 and 35,000 screens in the US depending whose figures you
take.

The other thing that complicates the "when will Digital Cinema arrive?"
argument is that more and more 35mm prints are being manufactured each year,
despite the number of titles now also releasing in digital. For anyone in
the bulk release printing lab business [ :-) ] that's good news in the short
term (and it's because so many films are being made, and they are all
distributed very widely for a week or two then dropped.) But in the long
term, it is simply making the arguments for digital distribution more
economically attractive.

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Dominic Case
Atlab Australia
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