distribution networks for digital cinema

A geographically inclusive transition of movie theaters to digital cinema will require geographically comprehensive high-bandwidth connectivity.  Movie theaters offer cheap, popular entertainment.  The physical distribution of film prints places little economic and technological constraint on movie theater location.  Hence movie theaters are geographically ubiquitous.  Digital cinema, however, may make movie theater location practically relevant to … Continue reading distribution networks for digital cinema

new possibilities for movie theaters

Movie theaters potentially can feature profitably more independent works in coming years.  U.S. major-studio films had an average negative cost (cost to production of final master) of $71 million per film in 2007.   U.S. major-studio affiliates and subsidiaries creating narrower-market films had average negative cost of $48 million per film.[1]  New digital tools allow independent … Continue reading new possibilities for movie theaters

telephone companies have innovated

AT&T deserves at least some credit for the invention of talkies.   The Warner Brothers purchased their pioneering Vitaphone sound movie technology from Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1925.   Earlier that year, Western Electric and AT&T had created Bell Telephone Laboratories as a jointly owned but separate entity.   The name Vitaphone highlights sound movies’ connection to the … Continue reading telephone companies have innovated