Netflix this week committed to streaming its movies in both Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision high-dynamic range formats. It is the first global on-demand service to commit to combining both formats. Okja, the critically praised Netflix Original Film, is the first film available in both formats. Additional Dolby-supported titles are coming soon, and the catalog will continue to grow. Okja will be released to select movie theatres this week as well. Netflix has raised the stakes again.
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Ymagis Group announced today that Barco high contrast 6P laser cinema projection systems are now ÉclairColor-compliant. The announcement was made in Barcelona during CineEurope, the official convention of the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) in Europe.
Horizon Cinema plans to open a new Dolby Atmos multiplex in Russia. Based in Rostov-on-Don, the 13-screen multiplex is set to open by the end of 2017 and will be the biggest Dolby Atmos multiplex in Russia.
Barco has announced that more than 50 theater complexes, including 20 in EMEA, are now all-Barco laser multiplexes, utilizing a combination of Barco Flagship Laser and Smart Laser projectors.
Sony Digital Cinema 4K has launched Finity, a new campaign to promote the company’s Premium Large Format projection systems. European customers in the UK, Germany, Ireland, and Turkey have already committed to the new offering that combines Sony’s HDR-ready 4K dual projection technology with a complimentary suite of tailored branding assets and marketing support. Exhibitors equipped with the current family of Sony high-contrast SRX-R500 series dual projection systems have no need for any additional investment.
Dolby Laboratories today announced that Warner Bros. Pictures’ Horse Soldiers is the 100th Dolby Cinema title. "Reaching the 100th announced title for Dolby Cinema is a tremendous accomplishment that couldn’t have been achieved without the support from the directors and filmmakers who want to use the best technology for their storytelling,” said Doug Darrow, senior vice president, cinema business group, Dolby Laboratories. “In 2017 we announced 44 Dolby Cinema titles, more than any other premium format, which is a testament to the ongoing commitment from Hollywood and studios around the world to deliver the best experience to the cinema.”
Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé, the largest cinema chain operator in France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, and Dolby Laboratories announced plans to open 10 Dolby Cinema locations, with seven in France and three in the Netherlands. This includes Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and the upcoming new Pathé cinéma in Massy, south of Paris. Initial locations are expected to be open later this year
Suning Cinema has installed Christie CP2208 cinema 6P laser projection systems in two newly opened multiplexes in Nanjing and Xuzhou. Suning Cinema is owned by the Chinese electronics retail giant Suning Commerce Group.
Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas – Vox Cinemas in Qatar is opening a CJ 4DPlex auditorium at the new Vox Cinemas Doha Festival City, located in Um Salal Muhammad. It marks the 48th country worldwide and the seventh in the Middle East to bring 4DX to moviegoers.
Novo Cinemas, part of the Elan Group in Qatar, has launched a new flagship cinema at Mall of Qatar, in Al Rayyan, Doha. The new cinema features 19 screens, including an IMAX Laser theatre that features the largest IMAX screen in the MENA region and seats 530 people. It also includes an upgraded sound system featuring 12 channels plus sub bass that delivers lifelike sound from all directions, including overhead, to fill the cinema with astonishing clarity, richness, detail, and depth. I spoke recently with Novo Cinemas CEO Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen about the new theatre and, in particular, her belief in the importance of lobbies.