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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

From ShoWest: What's the True Failure Rate of Digital Cinema Shows?

Great coverage by Gregg Goldstein of a d-cinema roundtable yesterday at ShowEast, in The Hollywood Reporter. The panel was called "Digital Cinema: Where Are We Today, And What Direction Are We Going?" Goldstein writes:

    Technicolor president of theatrical services Joe Berchtold, who is launching a beta digital program in theaters, parried with competitor Chuck Goldwater, president of digital theater provider AccessIT Media Services Group, over the failure rate of current digital projection.

    "Up to 5% of digital screens have problems where you miss one or more show a day," said Berchtold, though Goldwater and others disputed that number.

    20th Century Fox senior vp and general sales manager Chris Aronson said his company had a 99.5% success rate, and Rave Motion Pictures CEO Tom Stephenson cited a 1% failure rate.