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Daily Variety (among others) is reporting that five of the major studios and three of the largest exhibitors have reached an agreement to deliver movies and alternative content via satellite -albeit at the theatrical level. The Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (DCDC), comprised of Lionsgate, Disney, Paramount, Warner Brothers and Universal along with Regal, AMC and Cinemark, have been working together on a platform that would eliminate the need for physical copies of digital cinema content at the theatrical level by “broadcasting” said content via satellite. It is being reported that Sony and Fox are currently in talks to join the DCDC as well. This would mark the first time in over five years that all the major studios and exhibitors have worked together to bring about sweeping change to the theatrical eco system since agreeing to the digital change over (the DCIP) in 2007. Supposedly the platform is mere months from being fully operational and is being supported by Deluxe/EchoStar LLC, with an official rollout occurring by the end of 2013.
While I’ve been talking a lot about streaming lately, many have questioned its viability via our existing Internet super highway. I suppose, maybe, streaming needs to now be redefined or a new term adopted for if this move is any indication, day & date releases may not come via your Internet provider but rather from your broadcast one. Either way, this marks yet another strike against physical media and should serve as further proof that while many may still want little plastic discs, Hollywood does not. One way or another, we’re all going streaming.
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