DCDC to debut live-streaming technology at CinemaCon

Technology and New Products

Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (DCDC), the North American theatrical content distribution organization, will unveil a high-quality live-streaming technology solution at the CinemaCon 2015 convention. The new system is designed to allow the DCDC KenCast catch server to stream live content into an unlimited number of auditoriums from two simultaneous real-time 1080p-HD event feeds.

The catch server also allows two additional pre-recorded events (encores) to stream in parallel with live content, allowing exhibitors the flexibility to book up to four events simultaneously to an unlimited number of auditoriums.

“Never in the history of the film industry have content provider/distributors and exhibitors come together like they have with DCDC,” says CEO Randy Blotky. “This sets the stage for a pervasive global technology standard and enhanced consumer experience, with the potential for a huge North American footprint and a significant replication of the model worldwide.”

DCDC was formed by AMC Theatres, Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark Theatres, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. to provide the industry with theatrical digital delivery services across North America through a specially created network comprised of next-generation satellite and terrestrial distribution technologies. It is capable of supporting feature, promotional, pre-show and live content distribution into theatres.

Since its roll out in October 2013, DCDC has grown from 17,000 screens across more than 1,200 North American theatre sites to over 24,000 screens across more than 2,000 sites under contract (accounting for almost two-thirds of all U.S. digital theatre screens). Additionally, DCDC has already made more than 220,000 deliveries of content across its network from its multiple distributor customers. DCDC’s customer ranks continue to grow; now with a total of 20 content providers and 58 exhibitors.

Discussions are underway with manufacturers to provide DCDC’s customers with preferred pricing for the decoders required by some exhibitors to convert the KenCast’s IP stream into digital video for their screen servers and digital projectors.

Executives from DCDC and its primary service provider, Deluxe-EchoStar, will offer exclusive demonstrations of the technology, along with several different decoders, throughout the week of the CinemaCon convention. Appointments are available from 11 am to 5:30 pm on Tuesday, April 21, and 10 am to 5:30 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, April 22-23. The demonstrations will take place in DCDC’s hospitality suite in the Forum Tower at Caesars Palace.