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Re: Kodak shrinks with changing times

----- Original Message ----- From: "etienne garbaux" <photographeur@nerdshack.com>
To: <alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca>
Sent: Saturday, October 06, 2007 9:15 AM
Subject: Re: Kodak shrinks with changing times

Ross wrote:

How far are we from a central "release print" distribution point without
even the hard drive transportation requirement?
Some theaters here do "pay-per-view"-style events, usually prize fights and other sporting events (although they also market themselves as fancy for-rent videoconference facilities). The programming for these services is delivered by satellite or fiber optics. Most theaters these days seem to be running filler material from digital projectors (in this case, the projectors are not yet up to feature-film standards -- too dim, and you can see the pixels). There is no reason the same channels couldn't be used to distribute encrypted movies. Theaters that paid the license fee would receive the decryption key and could put the release on their in-house hard drives.

One can envision the day when the large theater chains rationalize the viewing schedules for all of their theaters and do central distribution by satellite in real time, eliminating the need for projectionists entirely. (The trend is long underway -- union projectionists are long gone and these days, the average multiplex with platter feed projectors only has one or two projectionists running the whole thing.)

Best regards,

Most likely the distribution will be via optical fiber which is both more secure and has greater bandwidth than satellite. Since the material will be on a central server there is no need to adjust the screening schedual. It will work like internet streaming, each program will start at the beginning at any time. The technology exists now.
I must say that the recent remarks by some about the relatively superior quality of digital vs: film presentation is partly due to the poor quality of a lot of prints made now. Film weave seems to be built into some prints due to the speed at which the printers operate now, the same for the slightly blury prints which seem to be common. Although both negative and print film are superior to those of the past the release prints of 50 or more years ago are often sharper and steadier than modern ones.

Richard Knoppow
Los Angeles, CA, USA