The total number of digital screens worldwide was 36,242 in 2010, up from 16,339 at the end of 2009, a growth rate of 121.8 percent. There were 10,083 digital screens in Europe, marking 28.2 percent of the global figure; 16,522 in North America, accounting for 46.2 percent of the worldwide total; and 7,703 in Asia, representing 21.6 percent of the global figure.
A total of 21,936 3-D screens existed in 2010, equaling 60.5 percent of all digital screens. This is a rise from the 55 percent in 2009, but it is expected to drop slightly in 2011 to 57.5 percent. The growth in 3-D screens outstrips the total growth, standing at 144.3 percent over the year. Europe makes up 34.3 percent of all digital 3-D screens, while North America accounts for 38.6 percent and Asia 21.2 percent.
Total digital screens are forecast to exceed 100,000 by 2015, of which 41.7 percent will be 3-D equipped. By that year, IHS Screen Digest research forecasts that total convertible screens—i.e., modern screens—will stand at 127,000, up from an estimated 113,700 at the end of 2010.
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