IHS has just published digital cinema data for the third quarter of 2017. This included d-cinema screens, sites and 3D screen totals, as well as equipment manufacturers and market share comparisons.
This third quarter has seen the digital screen base growth rate picking up to almost 2% to reach 164,638 in the territories covered by IHS Markit’s Cinema Intelligence. This follows a weaker Q2 which only saw a 1.4% increase, a large drop from the 2.6% rise of Q1.
Almost 70% of the 3,212 net new screens were built in China. On a regional level, Asia Pacific with 3.9% and Africa Middle East with 3% are the fastest growers, and within them Egypt, Israel, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. Europe achieved a 0.9% increase driven by Central and Eastern Europe, whilst the Americas went up by 0.3% thanks to the expansion in Central and South America, given that North America only grew 0.1% and in fact Canada slightly reduced its number of d-screens.
Concerning 3D, after a second quarter that saw a decline in half of the territories, resulting in only 76 additional screens worldwide, these last three months have picked up with 384 new screens and over three quarter of the territories reporting an increase (both figures exclude China). The total is now 48,896 (not counting China) and the largest contributors have been Germany, Russia and Brazil.This quarter’s figures only include China’s data on digital screens (total and net growth), but not on 3D, servers or projectors. This is due to a change in data related policies. IHS Markit is working to find alternative sources.