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The cinema landscape continues to see marked changes in content distribution, packaging and production. In play are various forces disrupting how movies are exhibited and consumed, including new distribution models, continuing advances in digital technology and the emergence of new growth markets. Such weighty financial and technical concerns bear down heavily on distributors and studios alike.

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  • Pablo Carrera | August 16, 2017
    MoviePass, a tech company launched in 2011 and offering cinema-going on a subscription basis, has lowered its price for unlimited films from $50 to $9.95 a month. In response, AMC raised its concerns in a public statement and committed itself to find a way to opt out of the scheme.
  • Pablo Carrera | August 14, 2017
    Dalian Wanda Group will sell a significant stake in its flagship film project, the studio Qingdao Movie Metropolis. Additionally, Wanda’s subsidiary AMC, the largest film exhibitor in the world, has reported losses for Q2 2017 due to worse than expected box office results.
  • Charlotte Jones | August 07, 2017
    IMAX has announced it will take action to reduce the number of 3D versions of movies playing on its screens in North America, citing clear audience preference for 2D in its most recent Q2 2017 earnings call.


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Cinema worldwide continues to evolve in numerous directions. Digital cinema is now the format of choice bringing with it major changes in content distribution, packaging, and production methods. If you want to succeed in this increasingly complex business, you’ll need a trusted source of comprehensive market intelligence.


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  • Icon Tim Westcott | August 04, 2017
    The Media & Technology Digest provides a monthly analysis of the key trends and innovations shaping the global technology landscape. Written by our senior analysts the digest includes a detailed focus on key industry hot topics, analysis of all major industry and product announcements with in-depth examinations of significant industry trends.
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  • Xin Zhang | July 10, 2017
    The volume of world feature film production rose slightly to reach 7,653 projects in 2015, according to IHS Markit research. As usual, some previous years’ data has changed in the light of revisions from data sources. A total of 17 territories recorded annual output of more than 100 feature films, same with 2014. The top ten countries accounted for 68% of all films produced during the year.
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  • David Hancock | April 27, 2017
    Digital cinema is almost fully complete and technology is making its presence felt in many more areas than simply projection. This Insight report focuses on the development of cinema technology around the world, giving numbers and deployment drivers.
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  • David Hancock | April 26, 2017
    This is a presentation given by David Hancock, Research Director, Film and Cinema at IHS Markit, at this year's Cinemacon. It focuses on cinema technology development and the wider areas of innovation in the cinema sector.
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  • Charlotte Jones | November 05, 2015
    Charlotte Jones, Principal Analyst gave a presentation at the 2015 IHS PEVE conference outlining the core drivers in the wider shift towards Premium Cinema plus insights on the growth of premium large format screens (PLF), the competitive market for global branded screens and the rise of 4D cinema.
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  • David Hancock | April 30, 2015
    David Hancock, IHS' Research Director of Film and Cinema gave a presentation at the recent CinemaCon event in Las Vegas as the opener to a session on Cinema as the Premium Experience. The presentation gives the latest brief update on digital cinema progress (almost complete hence the brevity) and some data points with regards to laser-illuminated projection and immersive audio. The speech ended by contextualising cinema in the transactional value chain of film consumption.
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  • Icon Principal Analyst, Cinema
    Charlotte is a Principal Analyst in the IHS Cinema team focusing on the global cinema business and a specialist on digital and 3D market trends.
  • Icon Director, Cinema
    David is a senior expert on the global film and cinema sectors. He is the head of the Film and Cinema department with IHS and has overseen its development in this area since 1997. This includes the set-up of the online data and analysis service, Cinema Intelligence, and he is also in charge of the company’s digital cinema activities.
  • Icon Analyst, Cinema
    Xin Zhang joined IHS in January 2011 as an analyst in the cinema team, undertaking the operational aspects of the Cinema Intelligence service. Prior to joining IHS, Xin worked in China...

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