Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition Surpasses 30,000 U.S. Theater Screens Amid Record Growth

Contracts With New Exhibitor Customers Result in Another
Major Milestone for Transformative Content Distribution Organization

Los Angeles, CA – March 23, 2017Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (DCDC), the transformative North American theatrical content distribution company founded as a true industry initiative by AMC Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, Regal Entertainment Group, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment, today announced that it now has under contract more than 30,000 theater screens in the United States (in the more than 2,650 theatre sites belonging to the 179 Exhibitors it has under contract).

This milestone follows another record-setting year of across-the-board growth in all key exhibitor and content delivery categories. Additionally, DCDC reported that since its inception in October 2013, the Company has made more than 1,000,000 successful deliveries of features, trailers, and other content to its exhibitor customers from its 36 content provider customers (which includes all the major studios and other leading content providers). Continue reading

Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (‘DCDC’) Posts Major Across-the-Board Gains in Record-Setting 2nd Year

Surge for Industry’s Pioneering & Largest Digital Delivery Network
Includes Screens, Exhibitors, Content Providers, Film Deliveries and Special Events

Los Angeles, CA, April 11, 2016 – Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (“DCDC”), the transformative North American theatrical content distribution organization founded by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark Theatres and AMC Theatres, today announced posting major across-the-board gains in all key categories during its second full year of operation. Additionally, DCDC reported it had made nearly 400,000 deliveries of features and other content, including live and pre-recorded events, to theaters nationwide through December 2015.

“The rapid year-to-year growth we see heading into CinemaCon can be directly attributed to the revolutionary business plan our exhibitor and studio founders have created for the entire industry,” said DCDC CEO Randy Blotky. “By combining the most sophisticated and efficient digital delivery technologies with a pioneering, low-cost economic model, we have built a platform capable of delivering massive volumes of feature films and other content to theaters, opening up a whole new world of opportunities limited only by our customers’ imaginations.” Continue reading

Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (‘DCDC’) Poised To Surpass 32,000 Screens in 2018 As its Rollout of the DCDC Network Accelerates

New Exhibitor & Distributor Customer Growth Comes as DCDC’s
Next-Generation Technology Transforms Theatres into a Network

Los Angeles, CA, Aug. 6, 2015 – Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (“DCDC”), Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (“DCDC”), the transformative North American theatrical content distribution organization founded by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark Theatres and AMC Theatres, today announced it is accelerating the rollout of its network and will surpass 32,000 screens in more than 3000 theatre locations in 2018.

Rapid exhibitor and distributor customer growth since DCDC’s October 2013 launch comes as the specially created North American network, comprised of next-generation satellite and terrestrial distribution technologies, succeeds in transforming theatres into nodes on a network that can be programmed for various audiences. Continue reading

Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (DCDC) to Debut Transformative Live-Streaming Technology at CinemaCon Offering Simultaneous Streams of Two Live HD Events into Unlimited Theatrical Auditoriums

New Live-Streaming Technology Comes Amid Rapid Expansion as DCDC
Surpasses 24,000 Screens Across 2,000-Plus Theatre Sites Under Contract,
Accounting For Nearly Two-Thirds of All U.S. Digital Screens in Its First 18 Months

Las Vegas, NV, April 20, 2015 – Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (DCDC), the transformative North American theatrical content distribution organization founded by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark Theatres and AMC Theatres, today announced a high-quality live-streaming technology solution which will be unveiled at this week’s CinemaCon 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. Further, 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. Discussions are underway with manufacturers to provide DCDC’s exhibitor 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. Continue reading

Carmike Cinemas, Marcus Theatres and Wehrenberg Theatres Join Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition as Exhibitor Customers

DCDC Adds Nation’s Fourth- and Fifth-Largest Exhibitors, as well as
The Oldest and Largest Family-Owned Movie Theatre Chain, to Expand
Its Reach to over 21,000 Screens Across more than 1,800 Sites

Los Angeles, CA, Dec. 10, 2014 – Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition today announced the nation’s fourth- and fifth-largest theatre chains, Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC) and Marcus Theatres®, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE:MCS), respectively, and Wehrenberg Theatres have joined as its newest exhibitor customers.

Their entrance brings two more of the largest theatre exhibitors, as well as the oldest and largest family-owned theatre chain in the U.S., into the rapidly expanding DCDC, founded by leading exhibitors AMC Theatres, Cinemark Theatres and Regal Entertainment, and major studios Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures.  DCDC launched in October 2013 with 17,000 screens across more than 1,200 North American theatre sites, most of which have already been satellite-enabled. Continue reading

Welcome Diane Masuda & Darla Guenther

DCDC GroupI am very proud to welcome the newest members of our team, Diane Masuda and Darla Guenther, to the Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition. Diane and Darla bring tremendous operational, broadcast transmission, production and customer relations management experience in the digital sphere to their new roles as Operations Executives. They are both seasoned, first-rate executives and will play a critical role in the rapid expansion of the DCDC.

Special delivery: DCDC network promises to revolutionize cinema content distribution

The Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (“DCDC”) was founded by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark and AMC Theatres to benefit the entire entertainment industry by enabling the digital delivery of movies and other forms of entertainment product to North American theatres in a highly efficient, cost-effective manner.

These five partners must be given a lot of credit for coming together as they have to create the DCDC Network. The Hollywood studios and the exhibition community have not always seen eye-to-eye on the key issues facing the entertainment industry. However, in this case the two studios and three exhibitor partners were able to successfully engage with one another in the incredibly complex work of envisioning what the network should look like; designing the network to accommodate both technological and business constraints; and creating an economic model that would be both realistic to achieve and compelling to potential content provider and exhibitor customers.

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CinemaCon 2014 Panel – DCDC and the World of Content Delivery

Now Showing at Your Theater: DCDC and the World of Content Delivery

DCDC CEO Randy Blotky speaks on a panel introducing the new technology to CinemaCon attendees.

Moderator: Brian McKay, Executive Vice President of Production Operations, Warner Bros. Technical Operations, Inc.

Other Panel Members:

  • Noah Bergman, Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Planning, Universal Pictures
  • Ron Krueger II, President & COO, Southern Theatres
  • Fred Medina, Executive Vice President, BBC Worldwide Latin American and U.S. Hispanic
  • Kelly O’Connor, Senior Vice President, Exhibitor and Marketing Services, Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Tim Warner, CEO, Cinemark Theatres