Chinese cinema proprietorsspoke of the difficulty of securing enough product to make the expansion ofdigital cinema a profitable business, on the first day of the CineAsia conventionand trade show in
China's State Administrationof Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has recently reiterated its goal to rollout a nationwide network of digital cinemas and the country currently has around200 digital screens. But cinema owners, speaking at a CineAsia seminar onTuesday (Dec 5), said they're being held back by a lack of product in digitalformat - particularly Hollywood films.
'We don't have
The Chinese governmentstarted to develop the country's first digital cinema circuit in 2002 with aninitial investment of $25m. Local cinema owners then began to lease equipment -mostly from state-owned China Film Digital - which has been sourced from globaldigital cinema service suppliers such as Barco, Christie and Panasonic.
Panasonic, for example, has sold70 high-end projectors to
However, few digital cinemasin
Barco and GDC Technology arebusiness partners with Guangdong Dadi Cinemas and have supplied its six cinemasand 14 screens with 2K - 4K resolution equipment.
But as the
'As cinema owners we hopethere is a better solution,' Sham said.
Jiang Wei, managing directorof Beijing-based Broadway Cinemas, agreed: 'If
Currently, state-owned ChinaFilm Group is the only company permitted to import films from overseas. It hasbeen reported in the Chinese media that China Film has been negotiating withthe
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