Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp in conjunction with the National Association Of Theatre Owners’ (NATO) Cinema Buying Group (CBG) said on Friday (12) it had signed more than 3,000 independent CBG screens for digital conversion.

Cinedigm is the digital cinema integrator partner for the CBG, a buying programme for NATO’s independent theatre operators in the US and Canada, and accoridng to Cinedigm is responsible for deploying nearly 40% of all digital cinema screens in North America.

“NATO and the CBG congratulate Cinedigm on the momentous 3,000 screen milestone,” NATO president John Fithian said. “Cinedigm’s efforts and leadership have brought all the benefits of digital cinema to the local communities these theatres serve and we are tremendously proud of the outcome.”

“When we implemented the virtual print fee program nearly eight years ago, our goal was to help convert as many theatres as possible – both large and small – to digital cinema,” said Cinedigm’s president of digital cinema and general counsel.

“We are so proud that Cinedigm has delivered on that promise and is without question the number one choice for exhibitors to entrust with their digital cinema programme.”

To date Cinedigm has signed 180 CBG exhibitors representing roughly 3,000 screens.